Fil-Ams perform against bullying
By: Pau Aguilera
Filipino-American musicians and YouTube artists converged at an anti-bullying concert in Los Angeles, California today.
This year’s “AniPiano” at Club Nokia will help fund Jade Against Bullying, an organization to raise awareness on and combat bullying, founded by a Fil-Am Jade Archer, a bullying victim who was able to turn her tragic experience into an advocacy.
“I really want to expand (the fight) against bullying. I really want to open up a teen center one day where kids can be who they are and express themselves, and I want to see bullying go away,” Archer told Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN’s North America News Bureau in an article posted on ABS-CBNNews.com.
Among the show’s performers were Fil-Am classical pianist Ismael Ramos, who owns the top-ranking YouTube channel TehIster, and alternative rock band Above Seclusion, with Fil-Am bassist Brennen Bates.
“The anime culture in general is very unique. It’s very extreme. When I was a kid, I watched anime,” Ramos said about having to perform anime-inspired tunes during the concert.
Bates, for his part, shared, “All of us were bullied. It was called ‘Above Seclusion’ because we were basically above secluding people into groups because that’s how people got bullied.”
Archer laments how laws against bullying are not being implemented in several California cities for one reason or another.
The city of Rancho Santa Margarita reportedly introduced an anti-bullying ordinance last week, though the rules on punishment are said to be difficult to implement.
Carson, another city with a huge population of Filipinos, also failed to outlaw bullying last May, while an appeals court dumped an anti-bullying ordinance in Albany County this week, because, as published on the Daily Gazette, its text enveloped “far more than acts of cyberbullying against children” as it also “criminalizes a variety of constitutionally protected modes of expression.”
“Nothing is being done, and it’s just so heartbreaking to see because if one city can pass it, it would make such an impact,” Archer said.
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