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.

For more information, visit www.apalanet.org.

KAYA Releases Endorsed Candidate Slate for November 2010 Election!

Check out our candidate pages for Rob Bonta, Hydra Mendoza, and Jane Kim!

KAYA – Filipino Americans for Progress is proud to announce its endorsement for the following candidates for November 2010 election:

  • Kris Valderrama for Maryland State Delegate – re-elected!
  • Rob Bonta for Alameda City Council
  • Hydra Mendoza for San Francisco School Board
  • Evelyn Centeno for Contra Costa County Community College Board
  • Jerry Brown for Governor of California
  • Kamala Harris for California Attorney General
  • Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Phil Ting for Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco
  • Jane Kim for San Francisco District 6 Supervisor
  • Jennifer Pae for Oakland City Council
  • Mike Guingona for Daly City City Council
  • Myrna De Vera for Hercules City Council
  • Ces Rosales for Berkeley City Council, District 7

Over 1,700 calls to AAPI households in 3 days!

KAYA has been working with other progressive Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups and Congressman Mike Honda, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) to recruit AAPI phone bankers and canvassers. In the last 3 days since this GOTV effort has started, volunteers have made over 1,700 calls to AAPI households and had close to 300 live contacts! Collectively we have recruited over 30 volunteers to make calls and pound the pavement. With your help we can make a difference and turn out more AAPI voters!
KAYA-DC, along AAPI Capitol Hill staffers, APAP-DC, and SAFO-DC are hosting phone banking nights at the DNC. E-mail Jian to RSVP: jianiza@gmail.com
In addition to our efforts to retain Democratic majorities in Congress, elect Democratic Governors and to prepare our states for redistricting, we have an unprecedented opportunity to elect brilliant AAPI Congressional candidates including:

  • Dr. Ami Bera (CA 3)
  • Raj Goyle (KS 4)
  • Dr. Manan Trivedi (PA 6)
  • Colleen Hanabusa (HI 1)

We are 18 days away from the election! We know that AAPIs are motivated to vote when they receive a call, or talk with AAPI volunteers in the field. Phone banks will focus on our AAPI Congressional candidates and candidates in districts rich with AAPI voters. You can help Congressman Honda’s efforts in a variety of ways:

Volunteer your time to a campaign, and deploy to the field

Sign up:http://my.barackobama.com/2010GOTV

Please fill out the DNC deployment form at http://my.barackobama.com/2010GOTV , as well as contact Naomi Tacuyan, DNC AAPI Outreach Director at tacuyann@dnc.org with your availability, placement requests, and previous campaign experience.

Phone Bank at DNC HQ from Oct 12th- Nov 1st

(430 S. Capitol St. SE Capitol South Metro- Orange/Blue Lines)
  • Mondays with Asian American Action Fund Young Leaders (AAA Fund YL)

Contact: Nicole Varma- ntvarma@gmail.com

  • Tuesdays with AAPI Hill Staffers & Indian American Leadership Initiative (IALI

Contact: Meina Banh – meina.banh@gmail.com or Keo Chea – keochea@gmail.com for AAPI Hill Staffers
Anurag Varma for IALI- AVarma@pattonboggs.com

  • Wednesdays with South Asians for Opportunity-DC (SAFO) & Asian Pacific Americans for Progress-DC (APAP)

Contact: Neha Misra for SAFO-DC- nmisra05@gmail.com or Olivia Chow for APAP-DC- olivichow@gmail.com

  • Thursdays with KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress

Contact: Jian Zapata- jianiza@gmail.com

Canvass for Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) and Dr. Manan Trivedi (PA-6)
*Shifts are 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm, and/or 5pm-8pm every Saturday
Contact- Meina Banh for Rep. Connolly- meina.banh@gmail.com or Neha Misra for Dr. Trivedi- nmisra05@gmail.com
Saturday, October 16

  • Saturday, October 23
  • Saturday, October 30

Thank you for all that you do! For more information, please visit www.mikehonda.org . Please forward this to others who may be interested.


Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Seeks Associate Director

APALA Seeks Associate Director

Job Description for Associate Director
Position Overview
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO seeks a full-time
Associate Director that will oversee the program design & implementation of all
existing programs, including, but not limited to the Organizing Institute, Every
Vote Counts political program, and local workers’ rights hearings.
The Associate Director will also manage the internal operations of the national
office, provide administrative support and, in conjunction with the Executive
Director, National Executive Board & chapter leadership, implement a national
membership mobilization campaign and engage the membership in all APALA
This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the APALA Executive
Director. Nights and weekends may be required. The primary responsibilities
of the Associate Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Design & Implementation:
1. Oversee all existing programs, including, but not limited to the
Organizing Institute, Every Vote Counts political program and local
workers’ rights hearings; and
2. Develop innovative programs that advance the mission of the
organization, with consultation from the Executive Director & National
Executive Board (NEB).
1. Enhance communications program that includes the following
a. Maintain APALA web site;
b. Produce press advisories & releases on an as needed basis; and
c. Maintain APALA Facebook page and Twitter account.
2. Produce educational fact sheets, and other relevant materials; and
3. Produce monthly electronic newsletter, in conjunction with
Communications Consultant.
Membership & Chapter Engagement:
1. Support the implementation of a national membership mobilization
campaign, in consultation with NEB and chapter leadership;
2. Act as liaison with chapter leaders and support chapter involvement in
national campaigns; and
3. Participate in the planning and coordination of APALA’s Biennial
Internal Operations Support:
1. Supervise office operations;
2. Process membership; and
3. Oversee financial operations:
a. Coordinate annual audit;
b. Manage payroll and payment of external contractors; and
c. Process contributions.
Desired Skills & Experience
1. A record of activism on behalf of workers, the community or other
groups engaged in the pursuit of social and economic justice;
2. BA or BS degree in political science, labor relations, or equivalent work
or education-related experience;
3. Knowledge of Asian Pacific American communities and the labor
4. Strong interpersonal, writing & oral skills, with the ability to
communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of
5. Ability to work independently and manage time effectively; and
6. Strong computer and technical skills.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Gregory Cendana at
gcendana@apalanet.org by Friday, October 29, 2010. Email subject shall state
“Associate Director”. Please no phone calls, faxes or mail in applications.
APALA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to

AAPI GOTV in Washington, DC – Phonebank at the DNC!

Washington, DC folks, volunteer your time to a campaign! We know that AAPIs are motivated to vote when they receive a call, or talk with AAPI volunteers in the field. Phone banks will focus on our AAPI Congressional candidates and candidates in districts rich with AAPI voters.

Volunteer your time to a campaign
Sign up: http://my.barackobama.com/2010GOTV

Please fill out the Democratic National Committee (DNC) deployment form at http://my.barackobama.com/2010GOTV , as well as contact Naomi Tacuyan, DNC AAPI Outreach Director at tacuyann@dnc.org  with your availability, placement requests, and previous campaign experience.

Phone Bank at DNC HQ starting Oct 12th

(430 S. Capitol St. SE Capitol South Metro – Orange/Blue Lines)

Tuesdays with AAPI Hill Staffers

Contact: Meina Banh – meina.banh@gmail.com or Keo Chea – keochea@gmail.com

Wednesdays with South Asians for Obama (SAFO)-DC and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP)-DC

Contact: Neha Misra – nmisra05@gmail.com

Thursdays with

KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress-DC

Contact: Jian Zapata – jianiza@gmail.com


Canvass for Dr. Manan Trivedi (PA-6) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11)
*Shifts are 11AM-2PM, 2PM-5PM, and/or 5PM-8PM every Saturday

Contact: Meina Banh for Rep. Connolly – meina.banh@gmail.com and Neha Misra for Dr. Trivedi – nmisra05@gmail.com
Saturday, October 16

Saturday, October 23
Saturday, October 30

“Check yourself!” Get Out the Vote Asian America! Poem by Beau Sia

Last week KAYA was proud to announce achievements in the Filipino American community.
•    the re-election of Maryland State Delegate Kris Valderrama,
•    appointments of two Filipino Americans to the President’s Advisory Commission,
•    and KAYA’s own DC-Chapter members working in new leadership positions, Gregory Cendana, Interim Deputy Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and Naomi Underwood Tacuyan, Director of AAPI Outreach at the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
•    We also want to announce that a Filipino American, Maria Raffinan has been confirmed as an Associate Justice to DC Superior Court!
This is only the beginning.

As we celebrate Filipino American History Month this October, we want to recognize that Filipino Americans are making an impact. KAYA continues to help cultivate and grow our leadership so our community is visible at the political table.

Only 25 days left until Election Day. Your participation is important—crucial—in helping to shape our community’s future.

If you haven’t already, register yourself and your friends and family members to vote!

Find your local precinct: http://www.smartvoter.org

Key dates to note
October 18 is the last day to register to vote in person in California
October 26, is the last day to vote by mail
November 2 – Election Day!!

Get involved and help our community reach Election Day with victory.

Asian American spoken word artist and poet, Beau Sia performs at APA Rock the Vote!