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Hundred Marched for Equity and Justice for Veterans in Hollywood on Veterans Day 2014

Hundreds of youths, students, and advocates marched for the Filipino American World War II Veterans, their widows, and relatives for the third time last on Veterans Day (Tuesday November 11, 2014) in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world.

The JFAV (Justice for Filipino American Veterans) Veterans Day March started at 12:00 noon after a pre-rally at the corner of Ivar and Hollywood Streets. Speakers from the community spoke at the pre-rally included Veteran Rod Ramos of JFAV-LA, Mark Ramos Chair of ProPeople Youth KmB; Jollene Levid, the National Chairperson of AF3IRM; KmB founder Christine Araquel of People’s CORE, and Iraq War Veteran Mike Prysner of ANSWER-LA and March Forward Veterans.
 
Pre-Rally Program  in FACLA and Rally Proper 
Community leaders Dr. Veronico Agatep of FACLA; Ms. Cecille Ramos, President of Historic Filipintown neighborhood Council and Dr. Orly Cagampan of the Rampart Village Neighborhood Council (RVNC) spoke earlier at the pre-rally program at FACLA Social Hall at around 9:00 AM. 

Representatives from FilAm Student Organizations as far south as San Diego and as far north as Santa Barbara took turns in speaking for equity and justice for Filipino WWII Veterans and widows at the final rally in the Hollywood and Highland. The rally ended at 1:45 PM.
 
More than 30 Groups Participated in the Veterans Day Rally 2014
JFAV National Coordinator Arturo Garcia said, “the JFAV Veterans Day protest will was held to dramatize and remind America of their broken promises and unfulfilled pledges to our remaining 25,000 living veterans and 60,000 widows and relatives. Aside from JFAV-LA more than 30 groups that participated in the march.”

Participating organizations were Alliance-Philippines(AJLLP), People's CORE, S4PACE, AWARE-San Francisco, JFAV-San Francisco, Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA),ANSWER-LA, March Forward Veterans, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC). Philippinetown Inc. (PTI), Knights of Rizal -HFT, Burlington School, HIFI Neighborhood Council (HFNC), Rampart Village Neighborhood Council (RVNC), FACLA Youth and Cultural Group.

FilAm youth and student groups that participated included : Pro PeopleYouth (Kabataang makaBayan (KmB), LAKAS Mentorship, Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change, KmB San Diego, AF3IRM, Kappa Psi Epsilon, KMB SessionsX LA, SCPASA, Kababayan Alliance of UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara Kapatirang Pilipino, PASK, CalPoly Pomona Barkada, CSULB Pilipino American Coalition (PAC), XPO. TDB Dark Boyz, Samahang Pilipino of UCLA,Pilipinos For Community Health (PCH), USC Troy Philippines, UCR Katipunan, CSUN FASA, Pasadena City College (PCC) Tropa and other groups.