Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thank you, FIND!

Hello, new friends of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment!

It was fantastic to have met you this past weekend at UMCP's FIND Conference! We had a great time talking with you at the table, or coming across you at our "A New Pinayism" workshop. There was so much intriguing discussion, that we were pretty salty our time together was cut short! However, we'd love for you to keep in touch, so please don't forget to bookmark/friend us on the following sites:

If you are in the NYC area this April 19th, please check out our amazing ALL-FILIPINA showcase, DIWANG PINAY(www.firenyc.org) where we will celebrate one year of serving our community! And if you can't make that, we're throwing a fundraiser tomorrow night in the LES! (Details below!) More importantly, we are excited that some of you have expressed interest of working with FiRE in the future; here are some ways we can make that happen:

- For a small honorarium, FiRE has a list of workshops and various keynote themes available to present at your school, conference, festival, or event! Some topics include: Filipina HERstories (Pinay History); NOW: Current Issues Faced by Pinays in the Philippines and Overseas; Pinayism: A Legacy of Resistance; and many more! Please note that these can also be converted to accommodate high school aged youth, email Hanalei - fire.nyc@gmail.com

- We would be more than happy to co-cponsor an event around Filipina, and women-centered issues! Also, if you are throwing a benefit and are looking for an organization to which you can contribute, contact us, and we'd be more than happy incorporate your donation into our programming!

- The women of FiRE range from students, emcees, visual artists, spoken word artists, and a myriad of other artistic talent. Please inquire if you have an upcoming women-themed or Filipino-themed event, and we'd be more than happy to help you find what you need!

While we are an NYC/NJ based organization, we'd be more than happy to travel to accommodate your group! Thanks for taking the time to read this, as your support is valuable to us as a very young organization. We can't wait to hear from you, and hope we make it out to you event or school sometime soon! :)

Hanalei Ramos
Organizational Development Director,
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment --- FiRE NYC


The Unofficially Official SIKE! Pre-party! --- Hosted by the women of FIRE
Wednesday, March 19 7p - Midnight
@ WHITE RABBIT - 145 Houston Street (between Forsyth & Eldridge)
21+ $5 Suggested, with drink special 7p on

Featuring DJ SABINE and live art by FLY LADY DI!

As we countdown to DIWANG PINAY, we're throwing an Afrobeat.House.Soul party for good measure! Come spend the night with the fabulous DJ Sabine and Fly Lady Di at our bar of choice: WHITE RABBIT! If you're interested in learning more about our organization, or if you just want to check out the live art, great music, and after work drink specials, this would be your chance!!! Thank you to Sara Jimenez, DJ Sabine, and Fly Lady Di for all their support and planning! All proceeds will go toward Diwang Pinay and other FiRE programs.

DIWANG PINAY 2008: Rise, Woman, RISE!
Saturday, April 19, 2008 @ 7 pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South

NYC, NY 10012
***Take the subway to West 4th then, walk east along West 4th Street, toward Washington Square Park.

Pinays you know and love!
Hosted by Isis
DJ VettieVet the whole night!

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment will celebrate its first anniversary! Please join the women of FiRE for a showcase and silent auction of Pinay artists!

Diwang Pinay ("Spirit of the Filipina") is an annual performance and silent auction in New York City showcasing Filipina/ Filipina-American performers, writers, and visual artists. Diwang Pinay promotes the work of Pinay artists everywhere AND represent the expanding cultural backbone of the Filipina diaspora. This FiRE event is one of the few venues solely dedicated to providing Filipinas and Filipina-Americans a platform to display their triumphs and struggles through art, linking history to the narrative of today's Filipina.

April 19, 2008 will mark the first of the annual Diwang Pinay series, and in 2008, calls attention to the human rights violations that run rampant in the Philippines. The toll of women community leaders who are murdered or disappear continue to rise, which has prompted FiRE to create this artistic venue featuring singer/songwriters, performers, and visual artists in order to draw attention to the hostile climate which women organizers face today, and the culture of resistance that triumphantly surfaces during these times.

Performance slots and artist auction submissions are still open until March 15! Please contact Hanalei at diwangpinay@gmail.com . For more information, please visit us at www.firenyc.org !