WHAT KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress announces its participation in the Annual Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND) National Conference, with the purpose of empowering young Filipino Americans and increasing political involvement and leadership. This year’s conference features keynote speaker General Antonio G. Taguba, staunch advocate for Filipino WWII veterans and author of the Taguba Report on the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. KAYA encourages attendance of several panels led by Washington, DC Chapter leaders.
9:55am – 11:10am
“Long March to Equity” Workshop with Ben de Guzman* & Jian Iza Custodio Zapata*
In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which authorized the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment to eligible World War II Philippine veterans. The fight for veterans’ equity began 64 years ago and involved supporters in government, education, politics, organized labor, nonprofit organizations, the military, and community-based organizations. The workshop will discuss the hurdles of passing the Filipino veterans bill, who was involved and how coalitions consolidated power to push the legislation forward, and ways our generation can continue to work in the struggle for justice.
9:55am – 11:10am
“America is in the Heart: The Manongs from the Grape Fields to the International Hotel” with Gem Daus*
This workshop will discuss the experiences of the Manong generation that worked in the migrant labor force during a period of time when immigration to the United States was limited and gender-imbalanced, which resulted in discrimination and tension around Filipino males and white women during a time of anti-miscegenation. The delegates will learn about the circumstances surrounding the International Hotel, also known as the I-Hotel, and how it was a galvanizing issue for the Filipino American community.
11:20am – 12:25pm
“The Impact of Politics on Filipino-Americans” with Laureen Laglagaron*, Erwin de leon, Marita Ectubanez*& Naomi Tacuyan Underwood*
Throughout history, Filipino Americans have experienced struggles with regards to political issues. These issues have impacted and sculpted the Filipino American communities both here in the United States as well as back home in the Philippines. Whether it be reforms to immigration, differences in political ideals or changes in political leadership, we, as a people have always overcome these political roadblocks and continue to do so. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce and examine the impact that American and Filipino politics have on the community. In doing so, delegates will be able to connect with and acknowledge these political issues that affect Filipinos as a whole. After attending this workshop, they will be able to use the knowledge obtained to “stand up” and prepare for battle.
*Denotes KAYA-DC members
KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress (formerly Filipinos for Obama) is a progressive grassroots organization whose mission is to mobilize Filipino-Americans to increase our electoral power, advocate on policies that affect our community, and develop leaders to represent us at every level of government. For Speaker booking/inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit http://www.KAYAgrassroots.org
Founded on April 11, 1992, the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. (FIND) stands as a symbol to the ethnic consciousness presently seen on university campuses. The purpose of FIND, Inc. is to promote unity and cooperation of Filipino students at East Coast colleges, universities, vocational, and technical schools. FIND, Inc. aims to offer a channel for dialogue and action, to promote and preserve Filipino culture, to further awareness of issues pertinent to the Filipino community, and to offer support to Filipinos studying at East Coast institutions. This year’s national conference, “Laban” is hosted by the FIND’s District 6, which encompasses the Filipino organizations within colleges and universities throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC. To register and to learn more information about FIND and the National Conference, please visit http://www.findinc.org/conference2010.
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