Reflection • 17 July 2015 •
The Pope, Austerity, and Eid'l Fitr: a Reflection*
A Muslim youth leader and peace activist reflects on the significance of Eid'l Fitr in the modern world
Peter Paul Sengson
*Originally published 1:04 PM, July 18, 2015, as "When Ramadan ends Charity Begins" at: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/ispeak/99651-ramadan-ends-charity-zakat-begins
For Muslims, Ramadan is a month of reflection. We are encouraged to enrich our knowledge of the faith in this Holy Month. In observing my 6th Ramadan as a balik-Islam, allow me to share my reflections on the faith and current issues that confront our world.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar when the Qur’an...
Statement • 24 July 2015 • Liza Maza
Statement of Liza Maza on Her Being Barred from Travelling to the US
On July 9, 2015, Peace for Life Working Group Member, Liza Maza, was refused by Korean Air to board her flight on the strength of an email from the US Homeland Security. She was heading to the United States to be an expert witness on the International People’s Tribunal convened by people’s organizations to hear the crimes against the Filipino people of its President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and US President Barack Obama.
Below is a personal statement from Liza released last July 15...
News • 19 April 2015 • PfL Leadership Group
Omega Bula Appointed New General Secretary of Peace for Life
The People’s Forum on Peace for Life is pleased to announce Omega Bula as its new General Secretary effective April 2015. Omega replaces Carmencita Karagdag who had served as Coordinator since the founding of the organization in November 2004. Born and raised in Zambia, Omega is the former Executive Minister of the Partners in Mission Unit at The United Church of Canada.
“My vision is a Peace for Life movement, not institution which works for peace in the world, is a learning movement that listens...
PfL Statement • 10 April 2015 •
April 10, 2015
We, Muslims and Christians from Kenya, Zambia, Philippines, South Korea, Tanzania and India who are members of the Working Group and Program Teams of Peace for Life (PFL), representing social movements around the world;
Gathered here in Nairobi, Kenya, 8 to 10 April 2015 and hosted by the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) ascertain that we are meeting at a time when Kenya is in mourning for her 148 students who were mercilessly massacred by members of the Al-Shabaab terror group purportedly because of being Christians.
We join Kenyans who aspire for sustainable...
PfL Statement • 15 January 2015 •
(PFL statement on the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines)
15 January 2015
(Photo: while Pope Francis wants to see and listen to the demands of the Filipino poor, cops block the bulk of people, who wants to see and welcome the Pope)
Manila, Philippines - The People’s Forum on Peace for Life, an international interfaith movement for global justice and peace, warmly welcomes Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.
True to his call for reform in the Catholic Church, his visit to the Global South is an affirmation of his pastoral ministry to learn from the...
PfL Statement • 1 November 2014 •
17-18, October 2014 Davao City, Philippines
The People’s Forum on Peace for Life (PFL) has gathered here in Mindanao, in the city of Davao, to celebrate its 10-year anniversary as having been the most consistent, vocal, and principled global interfaith movement against Empire and all of the unjust systems of hierarchy and oppression that exist in a world wherein predatory corporate capitalism reigns supreme. The celebration took place in a form of an Interfaith Encounter and Peace Festival with the theme: “Towards a New World Without Empire:The Imperative of Muslim-Christian Solidarity”. Our meetings and...
PfL Statement • 17 July 2014 • People’s Forum on Peace for Life Secretariat
The People’s Forum on Peace for Life condemns the murderous Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.
Operation Protective Edge is but a new name to the State of Israel’s longstanding policy of aggression against Palestinians, and serves to mock once more the dreams of all peace-loving peoples in the world for justice in the Holy Land.
Since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, at least 223 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,600 others injured as a result of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Over 70 of the Palestinian casualties are women, children, and...
Statement • 25 June 2014 • Junaid Ahmad
(The following is a recent statement read at the Pakistan Conference in Toronto, Canada. http://pakistanconference.wordpress.com/)
Fellow colleagues, comrades, and friends:
I wish I could be there with you for this important and timely conference. The organizers have clearly done an excellent job at bringing together papers and voices which unsettle all of the tropes, mantras, and neo-orientalist assumptions about Pakistan and Pakistanis. Even though I write these brief words while the conference has not even begun yet, I can confidently anticipate a fruitful exchange of ideas that will certainly advance the progressive and liberationist intellectual - and...
Analysis • 11 June 2014 • Arnold Padilla, IBON Foundation
Philippine sovereignty remains seriously challenged even as the country marks its supposed 116th Independence Day on June 12. The biggest threat still comes from the US especially amid its so-called pivot to Asia. This foreign policy of the Obama regime involves the deepening of US-PH colonial ties such as through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Recently signed, EDCA is now the most blatant symbol of US intervention in the country, much like the old US military bases in Subic and Clark. And like before, government is reciting all sorts of benefits to justify what is...
News • 6 May 2014 • PfL Secretariat
An Organizational Transformation Team (OTT), created at the 3rd People’s Forum held in October 2013, concluded its meeting recently in Bangkok, Thailand. The OTT, which was tasked to review PfL’s ten years of work and propose new directions, was convened from March 22 to 27.
Participating in the Bangkok meeting were PfL Co-moderator Omega Bula, Working Group member Christopher Ferguson, Local Oversight Committee member Susan Cruz and former Working Group member Ranjan Solomon. The OTT team’s mandate includes:
(a) To review the report to the Jeju Assembly of the People’s Forum on Peace for Life held in...