Archive for March, 2015

Thursday April 2, 2015 DACA/DAPA Educational

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Click the image above to download the flier

Justice for Homecare Tribunal March 19, 2015

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Tribunal

Homecare Workers AND CLIENTS DESERVE JUSTICE:

  • Over 460,000 seniors and people with disabilities receive support through California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.
  • IHSS clients have had their hours of support cut, despite a multi-billion dollar budget surplus.
  • Many homecare workers makeminimum wage, and most do not get any sick days, vacation time, health care, or retirement benefits.
  • 90% of all homecare worker arewomen and 73% are people of color.

Because someday we will all need care!

BAY AREA: RSVP here by 5pm, Thursday, March 12.
9:00am — Depart from SF & Oakland
11:00am — Lunch 
12:30pm — Justice Homecare Tribunal
3:00pm — Return to SF & Oakland

 

 

PROTECT & IMPLEMENT DACA/DAPA PROGRAMS

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

On February 16, 2015, U.S. District Court in Texas Judge Hanen blocked the implementation of President Obama’s plans for expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and a new program for undocumented parents of LPR and US citizen children in the U.S., called DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability). This throws into question the likely start dates of programs that could stabilize the status of nearly 5 million potentially eligible undocumented.  The Court’s order does not affect the current DACA program.  Individuals eligible under guidelines established in 2012 may continue to apply for the first time or for DACA renewal.

FAJ condemns this overt attempt to prevent the undocumented from coming forward.
While we welcome President Obama’s announcement to appeal Judge Hanen’s decision, immigrant advocates need to hold Republicans — AND Democrats — accountable for protecting the undocumented who have been living on the margins, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, for decades.  Politicians are again playing politics with the lives of undocumented families for political gain as the country approaches the November 2016 general election.

The benefits of DACA are well established and should be protected and expanded.  Since 2012, 550,000 young DACA recipients have received work authorization, protection from deportation, and eligibility for a driver’s license.  In California alone approximately 1,214,000 are believed to be eligible for one of the deferred action programs.

Undeterred, FAJ joins social justice activists in continuing to fight for and prepare for the new DACA/DAPA programs as we also advocate for full and permanent legal status for the undocumented.   We owe this to the DREAMER’s vision of equality for all.

Soledad Fernandez Scholarship Application 2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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(Download the application by clicking the image above)

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) was started in 1973 in Oakland and opened a second office in Union City.  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 Cora and Pablo’s infant son for which the Tellez family is eternally grateful.

Soledad (“Tita” to the Tellez family) came to America after World War II with three young children. She was joining her husband who preceded her to the United States. Her excitement at finally joining her husband and starting a new life together was short-lived. A month after her arrival, her husband died making her the sole breadwinner for her family.

While college-educated with a degree in teaching, Tita was unable to find work in her profession. She finally found employment as a cafeteria worker at Treasure Island.  There, she worked hard, made many friends, and with her earnings, managed to support her family, buy a house, and send all three children to college.

Tita was not one to dwell on her personal sacrifices or the hardships she faced.  Her gentle smile said it all – persevere and transcend whatever hardships Life presents to her. Her faith in her self and the universe made her a pillar of strength for her family and her friends. The Tellez family first met Tita when she was 74 years old.

“Remarkably,” according to Cora Tellez, “she volunteered to care for our infant son and he was cherished and loved as though he were Tita’s own grandson. We were struck by her zest for life, her love for her family, her intelligence, her intellectual curiosity, her interest in people, and her all-consuming love for baseball!  She spoke three languages fluently. Her home was the gathering place for friends, families and newly arrived Filipinos seeking opportunities in America.  A woman of grace and courage, Tita was always interested in young people – what they thought of the world, how they saw life and trends. She was also very interested in how young people in America were coping with the opportunities and challenges presented to them. Tita was proud of being a Filipina in America.”

Deadline April 1, 2015

Download application Here
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