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FiRE aka: Filipinas Rights and Empowerment is a leftist women’s organization serving New York City and its surrounding areas.

Dedicated to global and local Filipina and Filipina American issues. Fire promotes the idea that class oppression is inextricable to the struggle of women; therefore they support and create women’s initiatives by building alliances and mobilizing Filipino immigrant and native-born community through leftist indoctrination.

FiRE has a leftist anti-imperialist philosophy and works in solidarity with the National Democratic movement of the Philippines. FiRE creates discontent in the Filipino diaspora by organizing across class, gender, sexual identity, and age lines. Bringing woman-born and woman-identified people together, FiRE challenges norms and creates ill will by creating self-defined Filipina identities.

FiRE domain info

Domain Name Created On:10-May-2007

Registrant Name:Hanalei Ramos

Registrant Organization:Fi

Registrant Street1:54-05 Seabury Street

Registrant City:Elmhurst

Registrant State/Province:NY

Registrant Postal Code:11373

Registrant Country:US

Registrant Phone:+7.185658862


Filipinas Join Thousands in New York Protesting Wars Around the World on April 14, 2011

FiRE Anti War protest in NYC April 14, 2011
FiRE Anti War protest in NYC April 14, 2011
FiRE Anti War protest in NYC April 14, 2011

From the FiRE press Release:

Filipinas Join Thousands in New York Protesting Wars Around the World
Posted by h! on April 14, 2011
Filipinas Join Thousands in New York Protesting Wars Around the World
Reference: Irma Salvatierra Bajar, Chairperson, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment Email:
New York City – On Saturday, April 9, thousands of anti-war protesters flooded the streets of New York City to demand an end to the wars all over the world at the United National Anti-war Committee rally at Union Square. Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), as an anti-imperialist organization, demanded an end to covert wars of U.S. military aggression in the Philippines under the pretext of the Balikatan Exercises, Oplan Bayanihan, and the Visiting Forces Agreement.
FiRE was part of the 75 person Asian Pacific Islander contingent which included BAYAN USA, AnakBAYAN NY, AnakBAYAN NJ, New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, Action 21, and Jersey City Peace Movement. “We need to show solidarity in international issues, especially due to the bombings and military presence in Korea, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine. Our struggles are connected and rooted in the military presence of the U.S. in this nations,” said Christina Hilo, Secretary General of FiRE.
April marks the beginning of the annual the Balikatan Exercises or, war games between the Philippines and the United States military. During this, three thousand U.S. troops endanger the lives of thousands of Filipinos by detonating explosives and conducting manhunts in local communities. Usually, the victims of enforced disappearances and murders, the armed forces are given impunity for furthering President Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan agenda.
FiRE, which defends the rights of women across the globe, “represent[s] the women who are exploited through forced prostitution, trafficking, rape – which all increase when there is a base embedded in the community, “ said Krystle Cheirs, Finance Director of FiRE.

Causes Supported

FiRE endorses the United National Anti-war Committee’s Sat 4/9 Rally

Filipinos demand US Troops out of the Philippines US out of the Middle East An End to the Balikatan Exercises To Scrap Oplan Bayanihan.

On the Ousting of Mubarak in Egypt

February 12, 2011

Irma Bajar, Chairperson, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, On the Ousting of Mubarak in Egypt February 12, 2011 Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment congratulates Egypt on their triumphant show of people power in the ousting of Hosni Mubarak.

Standing in Solidarity by Hena Ashraf

on February 9, 2011

Promoted video by Hena Ashraf

quote So many New Yorkers came out to show support for Egypt! Your FiRE sisters are in it, and were given the amazing honor of ending the video with MAKIBAKA!

Join the online campaign to end the Korean War now!

December 1, 2010 Quote:

In response to a U.S. War Crisis on Korean peninsula we are urging your participation in a Rally this Tuesday, Nov 30 at 5pm at Rockefeller Center and 2 on-line actions. One on-line action is organized by National Campaign to End the Korean War ([1]


Clicking on the donate button on the FiRe website takes you to this Paypal link Paypal donate button

Known Members

FiRE’s Executive Committee

Other Founding Members

Other Known Members


  1. FiRE NYC Join the campaign agianst the Korean War(accessed June 15, 2011)
  2. FiRe about us page(accessed June 15, 2011)
  3. SANDIWA Confrence 2008 website(accessed June 15, 2011)
  4. BOYCOTT NESTLE! website(accessed June 15, 2011)