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KAYA JOINS FIL AM ARTISTS IN LAUNCHING GOTV PSA CAMPAIGN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Contact: Melissa Josue, KAYA National Communications Director
melissa@kayagrassroots.org

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FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTISTS JOIN KAYA TO DEBUT GOTV
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOCUSING ON
FILIPINO AMERICA COMMUNITY
GOTV campaign featuring prominent Filipino American celebrities premiers during Filipino American History Month.

San Francisco, CA – With the start of Filipino American History Month, political grassroots organization KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress (KAYA) debuted a get-out-the-vote public service announcement (PSA) featuring several prominent Filipino American celebrities to help encourage voter registration and awareness in the Filipino American community.

“ We need to make sure that our rapid population growth translates into increased electoral participation. Voter registration and voter turnout is the only way to ensure that the right leaders who make decisions about our livelihood, safety,and the future of our community get elected into office.” said KAYA National Co-Chair Genevieve Jopanda.

The video features actors Dante Basco and Michael Copon and singers Jasmine Villegas and AJ Rafael in a thirty-second spot that touches on their ties to the Philippines and the diverse reasons they vote, ranging from immigration reform to special education advocacy.

Short but powerful, the first-of-its-kind PSA hopes to reach and connect with Filipino American voters during Filipino American History Month, a time of pride and celebration for the Filipino American community, through a mix of art and activism.

“I think it’s important for us as Filipino Americans to vote because we have a low voter registration rate. We can have a lot of influence and need to voice our opinion,” said Villegas. “It’s especially important for young people to vote because unless you speak up you won’t be heard – voting is our chance to be heard.”

The Filipino American community represents a significant voting population. According to the 2010 Census, Filipinos number more than 3.4 million with the largest share being in California and fastest growth shown in Nevada. Filipinos are the second largest Asian American group after Chinese Americans.

In 2008, a National Asian American Survey (NAASurvey), showed that Filipino Americans were registered to vote at a higher rate to other Asian American groups (61% vs.54%). The NAASurvey also found that Filipino Americans were more likely to support a campaign, contribute money, and do community work.

Despite the promising numbers, however, efforts to increase Filipino American voter registration and turnout rates remain an important focus.

“The Filipino American community’s size has long been disproportionate to our political empowerment in the United States,” said Victor Zapanta, who directed and helped produce the video. “I hope that in some small way, this video helps fix that disparity by sending Filipino Americans to the voting booths this November.”

About the artists:

Danté Basco is an actor, voice actor, poet, and dancer. He is best known for playing Rufio in the 1991 live-action Peter Pan film , Hook. He is also well known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Zuko’s grandson, General Iroh II, in The Legend of Korra, and Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.

Jasmine Marie Villegas, also known as Jasmine V, is an R&B/pop singer who was recently signed to Sony Music.

AJ Rafael is a musician and Internet celebrity. He is best known for his original songs such as “I Just Want You” and “We Could Happen”.

Michael Copon is an actor, model, producer, and singer. He is known for his role of Felix Taggaro in the television series One Tree Hill, playing Vin Keahi in the television series Beyond the Break, and starring in Power Rangers: Time Force.

Production Team:

Vida Benavides , Executive Producer
Victor Diaz Zapanta, Producer, Director
Jian Zapata, Associate Producer
Daphne Domingo, Production Assistant
Terrina Gogue, Production Assistant

About Filipino American History Month:
Filipino American History Month, also known as the Filipino American Heritage Month, is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in the year 1988. In California and Hawaii, where a large number of Filipino Americans reside, Filipino American History Month is widely celebrated. Many Filipino American organizations in these states often initiate their own independent celebrations.

For more information and to register to vote, visit kayagrassroots.org.

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Fil Am artists join KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress in GOTV PSA campaign

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National AAPI Democratic Leadership Strategy Meeting

Uniting & Mobilizing AAPI Democrats for 2010
with Governor Tim Kaine, DNC Chair
Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice Chair
Bel Leong-Hong, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair

Monday, September 27, 2010 | 6pm – 8pm
Wasserman Room, Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

RSVP: http://my.democrats.org/page/s/AAPI2010

KAYA Summer Internship Program Session and Commencement

Wednesday, August 4 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Kaya Summer Internship Program Session: Labor
AND Kaya Summer Internship Program Commencement

With Greg Cendana (US Students Association), Marlan Maralit (AFSCME), and Iryll Robbins-Umel (National Treasury Employees Union)
(Dupont Circle Metro – Red line)
KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress (KAYA) administers the only summer educational and leadership development workshop series in Washington DC, focused specifically on the Filipino American community and its role in public policy and government.  The Summer Internship Program (KSIP) is a free evening program intended to supplement a Washington, DC internship experience.
Through a series of informal workshop and skills building sessions, student participants work with each other, KAYA staff and policy professionals to learn the skills necessary for leadership.  Sessions focus on the development of issue knowledge, career exploration and skill building.
http://www.kayagrassroots.org

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DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos & Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba (USA-Ret.) keynote speakers for the 1st annual KAYA Leadership Summit

Great news!  DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos & Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba (USA-Ret.) have both confirmed their participation as keynote speakers for the 1st annual Kaya Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Summit this Saturday, July 17.  The FB invite has been updated with the latest schedule of speakers.

If you haven’t RSVPed yet or sent in your payment via PayPal, registration is still $13 online ($15 onsite) and includes breakfast, lunch, and merienda (snacks). Payments can be sent to- kayanatin@kayagrassroots.org

Questions?  Please contact- kayadc2009@gmail.com

Register here:

Click here to register for the FULL DAY session – $13

Click here to register for morning session only – $5

To accommodate other community events taking place Saturday afternoon, we are now offering Morning Registration from 9am-12pm for only $5!

Morning only registration includes:

–Breakfast;
–the Opening Keynote with DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos;
–A panel with five Capitol Hill insiders; and
–A panel on the recently successful Filipino WWII veterans campaign.

–$5/morning registration
–$13/all day online before July 17
–$15/all day onsite

Full day registration includes all of the above, plus:

–Banh Mi lunch;
–Leadership development exercises;
–A panel with three Executive Branch veterans;
–Merienda (snacks)
–A panel with seasoned political campaign professionals; and
–the Closing Keynote with Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba.

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KSIP Leadership Training 2010 (Washington, DC)

KAYA’s Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Training strives to connect summer interns, professional and elected officials on topic discussions, skillset trainings, and mentorship roundtables vital to the development of young Filipino American leadership through a two-day training session at OCA National Headquarters – 1322 18th Street NW.

Click here to download the FULL itinerary: KSIP Leadership Training 2010


REGISTRATION:

To pay online, please visit http://tinyurl.com/y5yyuz7 wtih payments made to kayanatin@kayagrassroots.org
_$10 online before July 10
_$13 online before July 17
_$15 on-site registration
Breakfast, lunch, & merienda/snacks will be provided.


KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress (KAYA) administers the only summer educational and leadership development workshop series in Washington DC, focused specifically on the Filipino American community and its role in public policy and government. The Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Summit is a free event intended to supplement a Washington, DC internship experience. Through a series of informal workshop and skills building sessions, student participants work with each other, KAYA staff and policy professionals to learn the skills necessary for leadership. Sessions focus on the development of issue knowledge, career exploration, and skill building.

*** This event is open to the public but with a special focus on students and/or recent graduates. While all our speakers are Filipino American, the event is open to all. ***

DRAFT AGENDA – Speaker list in formation: 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