PAWIS -Christmas Party and 14th Anniversary.
It was a lot of fun with most of our members taking initiative to make the event happen. From the decorations, food, entertainment and the best part of the day was the theatrical drama, Maalala Mo Kaya? style.
We shared a 10 minute video of past actions, rallies, mobilizations and celebrating our victories.
Pawis former leaders shared an encouraging statement to continue to do our community work.
Jude Carpio our Finance Officer shared a testimonial whuch was read by his mom. It was an appreciation of the work we have done collectively especially being able to support their case and fighting for their rights. They express their gratitud and the want to continue to organize.
A Migrant Story – Pawis
The journey of a migrant from the Philippines to the U.S.
Jude also shared a beautiful poem about bagong bayani that talks about the sacrifice that OFW makes and how thet get treated.
We gave an Award of Recognition to local organizations that have been there supporting our community organizing work.
Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC)
Santa Clara Wage Theft Coalition
Katharine George and Alexander Community Law Center.
Katharine George and Alexander Community Center & Santa Clara Wage Theft Coalition
Tita Sarah from FYC – Filipino Youth Coalition
Terry Valen – Executive Director of FCC – Filipino Community Center – President gave a solidarity statement on behalf of NAFCON – National Alliance for Filipino Concerns.
Bernadette Herrera – Counsel of Leaders of Migrante Northern California also gave a warm and militant solidarity statement.
Pawis is part of Nafcon and Migrante NorCal alliance.
We had the youth share their talents. Rojo danced, Misha sang, Jeren rapped and Kyle played his guitar.
We had a raffle via Kababayan for change survey.
We gave away gift cards and other prizes.
We also had a gift exchange. $10.00 minimum to $25.00 Maximum
Tess couldnt make it to our event because she had work that day. It was her Bday and we made sure to greet her via facetime.