Immigration Reform FAQ: The Toughest Questions, by The Immigration Policy Center

The most frequently asked questions about the USA’s immigration reform are found in this posting. To read, print, email, or forward this digital PDF document, click below or use the shortened URL, http://bit.ly/immigrationreformquestions.

There’s a lot of work to be done.

We will update everyone shortly about proposed action plans.

IMMIGRATION REFORM FAQ – The Toughest Questions, By Immigration Policy Center, Distributed by NaFFAA, July… by Lorna Dietz

NaFFAA Region 8 Supports Re-Naming of School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

Please visit this post often for updates. Contact NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group, “connecting media + community, at [email protected]

The NaFFAA Region 8 Board moved and passed a motion after going through its due process starting January 28, 2013: “NaFFAA Region 8, through its Alameda Chapter, will participate in re-naming a middle school in the New Haven Unified School District to be named after Filipino heroes, in whatever capacity we can provide to the Re-Naming Committee.”

Charito Benipayo is NaFFAA Region 8 – Alameda County Chapter’s Chair and Sansu Ramsey is NaFFAA Region 8 – Alameda County Chapter’s Vice Chair. Jim Navarro is the Union City Chair of the NaFFAA Region 8 Alameda Chapter.

UPDATE:

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2013

The New Haven Unified Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the renaming of Alvarado Middle School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, effective September 2015. Itliong-Verz Cruz Middle School will be the first school in the nation named after Filipino Americans. The name change honors the work of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, were organizers and labor leaders for Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, which initiated the 1965 Delano Grape Strike later joined by Cesar Chavez’s organization, the National Farmworkers Association. The two organizations eventually merged, forming the United Farmworkers (UFW).

An implementation plan will ensue in order to facilitate the transition and community groups have pledged to raise funds so that no cost will be incurred to the District for new signage, stationary, and other incidental expenditures related to the renaming. The anticipated costs have been estimated to be $15,600.

Of particular significance during the renaming campaign was the organizing and leadership of Union City’s Filipino-American youth groups. Their composure and perseverance in the face of adversity, and the passion with which they organized a local rally, a march, and an educational community workshop demonstrate their commitment to affecting real change.

Anthony Chavez, grandson of Cesar Chavez, attended the Board meeting to affirm the importance of Itliong and Vera Cruz in the development of his grandfather’s legacy and improvement of farmworkers’ rights. Chavez said his grandfather’s work would not have been possible without the help of Itliong and Vera Cruz and that renaming the school would “bring about a great unity.” Additionally, a letter of support sent by Dolores Huerta was read at the Board meeting. The support of these two individuals, as well as the support of organizations such as the Fred Korematsu Institute at the Asian Law Caucus, sent the very distinct message that the name change stems from and celebrates inter-ethnic solidarity and that the benefits of the change extend to all Americans, not just those of Filipino descent.

Fundraising and planning have already begun, headed by the Pilipino American Society for Education, Filipino Advocates for Justice, JLHS Filipino Heritage Studies class, and Kaisahan. Aside from raising money, the primary goal of these groups is to educate the community to build awareness and strengthen unity among Union City’s diverse communities.

Contacts:
Joe Ku’e Angeles [email protected] 510-471-2520
Erica Viray Santos [email protected] 510-378-9834

PREVIOUSLY:

WHAT CAN WE DO TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT?

1. Forward this link to all your family and friends who know someone (or everybody) in Union City, California. http://naffaar8.com/naffaa-region-8-supports-re-naming-of-school-to-itliong-vera-cruz-middle-school/

2. Sign the ONLINE PETITION that supports this Re-Naming. Click here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support_the_renaming/

It doesn’t matter if you are from Union City, Alaska, Philippines, or Germany. Show your support for DIVERSITY IN ACTION by signing the online petition.

NaFFAA Region 8 thanks KAISAHAN for sending this online petition via Facebook.

Support the renaming of Alvarado Middle School in Union City, CA after Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz!

Please show the Filipino Community in Union City, CA that they have your support.

Let’s honor our Filipino heroes!

1 in 3 students in New Haven Unified School District are Filipino.
1 in 5 people in Union City are Filipino.
No history, no self. Know history, know self.
Let’s make history!

3. Show up at the Public Hearings and Community Forums!

4. Send emails and letters of endorsement. (Please check again for updates.)

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TIME SCHEDULE:

1. During the New Haven Unified School District’s January 15, 2013 Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to re-name Alvarado Middle School.

The School Board is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA.

Please come and join the Public Hearing — and show for support for DIVERSITY IN ACTION.

2. On March 19, 2013 at the Educational Services Center for the New Haven Unified School District located at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, the five-member School Board will vote on the names suggested by the public.

Show your support by sending a LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT to the Superintendant of Schools and each School Board member about the Re-Naming of the Alvarado Middle School to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School.

(We will update this section with template letters and email addresses. Stay tuned!)

Oscar Penaranda, a Filipino American educator and author, says it best:

Go to this site: http://www.delanomanongs.com/ (password: manongs) and see a short trailer on a documentary being made on this history. I said one does not have to look far because it is written all over the record books of Logan High School ever since (and they say even before that) I taught there in the early 90s that the student body’s officers year after year are 90% Filipino Americans, and 90% of those 90% are girls! Our women are strong. And they did not obtain their leadership skills in a vacuum. They got it from the spirit of their ancestors such as Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.

Union City was a farming community, an orchard town, historically and traditionally rooted in agriculture. The impact of Itliong’s and Vera Cruz’s labor struggles and achievements go beyond the Filipino community. Whatever impact the UFW brings, so also goes the footprints of Larry and Philip.

This naming shows more accurately the ethnic diversity of the New Haven Community and the presence of Filipino Americans in the District, whose forbearers were national heroes and whose contributions were under-represented in institutions. We are not an isolated minority in an isolated ethnicity. We are part of a larger multi-ethnic movement (see legislations of Rob Bonta and Leland Yee) to teach all students the Filipinos’ part in the farm workers’ struggle, a movement to bring this consciousness to all U.S. institutions.

One positive sign of a mature community is to recognize the contributions of
its diverse population. This actually is a very U.S. concept: E Pluribu Unum. “Out of many, One.” This means not just the recognition and acceptance of other cultures and ethnicities, but the welcome and collaboration as well, in all public welfare decisions.

Cesar Chavez was a great man whose leadership and charisma became the voice
of the UFW. The highlighting of the Filipinos’ part in the forming of the UFW is not to take anything away from Cesar Chavez and the Chicanos’ part in that struggle. Neither does the naming of this school. I just want folks to also know the Filipinos’ part in that history. It has been hidden. I do not see it as one against the other but as once again brothers and sisters in the struggle, in our long standing 500 year shared history, of Mexicans and Filipinos.

Re-Naming Union City School Will Make History With Filipino American Heroes by Lorna Dietz

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Union City, CA: Why the New Name Should Be Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, an OP-ED by Oscar Penaranda by Lorna Dietz

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VIDEOS:

Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye, from NaFFAA

1.	Sen. Daniel Inouye participates in a Filipino World War II veterans commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

1. Sen. Daniel Inouye participates in a Filipino World War II veterans commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

Community activists join Sen. Inouye in a victory celebration after Congress passed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) fund on Feb. 17, a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus package

Community activists join Sen. Inouye in a victory celebration after Congress passed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) fund on Feb. 17, a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus package

The shortened URL of this press release is http://bit.ly/senatordanielinouye (senatordanielinouye).

For Immediate Release: Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye, From NaFFAA – By Bing Branigin and Jon Melegrito

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bing Branigin, 202-361-1024
Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

Remembering Senator Daniel Inouye

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2012 — “Sen. Daniel Inouye never wavered in his life-long commitment to the cause of Filipino World War II veterans, which he championed with passion and persistence during his nearly 50 years of service in the U.S. Congress” says NaFFAA National Chairman Eduardo Navarra. “He was a strong advocate for justice on behalf of our veterans who were unfairly denied official recognition and rightful benefits as U.S. veterans when Congress passed the Rescission Act in 1946.”

Sen. Inouye passed away tonight at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center . He was 88.

“But his legacy in valiantly fighting for all veterans will always remain alive in the hearts and minds of all Americans,” adds Navarra. “His moral courage, vision and leadership inspired us to keep on waging the battle in the halls of Congress and in the public arena. It was Senator Inouye’s resolve, despite many setbacks and obstacles in the legislative struggle, that galvanized congressional support, ultimately leading to a long-awaited victory.”

On February 17, 2009, the U.S. Congress approved the Filipino Veterans Equity Compendation (FVEC) fund, a rider in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, that once and for all restored the status of Filipino World War II veterans as U.S. veterans, and provided them with a one-time lump sum payment. The victory came only a few days before the 63rd anniversary of the Rescission Act.

But it was Sen. Inouye who led the effort over the years to craft the provision that achieved at least partial equity for Filipino World War II veterans. In the contentious debates around the issue of equity and compensation, Sen. Inouye always urged his colleagues to embrace the veterans’ struggle for justice as a matter of honor and dignity. “The historic vote in Capitol Hill was due in large measure to our champions in Congress who were determined to rectify an injustice,” said Greg Macabenta, former NaFFAA National Chair, who also acknowledged the hard work of another senator from Hawaii, Daniel Akaka, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Bob Filner of San Diego.

Former NaFFAA National Vice Chair and White House Commissioner Rozita Lee, who was a constant presence in Capitol Hill during critical hearings and national lobby days, said Sen. Inouye was “truly a great champion for our causes. We will miss his voice, but we know that his fighting spirit lives. We are immensely grateful that we have had the opportunity to work with him in waging a very important campaign.”

Adds Gloria T. Caoile, former White House Commissioner and founder of FilAmVote NaFFAA: “He was a remarkable man who inspired us with his wisdom and integrity, steadfast devotion and drive. We are a richer community because he touched our lives with dignity and grace. Thank you, Senator Inouye!”

PHOTOS by Bing Cardenas Branigin

1. Sen. Daniel Inouye participates in a Filipino World War II veterans commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. http://naffaar8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/naffaa-1-sen-daniel-inouye-participates-in-a-filipino-world-war-ii-veterans-commemoration-at-the-world-war-ii-memorial-in-washington-dc-by-bing-branigin-inouye-img_0278.jpg

2. Community activists join Sen. Inouye in a victory celebration after Congress passed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC) fund on Feb. 17, a provision in the 2009 economic stimulus package. http://naffaar8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/naffaa-community-activists-join-sen-inouye-in-a-victory-celebration-after-congress-passed-the-filipino-veterans-equity-compensation-fund-on-feb-17-a-provision-in-the-2009-economic-stimulus-package.jpg

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The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is composed of 12 regions with a national office in Washington, D.C. that monitors legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans. NaFFAA partners with local affiliate organizations and national coalitions in advocating for issues of common concern.

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803
email: [email protected]
phone: 202.361.0296
web: http://www.naffaa.org

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Please contact Bing Branigin at 202-361-1024 or Jon Melegrito at 202-361-0296 for more information. The shortened URL of this press release is http://bit.ly/senatordanielinouye (senatordanielinouye). Distributed by NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group. [email protected], http://naffaar8.com.

Rest in Peace, Alex Esclamado: Our Hero, Our Friend

Alex Esclamado Memorial Service on November 17, 2012 in San Francisco, California

UPDATE on November 26, 2012

This just came in from Noor Ebne Lucero Esclamado via the NaFFAA Facebook page moderated by Lorna Dietz. Thank you to the PADRE BURGOS family and friends for sharing the slideshow of the necrological services for our dear friend and hero, Alex Esclamado. It would be a good idea to visit Padre Burgos during our sojourns to the Philippines and see what we can do with the leaders of tomorrow — who came in solidarity to celebrate the life of our Founding Chair.

The description on YouTube:

Published on Nov 22, 2012 by nesclamado2008
The vehicle carrying the remains of Alejandro Esclamado drove from Buenavista Chapel to Padre Burgos IFI Cathedral. While waiting for the funeral procession almost 500 hundred students of Saint James College of Padre Burgos lined up along the street of the school. The passing of the funeral procession the students offered flowers and sang the ALMA MATER song which Alejandro Esclamado composed almost 60 years ago. A confetti and flowers fell from the municipal building which the municipal officials pay their last respect to the man who helped his father the late Mayor Teodorico P. Esclamado,Sr. along with other fellow burgosanons in creating Padre Burgos an independent municipality.
The mass was led by his brother Bishop Vic Esclamado. Tributes and eulogies were given to the deceased leader. Speakers were Hon. Nadette Zulaika Boniel, Hon. Crispina Poblete, Hon. Ricardo E. Borces, Hon. Rosario Maglinte and Hon. Brian Gilles who sang The Imposible Dream one of Alex’s very favorite song. Daughter of the departed Grace Esclamado Groothoff made a thoughtful and inspirational response.
The Esclamado-Borces family would like to thank to those who attended the services, who came to the prayer and viewing the last 2 nights and for honoring the late Atty. Alejandro A. Esclamado.

Photographer: Maria Theresa Borces\ Dreamers Photography
Edited by: Noor Esclamado


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November 16, 2012

Hello, everyone!

This is the first day, since November 6, Election Day, that I am able to sit down and grieve for Alex’s passing, unedited (yes, I have an editor).

From TOFA-NY and Hurricane Sandy, the Elections, Las Vegas (FPACC Business Summit, AyalaLand International Marketing, and my healthy coffee business), my sister’s Hercules City Council meeting, San Jose (honoring Senator Leland Yee at The Alavardo Project’s program), San Francisco (preparing for Kulinarya 2013), I have been like a gypsy traveller, sleeping in many people’s homes. This has been quite a journey for me in the past few weeks. Being linked and connected to many Filipino groups works for us in NaFFAA — especially when we seek fellow travellers in our shared purposes as ONE COMMUNITY. See: http://www.scribd.com/doc/95196375/ONE-COMMUNITY-A-Call-to-Action-in-NaFFAA-Region-8-Northern-CA

About Alex Esclamado:

Alex was more than a mentor to me. He was a very dear friend. When I greeted him on his birthday just before he and Luly left for the Philippines, he insisted that the three of us would have lunch at Max’s in Vallejo’s, and wanted to pick me up in Hercules. We all got busy — and we were not able to do it. It’s all right. It was the thought that counted.

I avoided meeting Alex for the longest time. His notoriety (the good and the bad things people say) preceded him. And I didn’t even know much about him — only that he was feisty — and an incredible and amazing warrior for the Filipino community. At the Y2K2 NaFFAA Empowerment Conference in San Jose, he dropped by our table — and I introduced myself to him. I remember that he looked at me, “Ah yes, Lorna Dietz,” as he shook my hands. Alex was quite charming and gracious!

What I did not know was Alex had this knack of scouting for talents in the community. I did not know that he was studying my work as I volunteered under the guidance of Ben Menor — and worked with Greg Macabenta at the first-ever 1st Global Filipino Networking Convention’s Media Conference.

What I recall is that during the 2003 NaFFAA Region 8 Summit in San Jose, I worked on his arrangements to represent NaFFAA National at this event. This was where we finally got to know each other, one-on-one. I had one of my mentees accompany me at that time, (currently) Lieutenant Colonel Ian Tudlong of the US Army, who is assigned in NATO, Europe — who also got to know Alex. Through the years — from Iraq to Afghanistan to Turkey — I make sure Ian meets my fellow Filipino advocates. It is all part of my succession planning strategy.

The Alex I met felt he had nothing left to share with his beloved Filipino community advocates. I innocently asked him, “What about me? I’m new. I want to know what to tell people about you and your work.”

It was during this night that I felt Alex empowered me with a responsibility, not a task. For the lack of a better term, I felt I was being “knighted” for a very special purpose — but that I couldn’t tell anyone until many years later. My memory is very clear about this moment.

Alex had stood up from his seat and looked at me. He said, “You know, Lorna, I am already old. I am ‘la-os.’ It’s your turn. Use your gift of public relations for the Filipino community.”

We both spoke Cebuano, our common bond. “La-os” means “out of fashion” or “useless,” depending on how you interpret the term.

I replied,”Thank you, Alex. You are definitely not la-os. You can share a lot with new people like me in the Filipino community.”

When I privately asked Ben Menor, who was my employer at that time, “What does Alex want from me?” — Ben replied, “He wants to share his stories with you. When he is gone, you’ll be one of those who will share these stories.”

Rozita Lee, NaFFAA National Vice Chair Emeritus, told me last week that everyone that Alex met got that same feeling of “being empowered” to do something greater, something more purposeful — to advance the Filipino community forward into an empowered future in mainstream America.

I was determined to prove to Alex that he was wrong — that he had a lot to share with emerging advocates like me. Thus, we made an arrangement to chat on our cellphones every day, not just to check in, but for me to learn something new. This was quite a commitment — and from October 2003 to January 2005, I listened to his stories. When Princess Emraida Kiram and I scheduled our phone calls to Alex so we could keep him amused, we told Luly about our friendly competition for Alex’s attention.

The Third Global Filipino Networking Convention In Cebu.was Alex Esclamado’s last major project in NaFFAA. At the last day of the convention, I learned later from Luly Esclamado how sick Alex really was at that time because he had brought his brother with him. Our friendship was tested that night — and friends such as Patrick Gregorio, Jenny Franco, Loida Nicolas Lewis, and Marlon Pecson were witnesses to how Alex and I were able to clarify our concerns with a dialogue at 2:00 am on a Sunday morning — and truly celebrate the success of the convention.

One of the stories that Alex shared with me applies to all of NaFFAA’s leaders — and our community’s advocates. He said, “During my time, I would make the decision — and let the others buy into my decision. Today, it is very democratic — and it is about CONSENSUS. Just remember this!”

This perspective is how I lead — I check, double-check, and triple-check. I even have the sage, Ben Menor, as our NaFFAA Region 8’s Facilitator and Adviser. In a way, since Ben is Alex’s adopted son and brother, I chose Ben to help us through all the changes that NaFFAA Region 8 is going through, especially in succession planning.

I learned from Alex Esclamado that we all have to study the people who are emerging as leaders in their own fields of endeavor. We have to become talent scouts. Then, as we study their works, we need to identify if these leaders are doing what they do for the higher good — and truly want to help other people to do the same — to achieve their highest potential as human beings. The last part — which is easier said than done — is to share your talents and skills in every new project. Every project begets new leaders and advocates.

In 2004, Alex, Luly, and I worked on the “Alex Esclamado Profile” for a couple of national and international leadership awards. I am glad that I had helped out in this project. I can now share it with the world. http://www.scribd.com/doc/112197839/In-Memoriam-Alex-Esclamado-History-Background-and-Achievements-as-of-2004

As I write this note to all of you, I invite you to come and celebrate the life of Alex Esclamado with us this November 17, 2012 — and come and meet his community children and partners — and give every one of his family members a tight embrace.

For everyone who wants to share their special story about Alex Esclamado, please email Jon Melegrito at [email protected]

This Impossible Dream of Alex Esclamado — Filipino community empowerment — and what we call ONE COMMUNITY empowerment — is being manifested into real life.

I am very excited about the future — and the way Ben Menor says it: “Don’t wait! Alex never waited.”

Warmest regards,

Lorna Lardizabal Dietz
Regional Chair, NaFFAA Region 8

In Memoriam: Alex Esclamado – History, Background, and Achievements as of 2004

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Here is the USTREAM livestream archive of the Memorial Service for Alex Esclamado. Shortened URL is http://ustre.am/ceTg



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The video quality is not very good but the audio quality makes up for it.

FilAm Vote: Online Voter Registration campaign by naffaar8.com

If you’ve moved or you haven’t registered yet,
this is a good place to go to.
 
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
 
1. Fill out the online form.
2. Print out the completed form and sign it.
3. Mail it!

You can participate in this Online Voter Registration campaign!

HOW? (Please email [email protected] so you can get the HTML code. The information below shows the actual graphics for the HTML codes.)

1. Text link:

Just copy and paste this HTML code into a page on your site and you will create a link to your unique voter registration tool.

Register to Vote Here

2. Add a button:

This is similar to the first option. The code will create a graphical button or banner on your site that links to naffaar8.com’s unique voter registration tool. Copy and paste the following:



3. Add a Widget button

Best option! Like the second option, this code will create a button or banner on a web page. But instead of taking your users to a separate website or page, the link will result in naffaar8.com’s voter registration tool being displayed on top of the page users were viewing. That’s right, users will not leave your site.




NaFFAA Region 8’s FilAm Vote – Online Voter Registration Campaign in the USA

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NaFFAA FilAm Vote – Position Paper for 10th NaFFAA Empowerment Conference, Detroit, Michigan by Lorna Dietz

March 16, 2012, Northern CA: NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit at Hana Zen Pier 39

Meet NaFFAA Region 8’s (Northern California) PRINCIPAL CORPORATE COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AT&T and Hana Zen! The NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit’s COMMUNITY ALLIES are: APAPA,  KAYA, PAPC-USA, FPACC, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, FFAC, New America Media, FANHS. and YFPA.

The NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Summit is supported by the following NaFFAA Region 8 County Chapters:

NaFFAA R8-San Francisco: Rudy Asercion, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-Alameda: Charito Benipayo, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-Santa Clara: Ben Menor, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-San Mateo – Jinni Bartolome, County Chair

NaFFAA R8-Monterey Bay – Elmer Dolera, County Chair

More details can be found at http://bit.ly/FilPower

March 16, 2012: You’re Invited! NaFFAA-R8 Community Empowerment Summit at Hana Zen Pier 39

APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress, FFAC-PAC (Friends of the Filipino American Community Political Action Committee), West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, FPACC (Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce), NAM (New America Media), PAPC-USA (Philippine American Press Club-USA), FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society), YFPA (Young Filipino Professionals Association)

APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress, FFAC-PAC (Friends of the Filipino American Community Political Action Committee), West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, FPACC (Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce), NAM (New America Media), PAPC-USA (Philippine American Press Club-USA), FANHS (Filipino American National Historical Society), YFPA (Young Filipino Professionals Association)


SCHEDULED PROGRAM:

Opening Ceremonies / Posting of Colors

Welcome Remarks and State of the NaFFAA Region 8 by Jose Pecho

Welcome Remarks on behalf of Hana Zen by Angie Louie

Remarks by AT&T, Carol Diaz

Legacy of our Community Empowerment Journey by Alice “Tita Alice” Bulos

Continuing the Legacy of Community Empowerment with the Next Generation of Community Advocates by Genevieve Jopanda

The Value of Building community Empowerment through Collaborative Strategies by Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association representative

Panelists on the “Nuts and Bolts” of Building Community Empowerment Before You Start Your Political Empowerment Platforms:

Rob Bonta
Vice-Mayor of Alameda, CA
http://www.robbonta.com

Dr. Jennifer Ong
Commissioner, Alameda County Commission on the
Status of Women
http://drjenniferong.org

Chris Mateo
Vice-Mayor of Lathrop, CA
http://chrismateo.com

Q & A question session 10mins

Response: What It Will Take to Build Political Empowerment through a PAC infrastructure, by Henry Manayan

Response to All the Speakers: How To Share Their Experiences, Expertise, and Skills using Traditional Media and Social Media, by Odette Keeley of New America Media

Closing Remarks: FilAmVote is the Next Step! By Lorna Dietz

NaFFAA REGION 8 ELECTIONS: An election of endorsing the candidates that will be nominated; chaired by Region 8 Commission on Elections Chair & NaFFAA National Legal Counsel, Rodel Rodis, Esq.

Installation of new officers by Councilmember Myrna De Vera, former Mayor of Hercules (June 2011-December 2011), Vice Mayor for 2013, Mayor for 2014

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Our Strength: ONE COMMUNITY!

In November of 2010, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) convened its 9th Empowerment Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area with NaFFAA Region 8, Northern California as the host and organizer of “Empowerment 2010.” The theme of E-2010 was “Building the Next Generation of Community Advocates in an Intergenerational Environment.”

Today, NaFFAA Region 8’s leaders are taking advantage of the political atmosphere, economic conditions, public policy, and the Filipinos’ transcontinental success by using its existing infrastructure, skills, talents, resources and other tools so they can implement a master plan for community empowerment in 2012.

NaFFAA Region 8’s other resounding call to action is: “To empower Filipino communities so they can participate in supporting individuals who desire to hold public office that support the advancement of causes for the Filipino community.”

What does it take to empower these highly-qualified political candidates so that they will be inspired to do their best in order to win? It takes ONE COMMUNITY.

NaFFAA Region 8 believes in coalition-building, connecting dot after dot after dot, mindful that its leaders and supporters have been advocating AND are advocating for community groups and individuals to take action in supporting achievable empowerment objectives. The master plan includes providing a platform for our communities to establish activities for community empowerment as a non-profit organization. Rocking the vote through NaFFAA’s #FilAmVote (http://bit.ly/nzurFs) also means meeting these candidates who can share the nuts and bolts of community empowerment as well as interact with their constituents in a series of gatherings — from socials to workshops.

“ONE COMMUNITY.” What does this mean to NaFFAA Region 8? Through ADVOCACY, our voices and actions will always act as “the glue” that binds the shared hopes and aspirations of our authentic and unique communities.

Can you help us empower more highly-qualified Americans of Filipino ancestry to take a leap of faith in their credibility and strength of character so they can become true servant leaders in public service?

Can you stand on the shoulders of our elders and take the best of their wisdom and experiences so we can walk together, fearlessly and jubilantly, on the roads — less travelled — as ONE COMMUNITY?

Can you support us in becoming ONE COMMUNITY?

Please join us on March 16, 2012 at the NaFFAA Region 8 Community Empowerment Conference at Hana Zen Pier 39 in San Francisco, California from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. For more information and for your RSVP options, visit http://bit.ly/FilPower.

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CALL TO ACTION: #FilAmVote



NAFFAA National Website: http://naffaausa.org/

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is composed of 12 regions with a national office in Washington, D.C. that monitors legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans. NaFFAA partners with local affiliate organizations and national coalitions in advocating for issues of common concern.

NaFFAA National Office
1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803
email: [email protected]
phone: 202.361.0296
web: http://NaFFAAUSA.org
inquiries: [email protected]

US Pinoys for Good Governance and the Spratly Islands Issue

This is a content curation for NaFFAA Region 8’s Evolutionary Files. Shortened URL is http://bit.ly/oIunp6. Please keep checking in for updates. You are welcome to embed the curation below.

See http://www.manilatimes.net/news/topstories/philippines-defies-china/ for an overview of the Spratly Islands issue.

For July 6, 2011 – You’re Invited to a San Francisco – Filipino Community Town Hall Meeting and Palabokan, for Global Summit 2011

In preparation for the upcoming Global Summit on September 27-29 in Manila, spearheaded by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, a series of town hall meetings are taking place worldwide.

Click here to view the invitation from the Philippine Consul General’s Office in San Francisco, California.

For more information about the September event, click here.

San Francisco – Filipino Community Town Hall Meeting and Palabokan (for Global Summit 2011)

The DREAM Act: Jose Antonio Vargas asks us to DEFINE AMERICAN

Please check in with us regularly for upates about the DREAM Act.

We encourage every city to pass a Resolution that supports The DREAM Act.

If you have out-of-the-box ideas regarding how we can all help out, please email Jose Pecho at [email protected] or Lorna Dietz at [email protected]

Updates:

Filipina Council member, Pat Gacoscos, in Union City, is requesting the members of the City Council to support the DREAM Act on June 28, 2011 at the Council meeting. The Hayward City Council, she wrote, had passed a resolution in May 2011.

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define AMERICAN

Photo Gallery: Joanna Rees, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate

Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair; Joanna Rees, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate; Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Vice-Chair; and Ben Menor, NaFFAA R8 Santa Clara County Chair

Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair; Joanna Rees, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate; Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Vice-Chair; and Ben Menor, NaFFAA R8 Santa Clara County Chair


At the Gala Dinner, “A Celebration of Philippine Heritage: A Coming Together,” commemorating the 113th Anniversary of Philippine Independence, the 150th Anniversary of the Birthday of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the San Francisco Manila Sister City Committee on June 12, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall.
Photo Credits: Bradford Adkins, Manila Mail