LAKAS, meaning strength in Filipino, is a newly formed zine about struggle and resilience, and is dedicated to uplifting the stories and deepening the discourse and analysis of Filipina women in the U.S. through our own words and perspective.

We aim to create space for Filipina women to showcase their work, to build community, and to provide content to educate, organize, and mobilize the public in order to eliminate violence against women in our communities, which manifests in all forms such as gender violence, economic, political, cultural, environmental, and state repression upheld by a system of capitalism and global imperialism.

Inside the zine you’ll find everything from poetry, to fiction and nonfiction, essays to interviews, to artwork such as drawings, comics, collages and photography.


LAKAS is a project of GABRIELA New York (https://gabrielanewyork.org), which is a mass-based women’s organization serving New York City and its surrounding areas. We connect the Filipino diaspora to the women’s struggle in the Philippines. We are women of Philippine descent, including those who are migrants, immigrants and US-born. We recognize Filipino women of mixed heritage and adoptees. GABRIELA New York is a LGBTQI-(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex) friendly organization that is inclusive of transgender people of Philippine descent.

We are a proud member of GABRIELA-USA, the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines. To learn more, please go to http://www.gabusa.org/

GABRIELA New York is a member of BAYAN-USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth. To learn more about BAYAN, please visit http://bayanusa.org/