Patrick Racela is a Filipino musician and community organizer based out of San Francisco. Originally from Pittsburgh, California, Pat shares his transition from student to organizer throughout his years at San Francisco State University. He became politicized though the League of Filipino Students (LFS) at SFSU and was also a member of the historic Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE). Currently, he works as a coordinator for Kabataan at the Filipino Community Center—a high school youth program—while also organizing for Kabataan Alliance, a national coalition of various youth and student organizations across the United States. In this episode, Pat shares a few raps and poems inspired by his life experiences and political education. We also talk about his various community exposure trips throughout the Philippines with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network and his continuing advocacy work for Filipino issues and concerns.
3 Pieces of Advice
- Don’t be afraid to speak up.
- Don’t let yourself stop yourself.
- Make some time to reflect. Find your reflection in your people.
League of Filipino Students
Big thank you to the Bay Area high schools, individuals, and friends from Mula Sa Ugat who attended our workshop “Breaking Our Chains” in collab with @pacesfsu1967 and LFS-SFSU for the UPSS (Uniting Filipino Students for Success) Conference at SFSU! These are group photos at the end of each workshop against Trump’s visit to the Philippines for the East Asia Summit on Nov. 12-14. Watch out for updates for the mass mobilization in SF to #BanTrump led by @bayan_usa Northern California. U.S. Out of Asia-Pacific & Philippines Now! Resist Imperialist Globalization & War! #BanTrump #BuildJustPeace #FilipinasNOT4Sale