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Free Legal Consultations with Immigration & Labor Lawyers

And Worker’s Rights Information
October 24, 2015

Quite a few improvements to working conditions for caregivers and other low-wage workers have been won over the last few years, some of these areincreases in the minimum wage, over-time pay, personal time off, and improved ways for collecting wages that you have been cheated out of (wage theft).

Come to a know your rights presentation to learn more, Saturday, October 24 at 10am, at the Asian Resource Center (ARC), 310 – 8th St., Oakland Chinatown (corner of 8th and Harrison Streets).  ARC is walking distance (3 to 4 blocks) from the 12th St. and Lake Merritt BART stations.

At 10:30am Jannah Manansala, labor lawyer and, labor policy and law professor at Cal State East Bay, will share workers rights information.  “California is often considered a pioneer in the area of workers’ rights.  The recent increased protections are important for California workers and businesses.  When workers are protected, California thrives.”

You can also get a FREE 25-min individual consultation with an immigration or employment lawyer.  Those interested in an appointment with a labor or immigration lawyer are required to reserve a slot in advance by calling Judith at 510-465-9876.

The pro bono lawyers are able to accommodate English, Spanish and Tagalog speakers.   If you need a different language please bring someone to interpret for you.

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ), the California Domestic Worker Coalition (CDWC) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) are the co-hosts.  Food will be available.

Join Us This Friday For Ang Kwento Natin

Join FAJ for a night of exploring Filipin@ diaspora and migration in Ang Kwento Natin: Our Stories of Migration.We will lift up the different struggles, joys, and experiences of the Filipino Migrant community via a night of art, music, food, and story. Explore these narratives with DACA-mented Activists, First & Second Generation Filipino American Youth, Immigrant Rights Activists, and Immigrant Workers. Come and share your own experiences in our interactive art gallery because your story is our story.

5:00 – Interactive Art Gallery
• Screen Printing – Original Design by BYG’s Sione Abellera Ealelei
• Airing Out Our Laundry – Our Family’s Immigration Stories
• Mapping Our Migration – From Here To There
• Balikbayan Box Altar

6:00 – Introduction & Performances
• Hosts Erin Subido & Mikee Ner
• Spoken Word by PYC
• Guerilla Theater with BYG

6:25 – Immigration Panel
• ASPIRE – Beatrice Sanchez
• PAWIS East Bay – Jake Roxas & Matthew Manos
• Filipino Advocates for Justice – Lillian Galedo

6:55 – Performances & Video Premiere
• This Land is Your Land Sing Along by Ghemarson Deang & BYG/PYC Youth Interns
• Spoken Word by BYG
• Premiere of DACA Outreach Video by PYC’s Mikee Ner & Robin Aquilizan

7:30 – Closing


Happy National Voter Registration Day


In 2015 there were 5.9 Million Asian American Registered Voters, in 2040 Asian American Registered Voters are projected to be at 12.2 Million. Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the United States and in states like California in competitive races the Asian American vote could mean the margin of victory, yet are largely ignored. Filipin@ Americans make up the largest Asian group in California, when we vote we vote not just for ourselves – we vote for our families, our kabayan, our community. Register to vote and better represent the face of America. Click on the picture above to register online.
Did You Know: California allows Preregistration for Young Voters. Youth 17 years old can preregister for the 2016 Election if they will be 18 by November 8th, 2016 (Election Day 2016).

Register Today for Kilusan!

“We have to look beyond symptoms . . . improve health where it begins . . . where we live, where we work, where we spend the majority of our lives . . . “ – Dr. Rishi Manchanda, ‘Upstream Doctor’

Kilusan1Join Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) at a day-long conference on Saturday, June 20, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., in Oakland Chinatown.

8:30 – 9:15 AM: Registration & Breakfast

9:15 – 9:20 AM: Welcome
* Nelson Layag, Board President, Filipino Advocates for Justice

9:20 – 9:30 AM: Opening Remarks
Speaker: Fatima Angeles, Vice President of Programs, The California Wellness Foundation

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Panel – Low-Wage Worker Health
Moderator: Mila Thomas, SEIU Local 1021
* Joyce Lam, Senior Community Organizer, Chinese Progressive Association
* Honor Nono, Worker Leader, People’s Association of Workers and Immigrants (PAWIS)
* Nixie Lagados, Worker Leader, Fight for 15

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Sustaining Healthy Activism through Mindfulness
* Jonathan Relucio, Yoga Instructor, Niroga Institute

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel – Healthy Environments
Moderator: Aileen Suzara, Board Member, Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity
* Mari Rose Taruc, State Organizing Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
* Justin Rausa, Policy Director, Roots of Change

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch and Caucuses  Speaker: Alex Briscoe, Director, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

During the lunch hour, participants are encouraged to attend caucuses to discuss issues they are interested in exploring further. Caucuses will be proposed during registration and participants will be able to choose which caucus they would like to join.

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Panel – Youth Health
Moderator: Dr. David Rebanal, Senior Associate for Evaluation and Research, Health Equity Institute
* Chris Cara, Youth Services Director, Filipino Advocates for Justice
* Charisse Domingo, Community Organizer, Silicon Valley De-Bug
* Peter Le, Youth Board Member, California School-Based Health Alliance

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Sustaining Healthy Activism through Generative Somatics
* Jay Conui, Project Manager, Generative Somatics

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Panel – Immigrant Health
Moderator: Ben Cabangun, Capacity Building Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum
* Akiko Aspillaga, Community Organizer, Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights Through Education (ASPIRE)
* Jidan Koon, Deputy Director, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote
* Louella Penserga, Director Policy & Planning, Alameda Health Consortium

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Caucuses & Networking
During this hour, participants will be able to join caucuses to further discuss issues they are interested in exploring. Caucuses will be proposed during registration, and participants will be able to choose which caucus they would like to join.

5:30 – 7:00 PM: Dinner Program Speaker:
* Dr. Art Chen, Family Physician and Senior Fellow, Asian Health Services

Register Today!



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Fifth Circuit Court Disappoints; But we continue to push for DACA/DAPA Implementation

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We knew it wasn’t going to be easy given the anti-immigrant sentiment in parts of the country and the pre-2016 general election posturing, but we are none the less disappointed that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) denied President Obama’s request to lift a hold on the President’s Executive Order. The President’s Order extends work permits and protection from deportation to millions of undocumented young people and parents of US citizen or legal permanent resident children in our communities. Given the long overdue legalization of our undocumented brothers and sisters, President Obama’s proposal is a welcome alternative that would provide some relief for immigrant families.

The road to DACA+ and DAPA is not over. It will take longer than we want. But we are committed to pushing for DACA/DAPA’s implementation and continue to do outreach and education in the community to prepare for it’s eventual implementation. We urge the Department of Justice to continue its fight to lift the injunction on behalf of states like California — where most immigrants actually live. Unlike some states, we support and understand the value to the state’s economy of implementing DACA/DAPA

AANHPI Organizations Stand Up for Affirmative Action


Sign on in support of this statement!

120+ AANHPI organizations across the nation have signed the open letter to stand up for affirmative action and equal opportunity. Our communities are committed to equal educational opportunity and racial justice.

As individuals and organizations across the United States that serve and represent Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, we believe that equal opportunity is a cherished principle in American society that must be protected. Our universities should reflect our diverse democracy and expand opportunities for those students who have overcome significant barriers. Rather than letting ourselves be divided, we must come together to ensure increased opportunities and success for all students. Read the Open Letter & See the List of Organizations

Save The Date! Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kilusan_SaveDateJoin Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) as we celebrate our 42nd anniversary! Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Facebook & Eventbrite (registration begins 4.27.15)



By Teresita Bautista


When I first was hired at OPS (Oakland Public Schools), I was asked to review a publication that Nilo worked very hard to produce, ‘Unfinished Revolution’.  It was not approved.   A small note bookmarked a reviewer’s comment: “What about the roads and schools that the U.S. built?”  I told my boss that the publication was good to go from my perspective.  It never saw the light of day.

I met Nilo in 1971 at the International Institute of the East Bay (IIEB), where, as a UC Berkeley work-study student, I had the task of creating a New Arrivals Committee to meet new immigrants and identify resources for people entering Alameda County.  He and other community representatives would attend monthly meetings, greet new immigrants from the homeland and provide leads to jobs, community resources, advice and support.

The efforts of this committee evolved into the Filipino Immigrant Services (FIS) Project, an agency beyond the walls of IIEB.  FIS the agency had Vicky Santos as its first Executive Director and was housed in downtown Oakland near City Hall.  Nilo, not only was a founding member of the non-profit Filipinos for Affirmative Action (FAA, now Filipino Advocates for Justice) that sponsored FIS, but he took on the arduous task of shepherding FAA’s incorporation papers.  He typed and retyped them on his hard working electric typewrite in his small studio around the corner from the Oakland Museum, and he literally walked the papers through Sacramento, from department to department, in one day!

Nilo left OPS to open what seemed to be a fun business, making and selling leche flan. (I once saw and bought the tasty product in Piedmont Grocery.)  I didn’t see him much over the next few decades until I happened to attend a program at Pusod in Berkeley in the early 2000s.  By then, Nilo had been taken ill by a terminal disease, but was still endeavoring to edit a manuscript for David Martinez.  ‘A Country of Our Own’ was published shortly after.

As I value pioneering efforts of Filipinos active in the 1970s, I salute Nilo for standing up to cronyism, colonial mentality, racism, and other beliefs that held back community building at the time.

His legacy, to me, continues to be that of the pioneers who came in the early 1900s, whose labor was spent on the side of justice and equality.  I know his last couple of decades was difficult, poor health always is no guarantee of seeing the brighter side of things.

I do say, “Thank you for leading a life of service, Nilo.”

Immigration Resource Fair this Saturday!


Thursday April 2, 2015 DACA/DAPA Educational


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