AFIRE Chicago

AFIRE Chicago Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment As an organization founded by Filipino immigrants, we carry with us the legacy of People Power.

We believe that the people most affected by structural injustice should be at the forefront of our movements. We seek to amplify the voices of those most silenced in our community: undocumented families, new immigrants, domestic workers, low-wage workers, seniors, and youth.

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As we celebrate  #InternationalDomesticWorkersDay, we must ask ourselves, what does it mean to be and to support a domes...
06/16/2021

As we celebrate #InternationalDomesticWorkersDay, we must ask ourselves, what does it mean to be and to support a domestic worker? Being a domestic worker is hard but dignified work, often thankless and underappreciated but necessary all the same. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic showed unequivocally the importance of domestic work as essential and frontline workers in their myriad of duties.

Some facts:
- There are close to 2.5 million domestic workers in the US and over 70 million globally.
- Domestic work makes all work possible in our economy. Everyday, nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers do the work of caring and cleaning for our country.
- Domestic workers are majority Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous women and immigrant women.
- Domestic workers work in isolation and behind closed doors, and are subject to unsafe and uncertain working conditions.
- Issues like sexual harassment, exploitation, and disrespect on the job are often the rule rather than exception.
- In most countries, care work is broadly defined without broader protections and ways to enforce them, workers are reliant on the good will of the employer rather than a set standard.

While not every country has adopted the convention, it serves as an important tool for us to advocate for our rights on a local level. For example, the U.S. has not adopted the convention, but we have won 10 state-wide bills and two city-level bills. In each of our campaigns in the U.S., we have drawn inspiration from our sisters in the global domestic worker movement,

For over 10 years, each domestic workers bill has built on the victory of the last and has won innovative protections and they provide a standard for our sector where none existed before.
In 2018, the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was introduced by former Senator and current Vice President Harris and Congresswoman Jayapal. This bill is federal legislation that includes domestic workers in common workplace laws for the first time while creating new protections and stronger ways to enforce them. The National Domestic Workers Alliance plans to reintroduce the bill sometime this year.

Today also marks the introduction of the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bills of Rights, the 11th state to introduce such a bill. Even as we pass a National Bill of Rights, states and cities will continue to be where we can test and expand policies to the unique challenges faced by our workforce. We urge more states to follow suit and commemorate the work by local domestic workers who campaigned to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2016.

All of this work, spanning international and domestically, is another example of how domestic workers are leading the way towards a caring economy that works for everyone.

(special thanks to the AFIRE Workers Rights Core Leadership, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and our partner organizations as we celebrate International Domestic Workers Day.)

As we celebrate #InternationalDomesticWorkersDay, we must ask ourselves, what does it mean to be and to support a domestic worker? Being a domestic worker is hard but dignified work, often thankless and underappreciated but necessary all the same. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic showed unequivocally the importance of domestic work as essential and frontline workers in their myriad of duties.

Some facts:
- There are close to 2.5 million domestic workers in the US and over 70 million globally.
- Domestic work makes all work possible in our economy. Everyday, nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers do the work of caring and cleaning for our country.
- Domestic workers are majority Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous women and immigrant women.
- Domestic workers work in isolation and behind closed doors, and are subject to unsafe and uncertain working conditions.
- Issues like sexual harassment, exploitation, and disrespect on the job are often the rule rather than exception.
- In most countries, care work is broadly defined without broader protections and ways to enforce them, workers are reliant on the good will of the employer rather than a set standard.

While not every country has adopted the convention, it serves as an important tool for us to advocate for our rights on a local level. For example, the U.S. has not adopted the convention, but we have won 10 state-wide bills and two city-level bills. In each of our campaigns in the U.S., we have drawn inspiration from our sisters in the global domestic worker movement,

For over 10 years, each domestic workers bill has built on the victory of the last and has won innovative protections and they provide a standard for our sector where none existed before.
In 2018, the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was introduced by former Senator and current Vice President Harris and Congresswoman Jayapal. This bill is federal legislation that includes domestic workers in common workplace laws for the first time while creating new protections and stronger ways to enforce them. The National Domestic Workers Alliance plans to reintroduce the bill sometime this year.

Today also marks the introduction of the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bills of Rights, the 11th state to introduce such a bill. Even as we pass a National Bill of Rights, states and cities will continue to be where we can test and expand policies to the unique challenges faced by our workforce. We urge more states to follow suit and commemorate the work by local domestic workers who campaigned to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2016.

All of this work, spanning international and domestically, is another example of how domestic workers are leading the way towards a caring economy that works for everyone.

(special thanks to the AFIRE Workers Rights Core Leadership, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and our partner organizations as we celebrate International Domestic Workers Day.)

10 years ago, International Labor Organization Convention 189 for Decent Work for Domestic Workers established internati...
06/16/2021

10 years ago, International Labor Organization Convention 189 for Decent Work for Domestic Workers established international labor law for domestic workers.

The work isn’t finished until every domestic worker has the protections they need.

This #InternationalDomesticWorkersDay, AFIRE recommits to the fight for dignity, safety, and respect for ALL domestic workers.

10 years ago, International Labor Organization Convention 189 for Decent Work for Domestic Workers established international labor law for domestic workers.

The work isn’t finished until every domestic worker has the protections they need.

This #InternationalDomesticWorkersDay, AFIRE recommits to the fight for dignity, safety, and respect for ALL domestic workers.

A very exciting pop-up dining collaboration is taking place NEXT WEEKEND in support of AFIRE! Unkle Harold's of NYC touc...
06/04/2021

A very exciting pop-up dining collaboration is taking place NEXT WEEKEND in support of AFIRE! Unkle Harold's of NYC touches down at Kasama Restaurant to team up on some exclusive Filipino culinary creations for two days. On Friday, June 11 from 2-8pm, the crew will serve up a kamayan feast package featuring Chef Harold Villarosa's lamb ribs with apricot BBQ sauce and palapa, Chef Tim Flores's kinilaw, and Chef Genie Kwon's ube and huckleberry Basque cake. The boxes, which are portioned for two people, will be available to take home or enjoy on Kasama's patio. On Saturday, June 12 from 5-8pm, a special dinner menu will also be on offer. A portion of the pop-up menu item sales will go to fund AFIRE and its work! Pre-orders are now open via Tock. For more info, visit kasamachicago.com!

ABOUT CHEF HAROLD VILLAROSA
Filipino born, and South Bronx raised, Chef Harold Villarosa received his earliest agricultural education in the bukid (rice paddies) of Iloilo. Emigrating to America at nine years old introduced Harold to a brave new world; where progressive ideas flourished, but issues like food injustice remained. Fifteen years later, he found himself with an invitation from Rene Redzepi to work at NOMA in Copenhagen. Rigorously trained in farm to table cuisine, he steadily ascended the culinary ladder to work for Thomas Keller's Per Se. Harold now uses his Insurgo Project to ensure that urban youth have opportunities that embody the flavors from an international culinary movement. For the past 2 years he was based at the original hidden gem at the end of Freeman’s alley, as Executive Chef for Freeman’s restaurant. You can now find him at 4 Times Square leading the WellxDurst sustainability kitchen founded by Claus Myer. He recently launched Unkle Harold’s™️, a pop-up series volume I event marking the beginning of his new conceptual culinary initiative.

ABOUT KASAMA
Kasama is a bakery and modern Filipino restaurant from chefs Genie Kwon and Timothy Flores located in the East Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. Since opening in July 2020, the acclaimed establishment has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Eater, and Thrillist, among other media outlets. This past April, Kasama was awarded a 2021 Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide.

Also happening TOMORROW at 6pm: AFIRE's own interim executive director Ryan Viloria will speak on a panel discussion hos...
05/27/2021

Also happening TOMORROW at 6pm: AFIRE's own interim executive director Ryan Viloria will speak on a panel discussion hosted by the Chicago History Museum! To RSVP, visit 7615a.blackbaudhosting.com/7615a/Virtual-Event--AAPI-Civic-Talk

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Social constructs related to the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled recent attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States, but this violence has historic precedence dating back to when the very first groups began to immigrate.
Join us for a moderated panel discussion with educators, activists, and journalists of AAPI heritage as they provide context for this legacy, share their thoughts and scholarship on how current events have affected their communities, and imagine a liberated AAPI future.
This event runs approximately 90 minutes and is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. A Zoom link will be provided after registration.

MODERATOR
Katherine Nagasawa, Audience Engagement Producer, WBEZ

PANELISTS
Lisa Doi, President, Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago Chapter
Grace Chan McKibben, Executive Director, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
Dr. Eujin Park, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Shobhana Verma, Executive Director, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute
Ryan Viloria, Executive Director, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

Also happening TOMORROW at 6pm: AFIRE's own interim executive director Ryan Viloria will speak on a panel discussion hosted by the Chicago History Museum! To RSVP, visit 7615a.blackbaudhosting.com/7615a/Virtual-Event--AAPI-Civic-Talk

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Social constructs related to the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled recent attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States, but this violence has historic precedence dating back to when the very first groups began to immigrate.
Join us for a moderated panel discussion with educators, activists, and journalists of AAPI heritage as they provide context for this legacy, share their thoughts and scholarship on how current events have affected their communities, and imagine a liberated AAPI future.
This event runs approximately 90 minutes and is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. A Zoom link will be provided after registration.

MODERATOR
Katherine Nagasawa, Audience Engagement Producer, WBEZ

PANELISTS
Lisa Doi, President, Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago Chapter
Grace Chan McKibben, Executive Director, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community
Dr. Eujin Park, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Shobhana Verma, Executive Director, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute
Ryan Viloria, Executive Director, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

TOMORROW: Join the Filipino American National Historical Society - FANHS Chicago, in partnership with AFIRE, at 6pm for ...
05/27/2021

TOMORROW: Join the Filipino American National Historical Society - FANHS Chicago, in partnership with AFIRE, at 6pm for a virtual presentation and interactive happy hour with Gem Daus, Professor of Asian American and Filipino American Studies!

To RSVP, visit bit.ly/FANHSGC528!

Friday May 28 at 6pm CT. History Happy Hour!
RSVP at http://bit.ly/FANHSGC528

To celebrate AAPI Heritage month, AFIRE Chicago is partnering with Radical Womxn's Healing in Action spaces.This event w...
05/21/2021

To celebrate AAPI Heritage month, AFIRE Chicago is partnering with Radical Womxn's Healing in Action spaces.

This event will be hosted by one of our ALON Storytellers, Jean, who is also a co-founder of Radical Womxn.

https://www.radicalwomxn.com/healing-in-action

Direct Message Us to get the zoom link!

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Agenda: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. CST

* 6:25 Zoom room opens for all participants
* 6:35 Opening Circle
* 6:45 SoulFull - Moving meditation with Soultree
* 7:00 Reiki with Kalina
* 7:15 bio break / intermission
* 7:20 Partnership Highlight: AFIRE, PAN de MIC storytelling
* 8:00 Soundscape with AstraLogik
* 8:20 Closing Circle: gratitude and reflection
* 8:30 event ends

Join us Wednesday, March 26th for our Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month edition of Healing in Action: Honoring Our Selves, Celebrating Each Other highlighting our AAPI community of wellness practitioners and activists, in partnership @movementandmedicine420 and @AFIREChicago

Programming includes:

SoulFull Moving Meditation with @soultreesounds a Pilipinx artist, creatrix, and connector that uses prayers, chants, songs, moveMeants, and co-creations to uplift unseen spirits and untold stories from the places and peoples that have called them in.

Reiki with @kaliniebeanie who seeks to empower individuals by helping recognize that there are multiple layers of the Self, and one has the inner and outer resources to practice self-care.

Soundscape with @AstraLogik an exploration of sound with connection to energy flow within the body.

Pan de Mic: A Storytelling Circle with @knowhiya Danielle "L" De Vera, a Healing Justice Organizer on behalf of our nonprofit partner @AFIREChicago a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipinx/a/os* to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth.

#VincentChin was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime four decades ago. Today would have been his 66th birthday. ...
05/18/2021

#VincentChin was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime four decades ago. Today would have been his 66th birthday.

Today we honor his legacy with Act To Change by marking the National #AAPI #DayAgainstBullying+Hate, and recommitting to #endbullying and hate. Tune in at 3pm: acttochange.org/2021dayagainstbullying

Then, join us and the Pan Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition - PAVE for Asian American Action Day at 6pm, see previous post!

#ActToChange #APAHM

#VincentChin was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime four decades ago. Today would have been his 66th birthday.

Today we honor his legacy with Act To Change by marking the National #AAPI #DayAgainstBullying+Hate, and recommitting to #endbullying and hate. Tune in at 3pm: acttochange.org/2021dayagainstbullying

Then, join us and the Pan Asian Voter Empowerment Coalition - PAVE for Asian American Action Day at 6pm, see previous post!

#ActToChange #APAHM

TOMORROW, May 18, AFIRE is joining Act To Change in marking the 3rd annual National AAPI #DayAgainstBullying+Hate. Join ...
05/17/2021

TOMORROW, May 18, AFIRE is joining Act To Change in marking the 3rd annual National AAPI #DayAgainstBullying+Hate. Join the virtual event #UnitedWeStand from 3-5pm, and hear from #AAPI leaders and influencers on how you can join the fight to end bullying. #ActToChange #APAHM

acttochange.org/2021dayagainstbullying

TOMORROW, May 18, AFIRE is joining Act To Change in marking the 3rd annual National AAPI #DayAgainstBullying+Hate. Join the virtual event #UnitedWeStand from 3-5pm, and hear from #AAPI leaders and influencers on how you can join the fight to end bullying. #ActToChange #APAHM

acttochange.org/2021dayagainstbullying

On this Virtual Day of Action, uplift the Asian American community by sharing your commitment to #StopAsianHate. Folks a...
03/26/2021

On this Virtual Day of Action, uplift the Asian American community by sharing your commitment to #StopAsianHate. Folks are being targeted for the language they speak, their accent, where they work, their culture — let’s end the violence together.

Visit asianamericandayofaction.com for more info.
Asian American history resources: bit.ly/pbsaapi
Donate to groups fighting anti-Asian racism: gofundme.com/aapi

Tomorrow, March 26th: Be in solidarity with the Asian American community for a Virtual Day of Action and fight together ...
03/25/2021

Tomorrow, March 26th: Be in solidarity with the Asian American community for a Virtual Day of Action and fight together against racism and discrimination. Visit asianamericandayofaction.com for more info and a full list of community partners! #StopAsianHate

Tomorrow, March 26th: Be in solidarity with the Asian American community for a Virtual Day of Action and fight together against racism and discrimination. Visit asianamericandayofaction.com for more info and a full list of community partners! #StopAsianHate

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Hello, fellow Filipinxs in Chicago! I am posting a call for participants here so we can help the Bureau of Census make an online Tagalog version of the Census 2020 accessible for the first time. Please help me spread the word. I have a short window of opportunity to complete the study. SALAMAT SA LAHAT! Please feel free to post or pass on the flyer as it is. PADAYON!
Auditions Circa Pintig Game of Trolls: Reimagined Category: Non-Equity Audition Pay: No Pay Description: CIRCA Pintig, the Chicago-based community theater company is looking for actors and singers (males and females, ages 16-50) as well as production crew for its upcoming musical play "Game of Trolls: Reimagined." Audition dates are 8/23, Thursday @ 6-8pm, 8/25, Saturday and 8/26 Sunday @ 2-5pm at the Hana Center, 4300 N. California Ave. Material To Prepare: Prepare a song (32 bars) and a short monologue (2-3 minutes, comedic or dramatic). Contact Info: Call Louie (312-451-6974) or send an email to [email protected] Reply To Email: [email protected] Phone: 312-451-6974
CAN-TV video:"Published on Aug 15, 2018 Campaign For A Welcoming Illinois host a rally at Daley Plaza, asking Gov. Rauner to sign the Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35). The organizations include Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, PASO – West Suburban Action Project, and AFIRE Chicago. ",FROM:
#LABORBEAT CPM REALIZED THAT TO CONTINUE THIS KIND OF ADVOCACY FOR THE WORKERS AND STUDENTS, IT NEEDED MORE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT. FROM INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATION. THUS WE ARE APPEALING AND KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR. IF YOU BELIEVE IN OUR CAUSE, WE WILL VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN BE PART OF OUR ADVOCACY AND BE ONE OF OUR DONORS AND SPONSORS.
Hey everyone, we at Families Belong Together are planning another day of action on July 28. Previously we did the June 14 day of action and supported the June 30 effort helmed by MoveOn, NDWA, ACLU, etc. Please consider signing up to host or attend an event in your community: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/families-belong-together-we-demand-justice Even if you can’t do that, you can help us out A LOT by signing and SHARING this petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/congressionally-mandated-task-force-on-family-reunification?source=direct_link If we can get to 5k signatures, we can break signers down by zip code and have constituents deliver the petition to their members of Congress. Thank you so much for your help!
UIC research report discussed in the first part of the video is at:
Michael Aguhar of AFIRE was a panelist for this UIC event. CAN-TV Video is at:
Define American is hosting a series of events in Chicago, and this is the first.
A visayan Filipino House in the 16th century. Pretty interesting