In 1973 (not long after the declaration of martial law in the Philippines) a group of Philippine nationals (some in exile from martial law) and Filipino Americans came together to form the KDP (Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino – Union of Democratic Filipinos). KDP's purpose was to restore democracy in the Philippines, fight discrimination against Filipinos in the US, and be a voice for the Filipino community on multiple social justice issues in the US. It was a leadership development opportunity for a generation that would move on to other struggles and organizational forms when martial law was ended in the Philippines and the KDP disbanded in 1987/88. The KDP was an organization of young people in their early twenties and 30's who desired to participate in the tumultuous national and international struggles of the period.
Thirty years later KDP has released a book of some of our personal experiences/political lessons.
Please come to the Bay Area book launch of "A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)", this Friday, March 30, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the historic I-Hotel, 848 Kearny Street, San Francisco.
If you are attending the Asian American Studies Conference in San Francisco this week March 29th to March 31st, there are a handful of workshops related to the KDP on the agenda.