By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – The year 2017 was an uneasy one. It was the time when government (both here and in the Philippines) treated social issues with selfish politicizing. If there was anything reassuring, it was the resistance and persistence which the body politic had evidently shown all throughout the twelve rough months.
The Women’s March in January, right after the inauguration of Pres. Trump, was a clear and pristine statement of resistance against things that were anticipated to come: more pronounced racism and bigotry and direct assault to social safeguards on health and education.
The anti-Muslim travel ban came as grossly disturbing and divisive. This was once again met with massive resistance by the public. The academe and legal sectors here had vigilantly provided education and legal support to immigrant communities.
Public safety remained the number one concern nationwide, with the sporadic bombings in the Big Apple as well as in Texas and Las Vegas.
We saw an ever-growing and dynamic Philippine community too. Fact is, OSM! had covered this year what may seem to be a long-held explosion of the controversial issues of the Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) as its top story for the year.
Read here: http://justcliqit.com/pidci-elections-marred-by-anomalies-protests-up/
This was followed by stories on deportation issues, especially with the anti-Muslim travel ban and the rescinding of the DACA. Read here http://justcliqit.com/on-deportation-know-your-rights-know-what-to-do-when-ice-comes-to-you/
In the Philippines, 2017 did not see the light on Pres. Duterte’s war against drugs. The slaughter of small-time drug peddlers and users continues, while not a single big producer and supplier of illegal drugs had been prosecuted. Nothing has changed substantially, which means the economy has yet to truly improve vis-a-vis the impassioned rallies of pro-Duterte and pro-Aquino apologists.
Also, Philippine writers had been relentless in their effort to inform the public on the harrowing truth about the Marcos martial law years. Political journalist Raissa Robles launched and sold out her book Martial Law: Never Again in New York, in partnership with the Fil-Am Press Club of New York. Susan Quimpo, author of Subversive Lives, gets a good read after her book launch at the Asian American Writers Workshop. Read here: http://justcliqit.com/subversive-lives-a-family-memoir-on-death-and-disappearances-in-the-marcos-years/
While 2017 had been generally unkind, we also saw millennials taking action and giving hope. On a brighter note, the achievements of youth and their inspiring stories in the community was also heavily read.
Lt. Chrystal Theriot/Apache pilot https://justcliqit.com/filam-lt-christal-theriot-newest-us-soldier-in-service/
Gaea Katrina Allysa Espinoza/neophyte model https://justcliqit.com/catwalk-newbie-gaea-espinoza-enjoying-the-ramp-for-the-first-time/
Elie Rapada/child actor Miss Saigon http://justcliqit.com/meet-miss-saigons-new-tam-elie-rapada-i-love-to-act/
Andre Grande/essay on his mom’s incarceration http://justcliqit.com/my-moms-incarceration-made-me-strong/
Keira Tiongson Biala/sings in Carnegie http://justcliqit.com/keira-tiongson-biala-singing-her-way-to-carnegie/
Towards the end of the year, the #metoo movement spread like wild fire nationwide in response to the sexual opportunism in Hollywood and in quarters of government. The Black women’s vote in Alabama ensured the Senatorial victory of Democrat Doug Jones against former judge Republican Roy Moore who had been accused of sexual assault of teenagers.
In the beginning and end of 2017, one can say that women have spoken and acted.