A Time to Rise

Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP)

Edited by Rene Ciria Cruz, Cindy Domingo, and Bruce Occena
Foreword by Augusto F. Espiritu

  • Published: October 2017
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies; Pacific Northwest / History; Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Bibliographic information: 368 pp., 15 bandw illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

A Time to Rise is an intimate look into the workings of the KDP, the only revolutionary organization that emerged in the Filipino American community during the politically turbulent 1970s and '80s. Overcoming cultural and class differences, members of the KDP banded together in a single national organization to mobilize their community into civil rights and antiwar movements in the United States and in the fight for democracy and national liberation in the Philippines and elsewhere.

These personal accounts document recruitment, organizing, and training in the KDP. More than two-thirds of the stories are by women, reflecting the powerful role they played in the organization and its leadership. Also included are chapters on the struggle for justice for murdered KDP and union leaders Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes. These memoirs offer political insights and inspiring examples of personal courage that will resonate today.
Rene Ciria Cruz is US bureau chief for, the official site of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He was a founding member of the KDP and editor of their newspaper, Katipunan. Cindy Domingo is a long time human rights activist and joined the KDP in the fall of 1974. After the murders of Gene Viernes and her brother Silme Domingo, she became national coordinator of the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes until the group won its landmark federal civil suit against the Marcoses and their codefendants in 1989. Bruce Occena is a health care professional and instructor at City College of San Francisco. He was a founding member of the KDP and chaired the National Executive Committee.

"An incredibly provocative and much-awaited book. A Time to Rise is a collective of multiple voices bound together by struggles that spanned two nations."
-Rick Bonus, author of Locating Filipino Americans: Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Space

"A Time to Rise is a major contribution to the study of social justice movements and the interwoven landscapes of U.S., Philippine, and Filipino American history."
-Catherine Ceniza Choy, author of Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History

"A Time to Rise is an intimate and highly inspiring account of the extraordinary efforts that a revolutionary group of Filipino immigrants and Americans of Filipino ancestry exerted to help overthrow the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines while simultaneously fighting for their democratic rights as minorities in the United States. "
-Risa Hontiveros, Akbayan Citizen's Action Party Chairperson, Member, Senate of the Philippines