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Philippine Forum is a not-for-profit community grassroots organization offering direct services to the Filipino, and the larger immigrant, community in New York. It was founded on December 10, 1996 and has recently formed it's New Jersey chapter in 2008.
Philippine Forum is a member organization of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON-USA), MIGRANTE International, and the International Migrants' Alliance (IMA).
:: In 1996, Philippine Forum was established by a group of Filipino immigrants in the US who were actively involved in the fight for social justice in their native Philippines.
:: During the first years of Philippine Forum, it provided a venue for Filipino Immigrants and Filipino-Americans to discuss, analyze and act on prevailing social and economic issues in the Philippines.
:: In 1999, Filipino Workers Center was established to provide training, legal education and other assistance and services to Filipino migrant workers.
:: In 2000, the Carlos Bulosan Heritage Center and the Youth Initiative for Social Action (YISA) were set up to cater to the needs of Filipinos who grew up in the US. Cultural workshops, festivals and exhibits were held through these programs.
:: The Carlos Bulosan Heritage Center s a resource center for Filipino research and education. It houses books, audio and visual materials that seek to enhance and deepen one’s understanding of Philippine history and struggles.
:: In 2003, Philippine Studies Program was launched in partnership with the University of the Philippines and the University of California System. To date, 139 participants from 18 states have completed the program since 2003.
:: On November 21, 2003, Philippine Forum received the Union Square Award as an outstanding not-for-profit group. Philippine Forum is the first Filipino organization to be recognized for innovative grassroots work making vital contributions to the educational, cultural and economic life of the city.
We stand for a just and humane world, where social, political and economic rights are respected and valued; where relationships are based on equality, fairness and justice -- not on exploitation, domination and oppression.
We believe in social diversity where people from different cultures treat each other with respect and not with prejudice; where different communities live side by side and work hand in hand in making this world a better place to live in; where individuals can realize their full human potential regardless of race, religion, nationality, color, creed or gender.
We envision Filipinos and Filipino Americans as responsible and productive members of society, contributing to the collective effort of attaining a just and humane society.
The Philippine Forum strives to make Filipinos and Filipino Americans aware of their roots, conscious of their rights, and cognizant of their responsibilities as members of both the American and Philippine societies, and as citizens of the global community.
We endeavor to enhance the Filipino community's capacity in becoming active participants in the overall effort to effect meaningful changes in society.