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"While the FQS is generally believed to be an upsurge in the youth and student movement and was in fact participated in by a broad array of youth and student organizations, its impact derives from its breaking out of the narrow confines of school issues and concerns, linking these to the issues and demands of the broader majority of Filipinos, especially the toiling peasants and workers and spearheading a series of massive and militant protest actions against the three pillars of the ruling system: imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism."

- Dr. Carol Araullo, "FQS: The uprising that created and nurtured people power" www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/51446-carol-araullo-from-first-quarter-storm-to-edsa

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The time for talk is over
The time to act is now

Endless discussion and hypothesizing lulling us to sleep
The climb up the ivory tower has become ever so steep
Integration with the masses is the key
Material experience on the ground is where we begin to succeed

Build theory
From your praxis
Turn your words
Into action

Abstraction and idealism plague the minds of the academic elite
Touting the end of history, capitulation, and defeat
But trust in the unity of the workers and the peasantry
Never underestimate the desire of the oppressed to be free

A storm rains down
Upon the oppressor
Drown the tyrants
And their successors

Remold for the revolution
Accept your role and fight
Cast aside petite-bourgeois aspirations
Join the masses and unite

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from Demo 2014, released November 30, 2014

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First Quarter Storm Redlands, California

"Here among workers and peasants our lost generation has found its true, its only, home."

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