5.3.22 – 2022 Awareness in Action Program (AAP) Registration Open!

Known simply as AAP, we have proudly offered our Awareness in Action Program to the larger San Jose/Silicon Valley region since 2016.

A 10-week multidisciplinary course that covers aspects of pre-colonial Philippines society and history while centering the unique experiences of Filipinas/xs/os in the American diaspora, our program features weekly sessions, guest speakers, and continuous engagement opportunities for our local and national community.

Our 2022 AAP will be held virtually with selected hybrid events involving local walking tours and roundtables with San Jose-based FilAm community groups.


4.24.22 – AB 1608 Update

AB 1608 continues to call for increased accountability and transparency in law enforcement.

We are delighted to share that AB 1608 has passed through both Assembly Committees on Local Government and Public Safety! The bill will now proceed to the Assembly Floor for a full vote and upon this passage, will move on to the State Senate.

In continuing our organizational advocacy to call for increased police transparency, accountability and reform, we voiced our support for AB 1608 (D-Gipson) which would separate the Sheriff from the Coroner’s Office in all 58 counties in California.

We submitted our support and testified at the Assembly Committee on Local Governance earlier this month alongside the Justice for Angelo Quinto! Justice for All! Coalition and many other advocates statewide.

When Angelo Quinto was murdered at the hands of the Antioch Police Department (APD) in December 2020, his family wouldn’t receive his official cause of death till nearly eight months later when the Contra Costa County Coroner publicly declared Angelo’s cause of death as “Excited Delirium.” The Quinto-Collins family called the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office incessantly for information, to no avail. To make matters worse, Angelo’s family would find out his cause of death alongside the public, forced to process, react and relive the trauma in a public arena.

AB 1608 would mandate that Sheriff and Coroner’s Offices in California be separated.

The Sheriff has three primary duties: keep the peace (e.g., make arrests, respond to calls); attend the courts (e.g., superior court bailiffs); and operate the county jail. All 58 counties in California have a Sheriff’s Department and 48 of those counties also provide for the Sheriff to assume the duties of the Coroner. The Sheriff is a constitutionally elected official. The Coroner, in those counties where the Sheriff doesn’t assume both roles, is responsible for inquiring into and determining the circumstance, manner, and cause of all violent, sudden, or unusual deaths. 

Notably, the 10 counties that have separated the Sheriff and Coroner functions – Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County, City and County of San Francisco to name a few – have recognized that the duties involved with both offices hold great responsibility to the public. Given this, separating the offices to ensure clarity of function, division of labor, and easier access for Californians is the leading priority to prevent future families, like the Quinto-Collins family, from receiving the necessary answers around cause of death of their loved ones.

To learn more about how to get involved with our advocacy efforts, please contact us at info@leadfilipino.org.

That’s Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to you!

Today marks a truly momentous and historic occasion for all Americans.

The students, families, and members of LEAD Filipino stand together in congratulating Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as she is confirmed to the Supreme Court. Justice Jackson will be the first African American woman to serve as a justice on the highest court more than 200 years after the founding of the United States. May we take in the gravity of this moment but also look at how America’s history – one of segregation, one of disenfranchisement, and one of state sanctioned racial discrimination has delayed justice and oppressed African Americans and communities of color for generations. We exclaim our joy and happiness in the face of progress but also remind ourselves of the work we need to continue to do. We cannot wait to see Justice Jackson’s leadership and impact on the #SCOTUS.

3.23 – FIERCE Coalition Policy Launch Talk on Sunday, 4/3


FIERCE Coalition Policy Symposium Launch Talk
Sunday, April 3
1-3PM (PST)

The Filipinx Igniting Engagement and Reimagining Collective Em(power)ment (FIERCE) Coalition invites you to join the virtual Policy Symposium Launch Talk on Sunday, April 3 from 1-3PM (PST), a statewide dialogue focused on social and economic issues of importance to California’s Filipina/x/o American community. 

Following the Launch Talk, FIERCE will host a week-long series of policy and educational workshops to dig deeper into this year’s Advocacy Day Agenda. Come to our virtual Symposium Launch Talk to learn about the FIERCE Coalition’s shared advocacy on issues impacting Filipinas/xs/os such as mental health and well-being, access to quality and affordable healthcare, Ethnic Studies, Public Safety, and more. 

The Launch Talk will feature representatives from FilAm nonprofits, service organizations, professional associations, and community groups statewide. Representing key Filipina/x/o nonprofit, service provider, and grassroots voices, the FIERCE Coalition is a statewide assembly of over 20 organizations that advances a progressive agenda for Filipinas/xs/os in California. Combining resources and expertise, the FIERCE Coalition creates pathways for Filipinas/xs/os to directly engage in legislative advocacy on issues of Ethnic Studies, Public Safety, Economic Justice, and Racial Equity. Since 2018, the FIERCE Coalition has organized educational conferences and policy symposia for the community.

As an enduring force, the Coalition has been instrumental in providing policy recommendations, coordinating with stakeholders, and passing key public safety and education bills in California. Past guest speakers at FIERCE conferences include Assemblymembers Mike Gipson and Alex Lee, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and Commissioners Jessica Caloza and Kirin Amiling Macapugay. 

Please register here: tinyurl.com/2022fiercesymposium

3.10.22 – Delano Manongs Park (DMP) Committee Continues Planning for Grand Opening

April 2021 made state and national headlines not just for San Jose’s Filipina/x/o American (FilAm) community but our national and transnational diaspora.

Almost a year ago, the City of San Jose – America’s 10th largest city – celebrated the historic naming of a new park in Eastside San Jose as “Delano Manongs Park.” The historic naming came as a result of a several-months-long public input gathering process sponsored by the City of San Jose. Community members responded to three different public surveys, whereby suggested park names were submitted and eventually polled with members of the public. Delano Manongs Park (DMP) amassed the most votes each time, solidifying its name within San Jose’s robust network of 200+ different city parks.

In response to this historic occasion, a multi-generational group of FilAm students, families, and seniors started convening to prepare for the grand opening of the park AND the continued artistic and visual development of the park.

We’re still early in our organizing efforts and welcome everyone that has an interest in working deeply around cultural and artistic development in the San Jose community! In our current discussions with the City of San Jose, we believe that Delano Manongs Park will officially open to the public in May-June 2022. We will share more details as they come.

The Delano Manongs Park (DMP) Committee meets the 2nd Thursday/month from 6-7:15PM (PST). For more information, contact us at info@leadfilipino.org.

The members of the Delano Manongs Park (DMP) Committee meet on Thursday, March 10th, 2022. Meetings take place the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Q1 Board Meeting – Salamat

Our Board of Directors spend a lot of time behind the scenes. This is just an appreciation post for the love, support, and commitment our Board has shown the organization since our founding almost 7 years ago.

The role our Board plays in propelling our organizational growth is invaluable and often understated in larger conversations on the importance of governance and accountability in the charitable sector. They identify growth opportunities, guide us toward financial resources, and help promote our mission and vision across their many networks.

Shout outs to our Board!

Happy Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month!

During the month of February, we honor and celebrate both the past and present contributions of our Black community. With this year’s theme being ‘Black Health and Wellness’, we acknowledge the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora, including activities such as rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well. [ASALH]