Introducting our new Communications Coordinator

Introducing our new Communications Coordinator, Tina Helmstreit.

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Interview by Samantha Howell

NAPAWF-SD’s new Communications Coordinator, Tina, shared in this interview her passion for social justice and equity. She presently is working on her Bachelors in Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. Her so-cal roots, love for cats, and commitment to education are just a few qualities that she brings to NAPAWF.

1) Intro section: Name, where are you from? Neighborhood, how do you self identify? Where do you work?

My name is Tina and I am from Carlsbad, CA. I am a queer, yon-sei generation, Japanese American, hapa, cis-woman. My preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers. I work for MiraCosta College as the Administrative Secretary for the Counseling Department and also serve as a Classified Representative for the Student Equity Department.

2) Why did you become a NAPAWF member?

NAPAWF-SD offers the opportunity for personal and professional development, while also providing a strong foundation for social justice and equity efforts across San Diego County. I wanted to serve our local API community and help with solving problems, addressing issues, and advocating for change.

3) Why did you want to join the board as Communications Coordinator?

I have worked in higher education for over 5 years and have held administrative and management roles that developed a set of skills that are aligned with the functions of the Communications Coordinator position. I am passionate about equity as a sociologist, and my interest in community organizing and grass-root efforts for change led me to this role. I also have a critical lens as a bisexual, Japanese American hapa that provides me with personal experiences that I believe will translate well to the current efforts of NAPAWF-SD and our political climate.

4) You’re first NAPAWF event will be at the bi-visibility workshop. What do you look forward most about the event?

This event will highlight a topic deeply personal for me. As a bisexual woman, who is happily married to a wonderful man, I am incredibly thankful that NAPAWF-SD is facilitating an event like this. This event is important to deconstruct our gender, sexual orientation, and social constructs from a sociological perspective, but I am most looking forward to the dialogue on how bisexuals are received by the LGBT+ and straight communities. I believe that this event will humanize the real misconceptions and prejudices that bisexuals experience today.

SAVE THE DATE- REMINDER!!
NAPAWF San Diego Presents “Bi-Visibility Workshop

Join NAPAWF-SD on Saturday, May 28 from 6-8pm (location TBD) for our Annual Membership Drive & APAHM event!

With over 9 million LGBT people in the United States, more than half identify as bisexual. However, the high poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes within the bisexual population—often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers—point toward an urgent need to provide services and support for this segment of the community. “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans.” Report, 2014.

As an interactive session for members and allies of the API LGBT Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. an interactive session for members and allies of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender (LGBT) Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. Please contact Samantha at samantha.m.howell@gmail.com for more information or visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP. Look forward to seeing you there!

NAPAWF-SD May 2016 Newsletter

SAVE THE DATE!!
NAPAWF San Diego Presents “Bi-Visibility Workshop

Join NAPAWF-SD on Saturday, May 28 from 6-8pm (location TBD) for our Annual Membership Drive & APAHM event!

With over 9 million LGBT people in the United States, more than half identify as bisexual. However, the high poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes within the bisexual population—often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers—point toward an urgent need to provide services and support for this segment of the community. “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans.” Report, 2014.

As an interactive session for members and allies of the API LGBT Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. an interactive session for members and allies of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender (LGBT) Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. Please contact Samantha at samantha.m.howell@gmail.com for more information or visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP. Look forward to seeing you there!

In the Community

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego event
May 18 at 5:30pm
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) is commemorating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a reenactment of the 1875 case, 22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v. Freeman.  For more information and to RSVP visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pan-asian-lawyers-of-san-diego-22-lewd-chinese-women-reenactment-tickets-24409357044?aff=ebrowse

D6 Night Market
May 21 at 4:00-10:00pm
Night markets, which are a popular tradition throughout Asia and other parts of the world, are an open-air casual social gathering and fill a need for civic community. They are a chance to leisurely stroll, shop, and eat while enjoying the excitement and pleasure that comes from being part of a festive crowd. Located at Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St, 92126. For more information, please visit: http://d6nightmarket.com/

High School FilGrad of San Diego
May 22 at 2:30-5:00pm
The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be hosting its 8th High School Filipino/a Graduation of San Diego co-sponsored by the Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA). The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Centro Cultural de la Raza.  For more information, please visit: https://kampsd.org/2016/03/11/filgrad-2016-release/

Lao American Writers Summit 2016
May 27 at 9:00am-4:00pm & May 28 at 9:00am-4:30pm
The summit aims to be a gathering space for creative professionals of Lao American background and those who support the community. Its objective is to open dialogue on the current state of creative writing, visual artistry, social media, and community advocacy of Lao Americans whose history ties with the events tracing back to the 1975 Diaspora of people from Laos. The event will take place at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, 92101. The Summit is free of charge. The Reception has a $10.00 entrance fee. For more information or to RSVP, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lao-american-writers-summit-2016-tickets-20937631018

In Case You Missed It: #ICYMI

Last month, NAPAWF celebrated 20 years of advancing social justice and human rights for AAPI womyn and girls in the United States! Click here for info about the 20th Anniversary Gala and click here to see photos from the event.

The NAPAWF San Diego Board sends our sincere gratitude to our members and allies. Your passion and dedication to empower the AAPI community on a local, national and global level is a constant inspiration to us.
We couldn’t do what we do without your support!

2016 NAPAWF San Diego Leadership

Chair: Samantha Howell
Political Action & Awareness Coordinator: Gracelynne West
Leadership Development Coordinator: Amelia Ortega
Queer Issues Coordinator: Karen Villa
Communications Coordinator: Tina Helmstreit

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the San Diego Chapter or want to get more involved, please email sandiegochapter@napawf.org for more information.

Community Event: SDAYO Fundraiser

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Where: Ly’s Garden Restaurant | 4350 54th Street Suite B., San Diego, CA 92115

When: Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cost: $35.00 per person/ $350 for a table of 10

Includes: 6 course meal and a drink

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Phet Guiney at (619) 515-2729 or email at pguiney@pd.sandiego.gov

ABOUT SDAYO (San Diego Asian Youth Organization):

Website: http://sdayoartgala.weebly.com/what-is-sdayo.html

The San Diego Asian Youth Organization (SDAYO), was founded by the San Diego Police Department in 1995. It is a non-profit organization located inside the San Diego Police Department’s Multi-cultural Community Relations Office next to Colina Del Sol Park.

SDAYO brings together a diverse group of teenagers and provides them with the resources necessary to give back to their community. The members participate in cultural and civic activities as well as community service events all around San Diego. The youth also learn more about issues in their world through the many guest speakers and educational workshops offered through SDAYO. During summer, they are then rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being able to go on field trips to places like Disneyland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios (for free!). SDAYO not only teaches leadership and communication skills but also motivates teens to do things that benefit their future instead of turning to drugs and gangs.

Teenagers who participate on a regular basis receive recognition from police officers as well as various other community leaders. They are also given the opportunity to partake in a variety of internships and programs that will help them gain work experience, build their resume, and get into the college of their dreams.

Community Event: Khmer New Year Festival, the Year of the Horse

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Sunday, April 13, 2014

LOCATION: Colina Del Sol Park

Hosted by San Diego’s Cambodian American community. There will be Pageant competition to select the New Year’s Angel, cooking demo, eating contest, traditional games and dances, classical and modern music, pony ride, spicy food, and more. Come and join for 2 days of family fun under the warm sun with fresh spring air. For more info, please contact khmernewyear@yahoo.com.

Community Event: Lao New Year Festival 2014

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014 and Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Market Creek Plaza / Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

Hosted by Lao Community Cultural Center of San Diego.  There will be Angel of Mercy Parade, Beauty Pageant Competition, Classical dance and music; Lao Food Booths, Retails, kid zones; Sports competition (Ping Pong, Basketball & Kataw) and Lao Idol competition.  For more info, please contact:  pluangviseth64@gmail.com

Community Event: The Inaugural Filipino Sun Festival

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 11am – 6pm

LOCATION: Mira Mesa Park, across from Mira Mesa High School

(map 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, California 92126).

Presented and hosted by Operation Samahan. First Filipino Sun Festival, featuring a community produced event to celebrate Filipino and Filipino American culture in Mira Mesa!  Traditional and contemporary performances, art, food, educational and cultural fun for the whole family. Cultural exhibits, children’s activity, history of tattoo pavilion, health and wellness pavilion, and more! FREE! www.filipinosunfestival.com

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Workshop Series: Lunch & Learn

Lunch and Learn

Presented by: ICWJ

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The Interfaith Center for Worker Justice is offering FREE workshops to the public. Get your juices flowing with this inquisitive workshops and don’t forget to invite a friend! They’ll be owing you lunch for this one.

Winter Session: Faith and Social Justice in Diverse Traditions

Every Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. from March 4, 2014 through April 1, 2014

MARCH 4th – Protestant and Evangelical Christianity | Reverend J. Lee Hill, Jr. and Reverend Wayne Riggs

MARCH 11th – Catholicism | Sister Justine Church, MMS

MARCH 18th – Islam | Imam Taha Hassane

MARCH 25th – Judaism | Rabbi Laurie Coskey

APRIL 1st –  Unitarian Universalism | Reverend Dr. Beth A. Johnson

Spring Session: What you always wanted to know about Labor

Every Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. from May 6, 2014 through May 27, 2014

MAY 6th – A Snapshot of the U.S. Labor Movement | Kelly Mayhew and Jim Miller

MAY 13th – San Diego Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Panel of Labor Leaders | Panelists: Virginia Cobb, Brigette Browning, and Richard Barrera

MAY 20th – Let’s talk about Contracts, Neutrality, and Project Labor Agreements | Instructors: Mickey Kasparian and Murtaza Buxamusa, Ph.D.

MAY 27th – Field Trip to the Electricians Training Facility – What it takes to become a Journeyman | Johnny Simpson and IBEW staff

Meet at our NEW Office: 3758 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104

RSVP with Elizabeth Elizabeth@ICWJ.org or 619-573-4654

Questions? Contact Rabbi Laurie at RabbiLaurie@ICWJ.org

CLICK HERE FOR LUNCH AND LEARN FLIER!