Weeklies 11/10/08


Beyond Boundaries: Education in Action TDNC’s Community Organizing Manager


Asian/American/Modern Art NAKASEC Reflections on the Elections


Relive Christmas, Pinoy Style! AAJC to Hold Federal Contracting Workshop


Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

Beyond Boundaries: Education in Action

This Saturday, APC, along with the Asian American Studies Center, Department of Asian American Studies, Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association (AASGSA), and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Undergraduate Student Association (APIUA) will be hosting Beyond Boundaries: Education in Action, a conference celebrating forty years of Asian American studies and Asian American student activism.

The first 80 people who REGISTER (which you can do by clicking this link) will be entered in a PRIZE DRAWING for any one of the following!

-Dinners at the faculty center with Professors Don Nakanishi (Director of the Asian American Studies Center), Kent Wong, Min Zhou, Keith Camacho, Victor Bascara, and Valerie Matsumoto. (Dinner at the faculty center is pretty fancy...) -APC Member Organization T-Shirts, and T-shirts from APIG (Asian Pacific Islander Graduation) 2008 -Signed copies of books written by keynote speaker Jeff Chang (author of Can't Stop Won't Stop) -Signed copies of books written by Valerie Matsumoto -Free tickets to a Projekt Newspeak sketch comedy show

Register at http://apcla.org/conference to be entered into the drawing!


TNDC’s Community Organizing Manager

THE POSITION: Under the direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, the Community Organizing Manager is responsible for overseeing the work of TNDC’s Community Organizing Department. The department’s goal is to organize and mobilize residents and agencies within San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to achieve TNDC’s vision of fostering a community that addresses the needs of low income residents through resident leadership development, collaborative building, and focus on community issues. This position is Full time (40 hours/week), regular, Exempt.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The Community Organizing Manager customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in the following job duties: 1. Develop and oversee the Community Organizing Department’s annual workplan and budget. 2. Serve as the lead staff to the Community Relations Committee of TNDC’s Board of Directors. 3. Supervise staff, tenant volunteers, and/or interns assigned to the department. 4. Serve as a member of TNDC’s Senior Management Team. 5. Serve on task forces, speak to the media, and otherwise serve as TNDC’s representative. 6. Coordinate and facilitate the exchange of information with, and the participation of, TNDC staff in community development efforts. 7. Provide technical assistance, support, and leadership development to neighborhood groups and residents. 8. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with tenant groups, community agencies, and neighborhood stakeholders and work collaboratively to address short- and mid-range community development goals. 9. Lead outreach, issue cultivation, and leadership development within TNDC’s tenant base, and throughout the community. 10. Help to coordinate and organize community input and support related to community issues. 11. Monitor and actively participate in relevant community meetings. 12. Educate and work with public and elected officials around community issues. 13. Give public testimony to city agencies, civic committees, and neighborhood groups as needed. 14. Inform and advise TNDC Executive Director about key community efforts where the organization could or should take a formal position. 15. Other duties as assigned by Chief Operating Officer or Executive Director.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Excellent community building skills, public speaking skills. * Ability to supervise staff and/or volunteers. * Ability to facilitate meetings. * Excellent verbal and writing skills. * Ability to understand and communicate the needs of low-income residents. * Ability to work independently and within a team structure. * Able to attend evening meetings and work on weekends. * Ability to work within, and sensitivity to, a culturally diverse environment. *

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Four-year college degree. * Two years of organizing or community development experience. * Two years supervising staff and/or volunteers.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bilingual and Bi-literate in English and at least one of the following languages: Mandarin/Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog. * Familiarity with the Tenderloin neighborhood.

SALARY: Excellent Salary (DOE) and competitive benefits package.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit cover letter and resume to: Liz Orlin, TNDC, 201 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Fax to (415) 771-0813 or email to jobs@tndc.org. A background check is part of our hiring process. Position Open until filled. Please tell us where you saw this position listed.

ABOUT TNDC: Founded in 1981, TNDC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live. TNDC now owns and manages 25 buildings that provide homes for 2,500 extremely low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, low-income wage earners, immigrants and others in the Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods. In addition, TNDC provides on-site supportive services and resources such as social workers and after-school programs to help residents stabilize their lives and develop a sense of community.



Asian/American/Modern Art

"Asian/American/Modern: Shifting Currents 1900-1970" examines the culture and rich history of works made by artists of Asian heritage in this country during the modernist period. "Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes" presents the topology of hills and waterways as seen by a leading contemporary Asian American artist.

Lin, who is most famous for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has become one of the United States' most acclaimed public artists. Her concern for the environment informs her exhibition of three installations and supporting works that relate to endangered bodies of water and mountain ranges.

Offering ways to meditate on the landscape and our relation to it, she has built a 10-foot-high hill made of 60,000 two-by-fours in the museum's Wilsey Court. It's a beautifully undulant form whose cheap materials become quite gorgeous in her hands. Similarly, one marvels at the beauty of a small-scale mountain range she has constructed in a smaller gallery on the museum's lower level.

To read more: http://www.sacbee.com/112/story/1358870.html


NAKASEC Reflections on the Elections

From the Election of the First African American President… (Los Angeles, CA) November 4, 2008 was a monumental day in American history. For many, faith in the possibility of uplifting the lives of all Americans was rekindled with the election of Barack Obama — not just because he is the first African American and son of an immigrant but because of his extensive background in grassroots community organizing and public service. EunSook Lee, executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium said: “President-elect Obama enjoyed the support of most voting constituencies including immigrants, Korean Americans and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders according to exit polls we participated in. In his victory, many of us who work for change are optimistic about the prospects for realizing change.”

Locally, in Los Angeles, Korean Americans were part of the defeat of Proposition 6, which would have increased funding for prisons, increase criminal penalties for some crimes, and try youth fourteen years or older charged with a “gang-related” felony as adults, even for nonviolent crimes. Prop 6 would have also denied bail to immigrants thought to be undocumented and require local law enforcement to notify federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the person’s arrest and charges. Immigrant and Korean American communities successfully mobilized to defeat this draconian proposition with 70% of voters opposing the initiative.

That same night however, the basic civil rights of gays and lesbians were stripped away with the narrow passage of ballot initiatives banning gay marriage in California, Florida, and Arizona. EunSook Lee continued: “The 2008 elections highlighted the tremendous strides this nation has taken, but also exposed the urgent need to advance an equality rights agenda for all. From resolving the economic crisis to the passage of just and humane immigration laws and health care reform, we intend to be part of a large scale movement of people who contribute our best to build a better future for all Americans.”

For more reflections: http://nakasec.org/blog/1255


Relive Christmas, Pinoy Style!

Free concert of local choirs singing traditional Filipino and classical Christmas carols


When: December 6, 2008 (Saturday)

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Where: Prysbylla Hall

Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Ave, NE

Washington DC 20064

For more information, please contact the Cultural Office of the Philippine Embassy at (202) 467-9300.


Asian American Justice Center to Hold Federal Contracting Workshop

Washington, D.C. – The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) announced that it will hold a workshop on federal contracting in Houston, TX on Nov. 19. At the workshop, federal contracting experts will share best practices on how to deal with challenges to federal contracting programs in Houston.

What: Federal Contracting: How Can Asian American Businesses in Houston Earn a Piece of this Multi-Billion Dollar Pie?

When: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT

Where: International Trade Center, 11110 Bellaire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77072

Who: Valerie Coleman, U.S. Small Business Administration Ed Pringle, U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Chad Frasier, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour Division Jo Casady, Prudential Insurance Company of America

RSVP: RSVPs are required by Monday, November 17. To reserve your spot call 202-296-2300 x138 or send an e-mail to hpark@advancingequality.org.

For more information on the workshop, visit www.advancingequality.org. To learn more about our efforts to increase Asian American business participation in contracting, please download a copy of our AACEP fact sheet or visit our blog at: www.equalopportunity.wordpress.com


Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2008/11/03/Teens_Fantastic_new_name_Super_long/UPI-90361225751268/ - A teen starts with wanting his name to be unique…