RECAP: KAMP and AnakBayan San Diego Organize Open Mic Fundraiser

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On December 14 at Filipino Food and Bakery, KAMP and AnakBayan San Diego (ABSD) teamed up to present Mic Chek, an open mic fundraiser calling attention to the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan’s landfall that coincided with Typhoon Hagupit hitting the region. Hosted by two of KAMP’s newest and coolest mentors, Ate Sara and Kuya John, the event featured poetry, song, dance, audience-generated haikus, and important updates on efforts at rebuilding and rehabilitation in the areas most affected by Haiyan. ABSD kasamas gave short but very informative presentations on the areas affected by Haiyan as well as the failure of the Aquino administration to provide much needed resources; ABSD, however, also reported  on the efforts of the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) to empower local organizations to rebuild according to a vision of self-determination and social equity. All proceeds from the evening were directly donated to NAFCON. Together, KAMP and ABSD were able to raise almost $500 in one night. Thank you to everyone who came out!

-Ate Amanda Solomon-Amorao

ABSD & KAMP’s Mic Check! Typhoon Relief Fundraiser

WHEN: December 14, 6-9 PM
WHERE: Filipino Food & Bakery, 2852 Main St.

The one year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan has just passed and yet another life threatening typhoon is hitting the same area. Anakbayan San Diego (ABSD) and the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) invite you to an open mic with DJ Olibata of Elevated Masses supporting the struggles of our people who are still suffering from the effects of Haiyan, Hagupit, and other natural disasters.

There will be a $5-$20 sliding scale suggested donation at the door, although no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit the Natioinal Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) Typhoon Relief Program.

NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.

If you have any questions or want to know more about ABSD or KAMP, please visit our websites below.


Educational Dialogue: “Fall of The I-Hotel” Screening

one book i-hotel_001One Book, One San Diego program of the San Diego Public Library and the Social Justice Media Literacy initiative are partnering up to present a film screening of the documentary “The Fall of the I-Hotel” followed by a community dialogue facilitated by KAMP on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00pm in the main auditorium of the San Diego Public Central Library. Please join us!

RECAP: “Where Is Home?” Educational Dialogue


By Kuya Andrew Amorao

In celebration of Filipin@ American History Month, KAMP hosted its October educational dialogue at the headquarters of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). About thirty community members, students, and professionals participated and explored the question, “Where is home?” Thanks to UDW’s sponsorship, participants were also treated to a dinner of Filipin@ dishes from Filipino Food and Bakery (2852 Main Street).

This was one of the most challenging educational dialogues we have prepared and hosted. What we define as home is different for each person and we found it difficult to separate questions of home from issues of immigration and identity. The planning group came to the conclusion that our idea of home is complex, especially for so many immigrants who may feel like they don’t belong in either the places they originally come from or where they currently reside.

Participants at the educational dialogue embraced this topic and the exploration into who they are and how they define home. The dialogue culminated into a community poem in which each group member completed the sentence, “Home is…” The groups then walked around and read the other groups’ poems written on post it papers arranged on the floor and chose one to read that resonated with them. One of the most impactful sentences came from a sixteen-year-old participant who wrote, “Home is where you take a stand.” We ended the night by encouraging everyone to continue the dialogue about the meaning and significance of what home is in his or her respective community spaces.

We hope you can join us at KAMP’s next educational dialogue as we partner with the San Diego Public Central Library for a film screening of the documentary “Fall of the I-Hotel,” on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00pm in the main auditorium.

KAMP Honored by Professor Glenn Omatsu and USD Ethnic Studies

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By Ate Amanda Solomon-Amorao

On Wednesday October 8, 2014 at the University of San Diego, the Kuya Ate Mentorship

Program was awarded $1000 and recognized by the USD Department of Ethnic Studies and

Professor Glenn Omatsu for our work in creating dynamic educational spaces in our community.

Once a year, the Department of Ethnic Studies hosts their annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture series

that features a renowned scholar, practitioner, theorists, and social action researcher who has

made major contributions to the field of Ethnic Studies. This year the department invited

Professor Glenn Omatsu from California State Northridge who has made critical contributions in

Asian American Studies and Service Learning work in Higher Education to speak. Professor

Omatsu delivered a lecture entitled, “The Essential Role of Community Engagement in Ethnic

Studies Pedagogy.” Rather than accept the traditional scholarly honorarium for his lecture,

however, Professor Omatsu asked the Department of Ethnic Studies to donate the funds to

organizations that embodied the themes of his talk. KAMP was humbled to receive the award

alongside the Trash Talkers Collective, a grassroots group of youth activists who organize

around issues of environmental justice. While Professor Omatsu’s talk in the evening was both

inspiring and challenging, KAMP was also able to host a brunch in the morning at Filipino Food

and Bakery, introducing Professor Omatsu to our kuyas, ates, and allies in the community.

KAMP sincerely appreciates the Department of Ethnic Studies and Professor Omatsu’s

recognition of our work. It is humbling to be recognized by a pioneer in the field of Asian

American Studies and activism.