At the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, Philippines climate change commissioner Naderev Sano made an urgent plea for real change against global warming shortly after Typhoon Bopha caused unprecedented destruction in his country, displacing millions of people and killing over a thousand. A year later, Sano has returned as an even more important voice at the same talks in 2013, which coincidentally commenced just three days after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest storm ever recorded. While it may have been made painfully clear that the unimaginable devastation--and the seemingly impossible recovery efforts of which we've seen images and heard stories over the last week and a half--was wholly preventable, we have yet to see if any meaningful outcome that Sano is pursuing is realized.
Tonight APF talks with members of community-based Filipino American organizations that work transnationally in the U.S. and the Philippines about their grassroots Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts and also about the work for environmental justice to bring real long-term solutions to the archipelago’s ongoing environmental disasters.
For more information on how to donate and participate in grassroots Haiyan relief efforts, please visit www.nafconusa.org.
Cris Hilo and Michelle Saulon are members of NAFCON, a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the U.S. serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the U.S.
Adrien Salazar is the Chair of the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES). He has worked with organizations building community-driven solutions to environmental challenges, including Green for All and the Sierra Club. With FACES he has supported partners based in environmentally-impacted communities in the Philippines. Through community-to-community advocacy, knowledge-sharing, and cultural exchange, FACES uplifts local resilience and builds environmental justice across borders.
In October, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop had its Page Turner Food and Book Festival bringing together more than 30 writers and performers and the best of Brooklyn culinary culture. Of the couple dozen workshops and exhibitions offered at the festival, one particular panel showcased Asian American writers each of whom spent the past year covering a different Asian American neighborhood in New York City while producing creative non-fiction literature for AAWW’s online magazine, Open City, which is dedicated to telling the subterranean or hidden stories of what it means to be Asian American in New York. Open City writer Sukjong Hong illustrates the nuances of how people “read” or identify each other in the midst of the complex racial, ethnic, and class demarcations continually being redefined by Flushing’s recent transformations from being an Asian immigrant enclave to becoming more of an (sub)urban spectacle.
Sukjong Hong is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Currently she is a Create Change fellow with the Laundromat Project, and working on oral history projects to highlight the stories of Asian-American communities. She was a 2012-2013 Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellow with the Asian American Writers' Workshop. You can find her writing at Open City Magazine, Triple Canopy magazine, Racialicious, Hyphen Magazine, Foreign Policy in Focus, and The Feminist Wire. @hongriver
As we approach Thanksgiving, many Americans prepare to celebrate the first European settlers that made contact with the indigenous people of this land. For centuries, Native Americans have been struggling to provide a counter-narrative about the violence of European colonizers enacted upon the indigenous peoples. Every year since 1970, United American Indians of New England (UAINE) have organized the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of Native people, as well as many people of color activists gather to remember the true history behind Thanksgiving. Lakou New York, a Haitian community activist organization, shows its solidarity by coordinating its sixth bus trip to Plymouth for New Yorkers seeking to support UAINE and the struggles of Native American communities.
For more info, contact 718-907-0484 or firstname.lastname@example.org and check the following video: https://vimeo.com/79111861 For those who would like to take a bus from Manhattan, check out the IAC website. You can also contact International Action Center (IAC) at email@example.com or call 212.633.6646.