What to Wear to an International Assembly

By Seyra Rico - 11:53 AM

GABRIELA is a proud member of ILPS, or International League of Peoples' Struggle. The Philippines hosted its 5th International Assembly last November 14-16, with the theme, "For a Socially Just World, Strengthen the Peoples’ Solidarity and Intensify the Struggle Against Imperialist Plunder, Crisis and War!” ILPS is the biggest alliance of anti-imperialist organizations worldwide. You can read more about ILPS here


Since people don't mind, I wore shorts. If you have been reading this blog for a while you'll know that I don't really like jeans. Many comrades are wearing activism/campaign shirts. I chose to wear a blazer because I was explaining our exhibit, the Free Our Sisters, Free Ourselves campaign to free all women political prisoners. All these women are organizers or NDFP consultants that are protected by Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) yet they are all illegally arrested and detained. Most of them faces trumped up charges like homicide, murder, frustrated murder, illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Up to 15(!!!) cases had been filed against them, and some of them are facing 5 life sentences, just because of their principles and political views. 
EMF blazer | Terranova shorts

The ILPS delegates also did a candle lighting activity for the victims and survivors of Paris and Beirut attacks. I was silent on social media for the past few days because I can't find the time to go online anymore. I usually post statements of my GABRIELA and BAYAN contingent, not my own thoughts. I'd really rather be an activist in person, than be an online persona who isn't doing anything in real life. But because of ILPS I realized that we are all fighting against the same thing. All over the world, the people's movements are growing, citizens are taking these issues to the streets, demanding justice and abolishment of anti-people policies and agreements. I detested the move by Facebook--the option of changing of profile photos filter with France's flag, because it strengthened the imperialist's mindset that Western lives are much more valuable than the lives of people in Syria, Beirut, Palestine, Kurdistan, and many others. If it's wrong to kill innocent people in Paris, then it is wrong to kill innocent people ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Paris bombed Syria after the attack, thankfully, no one died for they bombed abandoned ISIL bases in Raqqa. It all comes down to this systematized violence that killed thousands of people and displaced a million more. Violence because of imperialism, disguised as peace operations, to get the resources of another country for profit. Never mind the death toll rising. I will never understand how all these leaders are so merciless, they are willing to sacrifice all these lives for money.


So what about you? What will you wear to a congregation like this? You can comment below!

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88 comments

  1. Thanks for your lovely words on my last post!
    What a powerful article, people nowhere in the world should be killed for money.

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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    1. Thanks, Kati. I wish the killings will stop NOW.

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  2. love this! :) you really do have such a great blog!

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  3. Lovely look.
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  4. Wow! I've never been to anything like this but it sounds like it's for such a great cause!

    I think your blazer was a good pick too, added a nice touch of professionalism to your casual outfit :)

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  5. Great picture. I like the blazer with the shorts.

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  6. You have indeed made the right choice for an outfit. I admire your activism and fighting for justice spirit!

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  7. Great choice!!
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  8. Looks great
    Seems like an important assembly.

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  9. I love your look!
    I think you look amazing!
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  10. Interesting post for a great cause!
    I love your blazer!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  11. Pretty! Great choice!
    xx Elle

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    1. Thanks, Elle! I've seen it, great post!

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  12. great outfit
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    I'll follow back after it

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  13. Great post ! Thanks for sharing !
    Nina
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  14. Nice photos!

    Xx,

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  15. Nice look!
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  16. lovely look!
    xo, shell
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  17. I'd definitely add a blazer for an event like this as well, they're so versatille! Thanks for sharing! x

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  18. Very cute, I love the blazer!

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  19. Great post ! :) lovely photos :)
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  20. lovely !!


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  21. Great cause for that undertaking! I like your menswear inspired but still so sexy and fun look! MABUHAY!!!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Ohh, are you part Filipina?

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  22. You look great darling!

    xo,
    Sara

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  23. Beautiful look! Lovely pictures.
    Love, Raysa

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  24. Seyra, this is such an inspirational post. I really love your outfit for the event. To be honest, I never tried to wear a blazer with shorts, but I like how it looks on you. I would definitely try it next summer:) Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Yulia! I think it works best for places with tropical climate? Tell me how it goes when you wear something like this?

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  25. Awesome post and pbotos!

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  26. Loved reading your opinion very eye opening. Love the outfit as well.
    Rachel xo
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  27. stunning! ;)

    xoxo, rae
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  28. Lovely blazer... and what an amazing post!

    - Cielo
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  29. Lovely blazer! and great post too! In occasion of an event like this I will probably wear black pants and a blazer like yours!
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  30. Such a great post! I appreciate you dear!
    Xoxo,
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  31. This seems like an amazing and wonderful event to be apart of. And I absolutely love the casual look of your outfit as well. Great post. Happy Holidays.

    Kia / KTS
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    1. Thank you, Kia. It's like you become part of another world entirely, because you're with the people who wishes for a much better world. :)

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  32. Oh, you look so fabulous! Such a stylish outfit! You have great sense of style! Can’t wait to see your new outfit!

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  33. Nice look. I like the pop of color :)

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  34. You look madungis tho. The blzaer is too large + the violet shorts.

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    1. Grabe naman yung madungis. Di pwedeng elfin?

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  35. the contrast of the lavender is ON POINT!!!


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