Fighting from a Distance: How Filipino Exiles Helped Topple a Dictator

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University of Illinois Press, Apr 1, 2013 - Social Science - 184 pages
During February 1986, a grassroots revolution overthrew the fourteen-year dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. In this book, Jose V. Fuentecilla describes how Filipino exiles and immigrants in the United States played a crucial role in this victory, acting as the overseas arm of the opposition to help return their country to democracy. A member of one of the major U.S.-based anti-Marcos movements, Fuentecilla tells the story of how small groups of Filipino exiles--short on resources and shunned by some of their compatriots--arrived and survived in the United States during the 1970s, overcame fear, apathy, and personal differences to form opposition organizations after Marcos's imposition of martial law, and learned to lobby the U.S. government during the Cold War. In the process, he draws from multiple hours of interviews with the principal activists, personal files of resistance leaders, and U.S. government records revealing the surveillance of the resistance by pro-Marcos White House administrations. The first full-length book to detail the history of U.S.-based opposition to the Marcos regime, Fighting from a Distance provides valuable lessons on how to persevere against a well-entrenched opponent.
 

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Contents

Escaping from the Homeland
1
Surviving the First Years
9
Dread and Apathy
14
Differences Hindering Unity
21
How the Dictator Usurped Power
27
Conflicting Opposition Groups
32
How the United States Fought the Exiles
44
Turning to Radical Means
54
Bringing the Fight to the Homeland
91
The Leader Who Led the Movement
101
Epilogue
111
Notes
119
Bibliography
135
Acknowledgments
141
MFP Chapters and Chairpersons as of 1979
143
Report on a Successful Demonstration
147

Winning Hearts and Minds
66
Arrival of an Exile Hero
75
Adding Up the Losses and Wins
87
Chronology of Events
150
Index
155
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A native of the Philippines, Jose V. Fuentecilla emigrated to the United States in the 1960s. He has lived and worked as a journalist and editor in New York City.

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