A Brief History of The New People's Army: Background information when reading America Is Not the Heart

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America Is Not the Heart

by Elaine Castillo

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America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
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    Apr 2018, 416 pages
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    Apr 2, 2019, 416 pages

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A Brief History of The New People's Army

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A large part of protagonist Geronima de Vera's backstory in Elaine Castillo's novel, America is Not the Heart, is entwined with the communist rebellion group, The New People's Army, a real-life collective that continues to forcefully oppose elected Philippine governments. The New People's Army (NPA) is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), which was founded in 1968 by student activist Jose Maria Sison. The two entities are often referred to under the collective acronym CPP-NPA since from the very start they worked closely together. The group's primary objectives are to establish a new political state led by the working class as well as to expel U.S. influence from the Philippines.

The current flag of the NPA As a rebellious force, the NPA began with sixty fighters and thirty-five rifles and while its purpose was to fight government oppression, it initially focused its efforts on recruitment and growth. Activists would organize demonstrations, rallies and marches to help spread ...

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