With the re-ascendance of the Marcos family and the burial of former president, Ferdinand Marcos, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the history of martial law and anti-martial law activism has gained more national attention. However, given the wealth of information on martial law–from The Radical Papers at the University of the Philippines to the Presidential Commission on Good Government–very few scholars have written about the anti-Marcos movement in the United States. This movement brought Filipino, Filipino-American, and non-Filipino activists together, rooted in the National Democratic Movement, the student and anti-Vietnam War movement in the United States, church-based activism, and human rights activism. In this talk, the lecturer will argue that the diversity of the anti-Marcos movement in the U.S. was its strength, and the process of crossing borders, whether they were national, racial, or class borders, pushed activists to create solidarities aimed at the liberation of oppressed people in both the Philippines and the United States.
About the lecturer
Joy Sales is currently a PhD Candidate in History at Northwestern University, a Fulbright scholar, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture. Her dissertation, “Crossing Borders, Creating Solidarities: The Filipino American Radical Tradition, 1935-1992,” is a history of transnational Filipino American activism. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for Humanities at Northwestern University.