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

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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:

FilAm Vote: Online Voter Registration campaign by naffaar8.com

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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.

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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

You’re invited on May 24, 2012: APAPA 1st Statewide API Heritage Celebration hosted by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee





You’re invited on May 24, 2012: APAPA 1st Statewide API Heritage Celebration hosted by SF Mayor Edwin Lee

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Region 8 (Northern CA) or NaFFAA Region 8 is a community partner of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA). According to Joel Wong of APAPA-BAC, “We are expecting a great turn out and will be raffling away four Southwest Airline Tickets worth $500 each. There will be entertainment and an ethnic dinner catered by Moonstar Restaurant.”

NaFFAA Region 8 is very grateful to the dedication of Charito Benipayo for introducing us to APAPA and for Ben Menor, for enhancing Tita Charito’s efforts in our APAPA-NaFFAA community partnership efforts.

We hope that everyone turns out and celebrates the true meaning of ONE COMMUNITY!

We will expect to see many of our Filipino American friends!

WHEN: May 24, 2012
WHAT TIME: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B. Goodlet Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
FREE Admission, Open to the Public

In the meantime, We can make the Filipino American Vote rock!!!

ONE COMMUNITY! Help us get three Filipino Americans elected to the California State Assembly! Please forward to your families and friends. Meet some of our ONE COMMUNITY role models!

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

Thank you, and see you there!

Warmest regards,

Lorna
Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Chair (for Identification Purposes only!)
[email protected]

P.S. The shortened URL for the invite is http://scr.bi/KCg7KN

Lorna Dietz, NaFFAA R8 Chair; Genevieve Jopanda, NaFFAA R8 Vice Chair; Clarence Madrilejos, NaFFAA R8 Youth Chair; Tina Novero, NaFFAA R8 Secretary; Jinni Mabalot Bartolome, NaFFAA R8 Treasurer; Jose Pecho, NaFFAA R8 Chair Emeritus; Ben Menor, NaFFAA R8 Strategic Facilitator & Adviser and NaFFAA R8 Santa Clara County Chair; Charito Benipayo, NaFFAA R8 Alameda County Chair & NaFFAA R8 Adviser; Rudy Asercion, NaFFAA R8 San Francisco Chapter Chair; Rodel Rodis, Esq., NaFFAA R8 Adviser & NaFFAA National Legal Counsel

From the NaFFAA Region 8 Media Group
http://naffaar8.com

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
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phone: 202.361.0296
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