Community Based Organizations

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AFIRE is a grassroots community organization that builds the capacity of Filipino/a/xs to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice that affect undocumented immigrants, domestic workers, seniors, and youth. We envision an Filipino/a/x community that centers the leadership of people who are most affected by structural injustice and organizes toward progressive social change.

AFIRE prioritizes work with working class Filipino/a/x immigrants. AFIRE provides low to no-cost services to meet some of the immediate needs of the community such as pro bono legal consultation, health education and training for seniors and caregivers, and peer support for undocumented youth. Since the founding of AFIRE in 2006, we have worked with over 2,000 Filipino/a/x immigrants in greater Chicago.  

In 2016, AFIRE, in coalition with other community organizations and policy groups, won the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The bill was signed into law by the Governor, making Illinois the 7th state in the country to extend basic labor rights to domestic workers (caregivers, nannies, housecleaners, and other people employed in private residences). With the bill going into effect in January 2017, we are currently working to build the leadership of domestic workers and continuing to advocate for greater respect and dignity in the workplace.  Currently, with the ongoing attacks from the Presidential Administration, we are working to organize and build the capacity to organize on social, racial, and economic justice issues in the Filipinx community.

FALA Chicago

The Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago) is a professional network of attorneys, judges, law students, and supporters that facilitates career development, learning opportunities, and fellowship within the Chicagoland legal community. We provide access to colleagues across numerous practice areas and their related organizations, including law firms and corporations of all sizes, non-profits, and public sector employers. FALA Chicago is an inclusive organization and welcomes everyone.

FALA Chicago provides networking resources for Chicagoland’s Filipino American attorneys and law students. In addition to fostering relationships within the Fil-Am legal community, we collaborate with fellow diverse bar organizations in Chicago as well as the larger general interest bar groups.  Every year, FALA Chicago also devotes programming to educating the public on important legal issues affecting the Fil-Am and AAPI community.  FALA Chicago is an official affiliate of the National Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA).


National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) - Illinois Chapter

As a federation of associations, NaFFAA strives to help build the capacity of Filipino American organizations in order to better serve their communities.  NaFFAA is a nonpartisan advocacy group which addresses key issues affecting Filipino Americans in the U.S.  

The Illinois Chapter works to serve all Filipino and Filipino Americans in Illinois which is about 140,000 people.

Its initiatives include FilAm Vote which aims to unite, build, and increase political empowerment through voter registration, voter education, voter protection, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV).  NaFFAA helped lead the efforts to get the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 passed in partnership with the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVet Rep) to honor the Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers that served our country during World War II.  




Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, a member of Advancing Justice, has a mission to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing education, research, and coalition-building. We advocate on behalf of Asian Americans in Illinois (700,000), and work with organizations that serve Asian communities in Chicago.

Advancing Justice | Chicago was established in 1992 by a group of visionary Chicago community activists, academicians, and business leaders in response to the growing need to build a pan-Asian policy agenda among Chicago's diverse Asian American communities.

Specifically, Advancing Justice | Chicago works to empower the Asian American community by:

  • Increasing public understanding about Asian American communities,
  • Advocating for policies that promote social, economic, educational and political equity of the community as a whole,
  • Encouraging active civic participation through education and advocating for equal rights, and
  • Working in partnership with and supporting like-minded organizations and individuals to build positive interracial and inter-ethnic relations.


Invisible to Invincible ("i2i") is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asians & Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer in the Chicago area. i2i was founded in 2005 as a multi-gender, multi-ethnic group where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities would be welcome. We strive to be a safe and inclusive space for adoptees and multiracial/multiethnic individuals. 

i2i has lead community initiatives such as marching in the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and assisting with coordinating the Dyke March Parade. i2i was one of two host organizations for the 2015 NQAPIA national conference. I2i core members have also met with political leaders, organizations, and classes for outreach and education purposes.  i2i hosts monthly coming out support groups and social potlucks. Topics of i2i initiatives include immigration reform, racial justice, and reproductive justice, trans justice, and adoptee rights

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Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a unified and engaged Pilipino America. Founded in 2009, UniPro’s mission is to engage Pilipino Americans through collaboration, advocacy and education. It seeks to transform Pilipino students & young professionals into community leaders through its various programs, which incorporate professional development, history, and policy through the lens of the Pilipino experience. The organization allows Pilipino Americans the opportunity to explore their place in the community in the hope of owning their niche.

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826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 

Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, field trips, in-school support, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

826 CHI is the local chapter of a national organization dedicated to writing and literacy for young people. 826 branches serve Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and New York City.

Partner Organizations

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Media Partner: Dill Magazine

Dill is a quarterly publication that honors the foodways of Asia and celebrates those who make a living sustaining the culinary traditions of this vast and diverse continent. We focus exclusively on Asian cuisines, viewing them in their cultural, historical, and political contexts. We are passionate about taking our readers along a journey deep into Asia and all of its sub-cultures with little known culinary traditions. We tell stories of where each dish comes from and of the people who make and serve it. 

We also take pride in the fact that we make traditional Asian cuisines accessible to home cooks and Asian-food enthusiasts worldwide. Our recipes, both curated from the best cookbooks on Asian cuisines and developed in our own test kitchen, are triple-tested and adapted for home use.

Our contributors are veteran journalists and food writers as well as scholars and experts in the fields relevant to the cuisines and cultures of Asia. 

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