Monthly Archives: March 2010

Be Counted in the 2010 Census

April 1st, 2010 is officially Census Day.  On this day, the US Census Bureau attempts to count everyone in the United States in order to determine political representation, identify community needs, collect demographic information and allocate government funding. Census data is also used when planning for vital services such as senior programs, hospitals, schools, employment training centers and much more. Despite the importance of each person completing Census forms, many in our community remain uncounted. In fact, during the last Census in 2000 the Asian Pacific Islander population was greatly under-counted which resulted in an estimated $2.1 billion loss in federal funding in California. Continue reading


SAVE THE DATE! 37th Anniversary Event Katarungan: Rooted & Rising


37th Anniversary Event

Katarungan: Rooted & Rising

Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly FAA invites you to join us on Thursday, May 13th, 2010, 6 to 10 p.m.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland Chinatown–388 9th St. Oakland, CA 94607

Ticket Prices: General Admission $60/Youth (under 20) $20

Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets by clicking here.

Contact Geraldine or Judith for Sponsorship/Advertisement at (510) 465-9876

We dedicate this year’s annual event to honor the work and recent victories of our youth and youth organizers who continue to build the Filipino American movement with new energey, resilience and inspiring leadership. Continue reading

Mineta Joins White House Executive Office


Office of the Press Secretary



March 5, 2010

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key administration post:

  • David K. Mineta, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint several individuals to serve on the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel. Their bios are below.

President Obama said, “These impressive individuals will be valued additions to our team as we work to confront the challenges facing our nation. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key administration post:

David K. Mineta, Nominee for Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President

David K. Mineta is currently serving as the Deputy Director of one of the nation’s largest behavioral health organizations specifically targeting the underserved Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  Asian American Recovery Services, Inc. (AARS) provides substance abuse prevention and treatment services to thousands of residents across Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties.  Mr. Mineta has worked for AARS since 1996.  Mr. Mineta is serving his third term on the Jefferson Union High School District’s Board of Trustees.  He has been a member of the board since 2000.  Mr. Mineta is also a Commissioner on San Mateo’s First Five Commission, a county commission overseeing the granting and oversight of early childhood education and health funds.  He has also served in various positions with Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, the Santa Clara County Alcohol and Drugs Department, and Asian Americans for Community Involvement.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University in 1990 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. Continue reading



In 2009, Filipino Advocacy and Outreach (FAO) conducted a health survey of 300 Filipinos in Union City, CA, where Filipinos are 20% of the population.  The joint project of Asian Health Services and Filipino Advocates for Justice (formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action) produced one of only a handful of comprehensive studies on the health disparities of the Filipino community. Continue reading

The White House Initiative on AAPIs Internship Program

The White House Initiative on AAPIs Internship Program

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is responsible for the Department’s implementation of the Executive Order of October 14, 2009 which is designed to improve Federal efforts to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased participation in Federal programs. The Initiative is housed at the Department of Education, but represents a collaboration among many Federal agencies. Continue reading

Hear a panel on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress

There are more than 15 million Asian Americans residing in the United States—the majority of whom are foreign born. The current immigration system is broken and there are more than 1.2 million undocumented Asian Americans in the United States today. Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have a clear stake in Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). In this panel, we hope to address some of the different immigration issues in our communities and increase visibility of AAPIs in the larger immigration debate. This event will serve to debrief the March for America demonstration on 3/21 and provide a forum for Congressional members to address the political landscape for CIR. We hope this event will galvanize the national AAPI community to ensure CIR for our families.

Confirmed Panelists:
Karen Narasaki – Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) – moderator

Prerna Lal – founder, Blogger
Doua Thor – Executive Director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Hemi Kim – DC Director, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Ben de Guzman – Policy Director, KAYA – Filipino Americans for Progress; Co-Programs Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), National Coordinator, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE)

Keynote address
Congressman Mike Honda – Chair of Congressional Asian Pacifc American Caucus (APAC)

Congresswoman Judy Chu – Member of House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law

Campus Progress
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
South Asians for Opportunity (SAFO)
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE)

Special Thank Yous:
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Continue reading