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Issue 68 11.26.13

November 25, 2013 11:43 AM | Deleted user

Happy Thanksgiving from Team FWN! We are thankful for all of our friends, members, and supporters, and we wish you a yummy food-filled Thanksgiving break!

FWN encourages you to spread Thanksgiving cheer and to GIVE BACK to help victims of Typhoon Yolanda have food, shelter, and relief for Thanksgiving.

See below for resources on how you can help families in the Philippines.
How to look for loved ones: 
  • Google Person Finderhttp://google.org/personfinder/2013-yolanda/
    • Search via Mobile: Search with SMS by texting 2662999 (Globe), 4664999 (SMART), 22020999 (Sun), or +16508003977 with the message Search [name]. For example, to search for Joshua, text Search Joshua
Organizations fundraising money for typhoon victims:
  • RISE for the Philippines: V-Fund Benefts Women & Men on the Ground Immediatelyhttp://bit.ly/1a2kiyu
  • For a list of organizations supported by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, visit sfgivesback.org
Social Media Resources:

Message from Benson Tran, Co-Chair, Filipinos for Chiu:
Supervisor Chiu introduced a resolution last week that should be passed next Tuesday to ask Mayor Lee to allow city workers to more easily donate to a Typhoon Relief fund, either thru pre-tax payroll deductions, cash payments, donating earned vacation time, or other methods.

The Board will vote on it Tuesday; if any folks want to testify in support, public comment is likely around 4pm or afterwards.

Please pass this information on to any interested parties, especially those who may donate to Typhoon Relief in the near future.

Shared by Natalie Aliga (FWN100 '12):

Congrats to Dr. Verder-Aliga!

Dr. Rozzana Verder-Aliga, of Vallejo, California and a 2009 FWN awardee (Policymakers & Visionaries category) won her bid for Vallejo City Council at the November 5th election.  She received 6,353 votes or 47% and defeated 2 other candidates in a 3-way race for 1 seat on the Vallejo City Council. She is a Family Therapist and Senior Manager for Solano County Health & Social Services and is currently an elected member of the Solano County Board of Education.  She also served on the Vallejo Board of Education for 12 years (1993-2005).  She is the FIRST FILIPINA elected to the Vallejo City council and will take her oath of office on Jan. 7, 2014.  She is married to retired US army Colonel Nestor Aliga and they have 3 sons. 

Mandarin Oriental to double your donation:
The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco will match Typhoon Relief donations, dollar for dollar up to a total of $5,000, made to the Red Cross by December 15th.

Please donate by clicking here. Then simply email your confirmation number or a copy of your receipt to group-mosfo-humanresources@mohg.com.


AT&T Offers Billing Relief for Customers Calling and Texting Family, Friends in the Philippines
AT&T is implementing international calling and texting relief efforts for U.S. residential wireless and wireline customers trying to connect with loved ones in the Philippines, following the recent devastating typhoon. Read full text.
Statement of The Department of Tourism on the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is one with the whole nation in expressing its deepest sympathies to the families and victims of the Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name "Haiyan"), one of the strongest typhoons that made landfall in recorded history. Read full text.


Typhoon Death Toll Passes 5,000 in Philippines
Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, officials say the death toll has risen above 5,000. - TIME. Read more...
Faces of Haiyan
The supertyphoon that hit the Philippines has displaced more people than the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina combined. - Wall Street Journal. Read more...
CNN Films: 'Girl Rising'

One girl with courage is a revolution. CNN Films' "Girl Rising" tells the stories of girls from around the world and how the power of education can change the world. - CNN. Read more...
Surviving Climate Change

Is a green energy revolution on the global agenda? - New America Media. Read more...



NAWBO SF Bay Area Educational Speaker Series & Reception, December 12, 2013, Thursday at 5:30 PM - Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco, 450 Powell Street. Click for info.

11th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade,
December 14, 2013, Saturday at 6:30 PM - Jessie Square & Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. Click for info.

2nd Annual Kapit Bisig Awards,
June 28, 2014 at the InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco. Now accepting nominations. Contact Rudy Asercion, Executive Director at admin@westbaycenter.org. Vivian Araullo, Director of Communication (FWN100 '12) at (415)-431-6266.
New York

Emerge America & Emerge New Jersey: New York Reception with Rebecca Traister, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu, and new President of Emerge Jo Ousterhout,
December 4, 2013, Wednesday at the home of Virginia Davies, West Village, New York City. Address provided upon RSVP. Click for info.

2nd Annual Touch of Asia Event, December 6, 2013, Friday at 7PM - Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. Click for info.


Small Business Saturday - November 30th
Get $10 Back When You Spend $10 or More! Learn more: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/

Job: Heartland Project Reporter Posted by: Asian American Journalists Association and National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
Apply: http://www.aaja.org/heartland-reporter/

Job: Health Promotion Specialist, Transgender Services Posted by: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
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Job: Phlebotomist

Posted by: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Job: Health Promotion Specialist, TransAccess

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Job: Director of Clinical Services

Posted by: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Job: Police Officer (Lateral)
Posted by: City of El Cajon
Apply: http://bit.ly/1he2Cob

Job: Police Officer (Academy Graduate) Posted by: City of El Cajon
Apply: http://bit.ly/1i9rMWk

Job: Police Dispatcher
Posted by: City of El Cajon
Apply: http://bit.ly/IdPfWd
'What will happen to us when this kindness ends?'
Romnick Abadines’ heart pounded as a Philippine Air Force C-130 carried him above typhoon-wrecked Tacloban City. He had never been on a plane before, never watched silvery-white clouds pass from a small, round window. It was not the first time, or the last, that he felt helpless and out of his element. - Read more.
A couple times in my life I have attended a friend's Thanksgiving celebration. Having previously only attended my family's Filipino Thanksgiving celebrations all my life, it was a new and different experience. There were many things different, such as the food and the ambiance. After taking part in Thanksgiving celebration much different from my own, I found myself wondering about how other people and cultures celebrate the holidays.

How are Filipino celebrations different from other cultures? Check out this article on NPR: "Project Expat: Thanksgiving In Faraway Lands" by Linton Weeks.

As Thanksgiving draws near, take a moment to step outside your family traditions and ponder about how alike or unique your traditions are to other people's. And maybe next year, join a friend's celebration and experience something new.

Don't forget to leave us a comment! We enjoy hearing from you.
- Rebecca

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