The color yellow is everywhere as today Filipinos remember, re-live and re-enact the miracle that was the 1st EDSA People Power Revolution, which is the forerunner (and most significant) of the series of popular non-violent revolutions and prayerful mass street demonstrations in the Philippines that occurred in 1986, which marked the restoration of the country's democracy.
From the backdrop turbulent times People Power reminds us that EDSA was not merely a political act as President Benigno Aquino II puts it on his Facebook status earlier today, “it was also an act of faith. And it was this faith that somehow helped keep EDSA from turning violent.”
Every day, we are reminded of the universal struggle for justice and peace. We take it into our own hands to decide the fate or welfare of other human beings. Because the faint whisper of justice is innate to the human experience.
In that quest for justice EDSA reminds us of the power of the many nameless, faceless people who responded to that faint whisper for justice --peacefully.
25 years after EDSA many Filipinos are still waiting for the need for some sense of connection that exists between the struggles and fragility of our own day-to-day lives and the realization of EDSA’s promise of a better future.
25 years after EDSA activists like me are still prone to the tendency to see our visions as being out there in the future, disconnected to our present lives with the dream that inspires them.
EDSA is a reminder for activists that sometimes, it takes the mundane, painful and downright unpleasant struggles we've been through to realize that this present moment in time, this is where the vision lives; these are steps on the way to our dream.
For Greenpeace, EDSA is a quaint reminder to persevere in the midst of or struggle, whether it be for an Energy [R]evolution, a world free from genectically modified organisms or for a toxic-free future what we do now is of importance because it is in what we are carry out now that brings us closer to the realization of our dream.
Lastly, EDSA also serves as our cue to continue upholding our core value of non-violence as the 1st People Power Revolution served as a prototype to other non-violent uprisings around the world including those that ended totalitarian governments in Eastern Europe and captured the imagination of the protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Perhaps it is only fitting that in the face of global environmental problems like climate change, we remember the spirit of EDSA as our inspiration to carry on in our quest for a better world where justice, peace and a greener future will be a reality that will be enjoyed by all.