First-ever Statewide Asian Meeting will be held in Orlando October 14th, 2009

2010 Asian Census Initiative and Statewide Action Plan

[Miami, FL - October 14, 2009] OCA-South Florida Chapter strongly supports active participation at the upcoming 2010 Census.

OCA-South Florida Chapter is joining Filipino-American Coalition of Florida for a Statewide Asian meeting on Sunday, October 25, at Orlando Marriott Hotel Downtown – 400 W. Livingston Street, in Orlando.

“We are very excited that this Statewide Asian meeting is a historic opportunity to bring together Florida Asian community members from across the state to work together for the betterment of Asian community in Florida”, states Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “Most importantly, the first project is a timely issue – 2010 Census initiative.”

“It is very important for us to be counted so we will receive our share of funding for our community development,” says Dennis Murasaki, Vice President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “Therefore, it is equally important for us to take the first step to attend this first-ever Statewide Asian Meeting to strategize how to outreach our Asian community effectively and be counted in the 2010 Census.”

Two weeks ago, Thursday, October 1, 2009 is the half-year out mark for the 2010 census.

The CENSUS is coming — and will shape our future for the next 10 years.

The accuracy of the census directly affects our nation’s ability to ensure equal representation and equal access to important governmental resources for all Americans.

Founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national Asian Pacific American social justice organization and headquartered in Washington, D.C. OCA is an official 2010 Census Partner and a Census Information Center. OCA-South Florida Chapter was founded in 1987 and is an official 2010 Census Partner. OCA-South Florida Chapter is one of 80 chapters and affiliates around the country.

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The Filipino-American Coalition of Florida is hosting a STATEWIDE MEETING of All Interested Asian and Asian American Organizations in Florida on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009 (8:30 am – 2:30 pm) at

Orlando Marriott Hotel Downtown
400 W. Livingston St.
Orlando, FL
407-843-6664

GOAL: To unite and coordinate the Asian organizations across Florida so we can be more empowered, more solid and more effective in addressing issues that affect our community (beginning with 2010 Census).

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 25, 2009

Statewide Asian Meeting
Agenda

7:30 am -8:30 am
Breakfast at Hotel/Registration

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Welcome, Call To Order and Self-Introductions
Lita Martija, Filam Coalition Convenor – Facilitating

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Rationale for Statewide Asian Coalition Meeting
Joy Bruce – Presenting

9:15 am – 12:00 am
Statewide Asian Organizational Issues – Open Forum
Val Dagani, Esq. – Facilitating

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
— LUNCH

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
2010 Asian Census Overview – Powerpoint Presentation
Winnie Tang – 2010 Census Partnership Specialist & Team Leader of Florida Asian Team

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
2010 Statewide Asian Census Action Plans (Focus Group Discussions)
– Individual Asian Leaders Facilitating Special Focus Groups

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
2010 Asian Census Focus Group Action Plan Summary Reports

2:30 pm
— Adjournment

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE A REGISTRATION FEE OF $35 PER ATTENDEE TO COVER BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND MEETING VENUE.

PLEASE CONFIRM PARTICIPATION AND RSVP BY OCT 21 (FOR MEETING ATTENDANCE) via email to: Leilani.Fontanilla@ FLHOSP.ORG (Meeting Coordinator)

A Special Room Rate is available for those planning to stay overnight (Deadline for Room Reservation: Oct 17)

A FILAM-COALITION MEETING IS ALSO SCHEDDULED TO BE HELD THE DAY BEFORE (SATURDAY – OCT 24, 2009) AT THE SAME VENUE. A SEPARATE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE FILAM COALITION CONVENOR, LITA MARTIJA.

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