Community Corner: Philippine independence, grandparent tales and Bonta's bills

Community Corner: Philippine independence, grandparent tales and Bonta's bills

Michele Ellson

“Celebrate Freedom,” Alameda’s first Philippine Independence Day celebration, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Featured speakers include San Francisco Philippine Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Assemblyman Rob Bonta, City Council members Stewart Chen and Tony Daysog, and the event will showcase Filipino history and culture and issues the community is facing. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include songs and dances, poetry and food.

Two dozen students will be reading their prize-winning stories about the seniors in their lives this Saturday afternoon at Books Inc. They’re winners of the 19th annual Grandparent Tales Writing Contest, which is sponsored by Stagebridge, an Oakland-based senior theater company. The reading takes place at 1 p.m., and it’s free and open to the public. Books Inc. is at 1344 Park Street.

The state Assembly has approved a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, to distribute condoms in California’s prisons. Bonta said he drafted the bill in an attempt to reduce the spread of HIV in AIDS in prisons and its human and financial cost. The Assembly has also approved a second Bonta bill that would require public school instruction on the contributions Filipino Americans made to the farm labor movement.