Through the 2018 Filipino Policy Symposium, participants developed a California state-wide policy platform focused on eight major areas: Gender Justice, Housing, Health, Community Development and Small Businesses, Immigration, Workers Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, and Education. This platform shares the lived realities experienced by the California Filipino population and their proposed policy recommendations. The 2019 Filipino Policy Platform can be utilized by policy makers, community based organizations, and the larger public as an educational resource to develop policies and further engagement with the Filipino community.




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Issues of militarization, criminalization, and other human rights abuses widely affect the Filipino community not only in the United States, but in the Philippines and abroad. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Asians makeup 1.5% of the United States prison population, yet this number does not accurately portray the disproportionate criminalization of the Southeast Asian community nor does it reflect the numbers of those in state prisons and immigrant detention centers. (FBP 2018) Major trends include lack of support after re-entry and the model minority myth as one of the causes as to why Filipinos and AAPINH populations are overlooked when it comes to mass incarceration and receiving proper support when they are incarcerated. Globally, Filipinos are also impacted by the human rights violations in the Philippines and abroad due in part by US Military Aid to the Philippine government. These violations include the Duterte administration?s War on Drugs, the criminalization of Filipino migrant workers, the extra-judicial killings of activists, and the militarization of indigenous groups. Solutions Network of Resources, Legal Organizations, and Community Organizations focused on re-entry, criminal law, and immigration law. Defunding governmental departments and programs responsible for domestic and foreign militarization and weapons transfers. Stand in solidarity with movements for Black lives, native and indigenous communities, and marginalized peoples. Increase funding and services for veterans and their families, including Filipino veterans.