A press release notes: "The YMCA's recognition of Ms. Buell highlights her work as an advocate for social justice and humanity, consistent with the timeless teachings of Dr. King, whose legacy is celebrated by the YMCA annually through a series of community based events."
Vangie Buell, granddaughter of a Buffalo Soldier http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/08/DDG0GOGEOH1.DTL is an award winning writer, musician, and lifelong community activist for social justice. When she gave a talk to hundreds of students at the University of California, Santa Cruz last fall, every single student bought her book, Twenty Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride! One of the founders of FANHS East Bay Chapter, she is a mentor and dear friend of many in FANHS and our larger communities. Congratulations, Vangie!
FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter Hosts Pre-Inaugural Teach In
Dr. Allan Bergano, Founding President of FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter, wrote:
"Validating the American Dream" Barack Obama's Inauguration seeks clarity. For some, it marks the end of the American dream…for others, the beginning. This national panel discussion will stimulate thought through a lively discussion to give the inauguration proper historical context within the Filipino American experience….Speakers:Allan L. Bergano, FANHS-Hampton Roads; Wilma Consul, Journalist/Theater Artist; Gem Daus, University of Maryland-Filipino American Studies; Joan Javier, Political/Progressive Activist; Dexter Ligot Gordon, Filipinos for Obama; Joe Montano, Democratic National Committee; Ray Obispo, Filipino American Cultural Society
Dr. Allan and Edwina Bergano worked with regional FANHS members Joe Montano and Jian Zapata (former FANHS students :-) to set up the January 17, 2009 event at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Among those in attendance were FANHS HR President Veronica Salcedo, and others who had participated in FANHS Hampton Roads or FACS student events through the decades such as Jojo Maralit, Mike Reyes, Alex Cena, and Roberto Jamora. Veronica Salcedo, who first attended FANHS at age 13 and is now a high school teacher, said: "Just being there with people who have all worked in our community was a great feeling...What I love about this type of discussion is that we talk honestly and respectfully. We identified problems we faced as community organizers. We proposed solutions so that future generations can take leadership roles in government, education, media, and the arts." Allan expressed the spirit of the teach in to those who could not be there: "Remember all the FANHS events we worked on? There were generations of community leaders there -- with heart."
FANHS Sonoma County Chapter's Video Premiere is a Success!
Juanita Tamayo-Lott and Rita Cacas are working on Filipinos in Washington, DC.
And FANHS San Diego Chapter is gathering photos for Filipinos in San Diego, also to be published by Acadia Press. If you'd like to contribute photos, please contact Dr. Judy Patacsil, FANHS Trustee & San Diego Chapter President.
These new books join the many other publications created by FANHS East Bay, Stockton, Vallejo, Los Angeles, Midwest, Michigan, and Hampton Roads Chapters. Just contact FANHS for more info.