White House Initiative on AAPIs to Host 1st Briefing on Filipino Americans in Washington, D.C.

White House Initiative on AAPIs to Host 1st Briefing on Filipino Americans in Washington, D.C.

Dear KAYA Community,

KAYA is proud to announce that over 100 Filipino American leaders will attend the first White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders briefing on Filipino Americans next week. KAYA will host a series of briefings in Washington, D.C.

See full list of events below.

In solidarity,
KAYA National Leadership Team

KAYA-Washington D.C. events below:

Thursday, June 21
From Data to Engagement

2-4PM
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20036-3278
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/FilAmPoliticalBriefing
Contact April Siruno at kayadc@kayagrassroots.org

RSVP on facebook event

Thursday, June 21
Reception to Honor Senator Daniel K. Akaka
6-8PM
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20036-3278
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SenAkakaReceptionRSVP
Please join us in honor Senator Daniel Akaka for his distinguished leadership, service, and contributions to the Filipino American community.
Contact April Siruno at kayadc@kayagrassroots.org

Friday, June 22
Thinking Forward: Filipino American Debrief and Discussion

9-12 NOON
National Education Association (NEA)
State Dining Room
1201 16 St NW
Washington, DC 20036
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/FilAmPoliticalBriefing
Contact April Siruno at kayadc@kayagrassroots.org

RSVP on facebook event

Friday, June 22
Progressive Beats 8.0 – KAYA-DC & Asian Americans Leadership Empowerment and Development for Youth & Families (AALEAD) Fundraiser

5-9PM
Sutra Lounge – 2406 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC
RSVP on facebook here

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Press Release
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Contact: Erin Pangilinan
National Communications Director

510-673-5448
erin@kayagrassroots.org

Over 100 National Filipino American Leaders to attend historical 1st Briefing on Filipino Americans hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington, D.C. – KAYA: Filipino Americans for American (KAYA) is proud to announce that over 100 Filipino American leaders will attend the first Filipino American briefing hosted by the White House of Public Engagement and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) this week.

Since its formation, KAYA has made historic milestones for Filipino Americans in a range of key policy issues spanning from healthcare reform, immigration reform, and veterans equity. This leadership convening in Washington D.C. is a pivotal moment to continue representing the Filipino American community in politics and public service.

In addition, KAYA will host a series of briefings in Washington, D.C. on June 21 and 22. The briefings will include discussions of importance to the Filipino American community: education, immigration, housing, economic development, business, and veterans.

From Data to Engagement – Thursday, June 21, 2PM-4PM, Location: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) ethnic group in the U.S.at 3.4 million. Filipino Americans act as a major constituency for the election 2012, especially in target battleground states like Nevada, Virginia, Florida, and Arizona. Nevada has the fastest growing AAPI population in the country, particularly where the Filipino American community comprises 3.6% of the total state population. (2010 American Community Survey).

”Data on our Filipino American community is vital to help increase voter turnout,” noted Vida Benavides, KAYA Advisory Board Member and former Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).

KAYA’s primary program includes electoral mobilization which seeks to inform the Filipino American community on voter issues such as healthcare reform, immigration reform, and veterans equity.

Reception Honoring Senator Daniel K. Akaka – Thursday, June 21, 6-8PM EST, Location: Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

KAYA and other community organizations will honor Senator Daniel Akaka who is retiring this year. KAYA recognizes his distinguished leadership, service, and contributions to the Filipino American community. Senator Akaka has worked tirelessly on Filipino American World War II (WWII) Veterans Equity. Senator Akaka was instrumental in the passage of The Filipino Veterans Equity bill in 2009—almost 63 years since the Rescission Act took away veteran status from 250,000 Filipinos who fought for the U.S. The law authorized a one-time payment to eligible WWII Filipino veterans, and more than $221 million has been awarded and distributed.

KAYA is committed increasing representation of the Filipino American community to all levels of government. This historical first briefing on the status of Filipino Americans in the United States represents the first steps in igniting a national dialogue on the influence of Filipino Americans in the political landscape.

Thinking Forward – Friday, June 22, 9AM-12:00 NOON EST, Location: National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

KAYA will begin to address ways to leverage local and national assets to create a collaborative agenda as our community grows to new political heights. Many policy issues continue to impact our community. While there are over 700 identified Filipino American nonprofit organizations, less than 1% of them are advocacy or issue-based groups, which are key to political participation and representation. KAYA fills a significant need in serving the Filipino American community through its work to ensure our community is present and actively engaged at the decisionmaking table. KAYA’s programs seek to build the political pipeline through electoral mobilization, policy advocacy, and leadership development.

“Over the past few years, KAYA has expanded our existing community based infrastructure through a combination of grassroots and grasstops approach to help increase participation in the public policy process, ” said Jason Lagria, KAYA National Co-Chair.

KAYA seeks to continue the growth of the Filipino American community’s representation at all levels of government in the future. This historical first briefing on the status of Filipino Americans in the United States represents the first steps in igniting a national dialogue on the inclusion of Filipino Americans in the political landscape.”

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KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress

KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress was founded in January 2009, to build a political infrastructure to ensure that the Filipino American community is represented in the electoral process and governance. KAYA was born from the Filipinos for Obama Campaign during the 2008 Presidential election. KAYA’s mission is to mobilize the Filipino American community and build partnerships to increase our electoral power, advocate policies that affect our community, and develop leaders to represent us at every level of government.

http://www.kayagrassroots.org

 

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