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Support FAJ’s Civic Engagement Work!

Civic Engagement Appeal 2014

In a year of numerous disappointments Filipino Advocates for Justice celebrated a few bright spots that we proudly share with you.

On November 4th we helped defeat Measure KK in Union City. We fought big money and won! By defeating this well financed campaign FAJ youth helped protect Union City’s hills from more development. faj also helped caregivers fight wage theft by winning over $100,000 in stolen wages. Please see the video above to see our Civic Engagement highlights of 2014,

Share in our victories by making a year-end donation of $100 or more to sustain FAJ’s caregiver and civic engagement work. It’s also easier now to set up a monthly donation online.

Caregivers continue to be active in the implementation of the Domestic Worker’s Bill if Rights. We also added a wellness component to address chronic illness and stress. We continue to educate over rep youth annually about the risks of alcohol and other drug use, and prevention of HIV/STDs, pregnancy, violence and obesity. With much excitement, youth will also start a community garden in 2015.

Help FAJ continue developing youth and worker leaders, something we have done for over to years. Donate today at www.filipinos4justice.org or by mailing a check to: 310 8th Street, Suite 308 Oakland CA 94607. If your employer collects donations through United Way of the Combined Federal Campaign, choose to designate your contribution to FAJ at #3092.

Happy Holidays and thanks so much for your generosity over the years.

Sincerely,
Lillian Galedo

Donations $50 or more are entitled to a gift!
Chose from 6 postcard sized refrigerator magnets representing some of the issues FAJ has championed over the years.


This “Giving Tuesday” Celebrate Our Victories

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Black & Brown Lives Matter

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Obama Announces Temporary Relief from Deportation for some undocumented
Those without temporary relief at increased risk of deportation

President Obama’s much delayed and anticipated executive action announcement provides temporary relief from deportation for some and increases enforcement measures, particularly at the US-Mexico border and border communities.

It is important to remember that this is not immigration reform nor is it amnesty or legalization.  Also, do not be fooled by “notarios” or attorneys soliciting large amounts of money to file your application.

Temporary relief from deportation is available to:

1)  Parents of US citizen and legal permanent resident (LPR) children who were born before Nov 21, 2014.  Parents must have resided in the U.S. since at least January 1, 2010, physically present in the U.S. on the day of announcement and have no lawful status.  The 3-year status comes with a work permit.  Applications might begin to be accepted as early as May 1, 2015.

2)  Expands DACA eligibility to young people who entered before Jan 1, 2010.  Their temporary status is extended from 2 to 3 years.

The Administration estimates that 4-5 million undocumented might benefit, depending on how many of the undocumented risk applying and make it through the application process.  Another 400,000 highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs will be eligible for visas.

Those who are left out are:

1)  Parents of DACA recipients.

2)  Adults without US citizen or LPR children living in the US.

3)  Recent arrivals (less than 5 years), including the much-publicized migrant children and families who arrived at the border these past few years.

The plan does not create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and those with temporary relief would not be entitled to federal benefits such as Medicaid, health care, etc.  Also, many undocumented applicants may not have sufficient proof to substantiate their eligibility placing them at risk of deportation.  With increased resources for enforcement programs we should be worried that after 3 years those with temporary relief could be easily found and deported using the information they provided.

Executive Action Continues Enforcement

The President’s executive action ‘Cracks Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border’ by continuing a surge of resources for enforcement, up to 20,000 additional border agents, and centralizes border security command-and-control.  Immigration courts will continue expedited deportations and Operation Streamline (mass processing), including the recently arrived migrant children at the US-Mexico border, at the expense of due process for the undocumented.

The onerous Secure Communities program will be replaced by a new program.  But 287g which is the root of Secure Communities — and the practice of ICE and local enforcement collaboration — remains in place.

FAJ advocated for fixes to family visa backlogs which would provide relief to thousands of Filipino undocumented.  But the administrated punted the issue to be studied by an interagency group charged to issue a report in 120 days.

We support those undocumented who will get temporary relief — but this is not enough.  The main immigration problems will continue to fester, and with additional enforcement dollars the undocumented who are excluded from temporary relief (including many of the caregivers we work with), or who fail the application process, or who choose not to apply are at greater risk of detection and deportation.  FAJ will continue to fight for permanent and humane solutions.

Stay tuned, we are organizing an educational about the President’s executive action in January 2015.

 


 

Justice for Michael Brown and family

Ferguson!  Against all odds, we hoped for a better outcome for Michael Brown and his family.

But once again the legal system failed to deliver justice in the killing of a black teenager by law enforcement.  Like social justice minded people across the country, we condemn the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed him and the questionable process led by the St. Louis County prosecutor.

The criminalization of young people and racist, irrational fear of black youth in particular continues to provide cover for police misconduct.  We have to stop the systemic abuse of power by police and demand a new level of accountability of law enforcement.

The responsibility now moves to the federal level.  President Obama and the Department of Justice is investigating Michael Brown’s death and has the power to arrest and prosecute Officer Wilson under federal law.  We join our brothers and sister in calling upon our national leaders to step in where Missouri’s legal system failed. They must deliver justice for Michael Brown, immediately.

As an organization that has worked with thousands of young people over our 40+ years, words fail.  What we can do is join Michael Brown’s family who has stated, “it ain’t over”.  FAJ will do all we can to peacefully and forcefully support them.  We must, for Michael and the millions of young people of color at risk of violence from law enforcement and the failures of our biased legal system.


Two Wins for the Community this November

 

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We Won!!

FAJ’s get-out-the-vote campaigns for the November 2014 election netted a double win with the passage of Prop 47 on the California ballot and the defeat of Measure KK on the Union City ballot.

Passage of Prop 47 changes sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors.  It would re-direct the hundreds of millions of dollars that the secretary of state’s office estimates would have been spent annually to house prison inmates to education, mental health and drug treatment programs, and victims assistance.

In spite of spending a phenomenal $600,000+ on a small town campaign, voters in Union City rejected Measure KK.  Measure KK attempted to lift protections — which voters put into place in 1996 — against development of the hills above Mission Blvd.   Voters preferred to protect open space and beat back big money.

Thanks to our phone bankers who value participation in the democratic process.


Tagalog & English Voter Guides!

This November, Asian Pacific Islander voters will play a key role in shaping the future of our country, our state and our communities. California is home to the largest Asian Pacific Islander population nation- wide and we believe that an informed Asian Pacific Islander electorate will benefit our entire state. We want to help you get the information you need to be an informed and engaged voter, so we created a statewide Asian Pacific Islander Voter Guide to educate Asian Pacific Islander voters on a wide range of issues. A lot of people will be voting this November and it is going to be a close election. Your vote will make the difference. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014!

Click on the images below to download the California Asian Pacific Islander Voter Guide in Tagalog or English! See how important our vote can be with this story from Balitang America.

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FAJ Says NO on Measure KK in Union City

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We at Filipino Advocates for Justice cannot support Measure KK on the November 2014 Union City ballot.

It’s never a good policy for voters to give developers a blank check. As informed voters we have to examine what Measure KK actually does vs. what its promoters promise it will do. In fact Measure KK only removes the protections for part of Union City’s hillside; protections which were put into place by voters in 1996 because Union City valued protecting the environment from over-development.

While Measure KK supporters promise jobs, hillside protections and no cost to taxpayers; no language in Measure KK will do that. Measure KK lifts hillside protections so the developer can do whatever they want. Bad idea. In fact, when the Masons sought support for development in 2009, they put their plans on hold when they were asked to include a Community Benefits Agreement and Project Labor Agreement. These agreements would have provided jobs and services but the Masons thought such agreements were too costly. Without specific plans contained in the text of the measure, there are no assurances of any kind.

Voters need to look at this Measure in the context of the development that is already under way in the same part of town. Additional developments like the Mason’s proposal will double the impact of traffic and the need for services (like garbage pick up, police, fire, water and increased energy) to support additional infrastructure. The city estimates that the necessary upgrades for infrastructure and emergency services will cost well over $100 million. These additional services will become the responsibility of taxpayers in the form of increased taxes. KK benefits the developers greatly at taxpayers expense.

Further development in the east side will increase rents and displace Decoto renters. They are already bearing the brunt of Union City development. Additional single-family housing will likely re-zone the Decoto neighborhood again, pushing Decoto children out of neighborhood schools.

Voter beware, vote NO on Measure KK.

We call on Filipinos to be informed voters. We are 18% of Union City’s electorate and can be instrumental in preventing the passage of this ill-conceived measure for over development. Protect Union City’s hills and community interests. VOTE NO on Measure KK.
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Voter Registration Made Easy

The 2014 mid-term election is an important election to exercise that vote. 471 congressional seats, 36 governors, 46 state legislators and many local propositions and measures are at stake.

At 417,917 Filipinos are currently 2% of the electorate of California where nearly half of the national Filipino population resides. Since November 2010, Filipino voter registration increased by 80,000 or 24%. We can do better. Register today by clicking the image above, below!

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Did you know that 1.2 million Filipinos, 35% of the Filipino population, live in California? Nearly 900,000 of our kababayan are of voting age and over a quarter live in these key counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Mateo. This translates into the political power to influence the outcome of elections and legislative agendas at the local, state and national level! Remember your vote isn’t just a vote for yourself. Your vote is a vote for our children, our elders, our immigrant sister and brothers – it is a vote for our community!

Visit our Voter Assistance page for more information and resources for this year election.


Refuge for Migrant Children Displaced by Poverty, War and Violence

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The desperation of poverty, violence, and separation is causing families to risk the dangerous journey from Central America to the US border to protect their children. This is yet another manifestation of the global displacement of people by decades of war, natural disasters, drug violence, and crushing poverty.

The White House has responded by asking Congress for nearly 4 billion dollars for more enforcement, instead of sending the children to the Department of Health and Human Services for services or releasing them to their families, as the law now requires. The President wants to expedite deportation of the children: “Additional steps to enhance enforcement and removal proceedings … will allow ICE to return unlawful migrants from Central America to their home countries more quickly.”

This is an injustice. Four billion more for streamlining deportations, is not the humanitarian response we need. We should instead provide refuge for those children who are the victims of our government’s past destructive policies. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have undermined local economies in Mexico and Central America for decades. When NAFTA took effect in 1994, 4.6 million people born in Mexico lived north of the border. Now it’s about 12.5 million. And more have come from Central America because of wars the U.S. promoted in the 1980s, and our disastrous ‘war on drugs’ that has included U.S. support for the military and police in those countries. These are the real causes of migration for which the US bears significant historical responsibility.

We call on President Obama to act on the side of human rights and justice. The US has a responsibility to respond with access to due process, refuge and support. Our starting point should be what is in the best interests of the children. They should not be placed in detention. They should not be deported back to the unsafe and poverty stricken conditions from which they are fleeing. These children should be provided refugee status and reunited with family members.

Expedited removals and more deportations will not alleviate this humanitarian crisis. The real solutions lie in ending NAFTA and CAFTA, and ending support for the military and police disguised as a ‘war on drugs’.

We welcome and commend Mayor Stephanie A. Miner of Syracuse, New York for offering sanctuary for the migrant children and pointing to the need to address the “ . . . larger global issues causing them to leave home . . .” We call on other cities will do the same.


TPS for the Philippines

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It is typhoon season again and the Philippines was battered yesterday by typhoon Rammasun, called Glenda in the Philippines. Victims of last November’s super typhoon Haiyan last were not spared. Thousands of people living in tents and other temporary housing were evacuated to higher ground to escape the destructive powers of high winds and flooding.

The long-term recovery continues. The Filipino people continue to need Temporary Protected Status from the US government to help in that recovery.

CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: 1-202-282-8495
Give you name, city, state and message:
“Approve TPS for Filipinos. It’s a vital part of typhoon relief and recovery for the Philippines.”


Save The Date for Filipino Flashback Friday

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You are invited to join us at our 41st annual event: Filipino Flashback Friday! Celebrate over 4 decades of empowerment and fighting for social justice, as we honor trailblazers in the Filipina/o community!

We will be honoring Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.  She is the founder and continues to direct Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) an innovative Fiipina/o American Studies curriculum and teacher training project that has served hundreds of high school, middle school, and elementary school students primarily from low-income backgrounds.

We are also recognizing the work of cultural innovators who channel their social justice principles through their art. Kiwi & Bandung 55, GroovMekanex, Anna Maria Flechero, Noel Catura, Mighty4

Our MC is Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and author of “Little Manila is in the Heart”.

Go to BrownPaperTickets  to purchase tickets, tickets for individuals are $55/each.

Click HERE to become a sponsor and download the sponsorship levels & instructions.  Or call Judith at 510-465-9876 for more information.

Visit the Facebook Event Page




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