Filipino Advocates for Justice

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Filipino Advocates for Justice is an organization that I have recently been following and probably many of you would be interested in their cause.  Since 1973, Filipinos for Affirmative Action (FAA) has been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights. After nearly 37 years FAA is now Filipino Advocates for Justice. To learn more about Filipino Advocates for Justice please refer to the information posted below.

From Filipino Advocates for Justice:

It’s true! FAA, Filipinos for Affirmative Action, after nearly 37 years is now Filipino Advocates for Justice. Our new name better captures who we are and what we do.  Rest assured that we remain true to our vision and mission. We are still committed to serving youth, newcomers and low wage workers. We will continue to fight for social justice and advocate for policies that will address the challenges faced by the people we serve. And we will continue to develop leaders and bolster the civic engagement of the Filipino community in the East Bay.

Our continued success depends largely on your support and generous contributions to help us achieve our goals. Please click here & consider donating today.

With your support we were able to accomplish the following this past year:

  • We worked closely with over 160 youth through prevention education, peer support and leadership development programs, 92% of whom matriculated to the next grade and learned healthier decision-making;
  • Our youth program in Oakland helped protect funding for youth violence prevention from proposed City Council cuts;
  • Our Union City youth worked with City Council members and community commissions to set up the infrastructure for the city’s youth violence program focusing on street outreach;
  • 86% of the low wage workers we served have successfully received public benefit services in these hard economic times (unemployment insurance, Medicare/MediCAL, disability & veteran’s benefits);
  • We helped the worker-led group PAWIS launch the Justice for Manong campaign to counter discrimination against older workers at the Oakland Airport, where a law suit was also filed in September;
  • We continued to conduct outreach to and provide worker rights education for the exploited workers and participated in the CA Domestic Worker Coalition;
  • We continued to naturalize low income workers and help them process their reunification petitions to reunite with their families;
  • We continued building a network for voter mobilization with a group in Los Angeles and a group in San Diego;
  • Our voter mobilization project is 1 of 4 projects (of over 100 groups) to be highlighted in a report from the state-wide Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Project;
  • And we continued to  organize and advocate for equal status for Filipino WWII Veterans, and for fair, just and humane immigration reform.

In addition, we will ensure that the Filipino community in the East Bay is accurately counted in the 2010 Census as this could lead to greater resources for our community.

For almost 40 years, FAA has served the most vulnerable members of the Filipino community which we will continue to do as Filipino Advocates for Justice. We would not have survived previous recessions and deep cuts in government and private funding without you. Please follow this link & make a donation of any size today to help us strengthen and sustain our work.

Thank you for all your generous support. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon! Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

Trina Villanueva, President of the Board

Lillian Galedo, Executive Director

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