There’s More Action in this Community than Meets the Eye

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By Ailene Ignacio

Historic Filipinotown may not be the longest standing ethnic district, nor longer home to most concentrated amount of Pilipino/Pilipino-Americans in the City of Los Angeles, but when called upon, this community can definitely pack a punch. Take for example Fresh HiFi’s newly formed Community Action Group (CAG for short). What’s a CAG you may ask? Well, let’s break it down:

COMMUNITY: Usually refers to those living within a small, loosely defined geographical area. Can also be any group of individuals with shared interests.

ACTION: The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve a goal.

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Therefore, the Fresh HiFi CAG is a group of community members and leadersthat actively participate in a process in which they define for themselves their community’s needs, and determine forms of action to successfully achieve the goal of increasing healthy food access for their Historic Filipinotown community. The group first met earlier this month on July 11, 2013 at the Manila Terrace Apartments.

After getting to know each other a little better through a “Fill-in-the-HiFi-Map” activity, and establishing general ground rules and expectations for one another, the CAG definitely started getting to work. All CAG members were actively engaged and participated in discussions around topics including the overall structure of the Fresh HiFi Project, the question of “Why CAG?”, and what the CAG’s personal and collective visions are for their communities, especially in terms of food access. Lastly, before the end of their first meeting, the CAG created a set of short-term and long-term goals for themselves, particularly focusing on outreaching, personal and collective growth, and sustainability.

If you would like to join the Fresh HiFi CAG, please contact Ailene Ignacio via phone at (2130 553-9396 or via email at: aignacio@apiopa.org.

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