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.
Filipina Women's Network joins the stand against domestic violence!
On Monday, October 17, California Board Of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma announced a new option for California taxpayers to join in on the fight against domestic violence.
Starting next tax season, there will be an option to contribute your tax filing to a Domestic Violence fund which will go to support DV agencies and shelters.
“I am proud of my Filipino heritage. Resilience and creativity are Filipino traits that gave me the edge to succeed in an international environment. I am completely comfortable in being uncomfortable. I look at challenges and goals as a way to grow and be better both as a person and as a professional educator,” Bernadette Schlueter, Global FWN100™ '16.
What the Data Tells Us
1. Filipinos can make a difference
Several electoral districts across the Bay - such as San Mateo's 5th and Alameda's 2nd Supervisory Districts - have populations of Filipino registered voters of 5% or greater. Local elections and measures are often decided by very small margins so Filipinos can be the deciding factor in these districts and other districts across the Bay.
2. Filipinos aren't registered at the levels they can be
Approximately 50% of Filipinos eligible to register are not registered to vote. In only two counties - San Francisco and Kings Counties - are more than 50% of Filipinos eligible to register, taking advantage of this right.
3. Filipino voters are immigrant voters
In the 14 counties where the information was available, the majority of Filipino registered voters are naturalized citizens. Immigrant communities are investing in the electoral process and using their right to vote.
4. Filipino young people are not registering to vote at the rate they could be
5. Nearly a third of Filipino registered voters choose a 'minor party or decline to state
Founded by Filipina-Canadian artist Kuh Del Rosario, Elmo's House Artist Residency follows a long tradition of artist spaces dedicated for the purpose of creating work, conducting research and networking with other artists from all over the world.
Nestled in a small seaside town of Batan, Aklan, Philippines artists in residence will have the opportunity to live/work in a unique environment free from city life distractions. Within walking distance to secluded destinations and with the regions' rich cultural history, artists in residence have plenty of inspiration to draw from.
Learn more or support the campaign now.
Jocelyn Ding (Global FWN100™ '13) keynoted the successful launch of DISRUPT 2.0: Filipina Women Daring to Lead to kick off Filipino American History Month in San Francisco this past Thursday.
Jocelyn shared her key career principles with FWN: Know your stuff. Know what you want. before the book reading by DISRUPT 2.0 member-authors. More photos from the launch after the jump.
Sites Unseen will present its first large scale public art installation Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 3PM–6PM at a free all-ages event in Yerba Buena neighborhood. The event is open to all and will celebrate the public installation of "Moscone Contemporary Art Centre & Garage," artist Barry McGee’s multi-colored painted artwork.
Filipino Electorate Data in California shows that Filipinos can make a difference especially in San Mateo and Alameda County. Sadly, Filipinos aren't registered at the levels they can be and young Filipino people are not registering to vote at the rate they could be. Learn more about the data and get registered to vote online thru Turbovote after the jump!