FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2008
JUSTICE FOR FILIPINO AMERICAN VETERANS HOST ACTION FORUM LAST JANUARY 24-25 in LA and CARSON
Veterans, Organizers, and Supporters continue to call for actions for Equity and Justice
Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles- Despite the stormy weather, the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), in conjunction with the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans (ACFV), Peoples CORE and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), held a community action forum last Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 6:00 PM, The Forum was held at SIPA’s community room.
It was attended by a fairly good size crowd of veterans, students and community advocates.Veterans groups like Society of Guerillas and Sc outs (SGSI), United Filipino American Veterans (UFAV) and the Veterans Federation of the Philippines(VFP) , lobbyists, organizers, and other supporters was present
They were updated by ACFV Executive Director Eric Lachica, JFAV Coordinator Al P. Garcia and Franco Arcebal on the current progress of campaign efforts and relevant legislative bills in the continued pursuit of recognition of the Veterans sacrifices in World War II.
They promised to launch more dramatic actions from February to April 2008 to pass the equity bill and the veterans family reunification act. There will be an educational forum on February 18 at LA and a march for equity and justice " on February 19 in downtown Los Angeles to be l;ed by JFAV.
Filipino American Veterans continue to fight for recognition and equity, even as their comrades fall around them. 250,000 enlisted to aid the American forces in World War II, and only 40,000 are still alive, 10,000 of which live in America. Dozens pass away every day.
They have struggled for over 60 years for the benefits they were promised by the U.S. government during WWII, benefits and rights that were taken away with the passage of the Rescission Act of 1946.
The forum provided the community with the opportunity to meet those involved with the campaign, as well as provide a venue for discussion about future actions and efforts. Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) is community organization that seeks to call attention to the plight of Filipino and Filipino American veterans of World War II. Based in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, JFAV is led and supported by veterans, students, and volunteers of all ethnicities and ages.
JFAV is also hosted another forum in Carson on January 25 at 3:00 PM at the C and C Adult Day Care Center at 451 E. Carson Plaza Drive Suite 105.
For more information please contact about JFAV call Al Garcia, Lead Coordinator
Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) Jfav_causa@yahoo.com
For the Carson JFAV forum,please contact Fe Koons at (310) 354-0031.