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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.

Operating as usual

UPDATE: Due to expected thunderstorms, we will be postponing tomorrow's event for May 2022.Please keep updated by follow...
04/29/2022

UPDATE: Due to expected thunderstorms, we will be postponing tomorrow's event for May 2022.

Please keep updated by following the AFIRE Chicago facebook or instagram page for more information.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to connecting with you all soon!

🌼 MARK YOUR CALENDARS 🌼.PAN de MIC is back in session. We have missed connecting with you all and hope you can make it t...
03/17/2022

🌼 MARK YOUR CALENDARS 🌼
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PAN de MIC is back in session. We have missed connecting with you all and hope you can make it to one of our upcoming spaces.
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Interested in volunteering? Schedule a check-in with our Healing Justice Organizer, Danielle "L" [they/any] by emailing [email protected]
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Image descriptions: text graphics with a pastel green, purple, and pink gradient background. Each slide has the AFIRE flame logo and the PAN de MIC logo (a solidarity fist and microphone surounded by pan de sal)
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#pandemic #filipinxao #healingjustice #immigrantrights #workersrights #domesticworkersrights

02/27/2022
NAI Citizenship Workshop Volunteers and Applicants [2/2022]

Thank you to @eriehouse and @lsnachicago for another successful NAI Workshop!
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Are you interested in applying for citizenship? Contact our NAI Outreach Coordinator, Vangie (she/her) to learn more at 773-580-1025
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If you are interested in volunteering, schedule a check-in with Healing Justice Organizer, Danielle "L" (they/any) at [email protected] or text 708-820-8113
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#citizenship4all #NAIWorkshop #bayanihan

We hope to see you at our next General Membership Meeting!Learn about organizational updates, lessons, and how we plan t...
02/03/2022

We hope to see you at our next General Membership Meeting!

Learn about organizational updates, lessons, and how we plan to meet the evolving needs of our community 🙏🏽💙🌊

Register via our linktr.ee/AFIREChicago or visit the link in our bio 🌼
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Image description: graphic flyer invitation with a blue background.

The first slide has a photo of a pre-Pandemic GM Meeting. Worker's Rights Komité Core Leader Sally speaks to a circle of community members.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:You're invited to our next Healing Justice Komité Check-in!Get updates on how we will shape this yea...
01/18/2022

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
You're invited to our next Healing Justice Komité Check-in!

Get updates on how we will shape this year's programming and how you can get involved.

Visit our linktree (in our bio!) to register for this online Zoom meeting.

Let us know if you have any questions 🌼
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Image descriptions: light blue text background with information on our next HJK space. The first slide features a photo of past Bayanihan Show volunteers.

TOMORROW, JANUARY 7: AFIRE is once again partnering with FYLPRO's Tayo Help Desk and the Illinois Department of Public H...
01/07/2022

TOMORROW, JANUARY 7: AFIRE is once again partnering with FYLPRO's Tayo Help Desk and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, taking place from 2-6pm at St Padre Pio Parish - Chicago. Thank you to the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Chicagoland Vaccine Partnership for funding this program!

Register at tinyurl.com/2uc4bvzc

12/23/2021

Another friendly reminder about AFIRE's pro bono partnership with FALA Chicago! As part of the "Attorneys Giving Legal Advice" (AGiLA) program, FALA Chicago is offering powers of attorney documentation at no cost for essential workers and healthcare frontliners during its monthly virtual and in-person clinic sessions. Qualified low income clients may also be eligible to receive free legal assistance on matters involving elder law, wills and estates, family law, and landlord/tenant law. For more information, check out this message from AFIRE board chair/FALA Chicago president Mark Calaguas and FALA Chicago immediate past president/legal clinic director Janice Dantes. To book an appointment for AGiLA, please visit falachicago.org/probono or call (312) 546-5077. If you are interested in volunteering as an attorney, notary, or translator, please email Janice at janice[at]pinaylaw.com — no prior experience needed!

Thank you again to our community partners Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Dantes Law Firm, LES Live Every Second, Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois Inc.(PNAI, Inc.), and UniPro Chicago-Midwest. Take care, stay safe, and happy holidays!

Important news for domestic workers in Chicago for the new year!For more information visit chi.gov/care
12/22/2021

Important news for domestic workers in Chicago for the new year!

For more information visit chi.gov/care

Starting January 1, 2022, nannies, care workers, and home cleaners in Chicago have the right to a written contract!
Learn more here: http://chi.gov/care

#ChiDomesticWorkers #ChiDWcontracts
#CareforCareWorkers

Thank you Asian Giving Circle for again supporting AFIRE's work!
12/21/2021

Thank you Asian Giving Circle for again supporting AFIRE's work!

Happy Holidays!..We will be out of office from December 20th and return on January 5th...#HappyHolidays #OutOfOffice
12/20/2021

Happy Holidays!
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We will be out of office from December 20th and return on January 5th.
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#HappyHolidays #OutOfOffice

12/19/2021
PSST Episode 14/15: Community Organizing during COVID-19 (West Coast/Midwest/East Coast)

Thank you to the Filipinx/a/o Community Health Association - Fil-CHA for inviting us to discuss community organizing during COVID-19 on the latest episode of the Pilipinx/a/o Sharing Stories Together (PSST) podcast! AFIRE was honored to share its experiences in the Midwest alongside leaders from Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) in Los Angeles and Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. in New York City. Check out the archived recording of this afternoon's livestream below:

AFIRE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2021 Contact: Ryan Viloria, Executi...
11/30/2021

AFIRE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2021

Contact: Ryan Viloria, Executive Director
Email: rviloria[at]afirechicago.org

(CHICAGO, IL) - The board of directors of the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) announces the appointment of Ryan Viloria as its next permanent Executive Director, effective November 30. Viloria has acted as AFIRE’s Interim Executive Director since December 2020, a role in which he also served from July to December 2019.

“We are elated to welcome Ryan as AFIRE’s full-time, permanent Executive Director,” said AFIRE Board Chair Mark Calaguas. “Having worked alongside him since he first joined the AFIRE board five years ago, I have been consistently impressed by Ryan’s dedication to AFIRE’s guiding principles of bayanihan (people working together), kapitbahayan (neighborly concern), and damayan (community mutual help). His diligent and nimble leadership during what continues to be a trying time for the Filipinx/a/o community has been a source of strength and resilience for AFIRE as the organization celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to follow in the unique tradition of community care set forth by AFIRE,” said Viloria. “Moreso, I am forever grateful to each and every individual that I have worked with since my start with AFIRE as a volunteer to this very day. As the struggle for immigrant and workers rights continues to change and evolve, our journey simply means that we roll up our sleeves and continue the work. Our values continue to guide us to a brighter future, and I am thankful for this opportunity to serve the community with intention and care.”

Prior to joining the staff of AFIRE, Viloria worked at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An active leader in the Chicago Filipinx community, Viloria previously served as a member of AFIRE’s board of directors, Conference Coordinator for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and Operations Manager at Kultura, the special events arm of the food and media company, Filipino Kitchen.

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The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) is 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. For further information, please visit afirechicago.org.

* We use Filipinx/a/o as shorthand for Filipinx/Filipina/Filipino to honor all gender identities.

Good morning, everyone! For Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to the AFIRE Chicago! Through community organizing ...
11/30/2021
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Good morning, everyone!

For Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to the AFIRE Chicago! Through community organizing and policy advocacy, we continue the fight to improve the rights of immigrants and workers of Filipinx/a/os in the Chicagoland area.

This Giving Tuesday is particularly momentous for 3 reasons:

1. We are resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic;
2. AFIRE is celebrating its 15th birthday;
3. It is with great honor to announce that, as of today, I am the new permanent Executive Director of AFIRE Chicago 🙂

Please join me in celebrating AFIRE with a donation. Any amount helps, but your donation helps strengthen the spirit of Bayanihan that continues to see us through.

-- Ryan Viloria

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=R9TBSKGTUPMCJ

www.afirechicago.org

#GivingTuesday2021 #BayanihanSpirit #IsangBagsak

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,....

Congrats to our 2021 fundraising partner Kasama Restaurant on being named one of the 11 Best New Restaurants in America ...
11/10/2021
The 11 Best New Restaurants in America

Congrats to our 2021 fundraising partner Kasama Restaurant on being named one of the 11 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater! If you want to find out more about the inspiring story behind this lauded restaurant, check out the brand new documentary No Place Like Kasama, which is currently streaming at DOC NYC this week: docnyc.net/film/no-place-like-kasama/

Revealing the best new barbecue in Austin, the hottest reservation in NYC, LA’s best new pop-up, and so much more

Thank you to Asian Giving Circle and The Chicago Community Trust for your support! We are again honored to be in such gr...
11/10/2021

Thank you to Asian Giving Circle and The Chicago Community Trust for your support! We are again honored to be in such great company with our fellow grantees — congratulations to all!

One month away for our next Talk Stories: Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling. Talk Stories will return to the vi...
11/01/2021

One month away for our next Talk Stories: Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling.

Talk Stories will return to the virtual space on Wednesday December 1. The event starts at 7pm CT.

$5 per ticket. Proceeds go to performers, production costs, and co-sponsoring organizations.

For ticketing, please go to: https://bit.ly/talkstories

We are so excited to have this lineup of storytellers from all over the world:
Pooja Chawla
Saray Cubacub
Danielle De Vera
Arvin A. Jalandoon
Minky Kim
Laura Kina
Jessica Nguyen
Mimi Yang

Talk Stories is co-sponsored by the following organizations:
AFIRE Chicago
Asian Health Coalition
Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center
Chinese American Service League
JASC - Japanese American Service Committee
KAN-WIN
National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
OCA Greater Chicago

You don't want to miss this show and this community event. Join us in December to help celebrate another wonderful year for Talk Stories in storytelling and community building. Talk Stories was created with the idea that everyone has stories to tell, and everyone should have the opportunity to share. This event, with a lineup from around the globe, is particularly urgent as we face multiple national and global crises, including the exacerbation of anti-Asian racism under the global pandemic.

Talk Stories is produced and hosted by Ada Cheng.

https://youtu.be/f5Rljoi2ArU Who grew up on AJ Rafael's music?We love "Our Friend Larry Itliong" ! Check out this beauti...
10/28/2021
"Our Friend, Larry Itliong" Official Music Video by AJ Rafael

https://youtu.be/f5Rljoi2ArU

Who grew up on AJ Rafael's music?

We love "Our Friend Larry Itliong" ! Check out this beautiful song and video.
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"I'm honored to share Larry Itliong's story with you all. Check out more from the "Who Tells Your Story?" Series on http://TWUSA.TV including a panel I moderated with Gayle Romasanta, Aileen Pagtakan, & Larry Itliong's daughter, Patty Serda.

Produced in Association with TheaterWorksUSA

Music Written, Performed and Produced by AJ Rafael

Directed and Edited - Charles Uy
Animation - Jay Mosquera
Director of Photography - Nicanor Evans
Additional Camera Work - Charles Uy
& Veronica Briones
Behind The Scenes - Devon Nelwan
Production Assistant - Nico Treviño

*Artwork Illustrated by Andre Sibayan. Used with permission by Bridge and Delta Publishing from the book Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, Written by Dawn B. Mabalon, PhD with Gayle Romasanta"

I'm honored to share Larry Itliong's story with you all. Check out more from the "Who Tells Your Story?" Series on http://TWUSA.TV including a panel I modera...

Thank you Justice Cream for this reminder about why we celebrate #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth and spreading the word ab...
10/23/2021

Thank you Justice Cream for this reminder about why we celebrate #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth and spreading the word about tonight's Bayanihan Show! Follow them to get the latest on where you can try their Purple Root for Domestic Workers ube ice cream, sales proceeds of which benefit our organizing work!

If you are an artist or creative worker, visit chicagoculturalgants.org for more info about financial opportunities via ...
10/22/2021

If you are an artist or creative worker, visit chicagoculturalgants.org for more info about financial opportunities via a new grant that has opened up! The deadline to apply is November 10 and virtual info sessions will be held on October 26 and 27. If you need help applying, reach out via direct message to our friends at Celebrate Argyle!

Calling out all artists and creative workers! A new grant just opened up and is available for you. Please tag & share! If you need help applying DM us. We may be able to help!

This Thursday, October 21 at 4:30, Depaul University's Latinx Cultural Center, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cult...
10/19/2021

This Thursday, October 21 at 4:30, Depaul University's Latinx Cultural Center, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Center (APIDA), and KALAHI, in collaboration with AFIRE Chicago, will host "Oral Stories of Revolutionary Care," a storytelling workshop that centers caregiver advocacy, individual & collective healing, and community care. This workshop will feature Lily Be and AFIRE Core Leader Olola Ann Zamora Olib to speak on her experiences as an immigrant and domestic worker.

Date: Thursday, October 21 from 4:30pm-6:30pm
In person location: Arts & Letters Hall Room 314 (2315 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614)
Virtual Link: https://depaul.zoom.us/j/93558814285
o Meeting ID: 935 5881 4285
o Dial: 1 312 626 6799

#FAHM

Our friends at FALA Chicago will be holding their monthly pro bono legal clinic this week! Visit falachicago.org/probono...
10/19/2021

Our friends at FALA Chicago will be holding their monthly pro bono legal clinic this week! Visit falachicago.org/probono or call (312) 546-5077 to schedule an online appointment tomorrow, October 20 between 6-8pm or in-person on Saturday, October 23 at Instituto del Progreso Latino (2520 S. Western Ave. in Chicago) from 1-3pm. Healthcare frontliners and essential workers are especially encouraged to check out FALA Chicago's powers of attorney services.

*A power of attorney is a legal document that allows a person to designate someone else (an agent) to act on their behalf for important decisions regarding property, finances, and healthcare in the event they are unable to do so on their own. POAs are important because in the absence of such documents, a decisionmaker will instead be appointed by a judge sitting in guardianship court.

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Hello! My name is Britney and I am a student from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and part of the Culture, Child, and Adolescent Development Lab (https://ccadlab.umbc.edu/). [If this type of post is not allowed, my apologies and please delete!] Calling all Filipino/Filipino American parents and teens - We really need your help! Do you want to share your voice and be compensated for 40 minutes of your time? Do you live in the United States? Do you want to share your own experiences anonymously and contribute to valuable research? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a perfect opportunity for YOU. Our study aims to understand the unique experiences of Asian American families during the COVID-19 outbreak, and it is so important that Filipino/Filipino American families are represented in this work! By hearing your voice, we can better understand both the challenges and successes you exhibit in your daily life. For more information and to share YOUR voice, scan the QR code, email [email protected], or visit https://umbc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3JVQoj9aNjuQa3k to fill out the contact form! Thank you for your time!
What is redistricting? How is it critical for communities like ours to be part of the redistricting process? How can we assure that we have a voice in elected office? Find out tomorrow as we join several of our community partners across Chicago for a virtual community update on redistricting. Register: https://bit.ly//3J368BY Date & Time: Wednesday 3/30 6:00-7:00 pm IL Muslim Civic Coalition South Asian American Policy and Research Institute - SAAPRI AFIRE Chicago Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC HANA Center Chinese American Service League Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) Indo-American Center #Redistricting2022 #asianamerican #FairMaps #chicago #chinatownchicago #chicagochinatown
This Wednesday! Please join us alongside several of our community partners across Chicago to attend our virtual community update on redistricting at 6:00pm CT. We will present a progress update on our advocacy to create Chicago’s first Asian American majority ward and to keep our Asian American communities of Albany Park and West Ridge within their own wards. Attendees must register to attend here: https://bit.ly/3J368BY. Date & Time: Wednesday 3/30 6:00-7:00 pm Register: https://bit.ly//3J368BY IL Muslim Civic Coalition South Asian American Policy and Research Institute - SAAPRI AFIRE Chicago Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC HANA Center Chinese American Service League Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) Indo-American Center #Redistricting2022 #asianamerican #FairMaps #chicago #chinatownchicago #chicagochinatown
Hello! My name is Rey and I am a student from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and part of the Culture, Child, and Adolescent Development Lab (https://ccadlab.umbc.edu/). [If this type of post is not allowed, my apologies and please delete!] Calling all Filipino/Filipino American parents and teens - We really need your help! Do you want to share your voice and be compensated for 40 minutes of your time? Do you live in the United States? Do you want to share your own experiences anonymously and contribute to valuable research? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a perfect opportunity for YOU. Our study aims to understand the unique experiences of Asian American families during the COVID-19 outbreak, and it is so important that Filipino/Filipino American families are represented in this work! By hearing your voice, we can better understand both the challenges and successes you exhibit in your daily life. For more information and to share YOUR voice, scan the QR code, email [email protected], or visit https://umbc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3JVQoj9aNjuQa3k to fill out the contact form! Thank you for your time!
Greetings from ONLY JESUS MEDICAL MISSION (OJMM). We have sent email at your end. GOD bless all of you
FYLPRO's Tayo Help Desk and AFIRE Chicago held a second #COVID19Clinic on Friday, Jan. 7 in Chicago thanks to grants from the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Chicagoland Vaccine partnership. About 49 people were vaccinated at Friday's clinic.
#UPDATEDTime: FYLPRO's Tayo Help Desk and AFIRE Chicago are holding a #COVID19Clinic on Friday, Jan. 7 from 2pm to 6pm in Chicago thanks to grants from the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Chicagoland Vaccine partnership. Register: tinyurl.com/2uc4bvzc Where: St. Padre Pio Parish Church Rectory 5600 N Fairfield Ave Chicago, IL 60659 ICYMI: Our first event was an educational webinar Maging Maingat Po Tayo: Caregiving Safely in COVID-19, now available to stream on Facebook: https://lnkd.in/g4m_cTij
#EVENT: FYLPRO's Tayo Help Desk and AFIRE Chicago are holding a #COVID19Clinic on Friday, Jan. 7 from 3pm to 7pm in Chicago thanks to grants from the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Chicagoland Vaccine partnership. Register: tinyurl.com/2uc4bvzc Where: St. Padre Pio Parish Church Rectory 5600 N Fairfield Ave Chicago, IL 60659 ICYMI: Our first event was an educational webinar Maging Maingat Po Tayo: Caregiving Safely in COVID-19, now available to stream on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=879399846070116
Thanks to you, 2021 was our largest grantmaking year in history. We granted $73,875 to 13 incredible API-led organizations that are leading our community in organizing, civic engagement, and/or collective healing work: *AFIRE Chicago *Chicago Desi Youth Rising - CDYR *Circa Pintig *Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC *IL Muslim Civic Coalition *Indo-American Center *Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago *KAN-WIN *KAtCH: Korean Adoptees of Chicago *National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial *South Asian American Policy and Research Institute - SAAPRI *Silk Road Rising *Vietnamese Association of Illinois We invite you to learn more about these organizations and the work our grants support in our series of spotlights on Facebook and Instagram. ...and some exciting news! We recently received a generous anonymous donation that is allowing us to match donations up to $5,000! Will you help us to make 2022 an even bigger year for AGC here? Please consider making a year-end donation and including us in your employer match program (if applicable). https://cct.secure.force.com/pmtx/dn8n__SiteDonation?id=a3E0h000000XiOJ
#FYLPROAlumniNews: Tayo Help Desk Project Director/2019 delegate Leezel Tanglao and Tayo Product counsel/2016 delegate Mark Calaguas (representing AFIRE Chicago) participated in Filipinx/a/o Community Health Association - Fil-CHA's PSST podcast this weekend on community organizing in the diaspora along with Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) and Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. Check out the episode below
On Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, FYLPRO’s Tayo Help Desk and AFIRE Chicago and community partners held a #COVID19Clinic thanks to grants from the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Chicagoland Vaccine partnership.
#EVENT: FYLPRO's Tayo Help Desk and AFIRE Chicago are holding a #COVID19Clinic on Dec. 17 in Chicago thanks grants from the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Chicagoland Vaccine partnership. Register: tinyurl.com/padrepiovaccine ICYMI: Our first event was an educational webinar Maging Maingat Po Tayo: Caregiving Safely in COVID-19, now available to stream on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afirechicago/videos/879399846070116