Hello friends! On behalf of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment and the five exposurists who are headed to the Philippines this month, we'd like to say a big THANK YOU!!! Thank you all of you who came out to last night's ROCK with YOU Philippine Independence Day After-Party Benefit. Thanks to bOb's for donating the space, time and fliers for the event! Thanks to the FiRE sisters who helped set up and work the event! Thanks to Sistargirl, Dalaga, Burden Clothing, Rough Around the Edges, and chichi & cake for donating your awesome products to raffle off and delicious cupcakes to sell! Many thanks to our friends and dope DJs Boo and L.E who kept the place jammin all night! Thank you to all who have supported us in our endevours to get to the Philippines, by donating funds and medical supplies,coming to events, asking for more information about what we're doing, and spending time sending us off in a warm way! We love you all and can't wait to go and get back to do an awesome report-back of our trip. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat (Thanks everyone!) Lovelove, FiRE's 2011 Exposurettes: Krystle C., Hanalei R., Candice S., Lynda T., and Jennine V. PS: It's not to late to donate to FiRE! Find out how here: http://wp.me/PfyDZ-oD
ROCK WITH YOU
Philippine Independence Day Parade After-Party Benefit
SUNDAY | JUNE 5 | 5-10pm
21 +, $5 to $10 upwards sliding scale*
**Bring medical supplies (band aids, vitamins, anti-fungal/itch creams, neosporin, gauze, thermometers, aspirin, etc.) and get $1 off door**
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) wants to celebrate Philippine Independence Day with YOU!
After the parade come kick it with us at bOb Bar (235 Eldridge btwn Houston & Stanton; F to 2nd Ave).
*Proceeds will go toward supporting an exposure trip to the Philippines for FiRE women this summer as well as medical and educational supplies for the communities we will be visiting. Want more information on FiRE’s expo program? Can’t make it after the parade but want to donate to the cause? Visit: http://firenyc.org/ for more info!
|| DJ L.E (http://giantstep.net/artists/1079) ||
|| DJ Boo (http://myspace.com/djboo) ||
|| $1 cupcakes ||
|| Drink specials all night ||
Soul Shake Down Zumba Party!
Saturday, April 30 · 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
53-22 Roosevelt Ave, 2nd floor
Time for a Soul Shake Down Zumba party in Queens! Help us raise funds for Filipina’s for Rights and Empowerment’s Summer Exposure trip to the Philippines! It’s just $15 a person.
About the Instructor:
Lynda has over 16 years of formal dance training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Latin. She sharpened her skills while living in one of the salsa capitals of the world: Havana, Cuba. She has developed a loyal following in Brooklyn, NY among Zumba-goers of all ages and experience levels. For more information visit http://www.lyndazumba.com
For more information about Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE) visit http://www.firenyc.org
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Reference: Irma Bajar, Chairperson, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grassroots Organizations Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence through Cultural Activism
January 28, 2011
New York, NY – One hundred people braved Tuesday night’s sudden east coast chill to join Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, and support violence against women awareness. The opening reception for Unpacking Violence, an exhibit at bOb Bar and Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, featured a total of twenty contributing artists who showcased their work and took a stand for women’s lives.
The crowd, a mix of local artists, students, friends, and community leaders, danced nonstop thanks to DJs Soozee and Unkle Chip. There was no indicator that the Unpacking Violence exhibit was postponed earlier this year due censorship issues. “This exhibit taking place is an amazing feat. We wanted to run this exhibit in the fall, but our initial sponsor censored our first attempt. After consulting with our community and the participating artists, we decided to no longer work with that sponsor, because this collection was meant to be presented in its entirety. Our objective as a women’s rights organization is to educate our community about the different forms of violence experienced by women. How could we allow these women to be silenced again?” said Arlene Rodrigo, Cultural Director of FiRE and coordinator for the Unpacking Violence exhibit.
Some of the work featured at Unpacking Violence was created during FiRE’s Movement to Uncover Self Expression (MUSE) program (made possible by the generosity of the Citizens Committee for New York City). The MUSE program is a branch of GABRIELA USA’s national iVOW to End VAW campaign which expands the definition and discourse surrounding violence against women (VAW). By creating spaces to foster awareness on the issue of violence against women, iVOW to End VAW hopes to combat its occurrence and break the culture of silence around VAW.
“It’s amazing to see the support toward ending violence against women, “ said Candice Sering, main curator and contributing artist for Unpacking Violence. “To be able to transform the trauma and pain experienced into these works of art, removes the issue from the private lives of survivors, and makes it conversant with the public – our community.”