The Filipinx American Fight for Workers’ Rights

In honor of Filipinx American History Month and recognizing the tremendous legacy of Filipinx civil rights activism, the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) invites you to a lunch hour special event:

The Filipinx American Fight for Workers’ Rights:
As told by Cindy Domingo & David Della
Thursday, October 29, 12 PM

Cindy Domingo, Pinay labor rights activist, and David Della, community advocate and former CAPAA Executive Director, will tell the story of the movement that took down a dictator: from the treatment of Filipino cannery workers in Alaska, the role of the local union, the advocacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, as well as community’s collective response to their summary execution as ordered by Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos.

The conversation will be facilitated by Nick Vann of the WA St. Dept. of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP). Tune in to liisten to the making of civil rights history, right here in Washington State.

Join us live on our Facebook for the event:

Filipino American History Month Events with CAPAA

Join us throughout Filipinx American History Month for online lunch and learn opportunities with some truly phenomenal guests!

Oct. 7: Conversations with CAPAA: with guests Tukwila City Councilmember Cynthia Delostrinos and Bremerton City Councilmember Leslie Daugs
Oct. 21: Conversations with CAPAA: with guests CAPAA Commissioner Julio Diaz and Commissioner Emeritus Rey Pascua
Oct. 29: Filipino American Fight for Workers’ Rights: The Story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, as told by Cindy Domingo and David Della

Follow our Facebook page to tune into these events and learn about Fil-Am history.

Conversations with CAPAA

Throughout the last few months, CAPAA has been hosting Facebook Live conversations with leaders from around the state, from State Sen. Joe Nguyen to former Ecology Director Maia Bellon. Join us weekly on Wednesday at noon to watch the conversations live on our Facebook page, or watch them afterwards at

Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa in conversation with guests CAPAA Commissioner Tam Dinh and Enumclaw School District Cultural Support Program Director Sui-Lan Ho’okano

Job Opportunity: King County Bar Association Executive Director

The King County Bar Association is searching for an Executive Director to lead the organization. Under the direction of the KCBA Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will provide leadership—grounded in diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

Salary range is $140,000 – $160,000 yearly, DOE, with excellent benefits.

Applications are due October 12, 2020, via email. Make “Executive Director” your subject line, and send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to: Kaustuv M. Das,

For the writing sample, preview the REJI (Race Equity & Justice Initiative) Commitments at and share your thoughts (no more than a page) about how you would lead the KCBA to meeting those commitments.

For more information, go to

Job Opportunity: City of Salinas – City Manager

The City of Salinas, CA is looking for a City Manager.

The qualified candidate will be able to negotiate challenging political waters, while remaining focused on organizational goals, managing a strong executive team, and working with a passionate and involved City Council. The successful candidate will be a visionary, strategic leader and planner who can work with City Council, staff, union representative, and other key stakeholders to achieve economic growth and improve the quality of life for all City residents.

The salary range for the City Manager is $224,085 – $248,577 DOQ.

Applications are due by Monday, October 19, 2020.

For more information, go to

Job Opportunity: COFA Alliance National Network Executive Director

The COFA Alliance National Network (CANN) is seeking an Executive Director! The Executive Director (ED) reports to the COFA Alliance National Network Board of Directors and is responsible for executing the vision, mission, overall strategic operation of the organization. This involves the supervision and coordination of staff, volunteer service programs, coordinating events and activities, developing outreach efforts, engaging with board members, volunteers, community members, funders, financial institutions and more to further the mission of CANN.

The pay for the position is $30.00/hour, 32 hours per week, with an annual contract.

Applications are due by Thursday, October 15, 2020.

For more information, go to

Job Opportunities: Department of Social and Health Services

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is hiring for a number of different positions. A diverse and representative DSHS workforce is beneficial to the people of Washington State because a diverse skills base allows for a broader, higher quality, and more adaptable range of services.

For more information on specific positions, go to
For questions, call 360.725.5810.

Apply for the Washington State Legislative Internship

Applications for Washington State Legislative Internship for the 2021 legislative session are now open! The Washington State Legislature will welcome interns for the 2021 session in a hybrid or all virtual format. More information about the structure of the 2021 Legislative Internship Program will be shared as it becomes available.

The Legislative Intern Program offers Washington college students the opportunity to gain paid work experience while studying the state legislative process up close. Join hundreds of students who have started their careers here and forge lifelong connections in public policy.

Applications have a priority deadline of October 16, 2020 and a final deadline of October 21, 2020. 

For more information, go to

DAHP Seeks Assistance to Complete Filipino American Study

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) seeks proposals for completing a context statement and survey of Filipino American historic places in Washington. Successful responses to this RFP must demonstrate knowledge of Filipino American history and expertise in surveying historic places.  Click here to download a copy of the RFP. If you have questions about the RFP process or the project, please contact Nicholas Vann at or go to

Grant Opportunity: Community Development Block Grants

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Commerce is distributing these CDBG fund sources to city and county governments for economic, housing and public services provided locally.

Small, rural cities/towns and counties that are not entitled to receive CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can apply for a state CDBG grant.

Applications are open for cities and towns with population less than 50,000, not participating in a CDBG Entitlement Urban County Consortium; and counties with populations less than 200,000.

For more information, go to

Calling all PNW Artists:
Show Your Work in “Set in Motion”

The Henry Art Gallery invites artists residing in the Pacific Northwest to participate in Set in Motion, a public art exhibition featured on King County Metro buses from December 2020 through February 2021.

The work of ten artists will be presented as part of Set in Motion; they will be selected both through this open call and by curatorial invitation. The Henry’s website will host the exhibition information including artwork description and artist bios.

Application Deadline:
Monday, November 2, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST

This call is open to professional artists at all stages of their careers in the Pacific Northwest. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration.

For more information and to apply, go to

2020 EDI Inclusion Fusion: …Transformed

Join EDI for their annual Inclusion Fusion Celebration and Fundraiser, happening this Saturday, October 10th, at 7 PM.

Register now for the event:

ScaleUp Small Business Training Series

Are you a minority, veteran, woman owned, or rural business owner interested in learning new strategies that will create resiliency and sustainability for your business in the face of a global pandemic?

Join this accelerated online training series Oct. 8 – Nov 12!

Course topics include:

  • Creating operational systems for your pivot and beyond.
  • Thinking more strategically about growth.
  • Strengthening your product and/or service.
  • ​Increasing revenue in a shifting market.
  • Creating a profitable and resilient marketing strategy.
  • Creating your own competitive advantage.

This course is provided at no cost to eligible businesses and made possible through partnership with the Minority Business Development Agency and a grant from U.S. Department of Commerce.

Register now

E.M.B.R.A.C.E. 2020: Peers United for Health Equity Symposium

Join the Washington State Healthcare Authority and Excelsior for the full-day health equity symposium E.M.B.R.A.C.E. 2020: Educating Myself for Better Racial Awareness and Cultural Empowerment. Conference participants will receive education and resources to deliver culturally responsive behavioral health services.

Symposium Details:
Thursday, October 15
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The virtual Diwali: Lights of India festival, 2020

Welcome to Festàl Seattle’s 8th successful Diwali festival! Enjoy this grand cultural festival showcasing the beautiful art and culture of India, with your family and friends, from the comfort of your home. Diwali: Lights of India is organized by Northwest Share, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by 100% Volunteers. Northwest Share promotes arts, culture. education, health and humanities.

When and where:

This virtual festival will be online on October 17th, Saturday starting at 12 PM at:

For more information please visit:

Please click here to donate.

Updates from OMWBE

The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises released several updates:

More WMBE firms received state certifications in the month of September.
You can find the firm’s name, contact information, business description, etc. This list is best utilized regularly in combination with OMWBE’s Directory of Certified Firms has been updated with newly state certified OMWBE firms in the month of September.

DES has extended the COVID-19 Purchase Exception to October. 31, 2020.
When you look to fulfill your ordering needs, we implore agencies to please search for OMWBE certified businesses. Not only will you meet your agency’s needs with quality goods and outstanding service – you will also support minority and women owned businesses, which have been hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19. Small businesses are the backbone of the state economy – about 99 percent of state businesses are small. Washington small businesses also employ 1.3 million workers, which is about 51 percent of Washington’s total workforce. Ensuring these businesses have contracting opportunities gives you access to a wider array of business solutions, helps drive innovation and strengthens our economic growth. Successful small businesses led by minorities, women and veterans help make our economy and our families more resilient – strengthening our communities and improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians.

Learning Opportunity – The Neuroscience of Decision-Making
In this TED Talk, Kimberly Papillon examines how our brains make decisions before we have time to process. This unconscious decision making can affect many aspects of our lives, and the lives of those we come into contact with. Learn how neuroscience can help fair-minded people make better assessments – Watch Now

Coming Soon – Tools for Equity in Public Spending
This November we are releasing a collection of guidelines, best practices, and model policies to help contract specialists reach their supplier diversity goals. The toolkit will be available on our website, and we will provide training sessions on different techniques beginning in 2021. These resources were developed by the Governor’s Subcabinet of Business Diversity to drive Washington State forward as a leader in equity and inclusiveness.

Outreach to Diverse Businesses
We want to ensure that our directory of certified firms has businesses that provide the services you are looking for. If your list of vendors or any businesses you know of might be eligible for OMWBE certification or DVA certification please send a list of those businesses to so we can share the benefits of certification with them.

New Podcast from Densho: Campu

Campu tells the story of Japanese American incarceration like you’ve never heard it before. Brother-sister duo Noah and Hana Maruyama weave together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience: rocks, fences, food, paper. Follow along as they move far beyond the standard Japanese American incarceration 101 and into more intimate and lesser-known corners of this history.

The first episode, Rocks, is now available via the Densho website or wherever you listen to podcasts (just search for “campu densho”). Please subscribe, leave a review, and spread the word about Campu!