Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA & Gabriela-USA’s member organizations began the lightning rally, marching to a rendition of Bayan Ko. Carrying “NO to Con-Ass” and “NO to Cha-Cha” signs, AnakBayan LA, Habi Arts & Sisters of Gabriela Awaken (SiGAw) members expressed their anger at the U.S.-Arroyo regime’s desperate Con-Ass maneuver to hold on to power.
Fil-Ams were also demanding justice for fellow Habi Arts member, Melissa Roxas, a U.S. Citizen who was abducted and tortured by armed men last May while doing community health work in the Philippines. A street theater piece highlighting the on-going human rights violations was dedicated to Roxas, Jonas Burgos, Karen Empeno, Sherlyn Cadapan, James Balao, Juanito Carabeo, John Edward Jandoc and all other victims of the U.S.-Arroyo regime.
With a thunderous outcry denouncing Arroyo, the protestors drowned out the cheers of U.S.-Arroyo supporters as Arroyo was escorted back to LAX. The morning rally was concluded with an “Arroyo, You’re A Jerk” hip hop dance circle led by AnakBayan Los Angeles.