Weeklies 2/9/09


ECAASU 2009 AAIFF Call for Entries


Be Informed about the Economic Stimulus Package San Bernardino’s Asian Am. Resource Center


4th Annual QPOC Conference ”Manilatown” Screening


Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU


Hi everyone!

ECAASU is quickly approaching and there are some important deadlines and reminders that you should keep in mind:

1) The DEADLINE for LATE registration (non-Rutgers students) is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH for $65.

2) The rate per night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is $105 for a room accommodating 4 people. We highly recommend that you book your stay at the Hyatt since almost all of our events will be taking place there. It is therefore the most convenient.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS BOOKING A ROOM, PLEASE CONTACT PHIL AT phil@ecaasu2009.org.  The rooms at the Hyatt are NOT filled to capacity, so if you are told that there are no rooms available, please contact him!

3) Here is the updated performer and speaker list: Giles Li, Parry Shen from "Better Luck Tomorrow", Kelly Tsai, Bao Phi, in addition to Angry Asian Man Phil Yu, stand-up comedian Danny Cho, hereandnow, Councilman John Liu, Cathay Bao Bean, author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, Pooja Makhijani, and Philip Poczik!

As always, check out the www.ecaasu2009.org website for more information :)

I look forward to seeing everyone soon!


AAIFF Call for Entries

The first and longest running festival to recognize the works of Asian/American media makers, the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is now accepting submissions for the following categories: Narrative Features Documentary Features Short Films Screenplays Works-In-Progress Youth Films (under 20)

Festival Award categories: Emerging Director--Narrative Feature Emerging Director--Documentary Feature Excellence in Short Filmmaking Best Screenplay For Youth by Youth: One to Watch

See Submission Guidelines

Regular Deadline (postmarked): 02.11.09 Final Deadline (postmarked): 02.25.09

Submit online: withoutabox

Questions: info[at]asiancinevision[dot]org


Be Informed about the Economic Stimulus Package

Congress has been working over the past few weeks on an economic stimulus package to help pull the country out of its current recession. Recently, the House passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and on February 10th, the Senate passed its counterpart.

SAALT has been monitoring the stimulus packages with an eye on provisions that affect immigrant communities. The bills passed in the House and Senate contain many positive components including funding for increased job training and infrastructure projects; financial support to states; improved data collection related to race, ethnicity, and gender in health information technology; and expanded community development and social service block grants.

Over the next few days, a Conference Committee made up of various members of the House of Representatives and the Senate will meet to go over the two bills and reconcile the differences between them. (To learn more about the differences between the two bills, click here.) As the bill enters the Conference process, community members have an opportunity to contact Congress to provide opinions on various provisions in the legislation that will have an impact on immigrants in the United States.

Below, you will find information and talking points on certain measures that we believe should not be part of the final bill because they will undermine the stimulus package's ultimate goal of encouraging economic growth:

  • OPPOSE the Flawed E-Verify Program: The House version of the stimulus requires that all public and private entities receiving money from the stimulus package use the E-Verify program to check the immigration status of their workers. E-Verify is an extremely flawed program that uses inaccurate databases; can lead to unjust firings of employees of all immigration statuses; and is extremely prone to employer abuse. Furthermore, such a requirement will delay the disbursement of stimulus funds, much needed to remedy the current economic climate, and impose additional burdens on small businesses seeking to grow.
  • OPPOSE the Prohibition on Hiring of H-1B Workers: The Senate version of the stimulus prohibits many financial institutions receiving Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds from hiring or extending the visas of H1-B workers for a 2-year period unless they demonstrate they are "H-1B dependent" employers. This will adversely affect many South Asian workers in the United States, as this particular visa is heavily used by community members. Such a policy would make it more difficult for companies to fill positions, given that there are already stringent recruitment requirements that must be followed to ensure that U.S. citizen workers are not displaced. The additional burdens imposed could prevent companies from finding qualified candidates to fill the jobs needed to jumpstart the economy.
  • FIX the "Making Work Pay" Tax Credit: This tax credit for working individuals and families is intended to support consumer spending and economic growth. However, the proposed legislation requires a Social Security Number for all individuals seeking the tax credit. In addition, for married couples, both spouses must have a Social Security Number and the tax return must be filed jointly. However, many immigrants lack Social Security numbers, including many South Asian H-4 dependent visa holders, which could prevent entire families from being eligible for such tax relief. Tax credit rules must be fixed to eliminate the Social Security Number requirement.

Community members are encouraged to contact Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (202-225-0100) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and weigh in on these important provisions to ensure that immigrants are a part of the rebuilding and strengthening of the American economy.  For more information, please contact Priya Murthy, SAALT's Policy Director, at priya@saalt.org.

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the full and equal civic and political participation of South Asians in the United States. SAALT is the coordinating entity of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a network of 35 organizations that serve, organize, and advocate on behalf of the South Asian community across the country.

To learn more about SAALT's policy work, contact us at saalt@saalt.org or reach Priya Murthy, SAALT's Policy Director at priya@saalt.org.


San Bernardino’s Asian American Resource Center

Sam founded the San Bernardino center in 1995 because there was no place for Inland Asian immigrants to turn for help in their own languages, and in the context of their own cultures. Employees speak Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, Mandarin and Cantonese. One speaks Spanish. Many of the more than 5,000 clients are Latin American immigrants.

Clients take English and citizenship classes, get documents translated, learn how to use computers, and receive information on low-income utility programs. Seniors enjoy Vietnamese lunches and learn about nutrition, and young people get help with their homework.

The group opened a satellite office in Rubidoux in 2003.

Sam earned a degree in business administration from Cal State San Bernardino in 1995 and quickly began researching how to start a nonprofit organization. One of his marketing professors, Victoria Seitz, helped him.

"He's really, really smart," Seitz said. "He could have used his knowledge to make a lot of money. Instead, he's using it to help his community. He wants to do the right thing."

For the rest of the article, click here.


4th Annual QPOC Conference

The Queer People of Color Collective of UC Davis are proud to present....

The 4th Annual Queer People of Color Conference, April 3rd and 4th at UC Davis.

This is a CALL FOR WORKSHOPS to be held at the conference.

The theme of this year's conference is "Building Communities through Art, Action, and Resistance." With this theme, one of our many goals includes finding alternate, new, fun, and exciting ways to resist societal norms that are imposed on LGBTQI communities of color, through embracing the arts, creation, action, and building community. We highly encourage workshop proposals that encompass such a theme— that break away from traditional ways of thinking and embrace somewhat unconventional, nonconformist ideals of community.

In your proposals, we would recommend that you involve or incorporate an interactive task between the people involved in the workshop. This can be done before, after, or during the workshop.

Please submit proposals for your workshop by February 27th to qpocc2009@gmail.com

Your Proposal should include the following:

  • A 200 word/abstract/summary to appear on the conference program
  • An outline of the workshop
  • Names of presenters/organization

If you have any questions you can contact he conference organizers at qpocc2009@gmail.com.

Thank You and please forward this to any listserv you can.

visit qpocc.webs.com


“Manilatown is in the Heart” Screening

Curtis Choy’s MANILA TOWN IS IN THE HEART ( Time Travel with Al Robles ) will screen at the SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY on Saturday, February 14, 2009. A one-man social service agency and poet, Al Robles is truly one of Asian America’s hidden gems. For 3 decades, he has been roaming Chinatown/Manilatown’s single-room occupancy hotels, taking elderly veterans to their appointments and delivering lunch to shut-ins. Al is the link to the disappearing manong generation, the bachelor society that came from the Phillipines in the 1920’s and 30’s as workers. He records, interprets, and channels their stories. Al’s musical talent graces much of the action, but it is his performance at poetry readings - and his ability to whisk the audience into altered states - that shine through brilliantly.

MANILATOWN IS IN THE HEART A new documentary by Curtis Choy Saturday, February 14, 2009 2pm Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street With Robles and filmmaker Curtis Choy in person!


Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/i-lego-ny/?8ty&emc=ty – You’ve probably seen this before, but it’s too cute not to post!