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 Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), The Field Museum's Digital Co-curation Team and Invisible to Invincible. Better yet, come and meet them on December 13 at Kultura Kristmas and find out how to get involved!
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.
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.
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.