Monday, May 23, 2011
Commemorating the Two-Year Anniversary of Melissa’s Survival
Around the world, supporters of the Justice for Melissa Roxas campaign stand in solidarity with Melissa on the two-year anniversary of her survival of enforced disappearance and torture by the Philippine military. Two years ago, due to Melissa’s will to survive and the international campaign crying out for her release, Melissa and her two colleagues were released.
On May 19, 2009, Melissa and her two colleagues were abducted at gunpoint by the Philippine military and tortured. For six days, she had to struggle to survive on her own. Two years later, friends and community leaders in Los Angeles will gather with Melissa to offer moral and political support.
“Melissa had to endure six days of torture on her own but she will never be alone in her struggle for justice. And everyone in Los Angeles that has opened their hearts to embrace her story of survival has realized that we have no option but to speak up for our rights and the rights of others,” said Daya Mortel of the Justice for Melissa Los Angeles task force.
Habi Arts and Anakbayan Los Angeles, of the Justice for Melissa Los Angeles task force, created a special two-year commemorative video for the Justice for Melissa Roxas campaign. Please help mark the two-year anniversary of survival by sharing the Justice for Melissa video posted online at justiceformelissa.org.
BAYAN USA, a convening member of the Justice for Melissa campaign, will be holding a week of protest actions in the streets of New York and San Francisco and online via Facebook to commemorate the six days that Roxas was disappeared.
For more information on how you can support the Justice for Melissa Campaign, visit justiceformelissa.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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