There are more than 2.5 million Filipinos
and Filipino Americans in the United Sates, a number that continues to grow rapidly. Yet, despite
these numbers, we still do not have the clout to influence public policy on issues that affect our community.
We are not preparing our young generations for leadership of a community that is poised to be a dominant minority in the coming millennium.|
Laws are constantly being passed by the U. S. Congress, by State Legislatures and by voters in State Propositions which affect the well-being of our community without any organized and effective response from us. We have not played the significant role our numbers and our long history in this continent (since 1587) require from us.
When we are referred to as "the sleeping giant", we beam with pride at the "giant" part of the label instead of feeling shame at the "sleeping" aspect of that image. It is time - PANAHON NA! - to wake up and become dynamic and active participants in shaping the issues and events that affect us as individuals and as members of an ethnic minority in the United States.
But a vision of an empowered community asserting its role in mainstream America needs a bold plan of action. Thus this year’s theme: BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EMPOWERMENT." Not only do we need a national organization; we have to establish:
Finally, empowerment will occur only when there is a shared leadership, common vision and community ownership.
We invite the reader, therefore, to attend the October Conference and work with us and creat that synergy to move Filipino Americans forward into the next Century, duly unified and empowered.
Our Dreams can come true if we commit ourselves to work hard and make personal sacrifices of time, money and effort to make them a reality!
Come and be part of the awakened giant!