Daylight Saving Updates!

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:

  • We hosted a fun-filled Brown Carabao Gift Exchange in December! Highlights include eating Porto’s pastries courtesy of Ate Jhea, seeing former KAMPers like Kuya Jon, Kuya Brandon and Ate Gail, and setting a new record for gift steals.
  • We held an incredible Staff & Mentor Winter Retreat in January! See our last reflection post about retreat, written by Ate Michelle.
  • Our research team celebrated their first year working together at an escape room, and they solved it with 38 seconds to spare!

Here’s some of what we’ve done with our wonderful, dedicated community partners:

  • We moved to a different server this month! We’re so grateful for our new home on the internet. Many thanks to Kuya Sev and Kuya Ray for their generosity.
  • We attended Asian Solidarity Collective’s (ASC) first event: Solidarity Get Down! ASC is a new grassroots organization in San Diego whose mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, identify intersectional affiliations, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity with Black folks and other communities of color. Stay posted for updates about our exciting new partnership with ASC!

Here are our reluctant updates about PQ Village:

  • We’re heartbroken, and we’re angry.
  • Earlier this month, San Diego City Council approved the Pacific Village redevelopment proposal with a vote of 8-to-1. Even if they hadn’t, though, policy-driven circumstances had made it so the redevelopment was a shoe-in. What happened with PQ Village is a glaring example of statements like, “The system wasn’t built for us.”
  • For now, we are keeping our ears to the ground for updates. Organizer-friends who are closer to the residents may be sharing call-outs soon, for volunteers to help with packing and moving.

And last but not least, here are our updates about what we’ve done and been working on for our students:

  • We had awesome classroom visits at Sweetwater High School and Mt. Carmel High School (y’all are so on point)!
  • We facilitated a workshop at UC San Diego Kaibigang Pilipinx’s high school conference!
  • And we’ve have officially begun working on FilGrad 2018!!! That’s right. It’s happening.

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.

–Ate Moe

Save PQ Village

KAMP is one of 32 organizations in San Diego County who have signed a letter that urges planning commissioners to oppose the development over Penasquitos (PQ) Village.

Show up in solidarity with us at the Planning Commission Meeting this Thursday 12/7, 9AM at the San Diego City Council Chambers Downtown (202 C St)!


On Thursday, December 7th, 9:00AM at the City Council Chambers in Downtown, the Planning Commission Meeting will join together to decide whether or not to approve the development over PQ village. As the development has NOT been approved, we still have a fighting chance to take action by letting our voices be heard AGAINST the development over our fellow community members.

Note that a press conference will be held at 8:00AM — keep traffic in mind and try to arrive early. The meeting will take place in the City Council Chambers on the 12th floor. Carpooling is encouraged, as there is a fee to pay for parking. “If” the development is indeed approved, it will go to the City Council for their approval.

Here are ways you can take action:

Sign our “Save PQ Village” Petition
Contact your local City Council Member NOW

 

For more information, please contact the main organizer:
Art Teodosio Jr.
(858) 633-7592
savepqvillage[@]gmail[.]com
http://www.savepqvillage.com/

 

Background:

About 900 PQ residents will lose their homes as 332 units are replaced by expensive townhomes and luxury apartments. San Diego County has been experiencing a crisis of homelessness and affordable housing since 2013. This is the worst time to lose affordable homes in our neighborhood. We believe our City Council and Community Planning Boards require an increase of affordable housing development – not a decrease.

Come join us to help #SavePQVillage!

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with KAMP

Happy #GivingTuesday!

You already know what’s up. KAMP is made up entirely of volunteers. Does KAMP’s work resonate with you? Even just a tiny bit?

If it does, we hope you consider making a donation. $1, $5, $7 — we thank you for every cent.

At this time, the majority of our revenue comes from donations. Asking for donations on a regular basis is not ideal for us. We would much rather spend our time focusing on work that fulfills our mission, vision, and goals in more direct ways. (Chances are, you agree! ?) Please know we are working toward building a more sustainable funding model for KAMP, but for now, donations continue to drive our work.

Here are some of the ways that KAMP plans to pay donations forward over the next year:

Classroom Visits

  • Office supplies/materials for monthly Lesson Plans
  • Photocopies of handouts for 200+ high school students

Community Workshops

  • Office supplies/materials for monthly Educational Dialogues
  • Light refreshments for monthly Educational Dialogues
  • Photocopies of handouts and brochures for 100+ workshop and conference attendees at local colleges and universities
  • Digital marketing, to increase reach in San Diego community
  • KAMP merchandise, to sell at community events

Signature Events

  • San Diego Filipina/o/x High School Graduation in May 2018
    • Venue
    • Food and refreshments
    • Digital marketing
    • Decor materials
    • Office supplies
    • Printing event programs
    • Student gifts
    • Teacher gifts

?  Leadership Development & Retention

  • Overnight Winter Retreat for up to 20 volunteer mentors and staff in January 2018
  • KAMP Giveaways, to boost volunteer morale and raise awareness about KAMP’s work to youth and community members

Research & Development

  • Tools and Software that will help us to assess KAMP’s impact in relation to our mission, vision, goals, and intended outcomes

To support KAMP, click “Donate” on our website here.

The Fall of the I-Hotel & the Fate of PQ Village

Join APALA San Diego for brunch as we celebrate Filipinx American History Month!

APALA San Diego will be hosting a screening of the documentary “The Fall of the I-Hotel”, a film about the displacement of mostly Filipino residents of a low-income residential hotel in San Francisco and the community organizing efforts to resist its demolition.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about the housing crisis in San Diego including the current movement to save the last affordable housing development in Rancho Penasquitos where over 300 seniors, veterans and low-income families, most of whom are Filipino, are being forcibly evicted and will be faced with homelessness.

Moderated by Amanda Solomon Amorao, PhD

Guest Panelists:
Art Teodosio Jr. (organizer with PQ Village)
Carol Kim
Felicidad Cayabyab (PQ Village)
Other residents from PQ Village

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 pm
Location: Olivewood Clubhouse
541 East 24th Street
National City, CA 91950

Brunch/food and refreshments will be provided. Please reach out to APALA San Diego if there are any accommodations needed.

Note: It is with great intention that this event has been organized in South San Diego to help continue raise awareness in honor of the organizers and residents of PQ Village, so that we can all mobilize together and show up when the city council meets with the planning commission to decide/vote on the fate of PQ Village.

Endorsed by:
Pillars of the Community
KAMP San Diego
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
Asian Solidarity Collective
Anakbayan SD