Monthly Archives: October 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rally in Nevada with Manny Pacquiao


Get out the Vote! RSVP to the Rally with Manny Pacquiao and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada!


Celebrate Oktoberfest with Hydra Mendoza at Social Kitchen & Brewery

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with Hydra Mendoza at Social Kitchen & Brewery
Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Social Kitchen & Brewery
1326 9th Avenue (cross street Irving)
San Francisco, 94122. Continue reading

Hydra Mendoza and Phil Ting on “Ask an Expert on Education and San Francisco Schools

KAYA endorsed candidates, Phil Ting for San Francisco Assessor and Hydra Mendoza for San Francisco School Board will be taking and answering questions as a part of Reset San Francisco, who polled that education policy is one of the city’s most important issues.

Next Thursday, October 28 at 4pm, ask leading education expert and School Boardmember Hydra Mendoza during our third Ask an Expert live webcast. Hydra was Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Policy Advisor on Education.

You can submit your question online right now.

We agree that investing in our local schools is the best way to ensure that our children receive the education they need to prepare them for what lies ahead – and the best way to invest in the future of San Francisco’s economy.

You can join us online right now. Read what other San Franciscans have been saying about education at  And please RSVP to our Ask an Expert online conversation and send us your question today.

Rep. Honda endorsement statement for Jerry Brown for CA Governor

For Immediate Release

Contact:   Michael Shank

“As California comes down to the wire in choosing our next Governor – one who will free this state of its financial fetters and forge a new way forward, each endorsement matters mightily.  Serving as the Chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, there is little surprise behind my wholehearted endorsement of Democratic Candidate Jerry Brown.  As Governor, Jerry Brown appointed an unprecedented number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), over 250, to government positions, boards and commissions – more than any Governor in California’s history.   Under Governor Jerry Brown’s leadership, we benefited from the first AAPIs to head California state departments and serve on University of California’s Board of Regents, the first two Chinese Americans to serve on the California Court of Appeals, the first Japanese American woman judge in California, and the first Filipino American to serve on the Superior Court in U.S. history.”

“Jerry Brown earned my support with his history of aggressively and effectively focusing on the needs of our AAPI community – all within one of the most diverse administrations in the nation.  For example, Brown implemented the nation’s first anti-redlining measure, prohibiting lenders from denying loans based on a neighborhood’s ethnic makeup.  Brown boosted economic empowerment opportunities for AAPIs by lowering taxes for, and by making loans more accessible to, AAPI small businesses.  Brown increased educational opportunities for AAPI communities by nearly quadrupling K-12 education funding and doubling higher education funding.”

“Jerry Brown’s record of accomplishment for our community matters.  So when it comes to electing a governor who will actively respect and reaffirm the rights and responsibilities of the AAPI community, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Results are what count, not rhetoric. Proof is what is important, not party politics.  This is why I was so disappointed with 80/20’s lack of vision in their recent decision to endorse Brown’s opponent, who has no real track record of accomplishment in addressing the needs of the AAPI community.   For any thoughtful Asian American, keen on discerning who is deserving of AAPI support, to ignore the “walk” in favor of mere “talk”, is disconcerting.  A campaign’s capacity to fill out a questionnaire – especially when matched against an excessively wealthy opponent who has spent in historic proportions – is no indication whatsoever of that candidate’s propensity to promote AAPI-friendly policies.  Failure to ferret out this truth does not well serve California’s AAPI community and is an offense to thoughtful civic engagement.  AAPIs deserve better, not only from their candidates, but from their community leaders as well. Jerry Brown embraced the goals of 80/20’s honorable pursuit of the empowerment of AAPIs during a time when AAPIs were invisible from the process – because he embraced the value of diversity.”

“It is time to bring Brown back.”

US Congressman Michael Honda (CA-15)

Can we count on your support?

It’s less than two weeks until the November election. KAYA is mobilizing to make an impact this November and we will train and provide the tools necessary to turn out a win for our endorsed candidates.

Click here to sign-up and join our mobilization efforts for Rob Bonta and Hydra Mendoza.

By joining our mobilization efforts, you’ll be learning valuable organizing skills, participating in helpful networking opportunities, and working with a knowledgeable and supportive team while making a difference in your community.

The need right now is critical. To make this successful, it is crucial we turn out in numbers and as a team.

Can KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress count on your support?

RSVP at the link below and reserve a spot for this weekend or October 30 to help inform voters about important issues and the people running for office who are committed to our community.

Click here to sign-up and join our mobilization efforts for Rob Bonta and Hydra Mendoza.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Dancing with the Stars Pair up to Turn The Arboledia Family’s American Dream into Reality

The AAJC has been working with the media coalition and the networks to increase AAPI casting in  shows.  Here is one involving Pilipino immigrants.

Episode Airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-9:00 PM) on ABC

OCTOBER 11, 2010 – Dancing with the Stars professional dancers Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower join the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team to help Rhex Arboleda, the founder of the “Move to the Groove” dance-fitness program, and his family of six makeover their 70-year-old approximately 550 square foot home. Continue reading

KAYA-DC Member Promoted to Executive Director of APALA

KAYA congratulates KAYA-DC Chapter Member, Gregory Cendana, on his promotion to APALA Executive Director!

USSA President Becomes APALA Executive Director
Cendana, son Pilipino immigrants & first openly gay to serve in post


October 14, 2010

CONTACT: Luisa Blue
APALA National President
(510) 862-4862

Washington D.C.-The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
announced that Gregory Allan Cendana, a labor, student, and community
activist who recently completed his term as President of the United
States Student Association, has been chosen to become the next Executive
Director.  He becomes the first openly gay to serve in this post.
Cendana replaces Malcolm Amado Uno, who recently started as a Special
Assistant to Secretary Hilda Solis in the Department of Labor’s Office
of Public Engagement.  Cendana joins APALA of Asian American and Pacific
Islander union members and supporters, at a time when the labor movement
and APALA are increasingly focused on outreach to young workers.

“APALA is excited about our new Executive Director. Gregory Cendana will
bring energy, experience, and passion for social justice to the
position,” said founding APALA President & current National Executive
Board Member Kent Wong, “As one of the leading youth and student
activists in the country today, Greg will strengthen the worker and
student alliances of APALA.”

As President of the United States Student Association, Cendana helped
build chapters across the country, increased the budget of the
organization, established strong community partnerships, highlighted
worker struggles, and played an integral role in the passage of the
Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act and Healthcare & Education
Reconciliation Act.

“Gregory comes from an immigrant & union family,” said Luisa Blue, APALA
National President, “He is grounded with strong values that are in line
with our mission & vision and has a proven track record of success.”

Cendana comes to APALA with a wealth of experience having served or
currently serving on the boards of the National Jobs with Justice, Asian
Pacific Americans for Progress, the Generational Alliance & the National
Youth Advocacy Coalition. As a leader in the Asian American & Pacific
Islander, youth & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender communities,
Cendana will be able to engage a wide range of constituencies in the
labor movement and fight for social and economic justice.

“Amado Uno engaged in pioneering community and youth outreach while at
APALA,” said Matt Finucane, APALA National Vice-President.  “We are
thrilled that Greg is coming on board to push that envelope even
further, and advance an agenda for worker rights at a time when workers
and young people are particularly vulnerable to the impact of a global

Cendana completed his undergraduate degree with honors at the University
of California, Los Angeles and is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership
Institute, the Management Center’s Managing to Change the World, the
Midwest Academy’s Organizing for Social Change, Training for Change’s
Training of Trainers & Wellstone Action’s Political Training Program. At UCLA  he was Student Body Vice President, Campus Organizing Director for the University of California Student Association, a member of the Executive Board of Samahang Pilipino at UCLA and a co-founder of the Student Activist Project, developing students to work with campus and community organizations. Additionally, Gregory worked with AFSCME 3299 to build stronger student and worker solidarity, organized service workers in the dining halls and was a part of a campaign to unionize part time student workers.

Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American (APA) union members. Over 600,000 APA workers have joined unions and are seeking better pay, improved benefits, dignity on the job, and a voice in the workplace. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has 14 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C.

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