In partnership with Blacklava and the Little Toyko Service Center, TN Kat holds a Tuesday night night event called, Tuesday Night at the Cafe. This event brings the community together through art and local talent and is being held every other Tuesday at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts in Little Tokyo. Tam, Stephanie, and I were asked by Elaine Dolalas to come to Tuesday Night at the Cafe on July 1st, a night which centered its theme on immigration. I had heard about this event through friends and was thrilled to finally get to see what it was all about.
The comedy skits, performances, and meeting new people in the community made the night enjoyable. Tam, Stephanie, and I had a table where we were able to present the publication to those that were interested. After Tam's film "Lost and Found" was shown during the short film section of the night, many people began a dialogue with Tam, Stephanie and I about the publication and about the path to legalization for undocumented students. Some attendees knew us from articles and we received a lot of support and encouragement to keep on fighting. Many of those who gave praise to the publication did so with an ancedote of an individual they knew who was going through the struggle of being and undocumented.
Overall, this was a wonderful event that is leading up to an event at Remy's Art Gallery in Historic Filipinotown where the publication will be showcased along with a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, "Singgalot," which charts Filipino immigration here in the U.S.
To find out more about this upcoming event, click onto the facebook event site @ http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=22144703316.