2 Weeks Away: Filipino Advocacy Day!

Register for the Filipino Advocacy Day!

Hi Kasamas — 

Sacramento, we’re coming for you!

On Tuesday, April 30th over 20 Fil Am serving nonprofits, student organizations, and grassroots groups will gather in Sacramento in a series of legislator meetings, policy dialogues, and educational workshops and we want you to join us. 

We are currently coordinating carpools from San Jose to Sacramento for the 1st Annual Filipino Advocacy Day. 
If you are a student organization, professional association, or concerned community member on issues relating to Ethnic Studies, Workers and Tenant Protections, we want you with us in Sacramento. 

Since last year, our organization, LEAD Filipino, has been working alongside UC Davis’ Carlos Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies to co-spearhead an undertaking that was new to both of our groups: A Filipino Legislative Advocacy Day in California’s Capitol, Sacramento. 

Ethnic Studies, Workers’ Rights, and Tenant Protections
We’re calling on all students, young adults, families, and professionals to join us for our community’s Filipino Advocacy Day! We will be lobbying on:

  • Passing AB 331 (Medina):AB 331 would mandate Ethnic Studies as a California public high school graduation requirement, beginning in the 2024-25 academic year. 
  • Domestic Workers Outreach & Education Fund: Led by our partners at the Domestic Workers Coalition of California, we’re advocating for a $5 million ask to support the establishing of a Domestic Workers Outreach & Education Fund in the state of California. 
  • Stronger Tenant Protections:With organizations like SOMCAN and PICO California at the helm, we’re emphasizing the importance of increased renter protections in a high-cost housing environment. 

Background: The Beginning of our Advocacy Day
These efforts have been over a year in the making. Our first goal post was to organize a Filipino Policy Symposium with the Bulosan Center last September 2018. The purpose of the Symposium? To gather Filipino/a American (Fil Am) serving student groups, nonprofit agencies, small businesses, and grassroots organizations to address issues that are impacting Fil Am communities statewide. 

Our Symposium featured elected and appointed officials and civic leaders, including former City of Davis Mayor Manang Ruth Admundson, Manang Cynthia Bonta, Mona Pasquil, and Geneveive Jopanda. The nuts and bolts of the Symposium was led by agency leaders from organizations such as Migrante Northern California, South of Market Community Action Network, My Sister’s House, Pilipinx Sacramento, Ramar Foods, the Filipino Googler Network, and many more. 

Filipino Advocacy Day Partners
Thank you to the leading agencies, student organizations, and grassroots groups from across California that have helped us to make April 30th a reality.

Anakbayan Santa Cruz Chapter

Domestic Workers of California Coalition

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ)

Filipino Migrant Center

LEAD Filipino 

Little Manila Rising

Migrante Northern California

My Sister’s House

Northern California Pilipinx American Student Alliance (NCPASA)

PICO California

Philippine National Day Association (PNDA)

Pilipinx Sacramento

Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women

South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN)

UC Davis’ Carlos Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies

Supporters

National Federation of Filipino American Associations

The California Endowment

Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club

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