Lakbay Lumad USA

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Lakbay Lumad is a freedom movement led by indigenous people from the Mindanao region of the Philippines.  They are traveling around the US organizing against militarization, corporate expansion, and violence that is currently destroying their lands and their livelihood. 

The Mindanao region is very rich in natural resources such as minerals, fruits and vegetation. With most of the more developed islands having exhausted their natural resources, many mining and farming corporations are targeting Mindanao as their cash producing venture. This is putting a lot of strain on the Lumad and their ability to sustain themselves.

When hurricane El Niño ravaged the islands, they were hit with a prolonged drought. This has led to a scarcity of food in the area. The federal government received money to help people get back on their feet and to have food for their families but have failed to provide the Lumad with the proper help and food required to survive.

The Lumad have been protesting corporate expansion for a while, but when the drought hit, they began to organize more fiercely, merely asking for food, for rice.

The protests took to a major highway, where the Lumad stood in solidarity effectively blocking the passageway. Because of this, the Philipino army was sent out to disparage the group and ended up ramming the group with cars, and shooting into crowds. This resulted in two deaths and countless injuries. All because they were asking for rice. #ricenotbullets #bigashindibala

This is not the first time, and will not be the last time this happens unless we raise awareness and find ways to help the Lumad in their struggle. They are the rightful owners of their land, deserve to reap the fruit of their land, and deserve to leave in peace without corporate intervention in their land.

Learn more about he Lumad and donate here: https://m.facebook.com/LakbayLumadUSA/

By: Uran Kabashi

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