Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Filipino public education defender in Fredericton

Francisca Castro, a defender of public education in the Philippines, is in Fredericton this week participating in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Convention. She will be giving a free public talk at the Wilmot United Church, 473 King St. on Friday, April 13th at 7:00pm. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.

Castro, a teacher and union activist from the Philippines, will share her work against the privatization of public services like education in the Philippines. She is the Secretary-General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines (ACT). ACT is the largest non-traditional teachers' organization in the country working for the economic and political well-being of teachers and education workers, and for genuine social transformation. Many of its national and local leaders have been assassinated. Castro and ACT also actively support political prisoners.

Castro's public event is co-hosted by the CUPE Global Justice Fund, the Fredericton Peace Coalition, the Wilmot Church World Outreach Committee and the Fredericton District Labour Council.