We’re so proud of you all.
We’re so proud of you all.
San Diego, CA – The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) is hosting its 9th High School Filipina/x/o Graduation of San Diego (HS FilGrad). The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 2 at the Logan Heights Branch Library.
HS FilGrad is an event that recognizes the achievements of all San Diego high school Filipina/x/o graduating seniors. Class of 2018 graduates interested in participating may find our registration page here:
We are extremely excited to be entering our 9th year of HS FilGrad. It is always such an honor to recognize these talented students and to send them off into the next phase of their lives with a commencement ceremony done Filipina/x/o style!
We thank the San Diego community for their ever-present support in this event.
If you would like to help celebrate our students by making a donation, you may find our donation form here: https://tinyurl.com/donatefilgrad2018. If you would like to volunteer and/or invite us to make an informational presentation about the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAMP is fiscally sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA).
HS FilGrad Committee 2018
So, a lot happened since our last post three months ago. To give you an idea…
Here are a few of the events we’ve had for our amazing staff and mentors:
Here’s some of what we’ve done with our wonderful, dedicated community partners:
Here are our reluctant updates about PQ Village:
And last but not least, here are our updates about what we’ve done and been working on for our students:
On that note, if you’re down to help us make FilGrad happen, we’d love to have you join one of our committees! Email us at kampsd[@]gmail[.]com, and we’ll link you up.
The biggest take away from KAMP’s winter retreat was the reminder to be mindful of the different ways people process both information and emotions.
The weekend’s activities lended themselves to be individually reflective and active collaboratively, allowing for the different transfers of ideas and ways to ground oneself both in the moment and in our work ahead.
We were able to learn about KAMP history in a fun “Game of Life” created by Kuya Marc and Ate Kim, and discuss our past and present educational experiences through a Pedagogy/Theater of the Oppressed workshop facilitated by Ate Heidi.
Overall the retreat was a great way to practice the community building with each other, that we will continue to foster and strengthen in the larger San Diego Fil-Am community.
— Ate Michelle
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, in addition to dozens more community leaders and residents who want to Save PQ Village, our Organizational Director Moe Abugan and former Executive Director Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao spoke at the San Diego Planning Commission’s hearing to oppose the Pacific Village redevelopment proposal.
We are sad to report back that, in spite of 200+ attendees showing up and advocating for Save PQ Village, San Diego’s Planning Commission voted in favor of demolishing Penasquitos (PQ) Village in order to build “moderate income homes.” This proposed project will destroy the existing, longstanding homes of poor people, majority of whom are Filipino and disabled elders, whose lives are just as valuable as anyone else’s.
When we consider the role of gentrification and resistance in Asian American and Filipino American history, we often remember and discuss “The Fall of the I-Hotel” (1983). Below is a quick synopsis of what the documentary addresses:
After the Manongs labored to build America, their San Francisco Manilatown community is wiped out by urban renewal, and 50 old-timers are forcibly evicted from the International Hotel by 300 cops in the dead of night. The Fall of the I-Hotel documents destruction of the last block of Manilatown in Kearney Street.
While there are plenty of nuances and differences between the Manongs’ forced evictions in the 1970s and what is happening right now for Save PQ Village, there is an overarching theme: forcibly pushing poor people and people of color out of their homes to make way for “urban renewal” is deemed and treated as socially acceptable, appropriate, and right.
We now live in a time where information is shared rapidly and freely, to the point of overconsumption. We urge you, don’t let this issue slip past you.
We still have time to Save PQ Village, a historically low-income/Section 8-friendly community north of the 8, and prevent the displacement of Filipino elders and many others.
Stay posted for mobilization efforts to make sure San Diego City Council votes NO on the Pacific Village redevelopment proposal in January 2018.
Let’s continue to engage in dialogue, especially with our city’s decision makers and especially in the coming weeks, and do what we can to Save PQ Village.