Ninotchka Rosca was the founding chair of GABRIELA Network, a Philippine-US women's solidarity mass organization, and was the international spokesperson for the Purple Rose Campaign Against the Sex Trafficking of Filipinas and Filipino children. Ninotchka Rosca is also a critically acclaimed writer, author of two novels, two short story collections and one non-fiction book. Women's Peace Day will also celebrate the launching of a book co-authored by Ms. Rosca along with Professor Jose Maria Sison entitled "Jose Ma. Sison: At Home in the World." Jose Ma. Sison is known for having re-established the Communist Party of the Philippines, one of the 17 organizations under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). She travels the United States and the world constantly, lecturing and organizing for women's rights and women's liberation.
On Aug. 9 2007, Gabriela Network USA, a Philippine-U.S. women’s solidarity mass organization, announced that, “de facto President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo put three GABNet leaders on a “watch list” and preventing them from boarding their return flights to the United States. The GABNet 3—Dr. Annalisa Enrile, Ninotchka Rosca and Judith Mirkinson—were in the Philippines to attend the 10th bi-annual Women’s International Solidarity Affair.
GABNet launched a letter-writing campaign to put pressure on the U.S. government and its ambassador in the Philippines.Several organizations took up the call, including the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines and the ANSWER Coalition.
ANSWER supporters sent 1,360 faxes and 2,272 emails to their congressional representatives and to Ambassador Kristie Kenney in the Philippines.
In addition, GABNet called for emergency protests and on Aug. 13 hundreds rallied nationwide outside Filipino Consulates to demand the immediate release of the GABNet 3. The Party for Socialism and Liberation participated in protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco.
Due to the determined international campaign conducted by the Gabriela Network and its supporters, on Aug. 14, the GABNet 3 boarded flights to the United States. They suffered continued harassment by immigration officials, but returned safely the same day.
Left Forum 2014
Solidarity and Alliances: Issues of Power and Privilege
- Ninotchka Rosca, Chair AF3IRM
- Primi Akhtar YA-YA Network
- Nate Franco Solidarity
- Claudio Gaete-Tapia
- Ivy Quicho AF3IRM