Kuusela Hilo

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Kuusela Hilo is the vice chair for Bayan USA.

Books Not Bombs II

In the campus' first major antiwar demonstration of the 2004 academic year, community members gathered in White Plaza for "Books Not Bombs II,"a smaller version of last year's student strike. An hour of cheers and speeches — most of them focused on criticizing the foreign and domestic policies of President George W. Bush — was followed by a march to Hoover Tower and alternative classes led by Stanford faculty and scholars. "This is about holding Bush accountable," said demonstration organizer Sofia Lee, a senior. "I mean, he's trying to feed us the idea that this federal marriage amendment is the central issue of this election. That's not what this election is about. It's about all the people who have died in Iraq. It's about remembering the 2000 election and all the Florida voters who got disenfranchised."

Organizers emphasized that one of the event's main goals was simply to remind students of what they describe as the injustices of the past two years — a theme driven home at a poetry reading during the candlelight vigil, which featured chants of "We refuse to forget." The rally opened with performances by the Stanford Mariachi Band and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Psychology Prof. Philip Zimbardo gave a speech depicting the Bush administration as waging a campaign of fear against U.S. citizens and using the threat of terrorism to push through the legislation that it wants. When Stanford janitor Doroteo Garcia spoke to the crowd, Lee translated his words from Spanish. Garcia argued that the war in Iraq has harmed the lives of local workers. "Last year, we were negotiated a new contract, and the big companies used the pretext of hard economic times because of the war to prevent us from getting a raise," Garcia said.

Alumn Kuusela Hilo, Class of '03, gave a speech describing her work for the on Human Rights in the Philippines; she attributed the misery in that country to U.S. imperialism. Citing an earlier successful campaign by Stanford students to convince the University to divest from the Coca-Cola Company because of its support for the apartheid government in South Africa, Hilo said, "1 got the hell out of here last year, but I'm back to remind you that Stanford students have a legacy of protecting and liberating people." Sophomore Linda Tran, the event's MC, ended the rally with a denunciation of Stanford's Hoover Institution and the involvement of Hoover Fellows in planning Bush's foreign policy. Many of the demonstrators marched to Hoover Tower, where they gathered in a circle and shouted chants such as, "Whose war? Hoover's war!" Junior Hai Binh Nguyen urged the demonstrators on, shouting into a bullhorn, "Say it loud! They gotta hear you upstairs!" While many passersby simply stared at the marching crowd, a Marguerite driver waved and yelled. "Hey! No more war!" The march was followed by a set of alternative classes taught in the Main Quad. Faculty teaching alternative lessons included History Prof. Joel Beinin, History Frof. Estelle Freedman,Japan Studies postdoctoral fellow Adrienne Hurley, English Lecturer Emeritus Kathleen Namphy and Cultural and Social Anthropology Prof. Sylvia Yanagisako. [1]

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Kuusela Hilo serves on the board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance[2].

ILPS leader

The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) successfully held its Fourth International Assembly (4th IA) from July 7 to 9, 2011 held in Manila, Philippines under the theme, “Build a Bright Future! Mobilize the People to Resist Exploitation and Oppression Amidst the Protracted Global Depression, State Terrorism and Wars of Aggression”!

The 4th IA was attended by more than 430 delegates and observers from 200 organizations in 43 countries, territories and autonomous regions; namely, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Macau, Malaysia, Manipur, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Venezuela, West Papua and Zimbabwe.

The election of the new members of the International Coordinating Committee was held and the following were elected as regular members of the ICC: Ario Adityo (Indonesia), Cho Akira (Japan), Carol Araullo (Philippines), Binda Man Bista (Nepal), Ramon Bultron (Hong Kong), Fatima Burnad (India), Poguri Chennaiah (India), Len Cooper (Australia), Rudi Hartono Daman (Indonesia), Demba Moussa Dembele (Senegal), Bill Dores (United States), Theo Droog (Netherlands), Luis Dutan (Ecuador), Malcolm Guy (Canada), Kuusela Hilo (United States), Wahu Kaara (Kenya), Mustafa Kilinc (Germany), Elmer Labog (Philippines), Florentino Lopez Martinez (Mexico), Lyn Meza (United States), Peter Murphy (Australia), Nikos Noulas (Greece), Jose Sison (Netherlands), Antonio Tujan (Philippines), Nestor Villatoro (Guatemala), Jang Chang Weon (South Korea) and Daphna Whitmore (New Zealand).

And the following as alternate members: Rey Casambre (Philippines), May Kotsakis (Australia), Dennis Maga (New Zealand), Liza Maza (Philippines), Malem Ningthouja (Manipur), Rafael Mariano (Philippines), Steve da Silva (Canada) and Barbara Waldern (South Korea).[3]

Reportback

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Jan. 31, 2016;

Just finished an amazing ILPS 5th International Assembly SoCal Reportback with Southern California delegates (picture) from Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families, Palestinian Youth Movement - Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire, Juventud FMLN-Sur de California, and Red Guards - Los Angeles | Long Live International Solidarity #ILPS5IA #InternationalSolidarity — with Kuusela Hilo, Nancy Zuniga, Joanna Concepcion, Hiyasmin Saturay, Eric Tandoc, Jennifer Amparo Carcamo and Alex Marroquin. Juan Pablo Guevara also pictured.

3626 E 5th St,Los Angeles Sunday 31 January 2016, organized by Bayan Southern CA. ILPS 5th International Assembly Southern California Reportback.

In November 2015, members of community organizations from Southern California attended the ILPS 5th International Assembly in Manila, Philippines, where they met organizers from over 40 countries committed to fighting global imperialism, neoliberalism, and U.S. militarization.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Scott Scheffer, Facundo Rompe, Freddie Spruell, Fidel Agcaoili, Jewelle Dela Cruz, Jennifer Amparo Carcamo, Vito Perez, Paula Abad, Janelle Viray, Celine Qussiny, Nancy Zuniga, Geno Fernandez, Juan Pablo Guevara, Andrew Esposo, Samantha Pineda, Steven Osuna, Dang Da Wei, Bev Tang, Taylor Thomas, Kooper Caraway, Jodi Scofield, Sam Beutler, Rudy Liporada, Ivan Penetrante, Gilbert A. Portillo, Dominico Vega, Alex Marroquin, Diana Sandoval, Arnie Saiki, Ast Aten-Khepera Nut, Eric Tandoc, Raysuli Williams,Cynthia Guardado, Diane Hirsch-garcia, Maridel Andrada, Steve Angeles, Michelle Mondia, Nicole Dumaguindin, Marisol Marquez, Terrie Cervas, Jason Martinez, Kuusela Hilo, Richard Cano, Nikole Cababa.

Hosted by ILPS Southern California, Palestinian Youth Movement - Southern California, JFMLN - Sur de California, Bayan-USA Southern California, Red Guards - Los Angeles.[4]

SONA vigil prayer

Bebster Tan July 23, 2012 ·

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SONA vigil prayer at LA Philippine consulate — with Al Mont, Nestor SJ Gerente, Theresa Dhj, Terrie Cervas, Jay Jimenez, Pau Abd, Hiyasmin Quijano, Kuusela Hilo, Ryth M., J. Luis, Yupangco Buktaw, Iggy Pen and Tandang Eric.

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