IN THIS ISSUE:
FWN declares Mayor Hashimoto NOT welcome in San Francisco.
FWN Statement to Hashimoto:
World War II "Comfort Women" are the over 200,000 girls and women abducted by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II who were forced to experience a life of systematic rape and enslavement. They are now mostly in their 90's and they are dying. They were taken from North Korea, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Timor L’Este and Taiwan.
In the Philippines, historians say there were about 1,000 girls abducted. Some were minors; others were deceptively recruited by middlemen; still more were detained and forcibly abducted.
In the early 1990s, Korean victims of Japan's military sexual slavery broke their silence and came forward nearly a half century after WWII, followed by other survivors in China, Taiwan, North Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Timor L'Este.
In July 2007, FWN witnessed a huge victory when, our efforts in conjunction with V-day and many other women’s organizations, resulted in the US House of Representatives passing a formal resolution calling for this apology from Japan, which has not yet been granted.
Today, the surviving "comfort women' are between 80-90 years of age. As they are slowly dying off, their wish is for an official apology from the Japanese government, acknowledging what was done to them. The Japanese government still denies legal responsibility, and even worse, the stories of these horrific war crimes against women were removed from Japanese history and text-books.
Today, we are surrounded by an invisible, violent crime that primarily impacts women and children – human trafficking – slavery in America, 2010.
“The Filipina Women's Network, now in its 10th year of its Campaign to STOP violence against Asian women and girls, condemns Mayor Hashimoto’s statements. We will not allow him to push back the many years of painstaking efforts to help women heal from the atrocities of war and perpetrators of rape and assault, “ said Marily Mondejar, CEO of Filipina Women's Network.
The Filipina Women's Network says to you, “Toru Hashimoto, you are not welcome in San Francisco, or any place where women have been united to fighting violence against women through the 15 years of the V-Day Global Movement, and this year’s One Billion Rising. You are not welcome in over 190 countries, including your own. Apologize now! Apologize personally and meet with the Comfort Women where they are located and learn first hand the atrocities perpetrated on them by your country’s Japanese soldiers.”
Woohoo, Hydra! A very happy congratulations to Hydra Mendoza, Education Advisor to Mayor Lee (FWN100 '09), on her engagement to Eric McDonnell (United Way)! Read all about the surprise proposal here: http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2013/06/11/unusual-proposal-at-sf-school-board-meeting-passes/
Way to go! Vivian Zalvidea Araullo (FWN100 '12) and Henni Espinosa (FWN100 '11) both won Emmy Awards! Congratulations to these women on their success! (click photos to enlarge)
VIVIAN ZALVIDEA ARAULLO- West Bay's communications consultant and chairperson of the Distinguished Citizen Awards 2013. Vivian received an Emmy award for her work as editorial adviser on the documentary "The Filipino Champions of SoMA (South of Market)" in which West Bay was featured. A multi-awarded journalist, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America in 2012 by the Filipina Women's Network. Vivian is the former head of news production and executive news producer for ABS-CBN International/The Filipino Channel (TFC). A veteran in the field of journalism, she is now transitioning to a career in public relations and corporate communications. She is a single mom with one beautiful daughter.
HENNI ESPINOSA - The host of the Distinguished Citizen Awards is the multi-awarded senior reporter and substitute anchor of ABS-CBN International/TFC Balitang America, the only daily Filipino newscast in North America. She has been in the media industry for over ten years now. She finished her Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and her Masters in Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been recognized by the California Senate and Assembly for her contributions to the community. She was hailed as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the U.S. by the Filipina Women's Network. This year, she received an Emmy Award, a Telly Award and a New York Festivals Finalist Award for her documentary, "The Filipino Champions of SOMA".
Check out Jessica Cox (FWN100 '09) being interviewed on BBC in a YouTube video titled "Armless pilot Jessica Cox on the power of I can" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5UMeqLLHwE
Loida Nicolas Lewis (FWN100 '07) calls on Filipinos in the U.S. and the Philippines to join protests to denounce the Chinese Embassy in NY and the Philippines. Read the full article on ABS-CBN here: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/06/14/13/pinoys-urged-protest-chinas-reported-new-invasion
Congratulations Marily! Our very own Marily Mondejar is being honored at the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center's Distinguished Citizen Kapit Bisig Awards 2013. The attached artwork will appear on 25 Bus shelters in the Financial District, South of Market Area and all over San Francisco beginning Monday, June 3, 2013! To purchase tickets: http://uniqebuy.com/um/150/west-bay-non-profit-center/distinguished-citizen-kapit-bisig-award-2013.html
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SUPER EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
EXTENDED TO JUNE 30!
This year we are reaching out to our Filipina sisters worldwide as we select the first Global FWN100 - Filipina women accomplishing good work leaving a global imprint through their communities and corporations. Previous FWN100 awardees are encouraged to nominate or be nominated again for this prestigious Global FWN100 Awards which will be held at the beautiful Beaux-Arts Julia Morgan Ballroom.
REGISTER for early bird pricing AND your name will be entered to win a roundtrip ticket wherever Southwest Airlines flies with no black-out dates.
Go to www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/events to register.
CALL FOR FWN INTERNS!
FWN is recruiting interns for the cycle 2013-2014. Please forward this announcement to your e-lists and/or listservs.
FWN Internship Opportunity: The program is designed to provide students, recent graduates and motivated individuals seeking career development through involvement with the Filipina Women's Network (FWN) as well as an opportunity for increased learning of the programs and initiatives to advance the activities, careers and status of Filipina women in the United States.
The Internship Program lasts from six months to one year (for the cycle 2013-2014). The FWN Board will screen interested applicants to determine academic or personal interest in Filipino culture and women's issues, relevant experience and career development goals.
If you or someone you know is interested in the internship opportunity, please send resume with cover letter explaining why you qualify to Filipina@ffwn.org.
Experience with social media, technology, attention to detail, and a passion for social issues are preferred skill sets.
Deadline to apply is before June 30, 2013.
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Please join us for another special Filipino Heritage Night with the Oakland A's. It's our 3rd year of Filipino Community Partnership! Let's show Pinoy Power!
$26 Filipino Heritage ticket includes:
- A commemorative Exclusive A's Filipino Heritage Scarf (redeem on day of game with your ticket stub)
- A yummy traditional Filipino food item
- Filipino Heritage Plaza infield seating
- Additional discount for groups of 25 or more PLUS will be recognized on scoreboard (Call David Nosti at 510.563.2283 and make sure to mention FWN)
- Ticket proceeds will benefit Filipino nonprofits including the Filipina Women's Network.
This year there is an extra incentive for those that place a 10% deposit towards planning a discounted group for this event. The group leader will receive the A’s Filipino Heritage collection (picture below – supply is limited), two tickets to another game, scoreboard message, an A’s group leader bag, and a GREAT rewards program for hitting 25, 100, and 300 tickets sold!. Feel free to contact David Nosti directly for more information at 510.563.2283.
Questions? Call 415.935.4396
Pelosi Statement on 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
"On June 10th, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act affirming a woman’s right to equal pay for equal work. Recognizing that our economy depends on women in workplace, he took what he called, presciently, ‘a first step’ to end the ‘unconscionable practice’ of paying women less than men for the same amount of work. Read full text.
"Hang Out" with SBA an Industry Experts During National Small Business Week
As part of National Small Business Week, June 17-21, U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring an exciting lineup of social media companies, mentorship organizations and distinguished experts. Read full text.
Young Filipina Promoted to Company Commander - US Army, Honolulu, HI
Captain B. Lindsey will assume the post as the Company Commander of Intelligence & Sustainment for the US Army 25th Infantry Division. She will take on the position in a Change of Command Ceremony on June 6, 2013 at General’s Field, Honolulu, Hawaii. Read full text.
Census: More deaths than births among whites
William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, says the nation's non-Hispanic white population inevitably will shrink. - USA Today. Read more...
Filipinos react to Katherine Ryan 'racist joke' about Filipino Children on a BBC show
Katherine Ryan, a Canadian comedienne, writer and actress, based in the United Kingdom, became popular in social networking sites after using “Filipino children” as part of her joke in British celebrity panel game show “Mock the Week” hosted by Dara Ó Briain. - Zeibiz. Read more...
Workers' Comp in California: What's Ahead?
With costs in the California workers' compensation system skyrocketing and permanent-disability benefits falling, a group of negotiators struck a deal to address these issues. - Society for Human Resource Management. Read more...
Mental Health and California Law
It is a challenge for HR to understand when an employee's mental condition requires a corporate response and what that response should be. - Society for Human Resource Management. Read more...
Turkish Protests Rattle Erdogan's Female Loyalists
Turkey's anti-government protests are troubling for some of Erdogan's female supporters, who dominate his voting base. For other women, the protests are an outlet for anger at current policies and a break from the political repression that followed the 1970s mass unrest. - WeNews. Read more...
Filipino Gift-remittance Startup Ayannah Gets $1M Angel Round
Ayannah, a gift-remittance startup in the Philippines, just received $1 million in its first angel round. The company's service is called Sendah, and allows Filipinos working overseas to pay for products and services back home for their families. - TechCrunch. Read more...
ICE halts Filipina's deportation after public outcry
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cancelled the deportation order for Karla Gaerlan, an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines, following hundreds of emails and phone calls from community members and a protest/press conference. - Inquirer. Read more...
'Comfort Women' Are Now Old, But Still Strong
An offensive comment by the mayor of Osaka has brought the issue of comfort women back to the surface. A survivors' group in the Philippines keeps the women's stories alive and is planning a rally to coincide with President Aquino's State of the Nation address. - Womens eNews. Read more...
Filipina named on of New York's top teachers
A Filipina teacher is among the 11 recipients of the first-ever city-wide "Big Apple Awards", which recognizes the top teachers in public schools across New York City. - ABS-CBN. Read more...
California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Meeting, June 19, 2013, Wednesday at 2:00 PM - State Capitol Room 125, Sacramento. Click for info.
FAJ's 40th Anniversary, June 20, 2013, Thursday at 5:30 PM - Lakeview Terrace, Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive @ 20th St, Oakland. Click for info.
West Bay 2013 Distinguished Citizens Kapit-Bisig Awards, June 22, 2013, Saturday at 11:00 AM - Intercontinental San Francisco-Main Ballroom, 888 Howard St, San Francisco. Click for info.
PwC's Women of Color Event, June 24, 2013, Monday at 3:00 PM - Omni Hotel, 500 California St, San Francisco. Click for info.
DV Unit Open House, June 27, 2013, Thursday at 3:00 PM - District Attorney's Office, 850 Bryant Street, Room 207, San Francisco. RSVP to Robyn Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence 2013 National Summit, June 30 - July 2, 2013, San Francisco. Click for info.
Oakland A's Filipino Heritage Night, August 16, 2013, Friday at 7:05 PM - Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. Click for info.
AACI 40th Anniversary Gala, September 7, 2013, Saturday at 5:30 PM - Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission Boulevard, Santa Clara. Click for info.
Women Veterans Employment Listening Session, June 19, 2013, Wednesday at 1:00 PM - The U.S. Department of Labor, Conference Room 6 (C5320), 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. Click for info.
2013 Americas NeuroLeadership Summit, November 5-8, 2013. Washington, D.C. Click for info.
Build live. The Solve! Sessions, June 19, 2013, Wednesday - The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston. Click for info.
General Mills Betty's Family Annual Pride Reception, June 19, 2013, Wednesday at 5:30 PM - 1 General Mills Blvd, Golden Valley. Click for info.
Be Your Own Boss! A Seminar to on Investing in a Franchise Business in the Philippines, June 20, 2013, Thursday at 6:00 PM - Lobby, Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Avenue, New York. Click for info.
CITY OF JOY: The Story of Women Turning Pain to Power to Planting, June 25, 2013, Tuesday at 7:00 PM - The Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St, NYC. Click for info.
GlobalSolutions.org 2013 Conference: Volunteers for a Global Future, July 27, 2013, Saturday at 8:00 AM - Hofstra University, 200 Hofstra University, Library 246, Hempstead. Click for info.
APALA 2013 12th Biennial Convention, August 15-18, 2013, Bally's Las Vegas, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas. Click for info.
2013 AAPI Cultural Awareness Workshop, June 20-21, 2013, Thursday & Friday at 8:30 AM - University of Oregon in Portland White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland. Click for info.
Asian Publishing Convention, July 11-12, 2013, Thursday - Friday, Manila. Click for info.
FWN Internship Opportunity
Posted by: Filipina Women's Network
Deadline: June 30, 2013
E-mail resume & cover letter to Filipina@ffwn.org
Training Opportunity on Organizational Stability, September 2013
Posted by: U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OWV), in partnership with Futures Without Violence
Posted by: Hesperian
Philippine Fiesta's 'Araw ng Parangal' honors Fil-Am talents
Summertime is here and the fiesta fever, once again, is in the air! As the festive ambiance pervades the atmosphere, the principal player in the annual celebration this side of the Northeast, the 2013 Fiesta in America, is currently loaded with strategic plans without a single stone left unturned preparing for its 15th year anniversary celebration. - Read more...
CONNECTING WITH YOUR PINAY ROOTS
A few days ago while talking with my younger brother and reading him children's stories, I suddenly wondered about folklore, myths, and popular children's stories in the Philippines. I then asked my mother about the stories she remembers being told as a child. After pondering and replying that Philippine folklore and legends were often read and taught to kids in school, she answered, "I remember The Legend of the Pineapple," and proceeded to tell me the story. Have you heard of this legend? If not, you can read it here: http://www.philsites.net/folklore/stories/legend9.html
Are there any stories or legends from the Philippines that you remember as child? Let me know by sending comments to email@example.com