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  • Don't Let Hepatitis B Win!

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    According to the World Health Organization, "An estimated 350 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B – with Asia shouldering a disproportionately high burden – and 170 million with hepatitis C. The epidemic wreaks a trail of destruction wherever unsafe health care, injection and blood handling practices are common. Dr Steven Wiersma, medical officer and hepatitis focal point at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, says 'the burden of disease is truly dramatic, yet viral hepatitis has been forgotten [and] misplaced'."  In 2014, AFIRE will be conducting community outreach, education, and screening for Hepatitis B. For more information abour our program, contact us at (773) 580-1025.

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    AFIRE congratulates Board Chair J.R. Basa for meeting all his marathon goals

    Under the campaign, "Every Filipino Counts", Board Chair, J.R. Basa meets all his marathon goals.

    Before the marathon, J.R. said, "I am running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014 to raise funds and awareness for the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE)'s programs. Our mission is to build the capacity of the Filipino American community to effect transformative social change through grassroots education, action, research, and services.  Please considering supporting this worthy cause. "

    After the marathon, J.R. reported meeting all his goals, "I had 3 goals for this marathon: Raise money for AFIRE; Finish it in less than 5 hours; and Set an example for my son. Yesterday was a good day."

  • VolunteerPhoto Volunteer Opportunities. Make a Statement.

    "I've always wanted to contribute to the Filipino community in Chicago, and this was a great opportunity to do so."

    - Stacy Delvo, New American Initiative Volunteer

    AFIRE's achievements could not have been possible without the positive contributions made by volunteers from diverse generations and all walks of life. They help us learn about, as well as to listen and respond to, the needs of our community. They help us to further our commitment to our community's dreams and aspirations, to become part of a vibrant, diverse society forward. 

    AFIRE's volunteer experience offers dedicated individuals the chance to meet a group of like-minded individuals, as well as opportunities to become agents of change and help further the organization's goals and vision to new levels each year.  The experience is based on the concept of "ABKD," the first four letters of the Filipino alphabet - which begins the journey of words and thoughts into pursuit of social justice: Action through Bayanihan (personal service to the good of the community), Kapitbahayan (neighborly concern), and Damayan (to help each other).  

    If you are interested in sharing your time and skills, or would like to learn more about immigration advocacy and related issues please apply now. AFIRE's volunteer programs offers a variety of oportunities that fit your interests, and can provide you with firsthand experience.  Our program schedule also makes it easy to volunteer during the weekday(s), weekends, and in the evening. 

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    DACA FAQs from USCIS

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released DACA FAQs and “How Do I” information in several new languages including Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.Other multilingual resources from USCIS’s Public Engagement Division are available online.  

     

     

     

  • November 4 Election Deadlines and Info

    One of the most important duties and privileges we have as citizens is to cast our vote and elect leaders at the federal, state and local levels.  Tuesday, November 4 is the next General Election. There is still time to register to vote, and in addition to in-person voting on Election Day, you can vote by mail, or vote early at Early Voting locations.  Here are some key deadlines to pay attention to:

    • Last day to register to vote is October 7.
    • First day of Early Voting is October 20
    • Last day to request a mail ballot is October 30
    • Last day of Early Voting is November 2.
    • Last day to mail your mail ballot is November 3

    You can register to vote online here: https://ova.elections.il.gov/

    Chicago residents can request vote by mail ballots here: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/absentee-voting-and-voting-by-mail.html

    Cook County residents can request vote by mail ballots here:

    http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/mailvoting/Pages/default.aspx

    Chicago Early Voting sites and hours (from Oct. 20 - Nov. 2) are here:

    http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

    Cook County Early Voting sites and hours (from Oct. 20 - Nov. 2) are here:

    http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/earlyvoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx

    If you live outside of Chicago or Cook County, contact your local County Clerk to obtain vote by mail ballots and early voting locations.

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