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Vietnamese Community of MN hosting a fundraising for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

The Vietnamese Community of Minnesota, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will host a music show to fundraise for Typhoon Haiyan survivors.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013

Time: Doors open at 6:00PM.  Program starts at 7:00PM.

Where: U Garden Restaurant, 2725 University Ave S.E., Minneapolis MN 55414

Tickets: $20 per person, does not include food.  Alcohol and food will be available for sale.

Tickets can be purchased at the following venues:

  • Bom Music, 612-872-8004
  • Skyline Nails Supply, 612-871-0667
  • ABC Brooklyn Center, 651-295-8225
  • Twin Cities Nails Supply, 651-209-8303
  • Asian Food Market, 651-251-9761

 

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Pearson Candy Company – Job Fair 11-21-13

The Pearson Candy Company will be holding a job fair this Thursday November 21, 2013 at 2140 West 7th Street in Saint Paul, MN from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

They are looking for Production Assemblers, General Heavy Duty Labor, Technicians, Machine operators, and many more. Please see the flyers below for more information.

Applications and resumes can be submitted to HR@pearsonscandy.com or in person Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

http://www.pearsonscandy.com

SPPA – Job Fair

Job Fair Add – Final

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

A Statement From CAPM to our Fil-Minnesotan Community

Dear Asian Pacific Minnesotans and Friends,

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013, leaving a horrific aftershock. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, there are 3,976 confirmed deaths, 1,598 missing, and 18,175 injured. More than 4 million individuals were displaced and in need of basic resources like food, clean water, healthcare, and shelter. Many of those victims are the friends and families of our Fil-Minnesotan community.

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) stands firm in support of the Fil-Minnesotan community as they wait to hear from their families and friends whose lives were disrupted by Typhoon Haiyan. We call on all Asian Pacific Minnesotans to unite in solidarity during this challenging time to support our Fil-Minnesotan friends coping with this tragedy. A difficult time such as this is an opportunity to build camaraderie and cohesion with our fellow Asian Pacific Minnesotans, especially our Fil-Minnesotan brothers and sisters, to express our sympathy and hold each other up. As members of the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community, we share a common bond of deep care for our families who stayed behind in our native countries. When a disaster of this magnitude hits, we all hurt in one way or another.

As late as last weekend, typhoon victims were still waiting for aid, struggling to barely survive. The Filipino government announced today the establishment of a website called the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub where foreign funds donated can be tracked. Aside from international aid channeled through the government, financial support from friends and family abroad and from nongovernmental agencies remain an important resource for typhoon survivors.

If you would like to help, below are a few local non-profit organizations accepting donations:

• Philippine RED CROSS: 632-527-0000, fundgeneration@redcross.org.ph
• Fil-Minnesotan Association: 651-300-4FMA, info@fil-minnesotan.org
• Cultural Society of Filipino Americans: 651-243-2732, info@csfamn.org
• Filipino-American Women’s Network: 651-690-2611, jancheta6@msn.com
• Philippine Minnesotan Medical Association: inf@phmma.org
• Philippine Center of Minnesota: 612-354-0837, info@philippinecentermn.org
• Filipino-American Christian Church: 612-280-2970, roberto.atienza@filamchurchmn.org

This is by no means an exhaustive list; you may know and trust an organization doing amazing disaster relief work that is not listed here. CAPM supports and thanks you for any donations you make to any organization of your choice.

In the days and weeks ahead, CAPM will continue to inform you of ways to support our Fil-Minnesotan community.

Thank you,

CAPM Board of Directors and Staff

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

AAPIs NEEDED to Interview for Educational Police Toolkit – PAID

Dear Community Members:

Greetings from Asian Media Access, we are working with Dr. Blong Xiong from University of MN to develop an educational kit for our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to better engage with the Police, and overcome the linguistic and communication style barriers.

We are seeking interviewees from AAPI community, if you are interested to participate, please review the following questions, and send a short e-mail to Maloney Yang , and we can set you up for an hour telephone interview with Dr. Blong Xiong, and we will send you a $20 Target Gift card to thank you for your participation.

For more information, please contact us at 612-376-7715 or Maloney Yang .
Domain Question Intent
Intro: How a person behaves when encountering with the police depends on his or her belief, attitude, expectation, and experience in the past…
1. In your opinion, when you think of police what comes to mind? (10 minutes)
a. Why?
b. What makes you say that?
c. Do you think others in your community share your view on this? To understand AAPI’s expectations and beliefs about the police
Intro: Coming to contact with the police can be a touchy situation. Thus, we want to understand how AAPIs would react when encountering with the police…

2. Have you had any physical contact with the police in the past?(When I said physical contact I meant arrest, questioning, raid, etc.)
a. If yes, can you describe what your experience was like?
b. Can you describe the exchange between you and the officer?
c. What was your reaction to the encounter?
d. Do you remember what you did or said during the encounter?
3. [For the noncontact participants] What do you think you should do when stopped by a police officer, especially for questioning or for an arrest?
4. [For everyone] What do you think people you know in your community should do when stopped by a police officer, especially for questioning or an arrest?
5. What should you do when a police officer wants to search you, your car, or your home?
Learn about how AAPIs behave or should behave when encountering with the police under different circumstances.Specifically, what AAPIs can do to prevent police’s encounters from becoming seriously detrimental to their safety.[1]
6. Now, please take a few minutes to read this case study and look over the questions before we discuss it [See handout]

7. When you were younger (child or teenager), did your parents talk to you about how to deal with the police?
a. Yes, what was the message?[2]

8. Have someone ever told you about how to handle yourself if you’re stopped or questioned by the police?
a. Yes, whom and what was the message?

9. Have you ever spoken to any young people, including your children, about how to handle themselves if they are stopped or questioned by the police?
a. Yes, what was the message?
Determine if the behavior people embodied when encountering with the police was a pattern and whether this should be something we need to focus on as part of the education.
Intro: Due to the model minority myth, we do not know much about the type of crimes (gun control and gun safety, gang violence, human trafficking, illegal gambling, and prostitution) that is being committed in the AAPI community. Based on your experience and observation…

1. Is there a particular crime concerns you the most in your community?
a. What about gun control and gun safety, gang violence, human trafficking, illegal gambling, and prostitution? Are these a concern to you? Are these a concern to your community?
2. Have you experienced these crimes in your community? How often?
3. Have you seen these crimes committed in your community?
a. What and how often?
4. What can be improved to stop these crimes from happening in your community?
a. Do you have any suggestions to ensure public safety?
b. Are there any suggestions for the police to prevent these crimes from happening in your community?
Which crime concerns which AAPI community the most?


Maloney Yang, Program Coordinator
Asian Media Access
2418 Plymouth Ave N.,
Mpls., MN 55411

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Heating Assistance Payments for Low-Income Minnesotans will begin soon

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2013

Department of Commerce secures $98.7 million in funding for the Energy Assistance Program
Heating Assistance payments to low-income Minnesotans will begin soon

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive $98,726,312 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP). LIHEAP helps low-income homeowners
and renters pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of customers.

“Year after year, the LIHEAP program has helped keep Minnesotans who struggle to pay for home heating stay warm throughout the winter,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “These important federal funds keep thousands of homes from losing heat and protect our neighbors from being out in the cold.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce administers the LIHEAP in partnership with 32 local service providers throughout the state. LIHEAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program helps renters and homeowners earning less than 50 percent of the state’s median income ($43,642 for a family of four) obtain grant money to help pay their heating bills.

“Energy bills during long winters with subzero temperatures can take a large bite out of household budgets and have left many Minnesotans stretching every dollar and struggling to make ends meet,” said Commissioner Rothman. “We encourage all Minnesotans who may have difficulty paying their heating bills to apply for LIHEAP assistance. Households that include children under the age of six, people with disabilities, veterans and seniors are especially encouraged to apply.”

Last year, Minnesota served 147,636 households and renters with $109.6 million in federal funds. The average household income of those receiving LIHEAP funds was $16,422. Approximately 73% of the homes included at least one senior, person with a disability, or a child under the age of 18. This year, the average grant per household will be $500.

Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area. Funding is limited and is administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested households should contact their local service provider by calling 1-800-657-3710 or visiting the Energy Assistance section of the Commerce Department’s website (http://mn.gov/commerce/energy). The Minnesota EAP is supported by federal LIHEAP funding and administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

The announcement of the grant awards to all the states from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be found on the HHS website.

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Anne O’Connor
Communication Director
Minnesota Department of Commerce
**My office number changed 7/1/13 to 651.539.1463
Mobile: 651.587.7185
Fax: 651.297.1959
anne.oconnor@state.mn.us

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Affordable Care Act Forums – Nov. 7th

Portico Healthnet will be hosting two forums on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, November 7th at the Wellstone Center (179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107) from 1 – 4pm and from 5:30pm – 7pm.

The first forum, Navigating the New World of Healthcare Coverage, will be held from 1-4pm. This forum is geared toward nonprofits who are interested in helping their communities navigate MNsure and access to affordable health care coverage. They will begin with an overview of the Affordable Care Act and its effects on the healthcare landscape in Minnesota. We will then provide nonprofit staff with tools and confidence to help the people they serve enroll in affordable health care through MNsure. This forum presents an opportunity to learn and also to share questions and ideas with other nonprofit peers working in healthcare access.

The second forum, New Options for Healthcare Coverage, will be held from 5:30-7pm. This forum is geared toward community members who are interested in learning more about the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll in affordable healthcare coverage. They will begin with and overview of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for Minnesotans. They will then help community members understand the steps to becoming enrolled in affordable healthcare coverage through MNsure. Portico’s certified Navigators will be available to schedule follow-up appointments to apply and enroll in coverage through MNsure.

Please contact Leigh Grauman at lgrauman@porticohealthnet.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Nonprofit Forum – Navigating the New World of Healthcare Coverage

Community Forum – New Options for Healthcare Coverage

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Perspectives: [Re]Defining the Asian American Experience

Please join the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the Legacy Fellows.

This event showcases work by filmmaker Elijah Chhum, writer and spoken word poet Chay Douangphouxay, photographer Joseph Hang, printmaker Jade Hoyer, filmmaker Joua Lee, and screenwriter Ying Lee, recipients of the 2013 Legacy Fellowship through the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesotan Humanities Center.

This collection offers unique commentary on what it means to be Asian-American, showcasing diverse perspectives on the artists’ shared and individual experiences as Asian-Americans.

This activity is funded in part through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Saturday October 19, 2013
Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Reception 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Film Presentation 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Legacy Fellow Press Release

 
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