Policy. Politics. & Puto.


Join the members of L.E.A.D Filipino in monthly workshops and roundtables on Policy & Politics, while enjoying free Puto*!

Sunday, April 9th from 5:30pm-6:45pm
Trump’s Cabinet & Republicans & Democrats: Where Do Filipin@s Stand?

Sunday, May 7th from 5:30pm-6:45pm
Capital Punishment is back, Divorce is illegal, and more — examining current laws in the Philippines and juxtaposing them with our Filipin@ American experiences. 

Sunday, August 13th from 5:30pm-6:45pm
Starting A Movement:  San Jose’s Filipino Memorial Project

As the largest Asian American population in California (1.6 million) and second largest in the United States (4 million) — you’d be hard-pressed to name ~10 well-known Filipin@ elected and appointed officials making differences in our local communities each day.

When we think of the issues that impact our daily lives — what steps are we taking to ensure that the Filipin@ voice is heard in decision-making arenas?  “Policy, Politics & Puto” signifies L.E.A.D’s action toward this larger systemic issue.

L.E.A.D Filipino offers its monthly “Policy, Politics & Puto” workshop and roundtable series to community members seeking safe spaces to discuss and engage in issues related to local, state and federal public policy in both the Philippines and America.

To continuously inform and educate the Filipin@ American community on issues related to our quality of life, “Policy, Politics & Puto”, shows the community how to successfully get appointed to commissions, serve on nonprofit boards, and eventually run for public office.

We bring community members of all ages together to share how these issues are important and relevant to the Filipin@ community.  “Policy, Politics & Puto” also features special guests, such as local elected Filipin@ leaders, commissioners, and community activists.

Past “Policy, Politics & Puto” topics include:

  • Trump’s Chief Justice Appointment — A Threat To The Progressive Agenda
  • President Duterte’s Foreign/Domestic Policies — Views From Filipin@ Americans
*Puto is a type of Philippine steamed rice cake served as a snack or accompaniment to a main dish.  It can be served with grated coconut or other tasty confections.