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Support FAJ’s Civic Engagement Work!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Black & Brown Lives Matter

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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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

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

 

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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!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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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

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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.

Save The Date for Filipino Flashback Friday

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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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

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE SOLEDAD FERNANDEZ SCHOLARSHIP

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Deadline April 15, 2014

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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 transcended whatever hardships Life presented 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, 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 are coping with the opportunities and challenges presented to them. Tita was proud of being a Filipina in America.

 

SOLEDAD FERNANDEZ SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Eligibility requirements:
Filipino descent (Full to 50% Filipino)
Cumulative GPA of B (3.0) or higher
Reside and attend high school in the SF Bay Area
If selected, attend an award ceremony and luncheon with the Tellez and Fernandez families

Note:  Gather #3, #4 and #5 asap (below) to have them ready to submit by the deadline date.  Mail the package to:

Filipino Advocates for Justice
310 – 8th St., Ste 306
Oakland, CA  94607
attention:  Scholarship

1. Cover Letter including the following:
a. Personal Information:
Name
Address
Phone Number
Email Address
Gender
Date of birth
Place of birth
b. Name of High School you are attending; name of college you will be attending

2. Essay – Statement of interest in the scholarship limited to 2 pages, single-spaced, typed or printed, include the following:
a. How are your values and personal characteristics similar to those of Soledad Fernandez?
b. Demonstrated sense of social justice, equality, or compassion for the less empowered or marginalized of society.
c. Demonstrated community service experience
d. Demonstrated economic or financial need
e. What do you hope to do with your college education?

3.  Transcript of Academic Records directly mailed by high school to FAJ

4.  FAFSA or Guardian’s Income Tax Return

5.  Letter of Admission to an accredited college or university.
(Community College is acceptable, but grant is $2,500.)

International Women’s Day Celebration March 8th

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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Saturday, March 8th, 12-3:00 pm

Dignity in Action: International Women’s Day Celebration

Location: 5th Street at Minna, San Francisco

Celebrate International Women’s Day by honoring the leadership of the many women who made this victory possible. Artists, community members, and workers are invited to participate in California’s first-ever “Fair Care Coloring Competition,” play their hand at Domestic Worker Bingo, help create audio episodes for the Domestic Worker App (accessible by any kind of phone), and dance to the NannyVan Jams.

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