FWN stands with The Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County in denouncing Fox News "The O'Reilly Factor " October 3rd segment as implicitly racist. The segment featured reporter Jesse Watters taking a trip to New York's Chinatown to ask passersby a series of culturally insensitive and ignorant questions while playing stereotypical Asian music and intercutting the story with martial arts movie cuts.
FWN Members Anny Misa Hefti (Global FWN100™ '15, 16) and Cheryl Sevegan (Global FWN100™ '15) of European Network of Filipinos in Diaspora (ENFiD) converged in Tel Aviv, Israel for a roundtable discussion in line with Peace Table's month of WomanSeriously, a global campaign to influence a shift in policy and practice at the global, regional and national levels away from war and toward a durable and just peace.
Talk about #GlobalPinayPower!
As Filipinos in the United States, we are at a crossroads. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to nearly a quarter of the entire population of Filipino Americans in the United States. Unfortunately, according to FAJ's recent Filipino Electorate Project, it seems that only about 50% of the eligible voting population in the Bay Area's counties are registered to vote. What is interesting, however, is the high percentage of those registered to vote are naturalized citizens. Let's change that.
NBC announced on Friday night that it scrapped plans to develop Mail Order Family, a sitcom about a man who purchases a Filipina mail order bride following a petition started by GABRIELA USA. News story from Mic.com
FWN members convened at the Ramon Magsaysay Room at the Manila Peninsula Hotel on March 8th to #TakeAction in celebration of International Women's Day. The celebration brought together over a dozen FWN members and awardees for an afternoon of great food, networking and inspiring conversations to kick off the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit in the Philippines this September. The discussion focused on gender parity and a thoughtful discussion of how we can mobilize Filipina women to lead on parity issues as a FWN strategy initiative.
Tenants Together's new Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow, Evelina Nava will be hitting the ground with a project in San Jose which aims to improve rental housing conditions and combat slum housing. Share your story about your tenancy, your landlord and/or your struggle for tenants' rights.
Why San Jose? Tenants throughout California fear retaliatory evictions for asserting their rights to safe and healthy housing, but this fear is intensified in San Jose by the current housing crisis and risk of homelessness due to severe unaffordability in the area. Rental prices in San Jose are among the highest in the nation. Recently, apartment rents increased more than in any other U.S. city. Almost 60% of very low-income households pay more than 50% of their income in rent in Santa Clara County. At the same time, there are no “just cause” eviction protections and landlords can impose 8% annual rent increases. Tenants pay too high a price to live in slum conditions.