Monthly Archives: October 2009

Events in DC/VA for Week of October 26

Monday, October 26
National Alliance of Filipino Concerns Lobby Day
Capitol Hill – Visits TBD

Monday, October 26 at 9:00am
Unsung Heroes: Asian Pacific American Heroism during World War II
Host- Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress Asian Division Friends Society
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119 – 10 First Street, S.E.
(Capitol South Metro – Orange/Blue lines)
Highlights of the day-long event include Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba’s overview of the war in the Pacific Theater, Japanese American Veterans Association’s Terry Shima’s reminiscence of the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific, Anna Chennault’s recollection of her life with the Flying Tigers, and remembrances of Filipino veterans. Famous Flying Tiger veteran Fred Chiao, 93 years old, will be in attendance.  Other speakers include Kelly Kuruyama and Norman Ikari, who will share experiences of their WWII days on the Italian Front. John Gong will reminisce about his grandfather, Flying Tiger Ace Arthur Chin. Valentin T. Ildefonso will talk about his time as a U.S. scout veteran in the Philippines. Rudy Panaglima, a Filipino guerilla veteran, will share stories about his experience as a 13-year-old runner with the Philippine guerilla resistance.  Poet Vince Gotera will perform a dramatic reading from his book “Ghost Wars,” and the Library of Congress Chorale will perform favorite songs of the era.  Several members of Congress will be in attendance to recognize the veterans, including Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).  During the program, the archival papers of Midshipman Cayetano Catura, a veteran who served two admirals during WWII, will be presented to the Library’s Veterans History Project, and materials donated to the Library by the Flying Tigers Museum will be on view. Also on display will be original watercolors depicting WWII pilots (donated to the Chinese Section of the Asian Division in 1944) and a binder with the original Gung Ho Newsletters mimeographed for the members of the enlisted personnel of the 407th Service Squadron Regiment of Chinese American soldiers. Continue reading


::: BREAKING NEWS: KAYA Welcomes White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Last week President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order that will continue to address concerns faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The Executive Order (first established by President Clinton and extended by President Bush until 2007) will create an Advisory Commission and a White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Continue reading

::: BREAKING NEWS: President of the U.S. Issues Statement on the Philippines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 October 6, 2009

On behalf of the American people, I want to express my deep condolences for the loss of life and devastation caused by recent storms in the Philippines, particularly Tropical Storm Ketsana.  Michelle and I feel great sorrow over the hundreds of people who have died from the storms and resulting flooding and the hundreds of thousands more who have been displaced. Continue reading

::: BREAKING NEWS: POTUS Encouraged to Continue Aid for Philippine Disaster Relief by U.S. House Resolution

On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution (415-0) expressing support for the Philippines.  Congresswoman Jackie Speier (San Francisco/San Mateo County) introduced House Resolution 800, “Expressing sympathy for the citizens of the Philippines dealing with Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma.”

“While herculean efforts are under way to alleviate the suffering of Philippine residents, the United Nations has made an urgent appeal for help,” Rep. Speier said.  “Estimates are that local relief organizations need an additional $101 million to cope with the disaster.  Hopefully, this resolution will raise awareness and encourage Americans to give generously to relief efforts.” Continue reading

KAYA Co-sponsors The First National Asian Pacific American Workers’ Rights Hearing

laborKAYA is cosponsoring the The First National Asian Pacific American
Workers’ Rights Hearing presented by the The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Details below:

When: Friday, November 13, 2009
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: AFL-CIO 815 – 16th Street NW Washington DC, 20006 Continue reading

Congressman Honda Honored at KAYA launch party and organization announces strategy to engage the Filipino American community in the 2010 elections

Congressman Honda shares a photo with KAYA Members at the September 28 Launch Event

Congressman Honda shares a photo with KAYA Members at the September 28 Launch Event. Photo by Gary Cruz at

September 30, 2009 (San Francisco, CA) – KAYA’s launch party and first anniversary, visited by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Congressman Mike Honda, District Attorney Kamala Harris, and other local community leaders, filled the upper floor of Roe restaurant on Monday, September 28 and energized a crowd of young Filipino Americans poised for action. Congressman Mike Honda was also presented with a special honor for his contribution to the Filipino community. Continue reading

Week of October 19 – Community Events in DC/VA

Donation Drop-Off
Forex – 1717 K Street, NW, Suite 600
(Farragut North & Farragut West Metros – Red & Orange/Blue lines)
FOREX in Washington, DC will be taking your donations at no cargo cost to the Philippine Red Cross and to the relief center in Ateneo in Loyola Heights. A container will be leaving in a few days.
Needed supplies:
* Blankets
* Medicines & vitamins – please separate for children & adults
* Canned goods that can be opened without a can opener
* Rubber slippers
Contact- (800) 883-6739

October 15-October 16
Conference- A Better Deal: Securing Our Economic Future NOW
with KAYA-DC member, Gregory Cendana, as a panelist on October 15
Omni Shoreham Hotel – Washington, DC
(Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro – Red line)
Today’s young adults are the first generation in a century who are not likely to be better off than their parents. Compared to previous generations, young people in their 20s and 30s earn less, carry more debt and pay more for everything from health care to housing. The current recession has only exacerbated these conditions, hitting young people of color and those without a college degree the hardest. But the Millennial Generation, a key force in the 2008 elections, is mobilizing to build a new national movement to address today’s pocketbook concerns as well as to redress decades of declining economic opportunity and social mobility.  Demos is proud to host the second conference on A Better Deal: Securing Our Economic Future NOW, in partnership with more than a dozen leading national youth organizations and other key voices. Please join hundreds of young activists and leaders to advance a bold policy agenda to create a better deal for this generation and the nation.
FREE Continue reading