Duterte's War: The Current Crisis in the Philippines and Beyond

Join us for an evening of discussion on the current crisis in the Philippines with UW Professor Vicente Rafael, King County Chief of Staff Cindy Domingo, and Odette Polintan, president of the ABAWSSF.

VICENTE RAFAEL is the Giovanni and Ann Costigan Endowed Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He has published widely on the colonial and post-colonial Philippines. His books include Contracting Colonialism; White Love and Other Events in Filipino History; The Promise of the Foreign and his new book, Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation, all published by Duke University Press. He has also recently wrote the Introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Nick Joaquin's short stories, The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic.

CINDY DOMINGO is one of the co-editors of the newly released book, "A Time to Rise – Collective  Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)" published by The University of Washington Press. This book is a collection of essays by members of the KDP, the only revolutionary organization that emerged in the Filipino American community during the 1970s and '80s. Domingo also co-wrote a story in the book by Mila DeGuzman, "Women Against Marcos, Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought Against a Dictator." Domingo is a second generation Filipino American but has been involved in the US based Philippine support movement since 1974. In 1981, Domingo's brother, Silme Domingo and fellow KDP activist, Gene Viernes, were murdered in Seattle for their work in building labor solidarity between the Philippine and US labor movements. Cindy Domingo, co-led the struggle to get justice in their murders, winning a landmark federal court decision of $23.1 million against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos for their roles in the murders.