Wednesday, January 24, 2018

An invitation to the Philippine launch of A Time to Rise

A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)
Conference Hall, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies
Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni
University of the Philippines-Diliman
2 February 2018 (Friday), 4:00 - 6:00 PM

The Program on Alternative Development and the Program on Social and Political Change of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, the UP Third World Studies Center, the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman, and Laban ng Masa invite the public to the Philippine book launch of A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) edited by Rene Ciria Cruz, Cindy Domingo, and Bruce Occena, with foreword by Augusto F. Espiritu.

Ms. Domingo, one of the book's editors, will be present at the launch event.

This book launch is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


In the politically turbulent 1970s and '80s, a revolutionary organization emerged in the Filipino American community. Overcoming cultural and class differences, the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) members joined in a single national organization to mobilize for civil rights in the United States and for democracy and national liberation in the Philippines.

A Time to Rise collects forty-three personal accounts by participants in the struggle, providing a full and multifaceted picture of KDP recruitment, organizing, and training, including women's central role in the organization and its leadership. Many stories involve the long road to justice for murdered KDP and union leaders Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, culminating in the 1989 landmark victory in the federal civil suit against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and their codefendants. These memoirs offer political insights and stirring examples of courage that resonate today.

Refreshments will be provided.