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Issue 38 2.26.13

February 26, 2013 1:08 PM | Deleted user
We are calling for a Special Reading Audition to join the cast of a ONE-night only benefit show of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Herbst Theatre April 5, 2013! Do you speak Tagalog? In honor of our 10th Anniversary, the Tagalog version "Usaping Puki" will also be produced. Reading audition is by appointment only. If interested in auditioning, email filipina@filipinawomensnetwork.org.

Jessica Cox, Fil-Am motivational speaker and FWN100 '09, is going to Ethiopia to spread her inspirational message of "thinking outside the shoe"! Read the article: http://www.asianjournal.com/fil-am-news/3-filamnews/19552-jessica-cox-to-visit-ethiopia.html

Shared by Vangie Buell: Deadline for short story submissions for the sequel book "7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild" is EXTENDED to March 31, 2013. 
Guidelines: story must reflect aspect of your life experience in the U.S., should be between 1,000-1,500 word count, have to be writer's own personal experience, writers must have Filipino ancestry (including blended backgrounds, 2nd-5th generation FilAm, as well as Philippine-born & with the majority of life spent in the U.S.), no plagiarism, no profanity, no horror or graphic or gratuitous violence, no disrespect towards any race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation.
How to Submit short story: e-mail as PDF to sevencardstudwith7manangswild.gmail.com with the subject line as "7 Card Stud with 7 Manangs Wild"
For questions, please e-mail Vangie Canonizado Buell at vangiec@berkeley.edu, or Jeanette Gandionco Lazam at lazamjg@gmail.com.

Shared by Franklin Ricarte: The One Awesome Filipina Woman With Whom You Would Share a Meal
For their March Women's Month issues, Positively Filipino (LINK www.positivelyfilipino.com) would like to know, in 100 words or fewer, the One Awesome Filipina Womanundefinedliving or deadundefinedwith whom you would share a meal, and why. Send with a photo to submissions@positivelyfilipino.com.
Our editor Rene wants to dine with Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago:"My famous awesome woman dinner guest has got to be Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. She's quite controversial but is easily among the most intelligent in the Senate. She is also quite eccentric. Recently, she was elected judge of the International Criminal Court of the United Nations. For dinner, I would prepare something delicious that would not worsen her high blood pressure, like grilled fish and veggies. Too bad that she probably doesn't drink alcohol, because of
her health. But I would really like to pry into her thought process. What's behind the sometimes brilliant, sometimes absurd statements she has been known for…"

There has been an important and TIME SENSITIVE development with VAWA.
  • On WEDNESDAY, February 27th, the House will vote on a rule to proceed with consideration of VAWA.  We want them to vote YES on the Rule. 
  • On THURSDAY, February 28th, the vote on the actual bill will occur.  We want them to vote NO on the House substitute bill and YES on the Senate version of VAWA. 
Your Congress Members are listening to you!  We only have a few hours to act so please call today and tomorrow morning. Members must hear loud and clear that they need to pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA!  Your work has gotten us this far - let's get this done!

To reach your Congress Member, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121 or look them up here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/. When you're connected to their offices, ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA. 

I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is ________. I'm calling about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). I urge Congress Member _______ to vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47.  VAWA can and must protect all victims.

Tell the President and HHS young women need access to safe contraception: 

On Dec. 7 Senator Sebelius at Human & Health Services (HHS) rejected the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to make Plan B available over the counter for women of all ages. FDA experts reviewed scientific medical data and analysis and found no reason to deny women below 17 full access. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2491/p/dia/action/
  • Young Asian/Pacific Islander (API) women, who are often uninsured or do not have access to a regular health care provider, will have difficulty obtaining prescriptions. 
  • API women 17 and older who are unable to provide documentation to verify their age will need to continue to need a prescription.
  • The age restriction affects all women because everyone will continue to need to go to a pharmacist to access the medication.

Journalism FAIL: Tell Tribune Media Services to Pull Joel Brinkley - In early February, Tribune Media Services distributed the article "Despite Increasing Prosperity, Vietnam's Appetites Remain Unique" by Joel Brinkley. In the article, Brinkley claimed that the Vietnamese are an overly aggressive people compared to their "passive" Asian counterparts, which can be attributed to their rampant consumption of dogs, rats, and other wildlife. If you feel this article is ridiculously offensive, then please join us in sending a letter demanding that Tribune Media Services remove Brinkley as an "American Voices" columnist. - http://act.engagementlab.org/letter/18mr_journalismfail/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! APIASF is needing volunteers to help review this year’s scholarship applications.  APIASF received over 7,000 applications and have completed only about 25%. Visit http://www.apiasf.org/ for more information.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Survey on Discrimination Against Women in Economic and Social Life - Make Your Voice Heard: 
the Working Group on Discrimination against Women invites you to contribute to its 2014 report by taking the survey on discrimination against women in economic and social life. Deadline for reply is March 1, 2013. http://www.wunrn.com/news/2013/


Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Activities Reach Youth City-Wide

February 1st kicks off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and La Casa de las Madres' Teen Program is geared up to reach out to teens all month long across San Francisco and the wider Bay Area. Read full text.


Exit Poll: Majority of Fil-Ams voted for Obama
Contrary to pre-election projections that most Filipino Americans were going to vote Republican last November, a multi-state exit poll found that the majority of Filipino American voters instead chose President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney. - Yahoo News. Read more...

Fil-Ams now the largest Asian American group in CA
California is home to the biggest number of Filipinos in America. It is also the biggest state in the nation in terms of population. - Asian Journal. Read more...

US willing to review Filipino veterans' denied claims
The United States is open to a review of the rejected benefit claims of thousands of aging Filipino veterans who served with American forces during World War II, the chair of the US House committee on veterans's affairs said on Friday. - Inquirer. Read more...

Two Filipinas Named San Francisco Commissioners
Mayor Ed Lee included two Filipinas among the 32 community leaders he recently named to serve as city commissioners. - Inquirer. Read more...



Providing Mental Health and Wellness Services to the Filipino Community, February 27, 2013, Wednesday at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco. RVSP to Sheila Rivera at sm.rivera@gmail.com
Women 2013: Lessons Learned and What's on the Horizon, February 28, 2013, Thursday at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Latham & Watkins, LLP, 500 Montgomery St, San Francisco. Click for info.
Train-the-Trainers on Because We Have Daughters (BWHD) Program, March 28-29, 2013 - The California Endowment Conference Center, Oakland. Click for info.
Most Influential Women in Business Awards, June 6, 2013, Thursday at 5:30 PM - Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O' Farrell St, San Francisco. Click for info.
Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence 2013 National Summit, June 30 - July 2, 2013, San Francisco. Click for info.  
Washington, D.C.
2013 Americas NeuroLeadership Summit, November 5-8, 2013. Washington, D.C. Click for info.
New York
Brand Yourself for Leadership and Business Success, February 28, 2013, Thursday at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of Americas, 6th Floor, New York City. Click for info.
The Next Big Thing: Economic Empowerment Conference - Asian American Entrepreneurs Network, March 28, 2013, Tuesday at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM - CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York. Click for info.
APPAC March Workshop: Business credits, deductions, & protecting yourself from identity theft, March 13, 2013, Wednesday at 5:30 PM -  APPAC Community Room, 1125 SE Madison St. Suite #103B, Portland. Click for info.
APPAC and PDC Present: Business & Lenders Connect: Make Connections to Grow Your Business, March 28, 2013 Thursday from 2-4:00 PM - PDC Commission Room, First Floor, 220 NW 5th Avenue, Portland. Click for info.
Asian Publishing Convention, July 11-12, 2013, Thursday - Friday, Manila. Click for info.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier calling for Volunteers for Speier Corps Day! - http://speier.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=909

City of El Cajob - Seeking (3) Police Service Officers. Deadline March 6, 2013 by 5:00 PM. Click for info.

Call for Applications: Covered California Outreach and Education Grant Program
Deadline: March 4, 2013

Small Business Forum Radio Wants to Promote Your Business to +35,000 Listeners Worldwide! February 7-28, 2013. - http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5470454276/

Coast Colleges District Job Opportunity: http://www.cccd.edu/employment/

Oakland Asian Cultural Center - Seeking Executive Director. Deadline: March 4, 2013. 

Job Position: CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professorship for 2013-2014 Academic Year in Asian American Studies
Organization: The City University of New York 
Applications Due: February 28, 2013.

Webcast: The Health Care Series
Everything You Wanted to Know About Health Care Reform* 
*And You Weren't Afraid to Ask
February 28, 2013 at 2 PM E.T. / 11 AM P.T.
Speaker: Gary Kushner & Co.

Aquino to PH: Never Again
Amid the hoopla of the People Power I celebration, President Aquino on Monday signed a law compensating close to 10,000 victims of human rights violations during martial law as he exhorted Filipinos to "celebrate a race that will never again be oppressed." Read more...

At the sensational One Billion Rising San Francisco event at SF City Hall, GABRIELA-USA performed a beautiful flash mob amidst a crowd of more than a thousand people. You can watch their flashmob here: http://youtu.be/Uh9IAibO6gkGABRIELA National Alliance of Women is a "grassroots-based alliance of more than 200 organizations, institutions, desks and programs of women all over the Philippines seeking to wage a struggle for the liberation of all oppressed Filipina women." 
Do you know why the alliance is named Gabriela? Gabriela, standing for "General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Education, Leadership, and Action," honors the first Filipina to lead a revolt against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines--Gabriela Silang. Gabriela, the wife of Ilocano insurgent leader, Diego Silang, led a troop of 2,000 fighters against the Spanish.
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