On June 20th, Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary with a fundraiser called On the Side of Justice: Celebrating 40 Years. We are extremely proud of this important milestone. Since 1973 we have been empowering youth, organizing workers, supporting new immigrants, and fighting for social justice.
Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) was started in 1973 in Oakland and a second office in Union City in 1982. FAJ’s mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity.
The Soledad Fernandez Scholarship is a philanthropic project of one of FAJ’s founders, Cora Tellez. The $5,000 scholarship is a project of the Tellez family who were inspired by Soledad Fernandez’s “zest for life and love for her family” among other qualities. Soledad provided loving care for their infant son for which the Tellez family is eternally grateful. Read more about Soledad Fernandez Bio
FAJ is accepting applications from graduating high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area based on the following criteria.
Be of Filipino descent (must be 50% Filipino)
Be admitted to an accredited college or university in the US (a community college is acceptable, but grant is reduced to $2500)
Demonstrate economic need
Have a cumulative B- grade point average or better
Demonstrate values and personal characteristics embodied by Ms Fernandez as demonstrated in the essay to be submitted by each applicant (Soledad Fernandez Bio).
Reside in the SF Bay Area
Demonstrate some experience with community service.
Attend an award luncheon to meet family members from the Tellez and Fernandez families.
Relatives of FAJ board or staff members are not eligible. Our board and staff are listed on our website, www.filipinos4justice.org.
Write an essay (no more than 2 pages) stating how you fit the above criteria and the spirit of Soledad Fernandez — the inspiration for the scholarship — and a cover letter that re-states your interest (in a nutshell) plus all your contact information (name, address, phone number, email address).
Filipino Advocates for Justice 310 – 8th St., # 306 Oakland, CA 94607
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
‘On the Side of Justice: Celebrating 40 Years”
Another challenging and inspiring year has zoomed by. For FAJ this will be our 40th!
This year we:
• Mobilized thousands of Filipinos to vote in the November 2012 elections, with 50+ youth and worker volunteers.
• Youth organizers got a commitment from in Union City officials to construct a new youth center for after school and weekend activities. We provided, prevention education, after school activities and peer support for 100 youth.
• 50 Filipino domestic workers and caregivers participated in campaign for the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. They also fought back against wage theft, recovering over $300,000 in unpaid minimum and overtime wages.
• FAJ served on the Steering Committee of the campaign for a Bill of Rights, which passed the California State Assembly and Senate. The Governor’s veto has not deterred workers who believe that dignity cannot be vetoed. We will be back in 2013. As Martin Luther King Jr. said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Over the past 40 years FAJ developed leaders, organized the community and tackled some of the major social justice issues. Some highlights are:
1970s – • Helped organize a labor/community coalition to stop implementation of Prop 13.
• Supported campaigns to defend Filipino health professionals scapegoated for failings of the hospitals where they worked.
1980s • Organized for amnesty, equality, and fair immigration laws, as well as bilingual education in Oakland schools.
• Organized parents to reform harsh expulsion and suspension policies.
1990s • Organized to protect affirmative action against Prop 209, an oppose laws that denies access to social programs.
• Helped lead a campaign for equal benefits for Filipino World War II vets..
2000s • Helped airport screeners organize a to keep their jobs after the Sept 11 attacks.
• Trained youth organizers to win violence prevention ballot measures in Oakland and Union City.
• Began building our GOTV capacity to empower the evolving new majority.
Help us with a tax-deductible contribution of $40, or in larger increments of $40, AND join us at our event “On the Side of Justice: Celebrating 40 Years” June 20, 2013 or you can make a donation of any size here.
Thank you for the support you have extended to us over the past 40 years, our tax ID# is 94-2218907.
Maligayang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong Taon Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year
Lillian Galedo Renato Almanzor
Executive Director Board President
There are 6 days left to register to vote for the 2012 election! The last day to register to vote is this coming Monday, October 22.
Not sure on how to register to vote? To busy to stop by the post office, DMV, or public library? Join the 18 million and rising API voters this election and register to vote on our website by following this link.
There are 11 California ballot measures for the year’s election and FAJ along with our partners Mobilize the Immigrant Vote have created a voter guide to help you decide on these important measures. Our recommendations below reflect our priorities and values. All people, regardless of immigration status, have a right to quality education, good jobs, health care, public benefits, affordable housing, healthy environments, and human dignity.
Alameda on October 13th
This Saturday the Alameda Committee to Celebrate FIL-AM History invites you to a Filipino Fiesta at Harbor Bay Isle Community Center, Poppy Room 3195 Mecartney Road, Alameda from 10 am – 4 pm. Come for Polynesian & Filipino folk performances, Escrima & Bok Fu demos, activities for children and a voter educational presented by Filipino Advocates for Justice. Tickets for lunch are $10 adults in advance & $12 at the door; and $7 for children in advance & $9 at the door. ACC 2012 FINAL Star Flyer
Oakland on October 17th
Also this month is is the reception for “We Are America: Resistance and Resilience” a timeline of Filipino American history. Come and join us on Wednesday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center for this event.
In 1994, activists in the SF Bay Area created a 100-year timeline about the civil rights of Filipinos and their efforts over the decades to assert these rights. That timeline will be on display at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, October through December 2012, providing a visual account of Filipino resistance to discrimination and a chronology of the community’s struggle for equality. In addition to the timeline a display of photos, artifacts, and news articles will be on exhibit for October Filipino American History Month.
(Photo courtesy of Stockton FANHS, Bombed Headquarters of the Filipino Federation of America, Jan 29, 1930.)
Your tax deductible donations will help volunteers curate this exhibit. Click here to donate and identify your donation to the timeline by adding “timeline” to the Address 2 box under billing information.
You can also send checks directly and payable to Filipino Advocates for Justice with “We Are America” in the memo section. Mail to: 310 8th Street, Suite 308, Oakland, CA 94607.
This project is a collaboration with Filipino Advocates for Justice and Oakland Asian Cultural Center. For more information, contact Terry Bautista at 510-213-9737 or tcb_consultant (at) hotmail.com.
Today is the first-ever National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Compared to all other racial/ethnic groups Asian & Pacific Islander Americans have the largest voter registration deficit.
Don’t let that be the case for the 2012 election. You can now register to vote using our website! Just meet the qualifications below and click the “Register To Vote” image below or to your left!
Be a United States citizen
Be a resident of California
Be at least 18 years of age
Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
Not have been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent
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!
Please note that FAJ takes your privacy very seriously and will never share your personal information with anyone or any organization.
HERA and Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is offering a FREE foreclosure prevention fair for homeowners. Learn about foreclosure process, loan modifications, short sales, eviction after foreclosure, and bankruptcy. Pre-registration is not necessary. Wheelchair accessible.
To get advice and help on-site bring:
- Utility Bills
- Foreclosure Notices
- Bank Statement
- Letters from your bank
- Loan Documents
Meet individually with attorneys
(Pre-registration is not necessary)
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Filipino Advocates for Justice Office
31080 Union City Blvd., Ste 104 Union City, CA
For more information, phone (510) 271-8443 x309, or (800) 735-2922 -California Relay Service or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Filipino Advocates for Justice
310 8th Street, Suite 308 Oakland CA 94607 • 510 465 9876
31080 Union City Blvd. Ste. 104 Union City, CA • 510 487 8552