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Filipino American History Month: Rewriting History Through Organizing

On Saturday, October 21, as part of AFIRE's participation in celebrating Filipino American History Month, AFIRE centered its Membership Meeting around the narratives and experiences of Filipino/a/x community. Recounting our history through contexts such as colonialism, labor movements, diaspora, and intersectional identity. As domestic workers, many of our members can mark history through our recent Domestic Workers' Bill Rights campaign, in which Illinois became the 6th state to officially pass the law protecting domestic workers. It is through victories such as the DWBOR campaign, that we can continue to reclaim our rights and power as active members of the Filipino American community. F

Filipino American History Month: Reclaiming Language and Identity

October 4th kick-started the first of AFIRE's 10 session Tagalog 101 classes for adults. The class is being taught by Instructors Sally Richmond and Norie Argayoso. The classes are meant to connect community with a basic understanding of Tagalog, and Filipino culture, while guiding students on subjects pertaining to social problems impacting Filipino and Filipino Americans. Classes end in December. The class seats 17 students, many 2nd and 3rd generation Filipino/a/x American youth. The class is part of AFIRE's effort to reconnect Filipino/a/x community with Tagalog language, one of the many languages of the Philippines. Language's strong connection to culture plays an important role in

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