pilipino association of Workers and immigrants
To all our friends and family
please come and join us and bring items to
sell for our community garage sale
all proceeds will go to nafcon
typhoon relief effort
Saturday & Sunday
8am – 4pm
1426 Morril Ave
san jose ca 95132
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Pacific Island Blood, a coalition of Bay Area Motorcycle Clubs will be hosting a donation drive at James Logan High School (1800 H. Street, Union City, CA 94587). The “rally” will be from 11am – 4pm. There will be food, merch tables, a raffle, as well as performances and martial arts demonstrations. PIB will be hosting a box drive, for which they will be accepting in-kind donations. Blankets, towels, canned foods, water, matches, candles, baby formula, powdered milk, and baby bottles are among the items requested for donation.
JLHS Filipino Heritage Studies and KAISAHAN will also be present to take monetary donations, 100% of which will be donated to NAFCON.
11/22 New York – Gabriela Presents Un-Natural Disasters: 5 Women’s Findings from an International Solidarity Mission in the Philippines.
Bay Area activists and talent come together for this pop-up talent showcase to benefit survivors of the typhoon in the hardest hit areas of the Philippines.
Featuring music performances by Native Elements and End The Suffering. Stand-up comic Kevin Camia. Special guest Freska Griarte of 99.7 NOW and Allan Manalo of Bindlestiff Studios.
Saturday November 23, 2013
1:00pm until 4:00pm
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco State University
Sponsored by Chi Ro Omicron, Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center of San Mateo County, LBC, ABS-CBN and others.
Special thanks to Oscar Gonzales, Cindy Sacramento-Enriquez, Mary Nite, Andy V Galeon, Jeremy Jocson, Johnathan Ezekiel Winston Siu, Allan S. Manalo, Kevin Camia, Native Elements, Lorenzo BigLarr Santiago, Augustus Tagaro, and YOU!
110% of fund proceeds will be donated to NAFCON and material donations will be shipped via direct distribution to affected areas. $10 only!
Boba and the arts for a cause…
“Hope For Haiyan”
An Open Mic Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Hosted at Hiccups Tea House with Anakbayan Los Angeles, CSULB Pilipino American Coalition, Filipino Migrant Center and NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) folks!
10% of all purchases (food and drinks) will go straight to relief efforts aiding Typhoon Haiyan victims in the affected areas in the Philippines!
Come through! 7:30-9:30PM
If you can’t make it out, please make a donation to www.nafconusa.org to directly support relief efforts in the Philippines.
11/23 San Francisco – P.E.A.C.E. (Pilipinos for Education, Arts, Culture, & Empowerment) “REBUILD PHILIPPINES”
P.E.A.C.E. (Pilipinos for Education, Arts, Culture, & Empowerment) + NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) presents…
Next Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 12-5pm
City College of San Francisco: Student Union
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
This event hopes to bring the community together to build stronger bonds, empower our youth/young ones, inform ourselves a midst a media whirlwind and take care of our families across the ocean.
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to relief efforts on the ground to the affected communities in the Philippines.
GUEST SPEAKERS x LIVE PERFORMANCES by local hip-hop, r&b and spoken word artists. Local DJs, as well.
(Roster will announced on monday)
We’re encouraging everyone to bring some food to share-POTLUCK Style
This is a family friendly event. Activities for children 10 yrs and under during the event.
ENCOURAGE YOUR LOVED ONES TO COME & SUPPORT.
Artist Collective for Haiyan Relief
7:30pm in EST December 18
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74A East 4th Street, New York, New York 10003
La Mama e.t.c and Kinding Sindaw present Haiyan Relief
Featuring performances and Artwork auction to benefit the victims of Haiyan/Yolanda.
Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage
Maria Elena Anaya (Flamenco)
Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance group
10tecomai Yosakoi Dance project
(We will be updating the performers list constantly) Please keep checking.
All proceeds will go to NAFCONUSA #HaiyanRelief fund# nafconusa.org
for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
11/20 New Jersey – Fundraiser for Typhoon Relief with Red Horse, San Miguel, Calamansi Cosmos, and Ube Cheesecake
We are all devastated by the news of the damage done by the typhoon in the Philippines. We will be donating 100% of sales from Red Horse and San Miguel Beers, our Calamansi Cosmo, and Ube Cheesecake from Blackbeard’s Dulceria. We will also be auctioning off a gift certificate for a 9 inch Ube Cheesecake.
Funds will be donated to http://nafconusa.org/
“In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for support and assistance. In an effort to have a united and
concerted response, we encourage all supporters to coordinate with respective NAFCON chapters throughout the
United States to ensure that our actions are effective, sustainable and empowering of the local communities,
especially those that are the hardest hit, poorest and underserved.
At this time, NAFCON will assist in the direct transfer of MONETARY donations. Your donation will be sent
directly to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots
relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response
NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.”
5:00pm until 1:00am in EST
140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
11/18 New Jersey – A fundraising event for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines.
A fundraising event for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. All proceeds will go to NAFCON who directly helps severe calamity victims.
Location: WPU, Student Center Cafe
7:00pm until 10:00pm in EST
11/20 Brooklyn – benefit show for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. Come show your support for the Filipino People ♥
This is a benefit show for the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. Come show your support for the Filipino People ♥
100% of all proceeds will go to BALSA and Lingap GABRIELA, Philippines-based coalitions comprised of volunteer-led church organizations, schools, and disaster relief organizations that work with victims & survivors of calamity in the hardest hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan.
+ Caroline from Chairlift
+ DJ Juan Farrakhan
When: Wednesday, November 20th at 8PM
Where: 285 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
$7 in advance, $10 at the door
11/17 New York – New York University’s International Filipino Association presents Mr. Philippines 2013!
New York University’s International Filipino Association presents Mr. Philippines 2013!
**PROCEEDS from Mr. Philippines 2013 will benefit NAFCON USA’s Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation program. Learn more here: http://nafconusa.org/pro
This year, our theme is “Legacy” and we are looking for the timeless Filipino-American man who bridges his cultural roots with having a meaningful influence on the next generation of Filipino-Americans. Contestants are challenged to think about the dichotomy of the two identities and ask themselves: “What is my legacy?”
SUMPA NG KAWAYAN (THE BAMBOO CURSE) — Filipino poem (with translation) for the survivors of Yolanda
SUMPA NG KAWAYAN
Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Women’s Desk
Matibay ang kawayan.
Iyan ang sumpa.
lumangoy at magpaanod
Pigilin ang hininga
at baka malanghap
ang bangkay na naaagnas.
Tiisin ang gutom ng sikmura
na kahit sa papuri,
ay hungkag na hungkag.
Kalimutan natin ang kasakiman
na sa kabundukan
at nagbabago sa daloy
ng hangin at dagat.
Kalimutan ang pangulo
na mainit ang ulo
at sa sariling pulong
walang pakundangang lumalabas.
Kalimutan ang ayuda
na higit na bumabagal,
sa ating paghihintay.
Yumuyuko at umiindayog
sa hangin ang kawayan.
Ngunit kami ay tao, tao lamang,
Balat at dugo, luha at buto.
Ipagpaumanhin ang galit
at pusong nagpupuyos.
Naghahanap kami ng katarungan
sa gitna ng dalamhati’t pagluluksa,
sa aming di matapos-tapos
na dalamhati’t pagluluksa.
THE BAMBOO CURSE
Resilience is the curse of the bamboo.
Suffer the storm,
swim through the floods.
Bear the stench of corpses
and the hunger
that does not go away
Forgett he greed
that levels mountains
and changes wind and seas.
Forget the president
who walks out,
Forget the aid
that crawls slower
as we wait.
The bamboo bends and sways
with the wind.
We are human, only human,
All flesh and tears and bone and blood.
Forgive us our anger
as we seek for justice
in our grief,
in our inconsolable grief.
 Nakabatayang tula na ito sa tekstong “Resilience is a Dirty Word” na sinulat ng dati kong estudyanteng si Soleil David.
 This poem was inspired by Soleil David’s piece “Resilience is a Dirty Word.”
Help Support Relief Efforts for Typhoon Haiyan
Please join the De Anza community in supporting the people of the Philippines who have been impacted by the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which hit and ravaged numerous provinces in the central Philippines on November 8. Haiyan’s 195 mph winds and huge storm surges killed thousands, displaced nearly 600,000 and affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines, according to the United Nations.
Nearly 4 million of those affected are thought to be children, according to international aid organization Save the Children. Officially, confirmed deaths stood at 2,357 on Thursday morning, Nov. 14, according to the Filipino government.
Make a Monetary Donation through NAFCON
The National Alliance for Fillipino Concerns (NAFCON) has provided an easy way to make a monetary donation online. Donate today.
For information about how the money will be distributed, read the Letter of Appeal from NAFCON Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation Program.
NAFCON has a well-respected track record in supporting disaster relief efforts since the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and has been widely publicized as a top option for donations. NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members are active in 23 cities in the United States. Read about the relief efforts in Northern California.
Volunteer Opportunities on Campus
Also please consider volunteering time for much needed assistance. There will be upcoming events on campus in support of relief efforts. For more information about how to get involved, contact Associate Vice President of Instruction Rowena Tomaneng, a former volunteer with NAFCON USA, at email@example.com or 408.864.8510.
Donate Support through NAFCON
San Jose – Know Your Roots Apparel Collaborates with NAFCON to Raise Funds for the Typhoon Relief Effort.
Check out the website at www.kyrapparel.com or click the image
ARTWORK by Elaine Villasper-Dizon
During the week of November 18 – 22, multiple school sites within the New Haven Unified School District, in Union City, will be holding a donation drive for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Spearheaded by the students of the Filipino Heritage Studies class at James Logan High School, the drive, entitled PROJECT HAIYAN, will culminate with a benefit event held on Friday, November 22 at Alvarado Elementary School from 7pm – 9pm.
The event will feature performances by local youth and artists, Filipino and mixed martial arts demonstrations, and updates about Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Merchandise and food will be sold with proceeds going towards NAFCON’s relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines.
The event is free and open to all who wish to support the effort. Monetary donations will be accepted in exchange for admission. Filipino Advocates for Justice and PYC will be hosting a booth to take in-kind donations: non-perishable food, bottled water, towels, and blankets are among the list desired items.
Alvarado Elementary School is located at 31100 Fredi St., Union City, California 94587
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/173229059551816/
The community partners helping to host the event are KAISAHAN, PASE, and FAJ/PYC.
Please show your support and love for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Mix, mingle, and have a drink for a good cause!
Event: FBANC and NAFCON Typhoon Haiyan Relief Drive
Location: Drake Bar and Lounge, 508 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 6-9PM pm
*FBANC has teamed up with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) (Terry Valen) to host a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. All donations will go to NAFCON, a volunteer-run Filipino-American alliance in 23 US cities. Since 2009, NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation program has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit the Philippines. 100% of the proceeds collected for relief go to those most affected and devastated, on the ground in the Philippines.
Well-known community leaders will be attending, including some as guest bartenders!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Queer and allies party to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. THIS Saturday, Nov 16th (10pm-2am).
WE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES AND WE KNOW YOU DO TOO. TOGETHER WE CAN LINK ARMS WITH THE SURVIVORS TO RE-BUILD, FIND HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE MIDST OF SEVERE DEVASTATION & GOVERNMENT NEGLECT. 100% OF OUR DONATIONS WILL REACH THE PEOPLE. #HaiyanRelief #TaskForceHaiyan #GABRIELAUSA
1924 Franklin Street (3rd Floor), Oakland
$5- 10+ Sliding Scale @ the door.
**PLEASE RSVP – Email or FB private message us if you are attending. You will need a special passcode to get into the building.**
Artwork, Photographs & Essays by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Seattle, WA – Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
11/21 New York – Filipino American Museum Bayanihan Spirit to Raise Funds for Typhoon Relief Efforts
Please join us. Everyone is welcome!
Where: Corner of Powell and Post (Union Square)
Volunteers from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a member of the broad formation “Bay Area Task Force Haiyan” invites you to a candle light vigil to honor the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who fell victim to Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda in the Philippines. This week vigils have taken place throughout the bay area.
We are humbled by the overwhelming support and sympathy we’ve received from every day people such as yourself. We would like to take this opportunity to gather together, mourn, pay our respects, and most importantly share how we can continue the long journey ahead and rebuild the lives and areas affected.
10,000 are feared dead in Leyte, and 300 more in Samar. We are still waiting for information from other provinces. Many remain missing, and it is estimated that 4 million people have been affected. We need to provide immediate relief for the families and individuals who have survived.
100% proceeds of the donation will go to the victims. For more information about NAFCON, please visit www.nafconusa.org. We will be collecting donation during the vigil.
Here is a glimpse of NAFCON at work, as we launch Task Force Haiyan.
Check out the facebook event page here > https://www.facebook.com/events/565684516842903/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
D.C. (area) – Taking the P*ss – Benefit for the Philippines
Marx Cafe has generously agreed to make this a benefit for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Proceeds of the bar will go to GABRIELA Washington, D.C., which has partnered with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to accept online donations via nafconusa.org.
When: Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am
Where: Marx Cafe 3203 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010-2103
Rise Up! UCD Fil Am Typhoon Relief Efforts On November 8, the Philippines experienced the strongest storm ever to make landfall in history. With an estimated death toll of 10,000+ (in one province alone) and 10 million people directly affected by its path, Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan razed communities to the ground in Central Philippines, many of these towns, cities and provinces have yet to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month. In solidarity with the Filipino people, the UC Davis Filipino American community (or the Filamily, as we fondly call it) is coordinating a joint effort to raise money for the relief and rehabilitation of those directly affected by this tragedy.
A dollar goes a long way in the Philippines. All monetary donations will be sent through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns or NAFCON, an organization that works closely with grassroots community organizations in the Philippines. Their Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Program ensures that monetary donations go directly to the communities in need.
Our goal is currently at $1500 but we will continue to raise it to reflect the amount of support we receive. We shall also be sending our donations in increments to address both immediate and long-term needs. Everything will be documented through photos/videos and social media (follow the hashtag #UCDRiseUpPh).
We will also have a series of fundraising events in collaboration with other groups, so please keep an eye out!
This is a crucial time for our communities to come together to raise awareness of these natural disasters and mobilize relief efforts.
Your generous donations are very much appreciated!
Every penny counts
We are also accepting monetary and material donations at the Student Recruitment & Retention Center located in the Student Community Center.
Suggestions for material donations:
– Non-perishable food that DOES NOT require water, electricity or can openers.
– Basic medicine and first-aid kit supplies for surface wounds.- Bottled water. Currently, there is no drinkable water in affected areas.
– Candles and matches since there is no electricity. – Clothing
– Any other items that may be useful.
*This will be an ongoing effort so we will continue updating this gofundme and our social media pages.*
*This is a collaboration between Project: Bulosan, BRIDGE, FAHC, FILAH, Mga Kapatid, PASE, KPE and XPO.
API club at Tennyson High School in Hayward. They did a fundraiser with the money going to Gabriela USA/NAFCON. It’s actually via Jaynee Ruiz’s instagram. She’s from babae/Gabriela USA, and she’s a teacher here at THS.
PUSO (Pilipinos at UCSF student organization) and VSA (vietnamese student organization) will be hosting a fundraiser next THURSDAY 11/21/13 to raise money for relief efforts that have been going on for Typhoon Haiyan (please follow the link below to order). ALL PROFITS will go to NAFCON (National alliance for filipino concerns). For more information about how NAFCON is helping and about their organization please follow the link: http://nafconusa.org/
Typhoon Haiyan is considered to be the worst calamity and natural disaster that Philippines has ever faced with speeds as high as 195 mph and gust speed up to 235 mph with around 10,000 people are feared to be dead or displaced. Families affected by the storm are in drastic need of basic supplies, medical supplies, food, and clean water. Thus, Our goal is to provide support and relief.
So please come out and support our cause! Any donations are welcome and will definitely make a difference!
WAYS TO HELP:
2. Attend and donate at our fundraiser event on THURSDAY HSW Lobby 11/21/13 at :
**********PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE**********************
WE ARE ACCEPTING ORDERS UNTIL MONDAY 11/18/13 at 9AM.
After filling out the survey, you can pick up your order for your BBQ pork skewer, vegetable lumpia, and/or meat lumpia and drop off your donation on Thursday 11/21/13.
We are asking for recommended donations but you are free to choose what ever you want to donate to the cause!
3. Donate supplies:
Thank you for your support and time. Your donations do make the difference to those out there in need.
Also if you have not heard about what is going currently in regards to the storm please follow the link: http://
In the last few months the world has seen the powerful and devastating destruction that earthquakes and typhoons caused much of the Philippines coastal areas. This effort is not just to only fundraise aid to the people of the P.I. but to also rally ourselves here in the Bay Area to causes abroad and at home. We must remember we are a part of a global community. Neither seperate or alone. But connected by life. Let us give art, support, and love to one another. Let’s pass it around.- DandiggityShowcasing words and songs from a variety of talent from all over the Bay Area.Jason Bayani (Proletariat Bronze/The ReWrite)
Lorenz Dumuk (The ReWrite)
Kristen Sajonas (The ReWrite)
Amy DabalosHosted by: Dandiggity & Ruby VeridianoSounds by DJ Sig-O (Affinity Sounds)
$10 at the door All Ages
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Doors at 7:30pm. Show promptly at 8:30pm.
The Blackbird Tavern Annex
100% of the proceeds go to nafconusa.org
JASON BAYANI is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. www.jasonbayani.com
RUBY VERIDIANO is a glamour girl off to change the world. A writer, speaker, and media personality, she was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Sacramento, and has spent time in Italy, France, Atlanta, Oakland, and New York City, shaping her global perspective as an advocate and voice for Asian American women. Ruby is passionate about creating media that bridges entertainment with messages of positive social change, and is the founder of a writing empowerment program called “The Glamourbaby Diaries”.
Since 2002, Ruby has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, presenting her writings, lectures, workshops, and media projects at hundreds of venues including Cornell University, Columbia University, Morehouse College, the United Nations, De La Salle University Manila, and the American University of Paris, France, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries. She has reached thousands of youth through her spoken word performance work with iLL-Literacy , an artist collective that she co-founded in 2002. Through her work with iLL-Literacy, she has shared the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, Goapele, and Saul Williams. Her movement to empower youth extends to her work with non-profit organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, LitWorld, and Book-In-A-Day. In 2008, she became a VJ for international music channel, MYX TV North America. In the same year, she published her first book, Miss Universe.
In 2010, she made it as a Top 3 Finalist for Alicia Keys’ head blogger search for her women’s empowerment website venture, “I Am A Superwoman” (IAAS.COM). During this time, Ruby was flown out to London to meet with Alicia Keys and attend the Black Ball, upon which she interviewed celebrities such as Christian Louboutin, Swizz Beatz, and Alicia Keys on the red carpet.
In 2011, she became the first LitCorps Ambassador for Global Literacy Organization LitWorld, where she spearheaded LitWorld’s girls literacy empowerment program in her home country of the Philippines. During the same year, she founded Meeting of the Minds, an initiative to connect the global youth Filipino diaspora to galvanize social change.
Currently, Ruby travels the University circuit to tour her program, Glamourbaby Diaries, and serves as a TV Host/Correspondent for global Filipino channel ABS-CBN.
11/16 Los Angeles – Pray for the Philippines – A Benefit Event for those Affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan
11/20 Daly City – Typhoon Relief Call for Action! Hosted by the Northern San Mateo County Taskforce Haiyan
Hello Northern San Mateo County community members,
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, ravaged central Philippines this past weekend. More than 10,000 people in Leyte alone are estimated dead and thousands more elsewhere are missing. Countless are homeless and hungry throughout the archipelago and are in dire need of water, sanitation, food, and safe shelter.
On Wednesday, November 13th, Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan was launched by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) with different organizations to coordinate typhoon relief efforts in the Bay Area.
As part of this bigger network, we invite organizations and individuals to join the Northern San Mateo County Taskforce Haiyan with LAYA Migrant Youth for Change and Action, Migrante-San Mateo Organizing Committee, Westmoor High School, and NAFCON.
At this event we will discuss what Taskforce Haiyan is all about, how you or your organization can get involved in the relief efforts, and how we can further gather support from the larger community.
Event is open to all groups and individuals — teachers, youth, students, professionals, workers, church groups, unions, or any concerned resident of Northern San Mateo County, Filipino or Non-Filipino alike!
Hope to see you there!
Haiyan Relief Fundraiser
Friday, November 15, 2013
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Tapsilog Bistro, 819 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA 95008
*Light Appetizers hosted by the Jaurigue Law Group
Donations will be combined for the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief
JLG will donate an additional $10 for every donation received.
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) is a mass-based women’s organization serving New York City and its surrounding areas. We connect the Filipino diaspora to the women’s struggle in the Philippines. We are women of Philippine descent, including those who are migrants, immigrants and US-born. We recognize Filipino women of mixed heritage and adoptees. FiRE is a LGBTIQ-(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) friendly organization that is inclusive of transgender people of Philippine descent. For more information, please visit http://www.firenyc.org.
We are a proud member organization of GABRIELA-USA that is the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines. To learn more, please go to http://www.gabusa.org
FiRE is a member of BAYAN-USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth. To learn more about BAYAN, please visit http://bayanusa.org/
We, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) & PSU Kaibigan Alumni Advisory Board, are keeping our hearts and minds with the Filipino people who are experiencing one of the world’s strongest and most devastating typhoons this year. In times of disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos in Portland and all over the world are all thinking of our loved ones and the millions who will be displaced because of the calamity.
Currently, the Philippines is bracing itself for Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda), a category 5 super typhoon, which is expected to displace more than 25 million Filipinos. Families are packing up anything they can and are making their way to safety. The storm is expected to make landfall over Samar-Leyte area today (11/08/13) and continue until early tomorrow morning. It is expected to go through parts of the Philippines including Leyte, Northern Cebu, Capiz, and Semirara Island. Winds are expected to reach up to 195 mph, gusts of 235 mph and a diameter of 1,150 miles as it moves west over the country. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in a storm in world history.
This storm will not only affect the Philippines, but also Filipinos across the world as many OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) who still have families back home are watching from afar. Even right here in Portland, community members are still trying to contact family and friends back home to check on their safety.
In this state of calamity, there is an urgent call for your support and assistance. Our fellow Filipinos need your prayers and your monetary donations. In the past month, we have been working with grassroots organizations in the parts of the Philippines that will be most impacted. Your donation will be sent directly to the poor and underserved who need our donations the most through organizations such as Visayas Primary Health Care Services (VPHCS), our partner organization on the ground in the Visayan region. We hope that you can join us in supporting our kababayans back home as they go through one of the toughest storms to hit the Philippines. Donations can be made through National Alliance for Filipino Concern’s (NAFCON) Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/
It is as simple as skipping your morning coffee – that same amount can feed a family of four for at least three days in the Philippines.
Please contact Rossella De Leon at email@example.com or 503-915-7283 for any questions regarding this relief effort or ways to collaborate.
*** Please let us know by posting on this page if/once you make a donation through the link provided so that we can keep track of the total amount donated from Portland.
Join us as we raise funds for relief efforts in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. All proceeds will to go to NAFCON USA where 100% of funds raised will go directly to relief to where it is needed most. NAFCON USA will assist in the direct transfer of monetary donations to Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayan or BALSA (People’s Cooperation for the People), a national grassroots relief and rehabilitation organization composed of broad church-based organizations, schools, disaster response NGOs, and individuals, working with victims of disasters in the Philippines.
Come and share words and song on the mic. Share your thoughts, your grief, your anger, your inspiration, and your drive to rise up. In the midst of disaster, let’s emerge together in solidarity.
For more information or to sign up on the open mic ahead of time, please contact Megumi Yoshida.
Kilusan Pilipino at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA
If you are interested in donating to the Typhoon Haiyan relief fund, Kilusan Pilipino has a table outside of the DeRosa University Center. We will be here everyday from 11-2pm until December 5. Please stop by and show your support, we accept cash and card. every little bit counts! ❤️
Pictured below left to right Kevin Hernando, Rebecca Liu, Val Taylor, and Maurelle Bagus and photo credit goes to Leah Cruz
San Mateo Medical Center through Ms. Lorda Rumbaua of the Department of Resource Management has endorsed NAFCON
San Mateo Medical Center through Ms. Lorda Rumbaua of the Department of Resource Management has endorsed NAFCON and Careway Health Institute to all its staff for all monetary donations.
Union City – Sari Sari Underground taking in monetary donations to give to NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort
Make sure to check out Sari Sari Underground inside Island Pacific in Union City, they are taking in monetary donations to give to NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort
Sari Sari Underground
4122 Dyer Street
Union City, Ca 94560
November 13, 2013
Contact: Terrence Valen, 415-203-0696
Bay Area Community and Civic Leaders Launch
TASKFORCE HAIYAN to Coordinate Urgent Disaster Relief
San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim to Co-Chair Collaborative Grassroots Response
San Francisco — In response to the growing and urgent need to step up relief efforts for the victims of
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, civic leaders, community organizations, businesses, and faith groups
from throughout the Bay Area launch Taskforce Haiyan, to coordinate people-to-people grassroots
response to what is being touted as one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history. This local launch
is part of a US-wide effort led by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) to coordinate and
strengthen community-based relief efforts across the U.S.
WHO: Supervisors John Avalos and Jane Kim
Bay Area Families of Typhoon Haiyan Victims
Filipino and Faith-based Civic Leaders
WHAT: Launch of Bay Area Taskforce Haiyan
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13
TIME: 10:00 am
WHERE: Bayanihan Community Center: 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Typhoon Haiyan, slammed through the Philippines when it made landfall on November 7, 2013. The
destruction caused by the storm quickly claimed over 10,000 lives in one city alone- Tacloban City in
the province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas. Many Bay Area families with families in affected areas are still
waiting to confirm whether their loved ones have survived.
NAFCON, a volunteer-run Filipino-American alliance in 23 US cities, calls on organizations, communities,
and residents of the Bay Area to join in the grassroots relief efforts. Since 2009, NAFCON’s Bayanihan
Relief and Rehabilitation program has responded to all major typhoons and other calamities that have hit
the Philippines. 100% of the proceeds collected for relief go to those most affected and devastated, on
the ground in the Philippines.
“These last few days have been very difficult for Filipino-Americans with loved ones back home. Haiyan is
the fourth major typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, and by far the most destructive. The devastation
of poverty-stricken communities is simply beyond our collective imagination,” states Terry Valen,
NAFCON President. “There is a need to increase our efforts. That’s why we are happy to join hands with
community, labor, business, and church groups across the Bay Area and the nation to form Taskforce
Haiyan, to increase and better coordinate the aid and relief to the most devastated areas in the country.”
Anakbayan Seattle extends our deepest gratitude to everyone that supported us yesterday as we sang and played music in the heart of downtown Seattle’s Westlake Center in effort to raise funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. Without your help, we would not have been able to raise nearly *$500 for the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns’ (NAFCON) Bayanihan Relief & Rehabilitation Program.
It was inspiring and uplifting to have been able to turn this idea around so quickly in less than 24 hours and mobilize the large group we had. A big thank you to the organizations of Filipino American Student Association of the University of Washington (UW FASA), the Pacific Islands Club of the University of Washington, and Pinay sa Seattle for joining the efforts.
Please stay tuned for local upcoming relief effort events and opportunities in Seattle or donate now at NAFCON USA. To learn more you can visit the website Disaster by Design | How the Natural Disasters in the Philippines are Worsened.
Our Chairperson, Jenilee Policarpio, also recorded a small message to share with the community.
Please join Anakbayan Seattle in coming together as a community to send love and healing to typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda survivors in the Philippines.
***NOVEMBER 13, 2013 AT 6:00PM @ RED SQUARE***
If you are not able to physically be at the vigil, please continue to keep the Philippines in your hearts as this will be a continuous relief process.
***For more information about why these natural disasters occur/how the Philippine government contributes
to worsening the immense damage the Philippines
has to endure please visit —> http://
***If you are interested in donating to fund disaster relief in the Philippines please visit: http://nafconusa.org/
***100% OF ALL FUNDS THAT ARE DONATED THROUGH NAFCON WILL GO TO DISASTER RELIEF***
Please share this event!
November 13th, 2013 is a call for International Solidarity with the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Please join us in a candlelight vigil honoring the lives lost and the people struggling to survive in wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.
Meet up at Malcolm X Plaza at 5:30pm. The vigil will being promptly at 5:45.
Folks will be collecting donations to send to NAFCON: www.nafconusa.org
Let us gather as a community in solidarity. ISULONG!
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Proud to announce that proceeds of this event will go to NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief campaign to help victims of Philippine Calamities. See http://nafconusa.org/ for more info
You can check out their facebook event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/1379367855641676/?source=1
With the lack of government investment into Visayan livelihood, built environment and safety protocols, impoverished Filipino women have had to subsist at an atrocious level of poverty. Filipino women, at the helm of family structures, were not able to work and find the money to evacuate their families into safety or save up for emergencies such as these.
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Fellowship for Filipino Migrants had a fundraiser at Allegretti’s Pizzaria. It was a successful event and we thank the owner (a family of ours) for opening their doors to have the venue at their restaurant. They also donated the food and drinks for the fundraising! Thanks to everyone who came and donated! And we are still accepting donations!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
For folks in Chicago area who wants to donate:
Address cheques to: Fellowship for Filipino Migrants or FFM
Drop off cash/cheques at: Allegretti’s Pizzeria, 933 E. Oakton St. Des Plaines
Mail your cheques to: 113 Washington Rd. Glenview, IL 60025
For material donations please contact:
For online donations go to: http://tinyurl.com/
Tselogs in Daly City Supports NAFCON Relief Efforts
NAFCON thanks Tselogs for supporting our relief efforts for typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines!
The images of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan are heart wrenching. They are the gaping wounds of a Philippines that has been beaten again and again by natural and not-so-natural disasters. This time the world cannot turn away. It cannot deny the suffering of the Filipino people. We are moved and compelled to open our hearts and give, but time and time again we are faced with the dilemma of which organizations or groups to support.
For me, the answer to that question is clear. I will not give my money to giant NGOs with huge overhead costs, other foreign organizations, or militaries that swoop in on these communities for a week or a month or two and then leave. When I look at images on my computer screen or my television, my eyes focus and linger on the faces of people who are hungry, homeless, and hurt because of these calamities. I do not see the faces of transnational organizations or their CEOs.
My heart is with the people. I would like my money to go there aswell. This is why I will give my time, energy, and financial support to organizations like NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) in the US that donates to BALSA (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan- Peoples Cooperation for the People) in the Philippines. These relief efforts are led and conducted by all volunteer grass roots and community organizations–organizations that are committed not only to the immediate needsof the people for relief, but the much more difficult task of rebuilding,rehabilitating, and restoring these communities with dignity and compassion. These are peoples organizations thatare built by the people in the communities in which they live. They know the conditions, the struggles, and the aspirations of people in these communities because they are therewith them.
Participating in the International Solidarity Mission in Mindanao this summer, I was surprised to see so many people in communities devastated by Typhoon Pablo still living in tents or crumblingstructures with only a piece of tarpaulin to protect them from the elementseight months after the typhoon. It was shocking to see these tents and piecesof tarp emblazoned with the names of international relief organizations likethe Red Cross and UNICEF. It washard to accept that with the millions of dollars donated by people all over theworld, that these organizations along with many other transnational NGOs wereonly able to erect tent cities and distribute plastic coverings for homes andcalled it “relief.” They are no longer there in these communities. They have wiped their hands clean. They believe they have done their jobs. Hand in hand with the broken-ness of the Philippine government’s ability to respond to the needs of the people, these organizations failed to serve the people ofthe Philippines.
Thankfully, I was able to witness peoples organizations in action. I saw their rebuilding efforts in parts of Mindanao devastated by Typhoon Pablo.Their efforts were conducted quietly and humbly; they were ongoing eight months after the disaster. They were there for the long haul. One afternoon I was able to visit an evacuation center where people sought shelter because of militarization of their villages. The center was buzzing with activity as volunteers from peoples organizations were hard at work. I did not have to stay long to see the comprehensiveness of their work–from the cooking crew to the medical team to the psychosocial team for the children. The volunteers were tireless in their efforts to not only meet the immediate needs of the people,but to also find a way for them to return to their homes and live their lives peacefully once again.
These peoples organizations know that every child, woman, and man deserves to be fed, housed, and given medical care as soon as possible. But the difference is that they also know that the relief work only feeds, houses, and treats a person for that day or a few weeks. Their work cannot and will not stop there. They work for rehabilitation and rebuilding of communities. They will take a hammer and nails and wood to create new homes, hospitals, and schools, but they will also work at building a better system–one that responds to the needs of the people, one that fights for environmental justice, one that brings hope and courage for people to fight for what they need and deserve in the face of injustice.
Our people deserve more than pieces of tarp emblazoned with the names of international relief organizations or tent cities that are supposed to replace sturdy, livable homes. They deserve more than spoiled rice after it was withheld from them by the Philippine military. They deserve more than empty promises and poor governance.
And you–people from all over the globe with big hearts who donated for a whatever reason–maybe you have family members in Tacloban or you simply turned on the television and were moved by the images you saw, you deserve more than that, too. You deserve to know that the support you offer will be delivered to the people you so care for. You deserve to know that you have not only given someone a chance to fill their bellies with a healthy meal and sleep under a roof, but in supporting peoples organizations, you have also given people a chance to participate in the (re)building of a better, brighter community and world and the hope that they may thrive again.
Donate to support Typhoon Haiyan victims at http://nafconusa.org and support peoples organizations working for typhoon relief!
Written by Theresa De Leon Jaranilla – Chairperson for Anakbayan Los Angeles
Anakbayan USA is helping to fundraise for NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort.
Link to donate http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort
Also check out their website, beautifully designed http://relief.anakbayan.net/
Come join Anakbayan Silicon Valley (ABSV) as we commemorate the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) this Wednesday, which has been designated as the International Day of Solidarity for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda. It was possibly the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and the estimated death count to date is over 12,000, with over 4 million families affected.
The event will take place in front of MLK Library on the corner of E San Fernando St. and 4th St. in downtown San Jose, right by City Hall and San Jose State University campus.
We will have speakers and cultural performances, and will be fundraising during the event as well. 100% of funds donated will course through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns‘s Bayanihan Relief efforts. For more information, please visit http://nafconusa.org/. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, please visit http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort.
ABSV is a comprehensive youth organization that seeks to unite all youth in the struggle for genuine social change and liberation of the Philippines. By educating, organizing, and mobilizing the youth in Silicon Valley, ABSV fights for the rights of Filipinos in America and advances the Philippine struggle for national democracy. ABSV is a member organization of NAFCON.
Anakbayan stands in solidarity with those affected by the typhoon. We also realize that our work does not stop with relief efforts alone. While natural disasters are inevitable for the Philippines, systemic corruption in Philippine politics has exacerbated the effects of natural disasters. We believe that in addition to raising much-needed funds for our kababayan back home, we must also link arms and fight against such injustice. For more information, please visit http://
Also check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/219523028225100/?source=1
Taskforce Haiyan Northeast
Light a Candle with Us and Uphold the Bayanihan Spirit
When: Wednesday, November 13
Where: Bayanihan Community Center
40-21 69th Street
Woodside, NY 11377
You can donate online at nafconusa.org (click Help Victims of Philippine Calamities Donate button), and also donate by cash or check. Please make check payable to “NAFCON” and write “5K Run for Relief” in the memo.
For any questions or comments, please email us: email@example.com. Thank you so much for your support!
One of the biggest hip hop artists this year tweeted: “Over 10,000 people died as a result of the typhoon in the Philippians… If you want to help those affected go to nafconusa.org”. He then added later, “*Philippines…Points finger at auto correct and 6th grade teacher.”
NAFCON SoCal held a press conference for their fundraising efforts for the Typhoon Haiyan victims with major news stations – ABS-CBN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, KCAL, KTLA, LA Times, and Press Telegram.
Please encourage your friends and family to donate to NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief at http://nafconusa.org/
Beautiful and kind hearted San Francisco tourists, visitors, employees and residents reaching out to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and donated to Nafcon Us.
Tomorrow, Monday November 11, a group of us will be at Powell and Market 11:30am until 3pm.
We will be singing Filipino songs and sharing the current situation. If you or someone you know will be in the area please feel free to stop by and donate. A dollar goes a long way! www.nafconusa.org
PAWIS – Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants, ABSV – Anakabyan Silicon Valley and PASU – Pilipino American Student Union posted up in front of the new Island Pacific in San Jose to outreach and raise funds for the NAFCON’s Bayanihan Relief Effort. We were able to take in cash donations and talk to people about the Bayanihan Relief Effort and how 100% of the donations will go to a trusted partner organizations in the Philippines.
PAWIS – Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants – http://www.pawissv.wordpress.com
ABSV – Anakbayan Silicon Valley – http://www.anakbayansv.com
PASU – Pilipino American Student Union – http://pasu.stanford.edu
Please donate to the NAFCON Bayanihan Relief Effort at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2013
Contact: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President
NAFCON Ramps Up Relief Campaign as Super Typhoon Yolanda Ravages Central Philippines
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is appealing for increased donations for its Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation Campaign to assist communities in the Philippines affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”). On November 8th, one of the strongest typhoons in recent history pounded over provinces in the central part of the Philippines resulting in massive devastation of crops and homes and loss of electricity and communication lines. Around 10 million people who live in the central Philippine islands were most at risk of a direct hit of the super typhoon. Yolanda also lashed communities in Cebu and Bohol, two cities that have yet to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last month.
“I was just in the Philippines this summer when another storm hit and caused a lot of damage and I’m really not sure if my family was prepared for something even stronger and more destructive. We are hoping that they are okay, but we haven’t heard from them since electricity and phone posts were toppled by typhoon winds and powerful stormwater surges,” says Julian Jaravata of Anakbayan Silicon Valley, member organization of NAFCON. Julian has relatives in Romblon, one of the islands in central Philippines hit by super typhoon Yolanda.
NAFCON is collecting monetary donations, ensuring the fastest way of getting aid to the Philippines for what is needed most. Donations can be made through NAFCON’s Paypal account at http://tinyurl.com/bayanihanreliefeffort. Checks can be made payable to “St. George Fontana,” and on the memo line, write: “NAFCON Bayanihan Relief” to clearly allocate it for this purpose.
NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief Regional Coordinators can collect your donations or mail it to our local nonprofit partner, c/o Naida Castro at 17895 San Bernardino Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335-6155. Please, include your return address with your donation. For qualifying tax- deductible donations, please, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the necessary documentation. “Every year, NAFCON stays alert and ready to respond, knowing that calamities frequently threaten the livelihood of our kababayans (countrymen). The alliance knows overseas community support is important to relief efforts due to the Philippine government’s consistent inability to effectively assist victims and its culpability in contributing to the environmental injustices plaguing our country,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President.
For more information on regional collection centers and fundraising activities in your area, please contact NAFCON Bayanihan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation regional coordinators nearest you or go to our website at www.nafconusa.org.
Northwest: Freedom Siyam; email@example.com; (206) 659–1896
Northeast: Michelle Saulon firstname.lastname@example.org (650) 808-5043
Midwest: Nerissa Allegretti email@example.com (224) 381-6888
Norcal: Ryan Leano firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 534-4971
Socal: Alex Montances email@example.com (253) 381-7444
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 06, 2012
Contact: Terrence Valen, NAFCON President
Typhoon Pablo Survivors Deserve Relief, Not Repression
Filipinos Demands Justice in response to recent killing of Cristina Morales Jose
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) demands for immediate investigation and subsequent prosecution of those responsible for the murder of Cristina Morales Jose, leader of a Typhoon Pablo survivors group Barug Katawhan, a councilor in her local town Baganga, and also a member of the progressive partylist Bayan Muna.
Jose was killed on March 4 in Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to human rights organization Karapatan in Southern Mindanao, she was killed by a motorcycle riding assassin as she was on her way home from a Barangay Council session.
According to Jose’s text message to fellow Barug Katawhan leaders, military and other local state forces threatened residents who joined the barricade that they will not be rationed food. The typhoon survivors were subjected to threat and intimidation by members of the Philippine Army. Before she was killed, Jose intended to travel to Davao City to file a complaint about the blacklisting of those who joined the protest and barricade of typhoon survivors.
“The Philippine government and its military is again the prime suspect in the gross violation of human rights. Typhoon Pablo survivors deserve compassion and support as they rebuild their livelihood not repression,” states NAFCON Midwest Coordinator Nerissa Allegretti, who visited Pablo-stricken communities early this year. “The demands of Barug Katawhan are legitimate. They have the right to food, shelter, and humanitarian aid. We condemn the repression of the typhoon survivors as they fight for these basic rights.”
In January, Jose was among those who exposed the food blockade and militarization of relief efforts by members of the Philippine Army in her town. In February, she joined more than 4,000 typhoon survivors in a 3-day barricade of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and demanded the release of 10,000 sacks of rice that was earlier promised to typhoon survivors. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman threatened to press legal charges against leaders of various organizations involved in the barricade.
Since Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao in December last year, NAFCON has coordinated relief in the United States to support our fellow sisters and brothers in Pablo-ravaged areas, raising relief donations and educating our local communities.
“We are not only disgusted by the Philippine government’s ineptness in preparing for these disasters and failure to distribute much-needed relief goods to affected communities. We are equally outraged that this spate of extra-judicial killings has intensified and directed not only towards the typhoon survivors but also progressive Party List members who exposed the government’s criminal neglect of its own people,” declares NAFCON President Terrence Valen.
“The hard-earned money we send back home must not be used for human rights violations, especially against those who are merely defending their basic right to land and life. We call on the Philippine government to immediately provide much-needed relief to typhoon survivors, pull out the military forces from the affected communities and stop large-scale mining by foreign and large corporations which aggravates the effects of environmental disasters,” ends Valen.###
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For Immediate Release
January 20, 2014
NAFCON Hopeful to Work with Pope Francis
Last weekend marked a major moment in Philippine history, as Pope Francis became the fourth pontiff to visit the country and the first in 20 years. The papal visit was of major significance to the Philippines, a nation where 80% of the population of over one hundred million identify as Catholic.
The Pope, arrived Thursday night, visited Manila then traveled to Tacloban, Leyte on Saturday. Tacloban became the focus of the world in November of 2013 as it was recognized as one of the most devastated areas in over 121 provinces affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The most powerful typhoon to ever hit land, Haiyan resulted in a death toll of at least 6,340 according to government reports or as high as 15,000 as reported by various organizations on the ground.
“We hope the Pope’s visit to Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas will bring attention back to the severely neglected victims abandoned by the Philippine government. His visit should also raise more awareness about the environmental injustices that worsen the situation for communities trying to recover from the calamities that hit the country every year,” said Terrence Valen, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) President. In response to Typhoon Haiyan, NAFCON had raised more than $1 million to support the relief and rebuilding effort.
The Pope, while traveling from Sri Lanka, affirmed NAFCON’s hope saying, “The central nut of the message will be the poor, the poor who want to go forward, the poor who suffered from Typhoon Haiyan and are continuing to suffer the consequences,” as reported by BBC News. [i]
The message of focusing on the poor is of particular significance to the Philippines, which has a population that is overwhelmingly impoverished with more than 70% relying on basic farming as their main source of livelihood.
“Filipinos should be inspired by Pope Francis to take action and challenge the pervasive acceptance of “profit-over-people” politics and policies. Pope Francis has drawn world-wide attention for his fearless efforts to address the concerns of the poor, the most oppressed, and the many suffering from social, economic, and environmental injustices, and we should join in the fight along side him,” continued Valen.
Last October, during a visit in Latin America, the Pope was quoted as saying, “The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” as reported by the Guardian.[ii]
NAFCON welcomes the Pope’s commitment to justice for the poor and is encouraged by the head of the Catholic Church’s direction. “The role of the Catholic Church in influencing social change in the Philippines is unquestionable. Some of the major moments that made People Power I and II successful in ousting extremely corrupt Presidents included high-ranking church leaders joining the wave of organized mass protest. We hope Pope Francis can influence current Church leaders to speak out against the corruption of the current Aquino administration as proven by his blatant neglect for Haiyan victims and the numerous scandals including the pork barrel under his leadership,” added Valen.
For Filipinos and the general community in the U.S., NAFCON looks forward to working alongside the Pope to address poverty, climate change and environmental degradation. After the Philippine visit, Pope Francis is expected to make an official announcement encouraging all Catholics to join the fight against climate change.[iii]
NAFCON is currently engaged in its Environmental Justice for the Philippines (EJ4PH) Campaign which like the Pope’s vision seeks to prioritize the land and resources of the nation’s 7,000 islands for the Filipino people. Through the EJ4PH campaign, NAFCON and its supporters are challenging the many foreign corporations and government policies which plunder Philippine resources harming the welfare and livelihood of millions of poor Filipinos who need the land and environment to survive.
Pope Francis has also recently publicly condemned human trafficking, which he described as “a crime against humanity” that “constitutes a serious violation of human rights and is an affront to (victims’) dignity as well as a loss for the world community.” [iv] In the past decade, NAFCON has worked with numerous Filipino victims of human trafficking in the United States, from teachers in Washington DC to oil rig workers in Louisiana, from food servers in Mississippi to health workers in New York. “We are glad that the Pope has made a strong stance against human trafficking and for the dignity of migrant workers. We hope that the Philippine government follows suit and finds the political will to protect overseas Filipinos and punish the perpetrators of human trafficking,” said Valen.
Among the many issues the Pope has tackled, he has often shared his support for the millions of workers throughout world who are forced to leave their loved ones at home in search of decent work. Pope Francis has often mentioned his concern for the many Filipino workers at the vatican who left their families for job overseas. The Labor Export Program (LEP) of the Philippines, which NAFCON says is a complete failure, sends almost 5,000 Filipinos abroad every day to often very poor working conditions with little to no support from the Philippine government.
NAFCON is hopeful to work along side the Pope and the millions of Catholics in the U.S. and around the world in continuing to support victims of Haiyan and environmental injustice through its EJ4PH campaign. The alliance also hopes Pope Francis’ progressive leadership over the Catholic Church will further unite our community to tackle other major challenges that Filipinos face including human trafficking and the inability of the Philippine government to support its own people.
For more information on NAFCON go to www. nafconusa.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 415.333.6267.###
[iv] Catholic Herals story available at: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/12/12/pope-francis-speaks-out-on-human-trafficking/
For Immediate Release
December 18, 2014
Over 4,800 Filipinos leave the Philippines daily in search of jobs to support their families and themselves. Due to global economic crisis and Philippine government’s failure to create jobs for its people, many Filipinos who leave arrive in host countries, like the U.S. believing in the promise of greater opportunities and better working conditions. Yet day by day, stories of trafficking, abuse, wage-theft, and at times death are experienced by migrants from the Philippines. Often times they are forced to endure harsh working conditions in order to pay for debts accrued during their migration process to the U.S.
NAFCON alongside its member organizations and alliances launched a campaign to fight for trafficked Filipino Teachers. These teachers were victimized by Isidro Rodriguez who was convicted last November for illegal recruitment by the Manila Regional Trial Court. Rodriguez took thousands of dollars recruiting teachers with the promise of teaching positions only to find themselves in other low wage work or worst unemployed. Like many traffickers, Rodriguez also held the teachers’ legal documents and raised threats about dangers of deportations in order to keep them under his control. Similar experience occurs to Filipinos and other migrant groups around the world.
Forced Migration from the Philippines
In failing to create industry that serves the Filipino people, the Philippine Government relies greatly in remittances from Overseas Workers (OFWs) under its Labor Export Program (LEP). The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), a department under the Philippine government, essentially serves as a broker, facilitating exploitative recruitment agencies in actively trafficking Filipino people.
As service and labor continues to be seen as the “new gold” around the world, developing countries like the U.S. will only perpetuate the usage of LEP and similar models in other countries.
NAFCON Stands With Oppressed Communities
Throughout the last decade, NAFCON has gained much victories in fighting for not only the Filipino community but all other oppressed communities who are victimized and criminalized by an unjust government. At our birth in 2003, we stood up for our Filipino Airport Screeners who were scapegoated in the hysteria of 9/11 because they were not U.S. citizens. Thousands had lost their jobs and their livelihood. Ten years later we are waging campaigns against wage-theft as we stand by migrant workers who are often exploited under the conditions of being undocumented. To date NAFCON has won more than $1 million in back paid wages, and continues to demand justice and respect for all migrant workers.
NAFCON affirms the basic human rights of all people to live, keep their families united, earn a decent living, and work hard to support their loved ones regardless of immigration status and background. NAFCON stands behind the over twelve million undocumented migrants in the U.S. as we call for “Legalization for All!”
We also stand in solidarity with the African American community in the U.S. as they are also criminalized and victimized by the same government who threatens to deport undocumented migrants. Similar to the migrants experience, African American community experience being targeted daily as witnessed in the recent cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both members of the African American community were killed unjustly by local police.
This International Migrants Day, NAFCON looks forward to overcoming more challenges, achieving more victories, and building solidarity. We affirm our commitment to stand with all migrants and other oppressed communities as we continue to push Obama and the U.S. government to change U.S. law so that families do not live in fear.
We call on the Philippine government to scrap the LEP and instead focus on creating jobs at home through sustainable people-based development with the abundance of natural resources in the Philippines. There must be a crackdown on the POEA’s role in facilitating human trafficking as well as increase the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) resources to better enable them to assist the hundreds of thousands of migrants in distress.
And with all migrant communities NAFCON stands beside you as we work to empower a better future and struggle to achieve more victories!
Important note to reader: The NAFCON Executive Board edited the title and some text in this article to reflect our deep solidarity with the growing movement and focused attention around the call that, specifically, “Black Lives Matter” in this current moment. On International Human Rights Day, we stand in solidarity with all oppressed people, but want to particularly keep the attention in the U.S. focused on the HR violations against the Black community in America and their leadership in the call for fundamental social change in this regard.
NAFCON Statement on International Human Rights Day
December 10, 2014
On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) calls on our community in the U.S. and around the world, to increase our awareness and get more involved in defending the basic human right to a life with dignity and respect, starting today with the call to end police and vigilante violence against Black People in America.
In the U.S., NAFCON offers its support for the families and communities of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and the countless black lives that are taken at the hands of vigilante and police brutality every 28 hours. The historic trend of police using excessive force without appropriate cause, even to the point of taking a human life, and never being held accountable must be ended. We must continue to push for change and take every opportunity, especially during this time of heightened attention, to uphold the right of our communities to live without fear of police brutality.
In the Philippines, NAFCON has many areas of concern with regards to protecting the value of human life. The many recent typhoons and calamitous events that are haunting our loved ones back home are connected to the larger issue of environmental degradation and climate change. Ultimately, many large scale mining and logging companies in the Philippines as well as multinational corporations around the world are able to freely plunder and pollute the land, water, and atmosphere, increasing the risk and devastation of tens of millions repeatedly each year. We urge you to join us in our Environmental Justice for the Philippines (EJ4PH) campaign to work together to address this form of human rights abuse perpetuated by the Aquino administration through his environmental policies that are driven by profits.
We also draw attention to a continuing trend of extra-judicial killings of ordinary Filipinos who work to improve their daily lives through education and organizing. Just like here in the U.S., the Philippine military along with paramilitary groups are able to take a valuable life without any accountability and in most cases without even a genuine investigation by the government under Aquino.
All around the world, we have an opportunity to do more on behalf of improving the basic right to a life with dignity and respect. In Mexico, sparked by the unjust killing of 43 students, tens of thousands are speaking out to resolve the problem of government corruption tied to communities controlled by drug cartels. In Palestine, for decades, young boys, girls, and their parents have had to learn to survive under occupation and oppression.
NAFCON, on this International Human Rights Day, echoes the call that “Black Lives Matter!” so that we can continue to progress in the movement for dignity, respect for life, and the positive advance of humanity.
For more information on NAFCON go to www.nafconusa.org, email email@example.com, or call 415.333.6267.
For Immediate Release
December 6, 2014
Contact: Jun Cruz, NAFCON Communications Secretary
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NAFCON Response Ready for Typhoon Hagupit
Just over one year after historic Super-Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) has fully activated its typhoon response program again to aid survivors and victims of Typhoon Hagupit (Philippine Name: Ruby). The alliance of over 30 organizations raised over $1 million in response to Haiyan last year and reported how 100% of the proceeds went towards helping survivors. NAFCON has set up collection centers and will host activities in numerous cities around the country starting today.
“It’s important that we act in this time of need and that we donate to organizations with a proven, trusted, and positive track record of genuinely helping affected communities. We urge people to donate to NAFCON instead of the Philippine Government. Tens of thousands of still struggling typhoon victims from last year have given President Aquino a failing grade in aiding victims of Haiyan. He has not demonstrated true concern for rebuilding the livelihoods of millions of displaced Filipinos,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President and Director of the Filipino Community Center in San Francisco.
Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines Saturday night in many of the same areas hit last year, making the situation much more dire. Given the severely rising death tolls and worsening devastation due to typhoons hitting the Philippines, NAFCON strongly emphasizes the need to address local and international environmental injustices such as mining, deforestation, logging, and climate change that increase the country’s vulnerability to calamitous events.
“I have also lost over 50 relatives from typhoons. Man-made destruction of the environment compounded by intensifying weather events, easily killed thousands, including my loved ones. We have to strengthen our awareness of the magnitude of ecological crisis and its catastrophic impact on humanity and the planet. It did not begin and end with Typhoon Haiyan, nor will it end with Typhoon Hagupit. Ecological destruction will only worsen globally. Impacted communities including Philippine typhoon survivors will lead in addressing the root causes and create solutions to the ecological crisis,” said Anne Naguit, Vice President of NAFCON and staff person for the Philippine Forum in New York.
NAFCON believes that donating to provide immediate relief and working to address the related environmental issues must go hand in hand to truly improve the lives of Filipinos and all those affected by typhoons and other calamities.
“That is why on Earth Day 2014, NAFCON launched its Environmental Justice for the Philippines (EJ4PH) campaign which holds Philippine President Aquino accountable for supporting destructive large-scale mining and logging and failing to act on behalf of typhoon affected communities. Our EJ4PH campaign also enables community groups and individuals in the U.S. to adopt communities and also visit and support people in the Philippines first hand. Those communities are struggling daily to protect their environment from aggressive corporations that are destroying their land, and they are taking action to address climate change which is increasing the strength and deadliness of typhoons,” said AV David, NAFCON Alliance Secretary and member of Laya Migrant Youth for Change and Action in Daly City.
As part of its EJ4PH campaign, NAFCON organized a national Environmental Justice Summit and joined hundreds of thousands in the Peoples Climate March in New York City last September.
To donate to NAFCON’s Typhoon Response Program, support its EJ4PH campaign, or get more information on the alliance go to www.nafconusa.org or call the alliance’s National Office at 415.333.6267.
Filipinos in the U.S. Disagree with Grand Jury Decision on Ferguson Killing
“Power concedes nothing without a demand.” – Frederick Douglass
On Thanksgiving 2014, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) stand united with Mike Brown’s family and friends, and the community of Ferguson. NAFCON gives thanks to all those who continue to fight for peace and justice, including the families of victims of police brutality, military repression, and militarized borders around the world.
On November 24, the nation was horrified to learn that a grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. Brown was unarmed, and kneeling, with his hands in the air, when Wilson shot him six times.
NAFCON Southern California Coordinator Alex Montances states, “Filipinos care about this issue. Immigrant communities are harassed by the police too and are threatened with deportation. If the police can shoot an unarmed 18 year old teen, they can do that to us too! We have to stand with Ferguson, we have to stand for justice!” Montances marched and protested with 300 people from other community organizations from Crenshaw to the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and New Jersey, Filipino people also marched in solidarity. In New York, NAFCON members alongside BAYAN-USA, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), and other groups and allies, marched and closed down the West Side Highway in Manhattan.
“There is a long history in this country of allowing law enforcers to walk free after an act of racism and police brutality. We as a people must continue to stand up in protest and uphold our constitutional right to assemble, voice our opinions, and push at all levels for the justice that our communities need,” says Las Vegas resident and NAFCON Finance Officer Annie Sayo.
NAFCON honors and commemorates the many victims of police brutality including Fred Hampton and Mark Clark who were Black Panther leaders slain in a police raid where the Grand Jury also did not indict; Amadou Diallo, a 23-year old Guinean immigrant who was shot 19 times when he reached for his wallet. Officers were indicted for second degree murder and the case was moved to upstate New York, where a jury acquitted the officers; Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was tried in Martin’s death and a jury acquitted him of murder and manslaughter in 2013.
“Unfortunately, the list continues, but the pattern and practice of high profile cases represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cases where racist police violence has not been subjected to equal justice under the law,” concludes NAFCON President Terry Valen.
NAFCON encourages the community to continue to join actions that push for true justice for Mike Brown and the many victims of police brutality and repression be it in Ferguson, Florida, Mexico, Palestine or in the Philippines.
For more information and ways to get involved, email NAFCON at email@example.com or call us at 415-333-6267.
Download this statement in a PDF file: Filipinos in the U.S. Disagree with Grand Jury Decision on Ferguson Killing
For Immediate Relief
November 24, 2014
Reference: Jun Cruz, NAFCON Communications Secretary
Filipinos in the U.S. Respond to Obama’s Executive Order
“Tonight there may be relief to undocumented migrants and that is great news, but it is also clear that most of the Filipino and non Filipino migrants we know are not included. The hopes to be reunited with their families slowly faded, and it just got harder to attain the relief to work legally and unchain themselves from the unfair labor conditions that cuff them.”
This is how Anne Beryl Naguit from Philippine Forum in New York remembers the moment fellow community members reacted after listening to President Obama’s executive order on immigration on Nov 20, 2014. Through executive actions, Obama aims to provide protection from deportation to up to 5 million out of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been expanded by removing the upper level age cap of 31 as of June 15, 2012, moving the U.S date of entry requirement from June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010, and extending the reprieve from 2 to 3 years.
Filipinos from various cities, small towns, and other areas in the U.S. share their feelings of victory as well as disappointment over the conditions set by the executive order that limits eligibility to some immigrants.
“We welcome it! President Obama responded yesterday to what our community has been demanding for years, however his executive order is only temporary, reversible by future presidents and far from enough. We must and we will continue to push for the relief that our communities need,” says Terrence Valen, Director of the Filipino Community in San Francisco.
However, while the executive order extends the deferred action to parents of U.S citizen or legal permanent resident sons/daughters born on or before November 20, 2014 who have resided in the US for at least 5 years and passed background checks, parents of DACA recipients, undocumented workers, and farm workers without families, and LGBT individuals less likely to have family members in the U.S. are excluded.
Valen and Naguit, who serve as President and Vice-President, respectively, for the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), point to the limitations of Obama’s executive order.
“Safety only applies to less than half of the undocumented population. We have struggled for a decade to claim what is being denied of migrants, our fundamental human rights. It is up to the community to assert protection of the rights and the lives of those who were disparately not included in this executive order,” Naguit adds.
NAFCON remains committed to educating and mobilizing our communities to continue the fight to end deportations and for legalization for all. “Our members will hold forums and discussions to not only help immigrants understand the implications of these executive actions and potential consequences to keep them from falling into scams for false hopes, but also organize them towards bolder and more united actions so that we can achieve changes that are more inclusive and permanent,” states NAFCON Alliance Secretary AV David.
Members will also highlight and celebrate the many community events and advocacy efforts that pushed Obama to act.
Jun Cruz, a resident of Yorba Linda in California and NAFCON Communications Secretary adds, “The executive order is a product of the hard work and organizing of our community to recognize the immigrants’ right to respect and dignity. Obama would not have done anything without the continued pressure from youth, workers, lawyers, institutions, and many other community members.”
The alliance calls on members of the community including workers, youth, and professionals, who would like to help in this advocacy to email NAFCON at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415-333-6267 to get involved.
To further instill confidence that your contributions are making a positive impact on communities most in need, NAFCON has released a “One Year Financial Report.”
CLICK HERE to view the complete report.
One Year After Haiyan: Remembering the survivors and reaffirming our commitment toward environmental justice
For Immediate Release
November 5, 2014
One Year After Typhoon Haiyan
Remembering the survivors and reaffirming our commitment toward environmental justice
On November 8, the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) in partnership with the Kabit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN), will hold commemorative events in multiple cities throughout the U.S. These activities will highlight the extremely inspirational response to the devastation caused by the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land. In addition, the events will also engage our community to look ahead and continue to contribute to the ongoing rebuilding effort that rests primarily on the shoulders of the typhoon survivors and their supporters due to appalling lack of support coming from Philippine President Aquino and his administration.
President Aquino Gets an F on Haiyan Response
One year later, Aquino’s response to Typhoon Haiyan is still ineffective despite the enormous amount of international, national, and local support provided to the Philippine government. Out of the 1.5 million families affected by the calamity, only a small number are getting help from the government. For example, 1.2 million houses were damaged or destroyed, but recent reports from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) indicate only a measly 364 housing units completed in Tacloban and Tanauan, Leyte.[i] In addition, whole communities in Tacloban still reside in evacuation centers with no government plans for them to be transferred to more appropriate housing.
NAFCON and KBKN members who recently returned from relief missions in typhoon-affected areas reported that many communities such as Jaro and Carigara, Leyte, had never received any form of assistance from the government because they were not identified as “Areas of Priority.” Our members indicated that, rather than receiving government assistance, several communities were highly militarized and residents had not been informed about the purpose for the military’s presence. In Carigara, the military had taken over a school that was in the middle of conducting its classes.
Relief to Re-leaf
NAFCON and its supporters worldwide raised over $1 million in donations for typhoon survivors. Over $400,000 was allocated toward immediate relief in the form of food and hygiene packs, psycho-social intervention services, and medical assistance. Many of our members and supporters from the U.S. had participated first-hand in these relief missions. The most recent mission occurred this past summer and included twenty-four delegates that served over 2,000 families in far-flung areas of Eastern Visayas.
Midway through the last year and moving forward, NAFCON shifted its focus toward “Re-leaf” or the long-term rebuilding of communities. This last year, more than $600,000 was allocated to rehabilitation. In partnership with the Consortium for People’s Development – Haiyan Response (CPD-HR), the rebuilding effort included particular areas that received little to no support. For instance, NAFCON donations supported the building of shelter for 300 families and the construction of a water distribution system for two communities in the Western Visayas while continuing to offer assistance to other areas.[ii]
Help, Contribute, Protect
NAFCON encourages the community to reaffirm its commitment to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan who still greatly need our support. In commemoration of the Haiyan One Year Anniversary, NAFCON is launching its “Adopt a Community” program that enables supporters here in the U.S. to contribute to specific projects such as building shelters or schools or developing much needed infrastructure in areas affected by Haiyan. Currently, donations for this program will be allocated to CPD-HR to continue the work that has already been initiated. In months to come, the program will expand to other areas in need.
Environmental Justice for the Philippines
In addition to our rebuilding efforts, NAFCON seeks to address the connection between calamities such as Typhoon Haiyan and the many man-made factors and government policies that severely increase the resulting death toll and destruction.
Among all the nations with a population over 1 million, the Philippines is number one on the list of most vulnerable countries in relation to the negative impacts of climate change.[iii] Reasons for the Philippines’ high vulnerability to climate related calamities include poor infrastructure resulting from rampant government corruption, inadequate emergency response systems, and government prioritization of land use for destructive foreign corporations versus utilizing the natural resources for the basic needs of the Filipino people and the sustainability of their communities.
NAFCON is currently engaged in its “Environmental Justice for the Philippines” campaign that fosters genuine sustainable development for communities in the Philippines and seeks to prevent increased loss of life and destruction at the hands of man-made calamities.
[i] See “Slow government response in Yolanda-affected areas glaring” by IBON. http://ibon.org/ibon_articles.php?id=435
[ii] See Consortium for People’s Development – Haiyan Response Report (Oct. 2014) http://nafconusa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Internal-NAFCON-CPD-HR-Report-Oct-2014.pdf
[iii] See United Nations World Risk Report 2012
[iii] More educational resources are available at: http://nafconusa.org/educational-resources/
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October 14, 2014
Filipino American Alliance Celebrates 10 Years of Service
LONG BEACH, CA — On October 10 to 12, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), an alliance of thirty-one organizations throughout the United States, celebrated its more than 10 years of serving and protecting the Filipino community in the U.S. and around the world.
In sync with the celebration of its “Dekada” (10 in Filipino), the alliance successfully gathered more than one hundred and fifty Filipino leaders and community’s supporters for its 3rd General Assembly. The tri-annual occasion is held so the many organizations of the alliance can plan its work ahead as well as elect its new leaders for the coming three years.
NAFCON however, did not stop there. To further commemorate its milestone moment, the alliance also released a document entitled “Ten Years, Ten Victories” which enumerates 10 key victories that NAFCON has achieved since its inception. One of the alliance’s most recent and notable victories included the raising of more than 1 million dollars for Typhoon Haiyan victims. The significant amount of money NAFCON collected was allocated directly to several trusted partners and people’s organizations on the ground in the Philippines. These funds were immediately used for emergency relief assistance at the height of the typhoon’s aftermath.
May Vargas of BALSA Mindanao, one of NAFCON’s main relief and rehabilitation organizational partners in the Philippines, affirmed the immediate and continuing impact of NAFCON’s work. Vargas had traveled from Mindanao, her home, to attend the General Assembly and serve as one of its key speakers.
“To date, NAFCON supports a lot of farming communities in Typhoon Haiyan devastated areas in their efforts to rebuild their communities, especially in terms of sustainable agriculture and organic farming. NAFCON was the first to respond when we called for help when Typhoon Pablo hit Mindanao and Haiyan in the Visayas. Two weeks after Haiyan hit, we were the first to deliver a comprehensive intervention and the first to let the children laugh and play after a major catastrophe changed their lives. More than 50 peasant indigenous communities now have their own farms to till and they are trained on agricultural sustainability.” Vargas said.
In addition to its efforts around relief and rehabilitation, another one of NAFCON’s key victories is holding high its candle and continuing to serve the interests of Filipino migrants here in the U.S. Terrence Valen, NAFCON President described examples of the alliance’s commitment toward protecting its community.
“That is what it has been, NAFCON standing together with workers on the streets, in churches,
in communities, in schools, in workplaces focusing on issues such as migrant rights. We hosted the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR) just this passed year in New York at the United Nations,” Valen said.
Valen also spoke of NAFCON’s involvement in working to unite and connect the struggles of Filipino migrants to that of other migrant communities from around the world. NAFCON has done this is through hosting national and international gatherings, such as IAMR, that discuss, tackle, and seek to develop a stronger community effort around the challenges Filipinos and non-Filipinos face together. NAFCON’s ability to convene large gatherings of representatives from throughout the Filipino community and beyond was another example of its significant victories.
Bernadette Herrera, a Filipino mother who survived many years of being undocumented in the U.S., also former NAFCON Vice President, emboldened the alliance to continue to advance its work and meet the major challenges ahead. Herrera, speaking from the heart, addressed the inability of the current Philippine government to provide a positive future for the Filipino people. “I am only one out of the 4,500 who leave the Philippines everyday yearning to give a better future for our family because the Philippine government has not been able to.” Herrera said.
Dr. Leni Jara of the Council for Health and Development in the Philippines, another one of NAFCON’s relief partners who attended the assembly, emphasized the deteriorating socio-economic conditions in the Philippines. “400,000 nurses in the Philippines do not have jobs. Majority of them are employed in call centers. We know that the problem of the Philippines has been going on for over a hundred years. We have been providing health services for peasants, fisherfolks and workers for 40 years and the situation is the same and even worsening” Jara said.
Valen, explained the meaning of the weekend’s theme, “Celebrate our Unity” and “Win More Victories.” He shared that it was important to recognize what the alliance has accomplished and then said, “We have to advance and win more victories to sustain our work and actually grow and build the strength of NAFCON, but more importantly, our communities.”
In closing, Valen also made sure to offer appreciation for the host of the large gathering. Valen said, “The Grace United Methodist Church was gracious to host us all of the church leaders and church members, students, youth, women, all sectors of our community coming together to celebrate our unity and win more victories!”
The event which took place in Long Beach, CA brought together many of the most important Filipino leaders from key areas throughout the country including New York, Bay Area, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Southern California.
NAFCON looks ahead towards activities and events marking the significance of Typhoon Haiyan’s One Year Anniversary on November 8th, 2014. The alliance is expected to launch the second phase of its Environmental Justice for the Philippines campaign with the “Adopt a Communities” program.
100 International and National Filipino Leaders Converge for a Major National Gathering in Long Beach during Filipino-American History Month
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jun Cruz, Public Information Officer, (650) 580-7382
October 25, 2014
100 International and National Filipino Leaders Converge for a Major National Gathering in Long Beach during Filipino-American History Month
Many of the most important Filipino leaders from key areas throughout the country including New York, Bay Area, Washington D.C. and Southern California will convene for the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) General Assembly on October 10 – 12.
Most notably this year, NAFCON raised 1.07 Million dollars for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines and spearheaded medical, relief and solidarity missions to typhoon stricken areas throughout the Visayas and Mindanao. Additionally, NAFCON has also held high its candle and continues to serve the interests of Filipino migrants here in the U.S. and unswervingly supports the initiatives of Filipinos to build a better future in the homeland.
- General Assembly of NAFCON members all over the U.S. to elect new officers, launch new 3-year plan and celebrate its 10th year anniversary
- Terry Valen, NAFCON President
- Dr. Leni Jara, Council for Health and Development in the Philippines
- May Vargas, BALSA Mindanao
- Bernadette Herrera, NAFCON VP
- More than 100 key Filipino leaders and organizers from Manila, Mindanao, New York, Chicago, Northern and Southern California
- October 10-12, 2014
- Grace United Methodist Church
- 2325 E 3rd Street
- Long Beach, CA 90814
- NAFCON, an alliance of more than 30 organizations, seeks to uphold, defend, protect and promote the rights and welfare of Filipinos. Over the last 10 years NAFCON has initiated and supported various issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and the protection of Filipino migrants and undocumented Filipinos, and the empowerment of U.S. Filipino youth, women and their families among others.
- Grand Cultural Opening, Candlelight Vigil, Ecumenical Service. On-camera interviews available during the General Assembly.
- Testimonials from Filipinos rebuilding their lives after Typhoon Haiyan and working together to promote genuine, lasting solutions powered by the people, not by profit.
- Cultural performances
- Report-backs from people who have recently returned from solidarity health missions to typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines.
Donate to ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts and learn more about NAFCON at: www.nafconusa.org
Resist and Rebuild for Ecological Justice in the Philippines
Saturday, September 20, 2014
12-5 PM Eastern / 11 AM-4 PM Central / 9 AM-1 PM Pacific
NYC location: Church of St. Francis of Assisi
127 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
Or join via webinar: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA59DB86834A38
Super typhoons, carbon emissions, global warming—what do these terms really mean? More importantly, why do poor communities in countries like the Philippines suffer the gravest impacts, and why are their voices ignored by policymakers? On the eve of the UN Climate Change talks, join us for From Relief to Releaf, an educational forum on climate disruption in the Philippines, its causes and its impacts. Hear testimonials from Filipinos rebuilding their lives after Typhoon Haiyan and working together to promote genuine, lasting solutions powered by the people, not by profit. Learn how we in the US can get involved in the movement for ecological justice in the Philippines!
Dr. Giovanni Tapang, Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM)
Dr. Efleda Bautista, People Surge, survivor of Super-Typhoon Haiyan
Terrence Valen, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
Sponsored by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and the International Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines-USA
More info: www.nafconusa.org
A Community Discussion
The Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world and is gifted with so many natural resources. Yet its environment is being destroyed for the benefit of big businesses and foreign corporation leaving the majority of Filipinos in abject poverty.
Below are picture from a community discussion were participants learned about the Philippine movement of indigenous peoples, community-based organizations, and others are doing to assert their rights over their natural resources and defend their environment.
August 23, 2014 2:00PM
Harriet Tubman Social Justice Center
5278 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA
With Special Guest Speaker: Clemente Bautista Jr. of KALIKASAN A People’s Network for the Environment.
This event was brought to you by The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (Southern California), the Kapitbisig-Kabataan Network, and the International Action Center.
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August 1, 2014
Dear members and supporters of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON),
Mainit na pagbati mga kababayan at mga kaibigan sa US! [Warm greetings to our fellow Filipinos and friends in the US!]
Organizational and individual members of NAFCON, their supporters, and observers are invited to the upcoming NAFCON General Assembly meeting and related activities. The Assembly will be held October 10-12, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. Please make appropriate plans to send member delegates to attend and participate in our General Assembly.
The theme of this NAFCON General Assembly and the upcoming three-years is, Ipagdiwang Ang Ating Pagkakaisa! Sulong Sa Mas Maraming Tagumpay! [Celebrate Our Unity! Win More Victories!]
The General Assembly will discuss reports on the status of our national campaigns and projects and on the advances and challenges of our national alliance, elect new members to the National Council, approve our next 3-year General Program of Action, and celebrate our unity through cultural presentations. Tentatively, the schedule for the weekend gathering is:
Friday, October 10 (Until 9pm)
- 1pm Mobilization (Pre-Opening)
- 6pm Registration
- 7pm Welcome Remarks & Keynote Speaker
Saturday, October 11 (Until 11pm)
- 8am Breakfast
- 9am General Assembly Business Meeting, Elections, Workshop Sessions, & Closing Remarks
- 8pm Cultural Solidarity Night
Sunday, October 12 (Until 6pm)
- 9am Interfaith Offering/Service
- 12pm BBQ, National Council meeting, and local tour
We look forward to your attendance and active participation. For more information, please go to the GA2014 page, e-mail the GA Secretariat (GA@nafconusa.org), or contact your regional coordinators.
Mabuhay ang Sambayanang Pilipino! Maraming salamat po,
Terrence Valen, President
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
For Immediate Release
July 28, 2014
Aquino: Champion of Corruption in the Philippines
On Monday, July 28th, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). The annual speech delivered to the Philippine congress every July is similar to the State of the Union address given by U.S. presidents in January of each year. Both speeches serve as key moments for a nation’s people to hold their president accountable to the promises they made in order to be elected.
This year’s SONA comes at a very significant time when Aquino’s main campaign promise to lead the “Daang Matuwid” or “Straight Path” against corruption is very seriously questioned. Earlier this month, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was unconstitutional.
“Aquino’s leadership behind the DAP scandal demonstrates he has not only broken his promise to lead the ‘Daang Matuwid’ but much worse he serves as the champion of corruption in the Philippines,” said Terrence Valen president of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).
DAP, which totaled 157 billion pesos ($3.6 billion) from 2011 – 2013, was created by President Aquino under the pretense of stimulating the economy. However, in truth, Aquino used DAP as a form of “pork barrel,” or a sum of funds that were not subject to scrutiny by the Commission on Audit (COA), to bribe congressmen for their support. This bribery was achieved by funneling money to them to pay for fake development and social projects, a scam exposed last year during the “Pork Barrel” scandal. One example is during Aquino’s first two years as president, large sums of DAP funds were given as bonuses to politicians who voted to impeach former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona who ruled against the president’s family in the Hacienda Luisita Case.
Lending to the tragedy of the current scandal is the millions of victims from Super Typhoon Haiyan who more than eight months later are still without adequate relief or support from the Philippine government.
Robin Navarro who recently returned from visiting Leyte where Typhoon Haiyan hit hardest explained, “It still looks as if the typhoon just hit yesterday, rubble, uprooted trees and collapsed homes are seen everywhere you turn. Driving by different areas of Leyte you’ll see graves of children in front of the schoolyard, and in some areas you can still smell the bodies from the mass graves. There are many families without homes and food, the basic human necessities to live. The livelihoods of the people need to be restored. People there are infuriated at the Aquino administration for failing to help them. The president must be held accountable for their suffering.” Navarro is the Campaigns Chair of San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SFCHRP) a member organization of NAFCON.
NAFCON along with many Filipinos in the U.S. are very concerned with the long-standing practice of politicians, including the president, stealing public funds versus using them for the benefit of the people. Fifty percent of the $25.1 billion in remittances comes from the U.S.
“Si Aquino ay nagnanakaw sa higit 12 milyong mga OFWs na nagtratrabaho bilang mga caregivers, hotel workers, nurses, mga guro at iba pa sa ibang bansa para lang mabuhay ang kanilang mga pamilya sa Pilipinas. Habang inaangat ng mga migrante ang ekonomiya ng bansa, salungat naman ang ginagawa ni Aquino sa pamamagitan ng pagtuloy na pagnakaw sa kaban ng bayan.” (Aquino is stealing from the more than 12 million overseas Filipino migrants who work as caregivers, janitors, hotel workers, nurses, teachers, and so many other jobs to feed their families back home. While the Filipino migrants continue to hold the country’s economy up, the President does the opposite by continuously stealing the people’s money),” said NAFCON Vice-President Bernadette Herrera.
Although it is certain that Aquino will present statistics to depict the economy as improving, the increasing number of Filipinos forced to go abroad in search of work demonstrates the worsening economic situation and the diminishing job market at home. During his term the number of Filipinos leaving the country daily has increased from 2,500 in 2010 to 4,884 in 2013 according to the Philippine Labor Department. Under the current administration more than two million Filipinos left the country in search of work, the highest total in history.
NAFCON is currently engaged in an Environmental Justice campaign aimed at addressing the government policies and practices that prioritize Philippine land and resources for the benefit of foreign corporations and local politicians versus the Filipino people themselves.
“The culture of corruption that Aquino champions is also embodied in the wholesale plunder and destruction of our country’s land and wealth. The key to improving our economy is protecting, preserving, and prioritizing the land and environment for the people of our country. But minimally, we have to put a stop to blatant corruption once and for all, and we must start at the top with President Aquino himself,” said Valen.
Over the last week, three impeachment complaints have been filed against President Aquino. Although it is uncertain whether or not these complaints will be handle appropriately by the Congress, NAFCON encourages the public to continue to strengthen the growing movement to hold the president accountable by joining in activities that educate the public about the DAP scandal and the worsening situation in the Philippines as well as support the campaign for Environmental Justice.
NAFCON is an alliance of over 30 organizations spread throughout major cities in the U.S. aimed at defending and advancing the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the U.S. and around the word. For more information on NAFCON go to www.nafconsa.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.###
Relief to Rebuilding: Join the Summer Mission in the Philippines to Help Haiyan Survivors Rebuild Their Homes, Farms, and Lives
June 8th, 2014
It has been seven months since Super-Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. The survivors have courageously persevered in putting their lives back together and preserving their communities. Their endeavor to survive has been bolstered by local grassroots relief efforts and the support of NAFCON and generous volunteers and donors from around the world.
However, more than half a year later, the situation is still dire, as the country enters a new phase in the post-Typhoon Haiyan era: rehabilitation and rebuilding. Safe, sturdy housing is needed for the more than 4.1 million people who were displaced. Farmers and fishermen whose crops and boats were destroyed need to restore their land, seedlings, and farming and fishing equipment in order to regain their means of survival.
With relief from official government agencies still inadequate, NAFCON organized five Solidarity and Health Missions (SHM), sending health professionals and volunteers from the U.S. to directly attend to health needs of those in hard to reach areas. These missions served more than 100,000 survivors by providing timely relief, medical assistance, and psychosocial intervention (PSI) therapy to assist families in the healing process.
Equally important to the rebuilding effort is also protecting communities from future calamities. This effort includes holding the Philippine and local governments accountable for environmental preservation such as maintaining forests and watersheds that act as natural barriers against the massive destruction caused by flooding.
As Typhoon Haiyan survivors move into the rehabilitation and rebuilding phase and continue to pursue long-term sustainability, we invite you to support them by joining the upcoming NAFCON SHM from July 24-29. This mission will focus on distributing humanitarian assistance to Haiyan survivors, as well as activities such as rebuilding homes and farms. It will also be a key opportunity to participate in NAFCON’s campaign to further the rebuilding effort within the framework of social and environmental justice as a foundation for long-term sustainability.
Learn more about and register for SHM by going to nafconusa.org/SHM or contact the National Coordinator Eugene Gambol at (916) 296–4848 or email@example.com. We hope this will be a successful endeavor you can share with your family and community.
Terrence Valen, President – National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
In celebration of our 10th Year, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) is printing a commemorative Dekada (ten in tagalog) T-Shirt. We are asking the community to help choose the design. The shirt will also include our General Assembly theme: Migrante, Magkaisa, Manindigan! (Migrants, Unite, Stand Up).
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