The members of the Filipinx Igniting Engagement for Reimagining Collective Empowerment (FIERCE) Coalition hosted their annual Policy Symposium this past March.
On January 10, California State Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state anticipates a $22.5B budget deficit. While we have strong reason to believe the social safety night will be held intact, the Symposium serves as a forum to let our policy concerns and interests in Sacramento be known. What we learn and hear during the Symposium will shape our Filipinx/a/o American (FilAm) Policy Platform later this spring at our Advocacy Day in the Capital.
The FilAm Policy Symposium featured state legislators, local policymakers, and civic and community leaders from across California in addressing the needs, wellbeing, and advancement of the state’s 1.5 million Filipinas/xs/os, including:
Attorney General Rob Bonta
Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins
Senator Aisha Wahab
Assemblymember Alex Lee
Commissioner Kiring Amiling Macapugay, California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Affairs
Board President Genevieve Jopanda, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center
Dr. Robyn Rodriguez, Bulosan Center & Amado Khaya Foundation
Jessica Caloza, Past Immediate President, PALAD
Nikki Chan, Executive Director, EMAC
Geraldine Alcid, Executive Director, Filipino Advocates for Justice
Check out the statewide broadcast below.