July 15, 2010
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Staunch patriot, widely-respected labor leader, internationalist , honorable public servant and beloved son of the masses – this is Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran.
An unrelenting union organizer since his youth, he was also a champion of peasants and the urban poor, living among them and fighting for their demands for years until his death on May 20, 2008.
His integrity and incorruptibility shone brilliantly until his last days. He was imprisoned several times by those in power to pressure him into cooperation. He fought for laws where they benefit the people, resisted anti-democratic government schemes, exposing attempts to bribe him into compliance.
Most of all, it was his ardent wish for the working class everywhere to break free from the shackles of wage slavery, and for his beloved country to achieve genuine independence and prosperity.
Thus, we have created the Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center in September 2008 to honor the legacy of this great man, who shall be an inspiration for generations of workers and patriots to come, in the long and arduous fight for workers’ rights and national liberation.
The Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC) shall serve as an independent institution serving the needs of the workers’ movement.
The Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC) shall serve as an independent institution serving the needs of workers and the urban poor, and upholding Ka Bel’s legacy as a parliamentarian of the people.
Specifically, CBBRC shall :
The CBBRC with the family of Ka Bel during the unveiling of the labor leader’s bas relief at the historic Plaza Miranda in Manila
A. Work for laws and policies that promote the interests of labor and the urban poor, and aid in building their capability forarticulating their issues within the halls of parliament.
B. Build a ‘Workers’ School’ which shall serve as a night school and skills training center for displaced workers and the unemployed as a concrete response to the problem of unemployment
C. Provide a social and physical center where workers and their families can converge for a wide range of social activities that promote their intellectual and cultural upliftment
D. Promote international solidarity and linkaging among labor movements of various countries on issues of common and/or international concern.
A. Workers’ Night School and Skills Training Program
- Semi-formal learning program to provide participants with a general understanding of economic theories and policies and how these shape national labor programs and policies. This will be handled by a team of progressive economists and academics with familiarity, or have worked with grassroots movements and social institutions.
- Practical Arts and Vocational Training to equip unskilled and displaced workers with a wider range of livelihood skills that could hopefully expand their opportunities for employment or income-generation. This shall be undertaken in cooperation with existing public and private skills training institutes.
- Library and Computer Training Facilities which shall be open to trade union members and their families.
B. Policy Advocacy and Training for Grassroots Organizations
- Seminars and Workshops to examine laws and public policies on issues relating to labor and urban poor rights and and draw up legislative recommendations for these
- Trainings and Lectures on Philippine parliamentary structures and processes as an aid to capability-building for grassroots organizations in this area of concern
C. Social and Cultural Activities for Workers’ Families
- The Center shall sponsor regular film-showing activities, lectures and workshops on socially-relevant culture and historical / museum tours for children of working class families and out-of-school youth. This shall be done in cooperation with civic and cultural organizations, existing institutes/centers, embassies and other relevant organizations.