FAPAGOW honors the memory of our Advisor and former Vice President Larry Alcantara (November 10, 1947-January 29, 2023). In remembrance of his service to our country, military honors service was held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Tuesday February 21, 2023.
Larry Alcantara was born in Silverton, Oregon, on November 10, 1947 to Mr. Juan Alcantara and Mrs. Ann Marie (Carey) Alcantara. He was raised in Rainier Valley, Seattle, Washington, attending Columbia Grade School, Sharples Junior High, and Franklin High School. He volunteered for the US Marines at 17 years old and served as Military Police (Shore Patrol). At 19 years old, he served in-country at Danang, Vietnam from November 1967 to September 1968.
Larry began his public service career as an Employment Interviewer/Veterans Counselor, Washington State Employment Security from 1972 to 1973. He worked as Employment/Recruiting Manager and Executive Search Manager for the City of Seattle Personnel Department from 1973 to 1997 when he was appointed by King County Executive Ron Sims to King County Elections Manager (13th largest county in the US). He retired from his public service career as the Affordable Housing Liaison, Office of Policy and Planning in June 2002.
Larry Alcantara was a lifelong servant leader, serving during the 1970’s as an adult youth coach in football, baseball and basketball. During his public service career, he served on volunteer boards for community-based organizations for cultural heritage, performing arts, human services, and political action. Post retirement, Larry chose to volunteer in veteran’s affairs serving with the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, the Governors Council – Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and the Outreach Committee for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. He was Past Commandant of the Puget Sound Marine Corps League and Commander, Leatherneck Honor Guard.
Among volunteer positions he held were President, Filipino American City Employees of Seattle, (FACES); President, Filipino Youth Activities (FYA); Vice President, Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington (FAPAGOW); Chair, Organizing Committee, Pista Sa Nayon; Chair, Pagdiriwang, Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) and Board Member, Northwest Asian American Theater.
Larry Alcantara was a co-project leader of the Filipino American Vietnam War Veterans Oral History Project by the Filipino National Historical Society – Greater Seattle Chapter (FANHS) and was producing, PINOY, a collection of stories about Seattle’s Filipino American Softball Team (1970-1990).
Larry lived in Des Moines WA with his beloved Carine (Laigo) Martenson. He had two grown children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Larry enjoyed long distance motorcycle riding, oral history, and daily walks with his German Shepherd – Diego.
The Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington recommends the following candidates for the November 8, 2022 General Elections in Washington State. More info at https://fapagow.org/endorsements/
Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington (FAPAGOW) is doing Voter Registration at the Consular Outreach Mission at City of Mill Creek today October 9, 2022, in partnership with NAFFAA (National Federation of Filipino American Associations). Thank you to Ellen Abellera and Mariela Fletcher for organizing.
You’d think that at my age – 89 – I wouldn’t be concerned about youth. And yet I worry that young people will sit out the November election, and we will lose whatever vestiges of democracy remain today.
So I ask you, young voters, to believe that you can set the direction for change that will give us Universal Health Care, the Green New Deal and Economic Justice.
We Filipino-Americans are 178,300 strong in the State of Washington. And we have a history of activism, from the unionism of the 20’s and 30’s to Civil Rights in the 60’s and 70’s to standing today with Black Lives Matter and putting an end to police brutality against Black men and women.
And just to show you how much your one vote can count: For about the last 100 years, one of every 100,000 votes in U.S. elections and one of every 15,000 votes in state elections “mattered.” They were cast for a candidate that led or won by one vote.
FAPAGOW can be our progressive voice for truth, equality and responsibility.
We are at a crossroads. FAPAGOW is calling for Filipinos and Filipino Americans to claim our brown power this 2020 Presidential election by voting. The last four years, the Administration has reversed the progress we made for things we fought hard for our beloved communities:
Immigration Reform. Filipinos are strong contributors to the intellect and labor of this country. We value family. Many of us became US Citizens to bring our families here. Yet, the Administration continues to deny our WWII Veterans from being re-unified with their family members, and punishes children of undocumented hard-working immigrants by separating them from their parents. This is not right.
Racial and Economic Justice. Barriers to public education, employment and contracting have increased in WA state with the passage of I-200. We are dedicated, smart and hard-working people. Those barriers must be removed so that we as people of color, immigrants and refugees can compete fairly and rise to our potential.
Accessible Health, Human and Housing Services. Effective outreach to our communities means providing information in languages that we can understand, making those services affordable, and culturally and linguistically accessible. The Administration has weakened the Affordable Care Act leaving many without health insurance.
Voting Rights. We regaled our children with stories of electoral corruption back home. Now, voting in the US is made more difficult with more IDs being required, less voting places, and the defunding of the Post Office to make it difficult to deliver mail-in ballots. Most alarming of all, the Administration encourages people to commit a crime and vote twice – by mail and in person.
Climate Change and COVID-19. Many Filipinos are health and science professionals. The Administration ignores science putting our very lives in danger. Science has shown that burning fossil fuels increases the earth’s temperature causing ice to melt and sea levels to rise causing climate disturbances in places that include the Philippines. The Administration ignores climate change. The have weakened EPA. They’ve ignored the COVID health science-based guidance on safety resulting in high incidence of American patients and Filipino health professionals and hospital workers’ illness and death.
Black Lives Matter. We shed our Anti-Blackness, voting for candidates who will advocate for Black Lives Matter decriminalization, demilitarization of police forces, and building systems that will strengthen under-served Black, Indigenous, People of Color, refugees and immigrants.
Now let’s vote for the love of our Filipino and Filipino American communities. For more information and how to get involved, go to Facebook FAPAGOW.
Note: Founded in 1952 as the Filipino American Citizens, the Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington (FAPAGOW) is a progressive non-partisan organization that advocates for: climate and environmental justice; racial and economic justice in education, employment, and contracting; and culturally and language accessible and affordable health, human and housing services.
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