Fred and Jet have been living and working in the Philippines for well over six years now. Still, their names surface often among the many Affiliates who came to know them in the more than 10 years that Fred was in Affiliate leadership. In a recent conversation with Fred, he suggested that, to reenergize the chapters there, it would probably make good sense to combine the individual chapters into one "Philippine Chapter". He has begun to work towards that realization.
Beyond his heavy work load, I've included two other areas of commitment in which Fred has been involved:
- My main “spare time” activity has been with a small group of people concerned about the situation in the Philippines and the ongoing killings. Our approach, though, has been one where we try not to take a political stand, but promote human dignity and life. On February 16, we had our third annual “Reclaiming Valentine’s Day” where we go to the local city jail and invite others to celebrate the day and remember the real work of St. Valentine’s with prisoners. It is also an attempt to get people to see the human face of those in jail mostly for drug crimes. Sadly, just yesterday, four inmates (now referred to as persons deprived of liberty or PDLs) were killed in an early morning raid by the police to search for drugs in the jail. It is a mystery to me why any PDL would resist heavily armed police when they are right inside the jail already.
- Fred also wrote that, "On another note, I started an online petition (see link below) to make a little difference in the climate change debate. Not too many people have signed it, which was kind of disappointing, but if you get a chance to sign this at pass it on, please do:
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