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.

Retreat!

The NAPAWF-San Diego 2016 Retreat was held on Sunday, March 6, from 10am to 4pm, with 11 attendees.

It was great catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones at the start of the day. The board started things off with introductions then everyone outlined the Community Rules for the event. Amelia, our Leadership Development Coordinator, shared the Mission Statement (see below) and we had a discussion on what it means to us as well as how it was created. All of this was followed by a powerful and refreshing Mindfulness Meditation led by Advisory Board member, Linda Le. After an Ice-Breaker activity, we discussed possible events for the year that fit in with the Mission Statement as well as increasing and sustaining membership with various events. Then our Queer Issues Coordinator, Karen Villa, led us in an activity called “Theatre of the Oppressed.” This is a form of community-based education that uses theater as a tool for social change. We partnered and presented a situation where the audience can become active by jumping into active performance to help all explore, show, analyze and transform the reality in which they are living and explore solutions on the issue at hand. After the retreat, the board finalized the 2016 Events (see below).

Here’s a photo of some of the awesome womyn in attendance!

NAPAWF retreat

The NAPAWF-SD Mission

NAPAWF Mission Statement

Ice-Breaker-  We are now known as Krazy Karen, Yummy Yaejoon, Graceful Gracelynne, Awesome (transitioning to Angry) Amelia, Energetic Erin, Joyful Jo, Wild Wilda, Loving Linda, Sneaky Sam, and more! We’re so thankful for everyone who attended and look forward to all we’ll accomplish together this year!

NAPAWF Icebreaker

2016 Events

Month Event Title
April Board Meeting
May 14 Bi-Visibility Workshop-Details coming
May Social Hour
June KAMP Collaboration
June Board Meeting
June Social Hour
July Social Hour
July Board Meeting
August Beach Day
August Board Meeting
September Immigration Workshop w/SDIRC
September Vegetarian Festival  
October Social Hour to RECRUIT 2017 Board
October Advisory Board Meeting
November RJ / Arts and Activism
December Holiday Party / Elections

Green = Board meetings

Red = Social events

Blue = Educational workshops & Political Action events

NAPAWF-San Diego Officially Endorses Props B and C!

NAPAWF-San Diego officially endorses and strongly urges everyone to Vote YES on Props B and C in the upcoming June 3rd, 2014 Primaries. For an easy to read comprehensive guide on the issues in Props B and C, check out Guide to San Diego Props B and C written by one of our own NAPAWF-San Diego members, Korinna Li! The issues are highlighted in her senior thesis project from the University of San Diego.

Please scroll down to the section on page 10 entitled “What’s Up With B and C” (if you do not wish read the historical context of Barrio Logan or critical frameworks) OR you can read the section below:

What’s Up With Props B and C

Now for the part you’ve been hoping would hurry up and finally manifest (unless you skipped the mental trudge through the past half+ dozen pages)! I will be breaking down the key arguments of the referendum launched against the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update (hereby referred to as CPU, or Update) by framing the arguments as a pro and con debate. Since this is ultimately about helping you decide how to vote on Props B and C on June 3rd, the arguments will be divided into the pros and con of having the referendum against the CPU, rather than pros and cons of the CPU itself (although I will provide a discussion of that at the end).

The Shipyard Repair Association (SRA; includes NASSCO, BAE Systems, and Continental Maritime of San Diego) and their cohorts represent those who are for the referendum (pro) and urge voters to vote NO on Props B & C.

The Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), the community, and stakeholders (which the SRA were included as part of during the Community Plan Update process) of Barrio Logan, and their constituents represent those who are opponents of the referendum (con) and urge voters to vote YES on Props B &C.

                                            Quick Recap You Don’t Want To Skim

I have already outlined the events and key players that culminated in this current struggle in Barrio Logan in the Timeline to Referendum section, but here’s a recap in case you critically skimmed the previous section and missed the critical points:

1) Between 2008-2013, the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) spearheaded the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update efforts with Barrio Logan residents and stakeholders (which included the SRA) in order to create an updated Community Plan that would begin to alleviate the toxic living conditions created by existing industrial and residential mixed-use zoning.

2) A CPU that was a compromise between the Update the community of Barrio Logan and the Update the maritime industries proposed was approved by the San Diego City Council last September, 2013 and this approval is called Resolution 308445

3) Cityzens of San Diego will be voting on the CPU because the Shipyard Repair Association (SRA) created the Protect Our Jobs Coalition, and through a paid city-wide campaign launched in October, 2013, gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the Resolution.

4) Props B and C are 2 separate votes. A Yes on Prop B means that you uphold City Council’s Resolution approving the CPU; a Yes on Prop C means you also support the zoning Ordinances of the CPU (zoning dictates the land use of a city, and zoning changes was a key component of the CPU).

Below are some other facts about the events leading up to, and about the Referendum:

Price Tag of Protect Our Jobs Campaign

The SRA (NASSCO, BAE Systems, and Continental Maritime of San Diego) & co (& co includes all their campaign hires) formally formed the Project Our Jobs Coalition and launched a city-wide campaign in October of 2013. According to a February 2014 article, “Protect Our Jobs Coalition financially underwater” in the San Diego Reader by Dorian Hargrove (who got the numbers from the most recent campaign finance disclosure), the Protect Our Jobs Coalition had spent $730,000 as of February on the petition drive, legal fees and consultants to ensure the success of the referendum on the CPU (SRA hired National Petition Management, Inc. as its lead contractor for the petition drive, and public relations firm Southwest Strategies to lead their oppositional efforts to the CPU; Southwest’s president Chris Wahl has become the main spokesperson for the pro referendum efforts). Of the total costs, $185,000 was reported to have been spent on the petition drive itself (petition gathers were reportedly paid between $3-$5 per signature). With its mighty campaign budget, SRA & co were able to turn in a total of 56,000 signatures to the City Clerk’s office—over 15,000 signatures more than needed for a referendum to go on a ballot.

411 On Some Technical Planning Lingo

For those of you interested in understanding the technical urban planning aspect of the CPU, here are some quick facts. The CPU is a comprehensive update to the (currently used) 1978 Barrio Logan/Harbor 101 Plan, and will also update the city of San Diego’s 2008 General Plan.

The CPU is happening because of incompatible land use in Barrio Logan. In most other neighborhoods, zoning (laws which dictate the land use within a local region) clusters and separates industrial, commercial, and residential land uses as much as possible (this organization is considered compatible land use and the ideal for land use planning) for the sake of the health of residents, as well as protecting the longevity of the industries and businesses. In Barrio Logan however, residential, commercial, and industry are all literally scattered all over the neighborhood and exist right next to each other, thus making the existing land use incompatible.

A General Plan is a city’s official, comprehensive blueprint/master plan designed to guide future growth and development throughout the city; each neighborhood in a city has their own Community Plan, which is their own master plan for their neighborhood. These Plans must work in conjunction to and implement the General Plan’s policies and goals at the neighborhood level; the Barrio Logan CPU will update the 2008 San Diego General Plan as it will be incorporated into the Land Use Element in the General Plan, and it will also update the Local Coastal Program and Implementation Plan.

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.

DISCUSS | Human Trafficking in San Diego

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ICWJ Interfaith Summit on Ending
Human Trafficking in San Diego
Faith Makes A Difference!
Date:
Thursday, May 8
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Expert Panel followed by Roundtable Discussion
We will have a panel of expert speakers including Clergy, Law Enforcement, Service Providers, Educators and Survivors, followed by Q&A
Questions & RSVP:
Michelle Shoemaker
Congregational Liaison
Michelle@ICWJ.org
Call us at (619) 584-5740
Location:
San Diego First Church of the Nazarene
Point Loma Nazarene University campus
3901 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Human Trafficking …
Human Trafficking is a hot topic today in our communities and congregations; especially among our youth. Hundreds of minors are trafficked every night in San Diego County, most likely within a short distance from your doorstep. It has been suggested that for each sex trafficking victim, there are eight labor trafficking victims. As people of faith, how do we educate ourselves and our congregations, to respond and work to abolish trafficking in our County? Join us for this important discussion.

Membership Spotlight: Helen Leung

April Membership Spotlight: Helen Leung

 

Interview by Janice Tang

Helen is the workaholic Social Justice nut that commands Pride’s unrepentantly geeky Nerd-Herd with an iron fist. Translation: Helen Leung is the Operations Manager at San Diego LGBT Pride. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2012. She enjoys cheese, Star Trek, and making the world a better place. It’s the simple things, really. Helen was born and raised in San Diego, and has lived here for the vast majority of her life.

1) Helen, can you please tell us why you decided to stay connected and involved in the San Diego community and NAPAWF-SD?

I stay because I want to engage with like-minded people who nurtured my desire to continue doing social justice work after graduating college. It’s tough to find similar API spaces in this city, so NAPAWF is a breath of fresh air.

2) Self-care is very important and oftentimes we forget to practice it when life gets busy. How do you practice self-care while balancing your job, your membership in NAPAWF, and your other community activities?

Does eating an entire order of carne asada fries count? #kiddingbutnotreally. Up until a year ago, I wasn’t aware that self-care is actually a thing. Needless to say, I’m working on it. For me, creating a few non-work-related blocks of time throughout the week helps me push through busy season at Pride. I take yoga classes to calm myself down. I also cook for myself on the weekends. After Pride is over, I take a weekend off to catch up on sleep.

3) NAPAWF-SD’s first fundraiser of the year is a comedy showing of “18 Mighty Warriors.” Why do you think it is important to bring Asian and Pacific American issues to the mainstream, particularly in the entertainment field?

I could go into an incredibly verbose explanation of why media representation has the power to shape dominant narratives about oppressed groups of people in ways that have material impact on marginalized communities, but in the end, it’s really simple. If all of our stories aren’t told, how can we expect others to see our humanity?

Want to share a fellow NAPAWF member’s story and passion here?
Contact us at membership.napawfsd@gmail.com

 

Want to share a fellow NAPAWF member’s story and passion here?
Contact us at membership.napawfsd@gmail.com