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 Filipino American Network - Chicago, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) and 826 CHI. Better yet, come and meet them in person on October 2, 2016 at Kultura Festival and find out how to get involved!
Filipino American Network Chicago and Adobofest
The Filipino American Network (FAN) is a Chicago-based cultural education networking 501 (c) 3 organization focused on engaging and reconnecting Filipino-Americans with their Philippine culture and traditions through events and opportunities that include monthly mixers and our annual events such as Adobofest, The Chicago Filipino-American Film Festival, Senior Gift Basket Drive and Piyesta Pinoy.
At this year's Kultura Festival, Filipino Kitchen and FAN have partnered to bring elements of Adobofest to Kultura, including the Adobo home cook contest and the Balut eating contest to raise awareness for voter awareness. Sign up for the Adobo home cooking contest on the FAN website.
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.
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.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (AAAJ-C)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (AAAJ-C) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, research, education, and coalition-building. Through their direct programs and outreach, AAAJ-C reaches over 10,000 Asian Americans in Illinois.