Luya is a place that /needs/ to exist for Filipinx people, whether they have been a poet for 10 years or 10 minutes. It is a safe haven for people like me, wandering around with little to no idea of what kind of artist they are or what path they will take in the future.
2017 has felt longer than a normal year. This doesn’t come as a surprise during this abhorrent and abnormal administration. I have witnessed allies tire more quickly (myself included) and the need for self-care increase as the year progressed. I have always thought that constant pressure balanced with self-care is the progenitor of change and progress. But 2017 has taught me that constant care and love may be more important.
Rarely do we make spaces of meaningful discussion and reflection with our parents and our children, and with the birth of newer technologies and struggles accelerating, this becomes harder to achieve. UniPro dedicated a space for dialogue between generations and bridging the gap to build a stronger, more empowered Filipino America.
A discussion among UniPro staff members about The Atlantic's recent piece, "My Family's Slave," the cover story for the June 2017 issue.
What a long road it’s been to get where we’re at right now. While we had our official launch event in April, the initial talks of having a Midwest UniPro chapter happened over a year prior. It took many months of recruiting, community polling, and event planning to ensure that there was even a spot for us among the other great organizations in the region, and that we’d have the capacity to meet the goals we envisioned.
First thing: how long until they build the second Seafood City in the Chicagoland area? The chain had existed for years on the west, but it took years to get here. There’s no shortage of smaller Filipino shops around Illinois, some with movie rentals and some with their own turo turo restaurants built in. But rarely do they have fresh produce or proteins like Seafood City does, nor the immense selection , and the large crowds show that demand has been there. So the question becomes, why did it take so long for us to get the first one?