Lumad leaders from the Philippines are now on speaking tour across the United States to raise awareness of politically motivated violence and forced displacement allegedly due to U.S. foreign policy and multinational corporate interests in the Mindanao region.
In San Francisco, leaders of “Lakbay Lumad USA: The Continuing Journey of Mindanao’s Indigenous Peoples for Peace and Justice” were hosted in an event called “San Francisco to Salupongan” by the International Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) and Salupongan International, a grassroots network in support of the Lumad’s right to self-determination, on April 29 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street.
The term Lumad collectively stands for indigenous people in the Philippines. The Lakbay Lumad USA is a continuing journey of the indigenous people of Mindanao from their communities to voice their demands for peace and justice. The tour will bring representatives of various tribes as well as faith-based advocates from coast to coast and through the Midwest to speak on the violence and forcible displacement they are experiencing at the hands of the Philippine government.
They hope to inspire individuals and organizations to join them in immediate action and provide concrete support to Lumad schools and community projects.