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.

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/