“… if you don’t see yourself represented outside of yourself you just feel fucking invisible.”
—John Leguizamo, Latin History for Morons
I have felt invisible for most of my life.
I have never immersed myself in a story where someone Filipinx American was the main character. I have never watched a show that was led by a Filipinx American protagonist. I have never read a book by a Filipinx American author. I haven’t ever had a Filipinx American neighbor, not even one, in the 15 years I have lived in Seattle.
As we close out Filipino American History Month this October, we realize through the many virtual educational events we have watched that there is more that binds us than divides us as a transnational Filipino community. In fact, the Philippine Congress and Constitutions were patterned after the U.S. — enshrining the same freedoms of speech, expression, the press, the right to peacefully assemble, and the right to petition the government for redress.
Unfortunately, 2016 marked a year when both the Philippines and the U.S. elected strongarm presidents who have threatened these freedoms and moved our countries away from the democratic principles found in our respective constitutions. Both Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and President Donald Trump have gone full force to try to silence their opposition and, more particularly, have gone after the press and eroded the role that the media plays in defending democracy.
Announcements, events, and other stuff we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!
NOTE: Beginning the week of Nov. 23, find upcoming events on our new Events page (next to “About” in the main menu). And on Nov. 25, we’ll begin posting “Weekly News Gleams” where we’ll round up relevant announcements and other info formerly added regularly to this post.
Announcement — 11/19/20: City of Seattle Announces $1.7M in funding to Support BIPOC-Led Organizations Impacted by COVID
From the City: Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the City of Seattle has worked quickly to launch COVID-19 relief programs including rent relief, expanding shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness, grocery vouchers for working families, direct cash assistance for immigrants and refugees, and financial assistance to small businesses. Residents and businesses can find a list of existing COVID-19 relief resources and policies on this website.
Following the recent announcement of $6 million in Equitable Development Initiative funding for site acquisition, capacity building, and capital improvements for community organizations fighting displacement, the Office of Planning and Community Development will provide an additional $1.7 million in funding to support BIPOC-led organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic. Awards of up to $50,000 will go out to 36 organizations to support community-based responses to the pandemic. You can find the full list of recipients here.
Rainier Ave Radio is giving away food this Saturday at their Central District location — steak and chicken, vegetables, dairy, fresh produce, bread, and even desserts from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
The event will be hosted outside on their deck, safely social distanced. Bring your own bag!
Rainier Avenue Radio wishes you a ver Happy Thanksgiving!