Coalition Letter Regarding the Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines

February 9, 2009

Dear Members of the United States Congress,

We, the leaders and members of faith-based, labor, and human rights organizations concerned with the on-going human rights crisis faced by our friends and colleagues in the Philippines’ civil society, wish to express our support and appreciation for the attention and efforts by members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to ensure that our military aid to the Philippines is not exacerbating an already tragic situation. In 2007, the US Congress voted for the first time to attach human rights conditions to the military aid our government is providing the Philippine government. Partly as a result of this high level of scrutiny by the US Congress, there was a dramatic decline in the extra-judicial killings in 2008. Unfortunately, though the number of extra-judicial killings has declined significantly over the past year, widespread human rights abuses continue.

As you may recall, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial killings, Philip Alston, noted in his report to the United Nations in 2007:

Many in the [Philippine] Government have concluded that numerous civil society organizations are “fronts” for the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed group, the New People’s Army. One response has been counter-insurgency operations that result in the extrajudicial execution of leftist activists. In some areas, the leaders of leftist organizations are systematically hunted down by interrogating and torturing those who may know their whereabouts, and they are often killed following a campaign of individual vilification designed to instill fear into the community.

The perpetrators of these abuses continue to enjoy impunity and there is strong evidence that Philippine military officials responsible for human rights abuses will never face justice. In one glaring example, this past October the Philippine Supreme Court found that there is convincing and corroborated evidence that at least one high-level military official is responsible for human rights abuses, including enforced disappearances and torture, yet there has been no official investigation. In March, Human Rights Watch summed up the government efforts by stating, “Of the hundreds of political killings since 2001, not a single military official has been convicted,” and “the principle of command responsibility has yet to be applied in a single case.”

We are also alarmed at reports that the Philippine government is increasingly using politically motivated prosecutions to charge and detain political activists, labor leaders, attorneys, academics and clergy. As the UN Special Rapporteur warned in his 2007 report, “Senior Government officials are attempting to use prosecutions to dismantle the numerous civil society organizations and party list groups that they believe to be fronts for the CPP.” In particular, the Rapporteur identified the Inter-agency Legal Action Group (an ad hoc mechanism comprised of representatives of several executive branch agencies including the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Justice) whose sole purpose is to “bring charges against members of these civil society organizations and party list groups.” Most charged have not “actually committed any obvious criminal offence.” Unfortunately, by working hand-in-hand with the military, the prosecutors for the Department of Justice appear to be subverting the justice system.

Finally, we are concerned by reports that the AFP is continuing its vilification campaign against members of civil society organizations. For example, in 2008, the AFP-Civil Military Operations unit has conducted “symposiums” in Mindanao in which they accuse every member of one particular democratically elected trade union of being terrorists simply because of their union membership.

The impact of these actions is severe. Due to the continued attacks on segments of Philippine civil society, democracy in the Philippines is suffering. In 2008, the second year in a row, Freedom House downgraded the Philippines by ranking it as merely a “Partly Free” country.

For FY 2008, the US Congress conditioned a small part of US military aid, just $2 million out of a total of $30 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF), on three conditions: (1) the Philippine government’s successful implementation of the UN Special Rapporteur’s recommendations; (2) the prosecution of those in the military and others responsible for the human rights violations; and (3) the end of the vilification of legal civil society organizations by the military. These same conditions are in the FY 2009 State Department Operations Bill reported out by the Senate Appropriations Committee (S. 3288) last July.

The Philippine government did not meet any of these conditions in 2008, however, the Department of State provided the Philippines with the full FMF allocation. We are very concerned about the lack of transparency in the reporting process.

The experience in 2008 demonstrates that conditioning only a portion of the military aid, and then sending it without significant scrutiny, sends the wrong signal to the Philippine government, because the human rights violations have continued with impunity.

We urge the US Congress to require that:

  • The Department of State’s human rights certification is made publicly available in order to promote greater transparency and understanding between the United States and the people of the Philippines,
  • The human rights conditions on FMF enumerated above are in the FY 2009 omnibus appropriations bill and
  • The Philippine government receives no further FMF until it meets all of three human rights conditions.

These steps are necessary to ensure that U.S. military aid does not directly or indirectly promote human rights violations and undermine democracy in the Philippines. The rights and freedoms of the Filipino people depend on it.

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon
General Secretary
National Council of Churches USA

Rev. John L. McCullough
Executive Director and CEO
Church World Service

Rev. Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church USA

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate;
The Episcopal Church

Rev. John H. Thomas
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. William G. Sinkford, President
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Rev. Dr. Roy I. Sano, Bishop, retired
The United Methodist Church

Christopher Epting, Bishop
Deputy Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
The Episcopal Church

Bishop Stephen P. Bouman
Executive Director
ELCA Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Emmanuel G. Orendain, Moderator
National Filipino Presbyterian Council

Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos
Senior Program Director for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations;
National Council of Churches USA
Elisa Massimino, Executive Director
Human Rights First

Barbara Shailor, Director
International Department
AFL-CIO

Andy Stern, President
Service Employees International Union

John Hovis, President
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)

Jeff Rechenbach, Secretary-Treasurer
Communications Workers of America

Eric Dirnbach, Deputy Director
Strategic Affairs
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Jessica Rutter, Strategic Campaigner
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

John Cavanagh, Director
Institute for Policy Studies

Bama Athreya, Executive Director
Brian Campbell, Attorney
International Labor Rights Forum

Bernadette Ellorin, Secretary General
Bayan USA

Katrina Abarcar, Coordinator
Katarungan: Center for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights in the Philippines

Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS
Chairman
Filipino United Network (USA)

Galatea King, Co-Chair
Board of Directors
Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity

 

The Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte
Co-Executive,
Common Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

The Rev. David Vargas
Co-Executive,
Common Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

James E. Winkler, General Secretary
Mark Harrison, Director, Peace with Justice Program
General Board of Church and Society
United Methodist Church

Rev. Alex Vergara, President
Pong Javier, Communication Director
National Association of Filipino American United Methodists

Rev. Canon Brian J. Grieves
Senior Director for Mission Centers,
Director, Advocacy Center;
Canon Margaret S. Larom, Program Officer
International Justice and Peacemaking;
Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara, Officer
Asian American Ministries
The Episcopal Church

Rev. Dr. Xiaoling Zhu
Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific
Derek Duncan
Program Associate, Advocacy and Education Mission Education and Interpretation
Common Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. Wallace Ryan Kuroiwa (Ph.D.)
Minister and Team Leader
Justice and Witness Ministries
United Church of Christ

 

Maureen Shea
Director, Office of Government Relations
The Episcopal Church
Washington, DC

Christina Cobourn Herman
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Justice Peace/Integrity of Creation Office
Washington, DC

Emira Woods, Co-Director
Foreign Policy in Focus

Stephen R. Shalom, Co-editor
Philippine Reader

Shaun Martinez
Coordinating Committee
United Students Against Sweatshops

Dr. Howard Zinn, Author
A People’s History of the United States
Professor Emeritus
Boston University

Kimberly C. Stietz, Director International Public Policy;
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Dr. Y. Franklin Ishida, Director
Asia and the Pacific Mission;
ELCA Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Amy Woolam Echeverria, Director
Columban Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office (USA)

Rev. Kathryn J. Johnson, Executive Director
Methodist Federation for Social Action

Orlando Tizon, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Denise Curry, Outreach Coordinator
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International

Sr. Maryann Brigid Lawlor, RGS
Congregational Leader
Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Dr. John Lloyd Ogilvie,
President, Leadership Unlimited
Chaplain, United States Senate, (1995-2003)

Sr. Winifred Doherty, RGS
United Nations Representative
Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office

Joel Hanisek,
United Nations Representative
Presbyterian Church USA

Rev. Richard Poethig
Missionary in the Philippines

Rev. Dr. Bryce Little
Liason, Spanish Evangelical Church/
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal
Presbyterian Church USA

Rev. Eamon Sheridan, SSC, Coordinator
General Council - Central JPIC
Missionary Society of St. Columban (Hong Kong)

Arizona
Rev. José Olagues, Associate Executive
Grand Canyon Presbytery
Phoenix AZ

Arkansas
Rev. Ruskin Falls, Pastor
Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church
Little Rock, AR

Colorado
Rev. Daniel Klawitter
Religious Outreach Coordinator
FRESC
Denver, CO

 

California
Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director
California Council of Churches/
California Council of Churches IMPACT
Sacramento, CA

Bishop Warner Brown
Resident Bishop, San Francisco Bay Area
California Nevada Annual Conference
Member, Council of Bishops
United Methodist Church

William McKinney, President;
Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Old Testament;
Jun Stinson, Development Assistant
Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, CA

Rev. Debbie Lee
United Church of Christ
Program Director
PANA Institute
Berkeley, CA

Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs, Founder
Progressive Faith Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Rachel R. Redondiez, Co-Founder
Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
San Francisco, CA

Executive Board
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 3299 - University of California Employees
Oakland, CA

Executive Board
Sacramento Central Labor Council
Sacramento, CA

Kuusela Hilo, Executive Board
Asian-Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
Los Angeles, CA

Robert McCauley
Regional Political Organizer
SEIU-UHW
Berkley, CA

Ramon Alcantara, Union Representative
SEIU Local 1000
Sacramento, CA

Amy Hines, Organizer
AFSCME Local 3299
Sacramento CA

Danny Park, Executive Director
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance California

Lucia Lin
Student Worker Front, UCLA,
Los Angeles, CA

Lillian Galedo, Executive Director
Filipinos for Affirmative Action
Oakland, CA

Stephanie Sayo, Coordinator
Filipino Community Support (FOCUS)
Silicon Valley, CA

Rev. Dexter McNamara, Director
Interfaith Service Bureau
Sacramento, CA

Rev. Jay Olson, Associate Executive
Presbytery of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Rev. Nancy Clegg, Hunger Action Enabler
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Sacramento and Stockton Presbyteries
Sacramento, CA

Douglas P. Sibley
Board of Church and Society
California-Nevada Conference

 

Rev. Michael Yoshii & Rev. Ruth Cortez,
Co-Chairs Philippine Solidarity Task Force
California-Nevada Annual Conference;

Laddie Perez-Galang, Chairperson
Asian-American Ministry Caucus of California-Nevada Conference
United Methodist Church

M. Theresa Basile,
Communications Director
Methodist Federation for Social Action
California-Pacific Chapter, CA

Anore M. Shaw, Member
Justice Advocacy and Caring Committee
San Francisco Presbytery
Oakland CA

Rev. Dr. Frank Alton, Pastor
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Michael Leslie, Ordained Minister
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
San Francisco, CA

Rev. Robert Forsberg, Pastor
High St. Presbyterian Church
Oakland, CA

JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto
Peace with Justice Educator
California Pacific Conference
United Methodist Church
Los Angeles, CA

Teresita Bautista
Filipino American Coalition for Environment Solidarity
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, PhD, President
Environmental & Engineering Research Group
Pinole, CA

Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Lecturer
Filipino Literature
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Dr. Peter Chua, Chair
Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies Collective
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Dr. Angie Ngoc Tran, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Economy
California State University, Monterey Bay

Terrence Valen, Executive Director
Filipino Community Center
San Francisco, CA

Rev. Peter Tagdulang, Priest
Gerald E. Shenk, Professor of Social History
Coordinator, Teacher Preparation Program in History/Social Science
Social & Behavioral Sciences
California State University, Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

David Campbell, Director
California Communities Program
Department of Human and Community Development
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA

Lyle Prijoles, Chairperson
League of Filipino Students
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

Rev. Margo Tenold, Co-Director
Council of Churches of Santa Clara County
San Jose, CA

Rev. Gerry Engnan, Priest
Immaculate Conception Philippine Independent Church/
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Van Nuys, CA

Rev. Kathleen Ross, Pastor
Walteria United Methodist Church
Torrence, CA

Dr. Ruben S. Gualberto, M.D., Elder
Filipino American Community Church
Bakersfield, CA

Rev. Ben Vasquez, Curator
St. Matthews Episcopal Church/
Parish of San Roque, Philippine Independent Church
National City, CA

Rev. Rey Del Mundo, Priest
Parish of St. Mary, Philippine Independent Church
Milpitas, CA

Rev. Fr. Efren B. Picart, Priest
Philippine Independent Church
San Leandro, CA

Rev. H. Wilson de Ocera, Pastor
United Methodist Church
Daly City, CA

Marion Maningo, Moderator
Faith Community Church UCC
Oakland, CA

Rev. Dennis Duhaylungsod, Pastor
Filipino American UCC
Freemont, CA

Rev. Leomyr de Jesus, Pastor
Filipino American Evangelical UCC
Fremont, CA

Ben Kobashigawa, MA Coordinator
Asian American Studies
San Francisco State University

Dr. Masao Suzuki, Representative
Friends of the Filipino People- East Bay
Professor of Economics
Mills College
Oakland, CA

Kathryn Poethig, Ph.D.
California State University Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

Professor Johanna Poethig
California State University, Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

Aurora C. Lopez, Manager
Raza Leadership Program
Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation
East Bay, CA

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
PeacePATH Foundation
Santa Monica, CA

Apollo Victoria, Coordinator
Habi Arts
Los Angeles, CA

Marisa Mariano, Chair
BABAE
San Francisco, CA

Nestor Villatoro, President
American Guatemalan Association
Los Angeles CA

Jay Conui, Co-Director
Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership
Oakland, CA

Sr. Donna Miles
Adult Education Coordinator
Sisters of the Good Shepherd.
Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Farao Wendt, Pastor
Vine Moni Congregational United Church of Christ
Fremont, CA

Rev. Jeffrey Spencer
Niles United Church of Christ
Fremont, CA

Rev. Stephen Glauz-Todrank
Skyland Community Church
Los Gatos, CA

Rev. Frank Beltran, Pastor
First Filipino American UCC
San Bruno, CA

Rev. Kathryn Schreiber, Minister
Kristina Burnett, Co-Moderator
Mary Mino, Co-Moderator
Betty Shumway, Financial Secretary
United Church of Hayward UCC
Hayward, CA

Rev. Brandon Austin, Pastor
Patti Conner, Conference Lay Minister
South Hayward United Methodist Church
Hayward, CA

Administrative Board
Martinez United Methodist Church
Martinez, CA

Val Pascual, Moderator
Cosmopolitan Evangelical UCC
San Jose, CA

Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao, Pastor
Doris Mananghaya, Church Council Chair
Saniata Melchor, Church and Society Leader
Valley Faith United Methodist Church
Sunnyvale, CA

Rev. Irene Pak, Associate Pastor
Daesung Presbyterian Church
Sunnyvale, CA

Rev. Aart Van Beek, Pastor
Parkview Presbyterian Church
Sacramento, CA

Rev Agustinus Tiwa, Pastor
Indonesian Presbyterian Fellowship
Sacramento, CA

 

Rev. Jack Raymore, Pastor
Rev Jean Shaw, Associate Pastor
Northminster Presbyterian Church
Sacramento, CA

Rev. Warren Barnes, Pastor
Grace Presbyterian Church
Sacramento, CA

Rev Philip Trinh, Pastor
Grace Community Presbyterian Vietnamese Church
Sacramento, CA

Rev David Thompson, Pastor
Rev Gary Cox, Associate Pastor
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Sacramento, CA

Rev. Dr. Keith E. Edwards
Interim Pastor
First Filipino Presbyterian Church
Azusa, CA

Rev. Nelson L. Castorillo, Senior Pastor
Brawley First United Methodist Church
Brawley, CA

Rev. Jack F. McNary, Associate Pastor
Marie Segur, Elder
Wayne MacRostie, Elder
Carmichael Presbyterian Church
Carmichael, CA.

Fr. Ben Alforque, MSC
Riverside Vicariate Vicar Forane
Diocese of San Bernardino
Parochial Vicar, St. Catherine of Alexandria
Riverside, CA

Rev Richard Hutchison, Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
Stockton, CA

Rev Byron L Nelson, Interim Pastor
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Stockton, CA

Rev. Mary Lynn Tobin, Pastor
Rev. Bill Habicht, Associate Pastor
Davis Community Church
Davis, CA

Dr. Michael Gass, Elder
Davis Community Church
Davis, CA

Rev. Brian M. Spangler, Pastor
Peace Presbyterian Church
Elk Grove, CA

Rev. Everett D. Bosch, Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
Tracy, CA

Rev. Larry Emery, Pastor
Community Presbyterian Church
Walnut Grove, CA

Rev. Kathy McIntosh-Smith, Co-Pastor
Woodland Presbyterian Church
Woodland, CA

District of Columbia
Dr. Robin Broad, Professor
International Development Program
School of International Service
American University

Florida
Rev. Robert Ilay, Priest
Cathedral of Jesus of Nazareth, Philippine Independent Church
Tampa, FL

Hawaii
Rev. Bob Miyake-Stoner, Pastor
Trinity United Methodist Church
Pearl City, HI

Rev. Nobuko Miyake-Stoner, Pastor
Harris United Methodist Church
Honolulu, HI

Rev. Amy C. Wake, Associate Pastor
First United Methodist Church
Honolulu, HI

The Rev. James A. Tweedie, Pastor
Mililani Presbyterian Church
Mililani, HI

Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple, retired
United Methodist Church
Hawaii District Superintendent. 1998-2004
Aiea, HI

Rev. James A. White, Senior Pastor
Aiea United Methodist Church
Aiea, Hawaii

Charlene Cuaresma, President
Helena Manzano, Vice President
Filipino Coalition for Solidarity
Hawaii

Amy Agbayani, President
Filipinos for Affirmative Action
Honolulu, Hawaii

Rouel Velasco, Youth Leader
National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Hawaii

Illinois
Bishop Valentin N. Lorejo, Jr.
St James Parish Philippine Independent Church
Chicago, IL

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung
Northern Illinois Conference
The United Methodist Church
Chicago, IL

Rev. Primitivo C. Racimo, Priest-in-Charge St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL

Rev. Matthew Lang, Program Associate
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
Chicago, IL
Rev. Richard Williams, Campus Minister, Agape House
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, IL

Dr. Mary Nelson, President Emeritus
Bethel New Life, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Rev. Dr. Robert Preston Price
Cosmopolitan United Church
Melrose Park, IL

Iowa
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier
Assoc. Professor of Theology and Ethics
Dubuque Theological Seminary
Dubuque, Iowa

Kansas
Rev. David Hansen, retired
Wichita, KS

Maine
Rev. Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D.
Professor of Christian Ethics
Bangor Theological Seminary
Portland, Maine

Rev. Alan D. Cogswell, Pastor
Riverside United Methodist Church
Porter, Maine

Maryland
Dr. Rachel M. Goldberg, Assistant Professor
Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution
Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Jon Melegrito, Coordinator
Justice and Compassion Ministry
St Paul's United Methodist Church
Kensington, MD

Rev. Roger Scott Powers, Pastor
Light Street Presbyterian Church

Baltimore, MD

Michigan
Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers, Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
Ann Arbor, MI

Rev. Gary L. Hansen, Bishop,
North/West Lower Michigan Synod,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lansing, MI

Minnesota
Dr. Eleazar Fernandez
Professor of Theology
Rev. Glen Herrington-Hall
Director of Admissions
Rev. Dr. Christine M. Smith
Professor of Preaching
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
New Brighton, MN

Meg Layese, Coordinator
Philippine Study Group of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN

Jim Fournier
St. Paul, MN
Project for Pride in Living

Michael Russelle
St. Anthony Park Neighbors for Peace
St. Paul, MN

Rev. Douglas Mitchell, Associate Pastor
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Minneapolis, MN

Rev. David M Liddle, Pastor at large
Presbytery of the Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

Elsa Batica
Filipino-American Women’s Network of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Timothy M. Johnson, Pastor
Cherokee Park United Church
St. Paul, MN

Rev. Peter Monkres, Pastor
First Congregational Church
Grand Marais, MN

Rev. Kathryn Nelson, Lead Pastor
Rev. John Clark Pegg, retired
Tom Liddle, Chair
Philippines Partnership Committee
Peace United Church of Christ
Duluth, MN

Rev. Douglas King, retired
Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
Woodbury, MN

Mary Beaudoin
Women Against Military Madness
Minneapolis, MN

Carole Rydberg
Northwest Neighbors for Peace
Minneapolis, MN

Missouri
Rev. Nancy W. Carle, Pastor
Broadway Presbyterian Church
Sedalia, MO

Nevada
Chito Quijano,
Chairperson, Union Organizer
National Nurses Organizing Committee
Bayan-USA
Las Vegas, NV

Rev. Carol Woods, Pastor
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Las Vegas, NV

Rev. Jim Houston-Hencken
First Presbyterian Church
Las Vegas, NV

Rev. John J. Auer
Rev. John H. Emerson, retired
Pastor Emeritus
First United Methodist Church
Reno, NV
Rev. Ross Doyel, Pastor
Henderson Presbyterian Church
Henderson, Nevada

Rev Bruce Taylor, Pastor
Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church
Sparks, NV

Vilma Manalo Gorre, Advisor
Raising Our Asian Rights
University of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

New Jersey
Rev. Rusty Eidmann-Hicks, Pastor
Rev. Adam Tietje, Associate Minister
Holmdel United Church of Christ
Holmdel, NJ

Adam D. Diaz, Executive Director
Lakas Diwa-Filipino Community Alliance of New Jersey
Jersey City, NJ

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth S. Tapia, Director
Center for study of Christianities in Global Contexts
Drew University Theological School
Madison, NJ

Rev. Dion R. Tanion, Pastor
Rev. Gil Panganiban, Co-Pastor
Asian American Ecumenical Church
United Church of Christ
Cresskill, NJ

New Mexico
Rev. Tura Hayes, retired
Presbyterian Church USA
Farmington, NM

Cam Duncan, Instructor
National Labor College, NM

New York
Rev. Earl Arnold, Stated Clerk
Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
Syracuse, NY

Brian O'Shaughnessy
Executive Director
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State

Julia Camagong, Executive Director
Philippine Forum
New York, NY

Patrick Purcell
Director of Special Projects
UFCW Local 1500, New York

Jason Spoor, President
Northwest Suburban Teachers Union, IFT-AFT Local 1211, New York

Ramon Mappala, Spokesperson
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
New York, NY

Rev. Douglas P. Cunningham, Pastor
New Day United Methodist Church
Bronx, NY

Dr. Lourdes Beneria
Professor of Urban Studies
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Rev. Dr. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz
Former Academic Dean
New York Theological Seminary
New York, NY

Rev. Mieke Vandersall, Director
Presbyterian Welcome
New York, NY

Rev. James K. Law, Pastor
Chinese United Methodist Church
Chinatown, NY

Rev. Judy Stevens, PhD, Pastor
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Staten Island, NY

 

Rev. Charles H. Straut, Jr.
Consultant in Ministry
Brooklyn, NY

Rev. Laurel Nelson, Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
Chair of Mission & Advocacy Committee
Presbytery of Genesee Valley
Wyoming, NY

Rev. Lucy E. Jones, Pastor
Reservoir United Methodist Church
Shokan, NY

Rev. Gordon V. Webster, Co-Pastor
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
Rochester, NY

Rev. Garrett E. Anderson, Pastor
Brick Presbyterian Church
Perry, NY

Rev. Eileen Weglarz, Rector
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Mount Kisco, NY

North Carolina
Rev. Laura Spangler, Pastor
Lloyd Presbyterian Church
Winston-Salem, NC

Rev. Dr. Douglas Wingeier, Pastor
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Asheville, NC

Rev. Drew Henderson, Associate Pastor
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Charlotte, NC

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Elon University
Elon, NC

 

Ohio
Sr. Rose H. Kern
HandCrafting Justice, Columbus
Columbus, OH

Oregon
Rev. Henry DeGraaff, Co-founder
Christian Urgent Action Network El Salvador
Jacksonville, OR

Pennsylvania
Rev. David D. Tietje, Senior Pastor
St. John’s United Church of Christ
Red Lion, PA

Dr. Steven Tuell
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Pittsburgh, PA

Rev. Dr. Julia Sheetz-Willard
Administrative Coordinator
Dialogue Institute and Journal of Ecumenical Studies
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Bruce Gascoine, Associate Pastor
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Allison Park, PA

Rhode Island
Rev. Jovelino Ramos, retired
Presbyterian Church USA
Cranston, RI

South Carolina
Rev. Dr. Phillip Baker
Professor of Missiology and Evangelism
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Columbia, SC

Tennessee
Eugene TeSelle, Professor Emeritus,
Vanderbilt University Divinity School,
Nashville, TN

Texas
Rev. Levy Laguardia, Pastor
Umphress Road United Methodist Church
Dallas, TX

Rev. Salvador Ramirez, Jr.
Houston Trinity United Methodist Church
Houston, TX

Virginia
Hunter Mabry
Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice
Waynesboro, VA

Arnedo S. Valera, Esq.
Executive Director
Migrant Heritage Commission
Arlington, VA

Joanna Quiambao, Southeast Coordinator
Sandiwa-National Alliance of Filipino American Youth
Woodbridge, VA

Washington
Theodore E. Smith, Elder
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
Seattle, WA

Ronald Antonio, Chairperson
Arts Kollective Organizing Committee
Seattle, WA

Beth A. Manger
Peace and Justice Committee
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
Seattle, WA

Aileen Pruiksma
Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries
United Church of Christ
Seattle, WA

Wisconsin
Rev. Dr. Darrel Robertson, Pastor
Presbyterian-Congregational Church
Ashland, WI

Steve Watrous, Represenative
SweatFree Communities Board
Milwaukee Clean Clothes Campaign of Wisconsin

Pastor Shelley Lykset
Student Pastor
Ellsworth United Methodist Church
Ellsworth, W