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.

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!

Job Posting: 2 Research/Policy Analysts at Center on Policy Initiatives

CPI is a nonprofit research and action institute dedicated to advancing economic equity for working people and diverse communities throughout the San Diego region. CPI works to increase access to good jobs and quality healthcare, and to improve conditions for low-wage workers and families.

The Center on Policy Initiatives has been at the forefront of the economic justice movement in San Diego since 1997.  We envision local government as an effective champion for the common good, and work to enable residents of all communities to have an informed and powerful voice in decisions affecting their quality of life.

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

CPI seeks individuals who are passionate about economic and social justice, meticulous about research and able to strategically plan and implement both short- and long-term work to fill two Research/Policy Analyst positions.

CPI’s Research Department conducts various types of research to inform policy development and campaign strategy and to educate lawmakers and the public on issues relating to the economy, equity, low-wage work, and access to middle class careers in San Diego.

The Center on Policy Initiatives is a dynamic organization and works with a diverse set of partners on a broad range of policy issues. The Research/Policy Analyst positions require individuals who are intelligent, adaptable, creative, and possess a broad skill set. These positions involve working closely with partner organizations and policymakers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The exact responsibilities of each Research/Policy Analyst position will be determined based on the skills and experience of the successful candidates. Responsibilities to include:

  • Lead campaign efforts to improve policies that affect the lives of low-wage workers and their families.
  • Carry out research on policies and their impacts.
  • Write policy briefs and reports.
  • Present research findings orally at community meetings, government hearings, and other venues.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations and government officials.
  • Collaborate with CPI communication and organizing staff to meet campaign goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate degree in public policy, law, social sciences or a related field; or comparable public policy experience.
  • Experience conducting quantitative or qualitative research. Strong attention to detail and quality control.  Excellent analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to design and execute meaningful, focused research.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.  Ability to write and organize engaging, clear and precise reports and articles.  Verbal communications skills sufficient to convey information in a clear, concise way, synthesizing information as appropriate for the audience.
  • Experience working with government officials (elected, appointed, staff) on policy issues, with a preference for experience in the San Diego region.
  • Proven project management and organization skills, including using workplans effectively, managing a team to complete projects successfully, working independently, troubleshooting, prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Proven skills at working in a team and with diverse partners. Demonstrated commitment to economic justice and understanding of the critical role of the labor movement.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience analyzing public budgets.
  • Experience with GIS software and mapping.
  • Experience working on ballot initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and building trades.
  • Experience or knowledge of living wage campaigns and/or ordinances.
  • Experience with corporate research and power analysis.
  • Experience developing popular education methods to translate complex concepts and research findings into easily understandable materials or curricula.
  • Experience with Participatory Action Research and other community-based, action oriented research practices.
  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  CPI’s salary and benefit standards are competitive and will depend on qualifications and experience.  The full benefits include family healthcare, a matching 401(k) and generous vacation and holiday time.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  E-mail cover letter, resume and three references to the attention of the Research/Policy Search Committee athr@onlinecpi.org. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to send a brief writing sample on a topic relating to public policy. Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

CPI IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

For more information, please visit:  http://onlinecpi.org/about/jobs/

Job Posting: Community Organizer at Mid-City CAN

POSITION PROFILE: SAY, San Diego, Inc. is the fiscal agent for this project and will be the formal employer of the Community Organizer. The Community Organizer will work in partnership with residents of City Heights, their families, and organizational allies in the design and ongoing implementation of Mid-City CAN Momentum Team community organizing and advocacy campaigns. The Community Organizer will support the goal of building capacity and leadership in City Heights to mobilizing, executing strategies, and assisting Leaders in identifying and building campaigns for change advocating for change.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  Identify, recruit, and retain, City Heights residents and allies with strong leadership qualities and assist them in advocating for institutional and social change.
  • Organize, develop and sustain the leadership and education at meetings, weekend projects, and trips such as advocacy days in Sacramento.
  • Conduct outreach to schools, agencies, and collaborative partners that service City Heights to recruit members.
  • In collaboration with collaborative partners, develop and facilitate leadership development for community around specific skills related to community organizing, grassroots advocacy and other relevant topics.
  • Assist in the development of Mid-City CAN Momentum Team goals and objectives.
  • Clearly articulate the efforts of Mid-City CAN and our community development strategy.
  • Work with youth and Mid-City CAN/SAY Staff in developing and implementing fundraising strategies.
  • Work collaboratively with all participating agencies and organizations of Mid-City CAN in implementing the mission and goals.
  • Create and execute project work plans, including timeline, roles, and resources needed, using Mid-City CAN planning tools. Revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Deliver custom program materials, modules, and simulations based on the Mid-City CAN tool kit and methodology, as well as training others in their application.
  • Design and facilitate community planning processes and community capacity building workshops.
  •  Ability to facilitate groups and manage community conflict.

QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience and Certifications):

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Community Development, Social Work, community organizing, ethnic studies, and /or commensurate experience in community organizing, advocacy, and working with youth in a collaborative context.
  • Community organizing or leadership training, such as but not limited to certificates from: Institute for Cultural Affairs, Gamaliel Foundation, PICO National Network, Center for Third World Organizing, Consensus Organizing Center, or Other.
  • Bilingual (Somali or Vietnamese) Required
  • Familiar with Community Development and Community Organizing Theories as well as experienced in policy development and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse groups.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  •  Possess a passion for social justice which will translate into your daily interactions.
  • Knowledgeable of consensus decision making and conflict resolution processes.
  • Ability to build relationships and interact with a diverse population easily.
  • Must be able to self-direct, take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Proven ability working with diverse communities and neighborhood organizations and constituencies.
  • Strong community leadership skills, understanding of and sensitivity to development issues in the City Heights community and surrounding area.
  • Ability to be flexible in adapting and learning new ideas and/or concepts.
  • Flexibility required in ongoing training, workshops and/or learning opportunities which may be presented.
  • Broad knowledge of diverse cultures and sensitivity in dealing with diversity issues including race, gender, sexual orientation and economic status.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working within a collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge of government and education programs and agencies.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Access to reliable transportation and willing to use it for job-related tasks
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

TO APPLY: please send resume and cover letter via e-mail to careers@saysandiego.org or via fax to (858) 715-8572.

NAPAWF San Diego Presents… Reflect, Connect and Express: A Leadership Development Workshop

Reflect, Connect and Express

Identifying How Our Personal Histories Can Inspire the Work We Do for Our Communities!
We all have a story to tell and it is within these personal stories where we find our strengths, areas for growth, and ways to connect and help lead others. Find ways to honor and grow from your personal story at NAPAWF San Diego’s leadership development workshop – Reflect, Connect and Express.
Objective: Through self-reflection, group activities and discussion, we will discover how we can draw from our unique life experiences to continue (or start) our leadership path. In addition, special guest artist, Viet Mai, will present a brief introduction to spoken work to help us honor our personal stories.
Cost: $5 (includes workshop and light drinks/snacks)
Special Guest Artist Bio: Viet Mai was born and raised in San Diego. As an educator and artist, Viet works to enhance the lives of others through community engagement and youth empowerment. He currently serves as Program Facilitator with the Village of Promise Collective Mentoring Project, and as an Independent Consultant, specializing in School Data and Assessment. As a respected poet, Viet is also a member of the spoken word group, Collective Purpose, co-hosting San Diego’s largest spoken word venue, Elevated.
Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 1PM-4PM. 
RSVP with us!
Location:
Airoso Clubhouse
6135 Galante Place
San Diego, CA 92130
NAPAWF-San Diego RSVP Contact Info:
Tiffany Hernandez, Leadership Development Chair
Amy Chang, Secretary

Job Posting: Organizer

Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI): Organizer

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is an innovative San Diego-based non-profit organization that combines cutting-edge research, policy campaigns, coalition building and leadership development programs to promote economic and social justice.

This is a full time position requiring an individual of independence, initiative and responsibility. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to strengthening the labor and progressive social justice movements; collaborating with progressive, diverse community organizations; and conducting effective organizing, outreach and the promotion of a comprehensive policy program. Our work focuses on a broad range of issues affecting low-income workers and their families. The organizer will be both building and managing coalitions and working with and training emerging grassroots leaders to carry out campaigns that benefit low-wage workers, maintain and expand access to quality jobs, and create healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Train and support individual leadership in the strategy and execution of issues and campaigns.
  • Recruit individuals through one-on-one visits and organizational presentations.
  • Develop and manage coalitions.
  • Plan, organize and debrief actions and meetings.
  • Educate the community about CPI issues and campaigns.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships to increase allies’ organizational capacity and campaign participation.
  • Coordinate and execute CPI organizing efforts with overall campaign strategies.
  • Develop materials for CPI recruitment, community actions, etc.
  • Communicate with partner organizations, including labor unions, progressive community organizations, human service organizations, environmental groups, LGBT groups, academics, religious institutions and others.
  • Identify new target communities to organize, consistent with CPI’s existing and future work.
  • Facilitate meetings.
  • Track progress toward and effectiveness of organizing and campaign goals.
  • Document CPI’s organizing and campaign accomplishments and periodically report and communicate to appropriate stakeholders about progress in reaching goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Community and/or union organizing experience, including recruitment, cultivation and leader development.
  • Experience developing and working with diverse, broad-based coalitions.
  • Experience designing, coordinating, and leading training programs desirable.
  • Ability both to lead and to work well in teams.
  • Strong written and verbal skills; computer competency.
  • Self-directed and able to handle multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary; ability to work well under stress and deadlines.
  • Belief in and commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English.
  • Spanish proficiency highly desirable.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary is competitive, based on experience, with generous benefits.

Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume, and three references to: hr@onlinecpi.org. CPI actively supports affirmative action. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.