Filipino Kitchen and Team Kultura are proud to showcase these community partner organizations at our event. They provide important services to the Filipino American and Asian American communities within the Logan Square neighborhood and greater Chicago. Read more about Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Invisible to Invincible, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, The Digital Co-Curation Team at The Field Museum, and Dill Pickle Food Co-operative. Better yet, come and meet them on October 4 at Kultura and find out how to get involved!

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.

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (Afire)

The mission of the Alliance of Filipino for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) mission is to build the capacity of the Filipino American community of greater Chicago to affect transformative social change through grassroots education, action, research, and services.

AFIRE serves the Filipino American community of greater Chicago estimated at 132,000 based on the 2010 U.S. Census. Since becoming a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization in 2008, AFIRE has served nearly 2,000 Fil-Ams through our community organizing and direct service programs. 

From 2006 to 2008, we focused on mobilizing marchers and conducting community forums. In 2009, we organized Filipino World War II veterans and won equity and recognition from the Federal government. In the 2010 Census, we led an alliance of community groups in an outreach effort to increase the visibility of the Filipino community in national statistics. Also in 2010, AFIRE sent two busloads of immigrant advocates to Washington, DC to demand passage of the DREAM Act. From 2009 to 2011, we assisted 700 low-income Filipinos access public benefits. 

In 2011, AFIRE began its monthly citizenship campaign and have helped more than 500 Filipino immigrants become U.S. citizens. In 2012, our Get-Out-The-Vote campaign resulted in registering 300 new Filipino voters. In May 2013, we sent a busload of Filipinos to Springfield, Illinois to advocate for legislative issues impacting the Asian American community like language access, temporary driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, and Hepatitis B screening. Since 2014, AFIRE has been part of a statewide coalition working to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to ensure basic labor protections for caregivers, nannies, and other household workers.

Invisible to Invincible ("i2i")

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.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

i2i is a member organization of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.  NQAPIA is an independent non-profit organization.

NQAPIA’s community work includes meeting with funders, lobbyists, and congressional leaders as part of its initiatives, which include immigration reform and queer family empowerment, among other causes. Programmatically, NQAPIA hosts conferences for leadership development, regional support, and national convenings. NQAPIA seeks to help build capacity of local LGBTQ API groups, invigorate grassroots organizing, train local leaders, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.

The Digital Co-Curation team, the Field Museum 

The Digital Co-Curation team from the Field Museum works to digitize the Philippines collection of 10,000 well-preserved artifacts in efforts to build a web portal which will make the objects available to the world while creating a dialogue about the artifacts. Our team is active within the community to further expand the audience as well as learn from the stories of individuals who have knowledge and experience with the objects. By collecting this knowledge we hope to produce a web portal that will be informative, interactive, and inclusive.

This project enables the Filipino Community to participate in the curation of the artifacts, and the hefty collection provides learning opportunities to Filipino-Americans who may feel detached to their culture. We are in constant contact with a plethora of organizations and communities to include as many as we can in the project.

Their Kwentuhan Series are events open to the public that feature artifacts from the collection, discussions, performances, and guests speakers.

They partner with Bukidnon University for research purposes. The partnership has produced a book featuring these artifacts, and they hope to continue with more books.

Dill Pickle Food Co-op 

Dill Pickle Food Co-op offers healthy food choices and the benefits of cooperative practice to build a vibrant local community and more sustainable world.  We meet community needs and strengthen area diversity through products, services, and education.