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!

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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.

Join NAPAWF-SD to March with UTOPIA at San Diego’s Pride Parade on July 13!

NAPAWF-SD to March with UTOPIA San Diego

Join NAPAWF-SD to March with UTOPIA at San Diego’s Pride Parade on July 13!

NAPAWF San Diego will be marching at the San Diego Pride Parade with UTOPIA San Diego, a local Pacific Islander LGBTQIA group.  We would love for you to join us at this event!

The Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, July 13th, starting at 9AM. This is a free community event so please invite your friends and family to join. After the recent Supreme Court decision, many couples, including Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants are now able to access important benefits, including immigration benefits, after years of waiting for a green card to stay with their loved ones.

…That is something to celebrate! We hope to see many of you out there to show support and celebrate with our community and our brothers and sisters in UTOPIA.

If you are interested, please e-mail Maricar, LBTIQA Issues Coordinator, directly. For more information about the Pride Parade march, please visit UTOPIA’s website.

Thank you and see you at Pride!

In solidarity,

NAPAWF San Diego Board

Job Posting: Community Outreach Worker

Community Outreach Worker, San Diego LGBT Community Center

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Community Outreach Worker is responsible for conducting community outreach efforts, implementing assigned projects, and educating the LGBT community on health insurance coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. This position will also:

  1. Assist in the implementation of outreach plan
  2. Assist in developing social media efforts
  3. Engage in education and outreach efforts for the LGBT community
  4. Participate in community events and follow up with community members interested in receiving information regarding Covered California
  5. Submit weekly and monthly reports to the Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement detailing progress toward reaching work plan goals.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume electronically to: Denise Serrano, Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at dserrano@thecentersd.org.

UTOPIA’s 3rd Annual Luau

UTOPIA 3rd Annual Luau

UTOPIA San Diego: 3rd Annual Luau, Making Paradise a Reality

Saturday, May 18, 6:00-9:00 PM — ALL AGES
San Diego LGBT Community Center
3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103

11 & Under: $10
12 & Up Presale: $15
Door: $20

 

Contact: Niomie Allison                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 619-948-2156
Email: eimoin@yahoo.com
Web: www.utopiasandiego.org

U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego’s Third Annual Luau at the LGBT Center 

San Diego, CA, April 25, 2013 – U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego, an LGBTQIA Pacific Islander not-for-profit organization is hosting its third annual luau on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at The LGBT Community Center -3909 Centre Street, San Diego, California at 6pm. Guests will enjoy the Polynesian culture through food, entertainment, information booths, and vendors.

U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego is excited to host the third annual luau for the first time at the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center). The Center is the nation’s second oldest and third largest LGBT community center.  U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego is a new grass roots organization and teaming up with The Center will allow us to bring a different cultural understanding to the community.

“U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego is an organization that is proud of our founding members for taking the leap of faith in starting this path for the future.  Seeing the many accomplishments from our sister chapters gives me hope and inspiration to provide the same commitment to our brothers and sisters in San Diego. It truly is about making paradise a reality in America’s finest city,” says Joseph Taumua, President of U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego.

Proceeds from the all-ages event will go towards outreach efforts to the Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Alliance (LGBTQIA) and greater communities by providing educational and awareness programs that include topics such as health, identity and self-awareness. Current projects include a health program with a bold mission to tackle obesity and a documentary that explores the struggle and beauty of being gay and of Pacific Islander descent.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.utopiasandiego.org or email info@utopiasandiego.org.

Immigrant Women’s Advocates Celebrate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

President Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act.

 

Immigrant Women’s Advocates Celebrate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) celebrates the House’s passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill provides much needed new protections for immigrant women and girls, including protections from rape and sexual assault for detained children through the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Though the bill does not include an expansion of U-visas that was a part of earlier versions of the bill, it represents a long overdue step forward in the effort to protect survivors of violence. The bill also provides important new protections for LGBT and Native American survivors.Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), an NCIWR steering committee member, comments, “This was long overdue, and we are pleased lawmakers were able to set politics aside to protect women facing violence. This VAWA bill provides important protections for immigrant women, who make many contributions and are the backbones of their families and communities.”

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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national collaboration to specifically focus on women and gender issues in the public discourse on immigration. The coalition represents more than 80 grassroots and advocacy organizations. For more information about the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, please visit http://nciwr.wordpress.com.