Tags: Activism

Making activists of them all

Instead of the extrajudicial killings and human rights violations that have surged in unprecedented numbers during their troubling watch, the minions of the Duterte regime are condemning activism as if it were a heinous crime whose perpetrators deserve the death penalty they so eagerly want to restore. They’re not explicitly saying it, but anyone with…

On becoming a full-time activist

Beyond the instagrammable image of a fierce-looking activist with a clenched fist is someone rationalizing and constantly reaffirming his fidelity to radical politics. Activists are stereotyped as dogmatic simpletons who derive a perverse pleasure in organizing rallies. While it is true that public participation in a collective exercise is indeed a thrilling experience, especially if…

A letter of reassurance to my mother

Ni JOHN THIMOTY A. ROMERO Mother, I am very aware that my decision to teach in Mindanaoan mountains weakened not only yours, but of Dad’s and Lolo’s seemingly frail hearts. You’ve already visualized me in areas you thought were far greater than where I am today: studying abroad, high-paying universities, straight pursuit of post-graduate studies…