Template:TOCnestleft Rose Estepa Ibanez became politically active in high school during the 1970s, when she joined the Third World Student Group. She worked with the West Coast Federation of Filipino Students (known as Samahan) during college and joined the Kabataang Demokratiko ng Pilipinas, a group that protested martial law in the Philippines. She has worked on numerous Filipino American, anti-Marcos regime, immigration, and affirmative action campaigns. Today, Ibanez works at the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission. She is also completing a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration at California State University at Long Beach.
She is married to Florante Ibanez.
“We had a ‘people’s wedding’ in the ‘70s said Rose Ibanez who, with spouse Florante Ibanez, was part of the leadership of the Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (Union of Democratic Filipinos) in LA. “A people’s wedding is when all your friends help,” Rose reminisced. Rose is a longtime city manager and Florante manages the library computer services at Loyola Law School and teaches Filipino American history
Beginning in 1975, the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) sent groups of activists to the Goddard Program at Cambridge for graduate studies in Philippine and Filipino American history. The intent was for these scholar-activists to become teachers in colleges and a few did.
Grassroots Fundraiser to elect Karen Bass to Congress
Friday, May 28, 2010 359 S. Westmoreland, Los Angeles, CA;
- Help Elect Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass to Congress. Come join us in an afternoon of music, food and lively discussions on how we can help send Karen Bass to Washington, D.C. This is a grassroots fundraiser - everyone is welcome.
People and the Power of Resistance from 1986 to Today
People and the Power of Resistance from 1986 to Today commemorated the 31st anniversary of the EDSA revolution Saturday, February 26 2017, at the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles.
Former activists and leaders of the civil rights and anti-martial movements in Greater Los Angeles area commemorated the 31st anniversary of the EDSA revolution
The event honored the peaceful toppling of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the culmination of massive acts of civil disobedience in the Philippines from February 22-25, 1986.
California State University Northridge professor emeritus Enrique de la Cruz recalled “the arc of history” from the beginnings of Martial Law in 1972 to the EDSA revolution in 1986 and the successful struggle to remove the U.S. military bases, which was clinched by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.
A scholar who has written on Asian Americans and Philippines-U.S. relations, de la Cruz noted that even during Cory Aquino’s term, death squads still targeted suspected leftwing activists.
Joining de la Cruz was a group fondly called the community’s “women warriors” — Prosy Abarquez de la Cruz, Fe Koons, Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough and Rose Ibanez — who were in the nucleus of the US-based movement to help restore civil rights and end martial law in the Philippines.