Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) Chicago
AFIRE Chicago is a non-partisan grassroots community organization that works to build the capacity of Filipinx/a/os* to organize towards progressive change.
As an organization founded by Filipino immigrants, we carry with us the legacy of People Power. We believe in supporting the leadership of people most affected by structural injustice and make space for them at the forefront of our movements. We seek to amplify the voices of those most silenced in our community: undocumented families, new immigrants and refugees, domestic workers, low-wage workers, seniors, and youth.
We believe in anchoring our work in the Filipinx/a/o principles of bayanihan (communal unity and cooperation), kapitbahayan (neighborhood care), and damayan (mutual aid).
We believe in creating programs that are grounded in popular education, and addressing issues through an intersectional lens to deepen our understanding of the unique experiences of our community.
We believe in maintaining diverse spaces for civic reflection that cultivate collective action and a shared vision for systems change.
*We use Filipinx/a/o as shorthand for Filipinx/Filipina/Filipino to honor all gender identities.