JUSTICE FOR FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS, FULL RIGHTS FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS!
Los Angeles - With the fighting slogan“”Family Reunification and Veterans Equity, Now, Filipino Americans and their allies in Los Angeles are all set for the 6th JFAV Annual Veterans Day. The Veterans Day Parade and Community Health Fair in Historic Filipino town in Los Angeles will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2005 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Unveiling of the World War II Memorial for Filipino American WWII Veterans
The annual community event will start with the unveiling of the Filipino World War II Memorial Monument at the Lake Street Park 227 N. Lake St. at 9:00 in the morning. The memorial monument is a tribute of the City of Los Angeles to honor the contribution of Filipino Word War II veterans during the Second World War. Invited guests are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, federal,state and city officials. Philippine Consulate officials, Filipino veteran, community, youth and student leaders
After the unveiling ceremonies, from Lake St.Park. The parade will start at 10:30 am with more than 25 Filipino veterans, community, youth and students organizations led by the JFAV as the parade vanguard.
The parade will end at FACLA where a cultural program and a community fair will be held around 12;30 PM after the parade. Different health providers will give free services to the community while entertainment and cultural numbers will regale the public.
Family Reunification and Full Rights for All Immigrants
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Family Reunification and Equity and Justice for Filipino World War II Veterans”. The comprehensive immigration bill that gives special immigrant status for Filipino veterans was not approved by the U.S. Congress. Hence, the need to advocate and struggle for family reunification not only for the veterans but also for the whole community.
Invited guests were Speaker Fabian Nunez,,Assemblyperson Jackie Goldberg, Delfin Lorenzana of the Philippine Embassy and Consul Helen Barber of the Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles.
Filipino veterans leaders led by Faustino Baclig and Greg Villanueva of JFAV and ACFV, Eugene Mondok of UFAV, Franco Alcebar of ACFV/LAFV, Cmdr. Manuel Aquino and Jack Vergara of SGSI and Jose Samonte of the VFP-USA Chapter will lead their organization in the program.
The 6th Annual Veterans Day Organizing and the JFAV Steering Committee is led by People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerrment (People’s CORE) Kappa Psi Epsilon, the Office of Council Member Eric Garcetti District 13, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), UCLA Samahang Pilipino, Pro People Youth (KmB), Filipino American Service Group Inc (FASGI), Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), Search to Involve the Filipino Americans (SIPA), T. H. E Clinic,United Filipino American Veterans (UFAV), Society of Guerillas and Scouts (SGSI), The Circulo Pampangueno of California-USA, SEIU- United Health Workers-West, Golden Kris Fraternal Society, Sons and Daughters of Filipino World War II Veterans, Pilipino Workers Center, of Southern California (PWC-SC) Association of Filipino Workers (AFW), YOUTH Unite, Knights of Rizal, Pilipino American Network for Advocacy (PANA), Hi-Fi Neighborhood Council and the Pilipino American Association of Professionals Seniors Inc (PAAPS)
More than 25 organizations are set to participate in the annual event/ They are the Parish Generation Choir of St. Columban, the Society of Guerillas and Scouts, the Kababayan Alliance (KABA), Golden Agers of Los Angeles (GALA), UCLA SPACE, UC Riverside Katipunan, Danza Azteca Cuahtemoc, UCI Alyansa ng mga Kababayan, San Fernando Veterans, Carson Veterans, Veterans Forum of Los Angeles, Veterans Federation (VFP)-Long Beach, AADAP Inc, San Diego COPAO, Andres Bonifaco Samahan SDSU, GEPENC District 5, Cerritos College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California Troy Phil, PREP, PTSP, Pasadena Community College Tropa, Silverlake Adult Day Health Care, Pilipinos for Community Health, Santa Monica College, Bravo medical High School, Belmont High School, Marshall High School, YMAP- Miguel Contreras Learnign COmplex.
Please address inquiries at 1610 Beverly Blvd Suite No.2, Los Angeles, and A 90026 or call (213) 241-0995. You can ask for participation forms for the parade and the community health fair until November 7, 2003.
JFAV Calls for Volunteers and Support
Organizations and Individuals who are interested to volunteer or to join the parade and the community health fair and its standing committee for finance, outreach, program and volunteers can contact the Events Organizing Committee JFAV is also welcome donations both financial and materials like food donations are welcomed for the parade and health fair.
For more information please contact Al or Nica events coordinators at Peoples CORE @(213)241-0995 or 213-241-0906 or email@jfav_Causa@yahoo.com