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The Philippines: EDSA 1986 – Memories of a People Rising

Posted by casjcanada on February 21, 2012

The Community Alliance for Social Justice, BAYAN Canada and Migrante Canada invite you to

The Philippines: EDSA 1986
Memories of a People Rising

Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:00pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
(Click here for map.)

TAMA NA ! SOBRA NA ! This was the cry of the people.

Listen and share the songs and stories of political activists, churchpeople, former political prisoners, diplomats, overseas Filipinos.

For more info, contact Ben Corpuz at (416) 886-8921.


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Leaders’ Gala, April 2, 2011, launch of CASJ’s Annual “Leaders’ Speakers Series”

Posted by casjcanada on February 22, 2011

Inspired by the Claro M. Recto Dinner in the Philippines during the 1970’s, CASJ, on its 6th anniversary, launches “Leaders’ Speaker Series”.

This annual series will feature a speaker with the hope of inspiring the Filipino-Canadian community, especially our youth, towards becoming leaders for social justice.

Leaders Gala: A dinner/dance event will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 6p.m -12 a.m. at Rembrandt Banquet Hall, 930 Progress Ave., Scarborough, ON

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Community Forum: “Canada’s Shift in Immigration Policy: Bad News for Immigrants and Temporary Foreign Workers”

Posted by casjcanada on March 29, 2009


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CASJ Annual General Meeting 2008

Posted by casjcanada on December 12, 2008


casj_logo13You are cordially invited to the General Assembly and Election of the Board of Directors of the Community Alliance for Social Justice.

12:00 – 5:00 pm
North York Civic Centre, Committee Room#3
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto

Nearest Major Intersection: Princess Ave. & Yonge St.
Parking are available at the building and in the side streets

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Tribute to Jocelyn Dulnuan

Posted by casjcanada on November 29, 2007

A Filipino Domestic Worker Killed in her Employer’s Residence on Mississauga Road

Luz del Rosario, Trustee for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre Board of Directors in collaboration with the Jocelyn Dulnuan Support Committee (JDSC), and Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) invite you to join us in remembering Jocelyn and all migrant Filipinos who were victims of violence. As a community, let us pray that their souls rest in peace and let us continue our commitment to demand for justice.

WHEN: Saturday, December 1st, 2007 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre

5225 Orbitor Drive , Unit 3
Mississauga , Ontario
(northeast corner of Matheson Blvd and Orbitor Drive )

We will hold an Ecumenical Celebration, then we will host a brief press conference from the Jocelyn Dulnuan Support Committee and MPP Cheri DiNovo. and MP Peggy Nash who is preparing a private member’s bill in support of the Live-In Caregivers.

We invite you to join us to show unity of the Filipino community in calling for justice and equity. For more information, please call Luz del Rosario at 905-542-8747.

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Comfort Woman Testimonial

Posted by casjcanada on November 29, 2007


CASJ invites you to a

Testimonial Night
With “Comfort Woman” Lola Fedencia David, 80 years old

Who came all the way from the Philippines to tell her story to Filipinos and Canadians about the horrendous sufferings she experienced in the hands of the Japanese military during World War II.

Please join us to congratulate the success of her efforts and those of three other visiting “comfort women” from China, Korea and The Netherlands: the   motion asking for formal apology from the Japanese government to all victims of sexual slavery imposed by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII in Asia was passed UNANIMOUSLY in the Canadian House of Commons on Nov 28, 2007. (Campaign was organized by Toronto ALPHA.)


WHEN:     Sunday, December 2, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:    Reception Hall, May Robinson Seniors Apartments
20 West Lodge Ave. (Queen St. W./Lansdowne)
(Light snacks will be served.)

The book of Nelia Sancho, “Justice with Healing: An Anthology of Narratives of the Lola Kampanyera Survivors of WW II Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in the Philippines” will be launched on the same evening. Copies will be available for sale.

Above photo:  Lola Fedencia, speaking at a solidarity reception for women in Tokyo, Japan in 1998.  Taken from Lolas Kampanyera website,

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Day of Remembrance – An Ecumenical Celebration

Posted by casjcanada on October 30, 2007

The Jocelyn Dulnuan Support Committee Invites you to a

An Ecumenical Celebration

This All Souls Day Join Us in remembering Jocelyn and all migrant
Filipinos who were victims of violence.

As a community let us pray that their souls rest in peace and let us
continue our commitment to demand for justice.

WHEN: Sunday, November 4^th 2007 at 4PM
WHERE: OPSEU Hall, 31 Wellesley St. East (across Wellesley Subway)

For info: 647-205-5908; 416-472-0320; Email:

MIGRANTE-Ontario, Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC), Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ), Ifugao Association of Canada, BIBAK, Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan, Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians, Fr. Ariel Dumaran (San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish), Asosacion
Negrense, Philippine Network for Justice and Peace, Philippine Press Club of Ontario, Santaguinian Association of Ontario

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Alay sa Kabataang Pilipino

Posted by casjcanada on July 6, 2007

CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre
in partnership with Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ)
and Philippine Press Club-Ontario
invites you to

“Alay sa Kabataang Pilipino”

(An Offering to the Filipino Youth)

a launch of two seminal studies on the Filipino community:

“Filipinos in Canada: Economic Dimensions of Immigration and Settlement,” (Working Paper Series No. 48)
By Dr. Philip Kelly


“The Road to Empowerment in the Filipino Community: Moving from Crisis to Community Capacity Building,” (Working Paper Series No. 54)
By Mila Astorga-Garcia

When: Thursday, July 12, 2007, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Room 2214 (2nd Floor)
252 Bloor Street West (near St. George Subway Station)

The event features a short program, musical performance and some refreshments.

Please RSVP to CERIS at 416-946-3110 or email:

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Fundraising for Leyte disaster survivors and evacuees

Posted by casjcanada on April 1, 2006

“Rebuilding People’s Lives” concert all set for April 28

A community meeting  will be held by all concerned groups and individuals involved in this project, as well as interested members of the Toronto community.  The meeting  is on Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. at  the Parkdale Library (main intersection Queen St. West and Dufferin  St. For info, call 416-461-3445).

The concert “Rebuilding People’s Lives,” is all set for Friday, April 28, 2006, 7 p.m. at Stephen Leacock Collegiate Auditorium, 2450 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough.  The concert is being held to raise funds for a food security livelihood project for the 470 vulnerable surviving families in the four villages most impacted by the mudslide in Ginsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, Philippines.

The Philippine-based Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) will manage the project. CDRC is a community-based disaster management organization that has provided assistance to over three million Filipinos victimized by various disasters in the Philippines over the past 22 years.

CDRC will work with the survivors and evacuees in an agricultural livelihood project that will ensure food on the table for their families for at least one year.  CDRC will also work with them in building a long-term food security program through self-reliant environmentally appropriate agricultural production.  It will also train them in disaster awareness, mitigation and prevention strategies so as to prepare and equip themselves for future disasters. With the supervision of CDRC, assistance will directly go to the families in the form of rice, corn and vegetable seeds and farm equipment and technological know-how for environmentally sustainable agricultural production.

Organized by the Toronto-based Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ), Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC),  and the Kababayan Community Centre, with the participation of 21 other community groups, the concert will feature a performance by some of the Filipino community’s most talented musical artists.

Among the artists are Lilac Caña, Karen Tan, Kristine Tan, Josie de Leon, Chyrell Samson, Jenifer Camacho, Vonnie Beltran, Rodney Ronquillo, Jamir de la Paz, Zena Zagala, Melodious Vibes, Philippine Heritage Band, and the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians (MFFC) Performing Arts Group.  Kristine Tan is the show’s director while Karen Pascual Binaday is the production manager.

“We look forward  to presenting a riveting show that will keep the audience entertained throughout the performance,” says one of the artists during a rehearsal at the St John Polish Cathedral on Cowan Avenue, Toronto  which has generously donated rehearsal space for the performers.

The artistic and production groups, members of whom have graciously volunteered their time, resources and ideas for this cause, have been part of the weekly meetings held in the past few weeks to plan and coordinate various aspects of the concert.  Representatives of most of the 21 participating organizations who have been attending the regular meetings have volunteered to work on the committees formed for the concert.

The participating organizations working with CASJ, PIDC and Kababayan are: Lucena City Association, Justice for Jeffrey Coalition, Philippine Heritage Band, The Philippine Reporter, BALITA, Philippine Women Centre of Ontario, Concerned Filipinos of St. Anthony’s Parish, Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada, Asociation Negrense, Circulo Ilongo, Philippine Barangay Association of Toronto, First Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan, Anakbayan, Philippine Network for Justice and Peace, SIKLAB, Filipino Canadian Association of Simcoe, ADHIKA for Philippine Development Concerns, online magazine, Ontario Silliman University Alumni Association, Bulacan Community Association of Ontario, and Ang Negrosanon.

Meanwhile, the concert and its cause have generated the support of sponsors and donors in the community.

Among the Platinum sponsors are: PNB Remittance Company (Canada); Bloor East Village Health Centre and Dr. Francisco Portugal; APO Products Ltd. Importer & Distributor, Dr. Teodoro Tsang of Dentistry on Main street.  The Gold sponsors are: MBC Immigration Specialists; Belle Optical; RE/MAX Realtron Realty Inc. Realtor Melanie Tacanay & Aziz Hafizy, Dr. Teodoro Tsang of Dentistry on Main St., and Mamann & Associates Immigration Lawyers.

Among the donors are: First Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan, Philippine Heritage Band, Melinda Rustia,, Kaakbay Financial Services, Elvira Arevalo, Danny Lee of Wah Sing Restaurant, Ariel Santos of RBC Residential Mortgages, Teresa Mendoza Torralba, Gloria Dumlao of Health Therapy Clinic, and Henry Araoag.

The concert has the in-kind assistance from Toronto Mayor David Miller, who has issued a call for everyone to support “Rebuilding People’s Lives.”

“On behalf of all Torontonians, I want to thank the organizers for their efforts and urge everyone to support the event. The Leyte Philippines mudslide disaster was a terrible tragedy and this concert will raise much needed funds for relief and rehabilitation for the victims,” Mayor Miller said in a recent media statement. (The Philippine Reporter, April 1-5, 2006).

The livelihood project itself was identified as a priority need by the survivors, based on the consultation conducted by the CDRC.

The CDRC project is also the beneficiary of the 4th CD launch concert by Lilac Caña, titled “I’ll be With You,” on Saturday, Earth Day, April 22, at The Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Toronto), where the CDRC mudslide project will be one of two beneficiaries, the other being Gawad Kalinga.

Tickets for “Rebuilding People’s Lives” are available at a cost of $20; and $30 per person.

Contacts for inquiries and tickets are: Edwin Mercurio (416) 709-7884; Hermie Garcia (416) 461-8694; Flor Dandal or Aguido de la Cruz at Kababayan Community Centre (416) 532-3888;the or

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CASJ Launch and Induction of Officers and Members

Posted by casjcanada on December 22, 2004

We invite you to

Saturday January 22, 2005
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers and Foyer

150 Borough Dr N/W of McCowan and Ellesmere
Scarborough, Toronto

  • Press conference on major issues in the Filipino community
  • Presentation of CASJ’s Action Plan
  • Induction of Officers and Members
  • Light Snacks

Invited guests
Zanana Akande – President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Haroon Siddiqui – President, PEN Canada; Toronto Star columnist

Subway to Kennedy Station, then take LRT to Scarborough Town Ctr stop
Parking lot on Town Centre Court – Free if on City business and if there is space in lot, otherwise, metered parking available all around the Civic Ctr.

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