|Rep. Bobby Scott|
The red, white and blue balloons from the Democratic National Convention are still floating over the City of Brotherly Love and thousands of Filipinos have begun preparing for a convention of their own.
Underlining the trans-Pacific link that ties all Filipinos together, the conclave will start with a U.S. congressman and culminate with the Philippines' newly elected vice president.
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Virginia, the first Filipino/American elected to the U.S. Congress, will speak to the Aug. 5 opening plenary session that has a theme of "Envisioning the Future."
News junkies may recognize him from his introduction of Democratic Vice President nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia.
Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo will close out the 3-day gathering on Aug. 6 with the induction of NaFFAA officers. Most likely one of the topics she will touch upon will be how Filipino/Americans can help their families in the Philippines.
The new officers and board of directors will attend to business on Aug. 7 to end the conference at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.
|Vice President Leni Robredo|
More than a dozen workshops will be conducted during the conference, focusing mainly on capacity building, civic engagement, professional development, and cultural identity/narratives. These workshops are designed to be interactive, which include Fil Am vote workshop, how to access valuable resources, jobs to name a few.
Issues critical to the Filipino American community will be taken up at plenary sessions. They include immigration reform, health care, voter participation, electoral politics, and business development.