FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Joe Angeles jangeles@nhusd.k12.ca.

us (510) 861-6470 RE-NAMING UNION CITY SCHOOL WILL MAKE HISTORY WITH FILIPINO AMERICAN HEROES Public Hearing To Be Held Tuesday, March 5, 2013 At 7:30pm Union City, CA, February 27, 2013 --- During the New Haven Unified School District’s January 15, 2013 Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to re-name Alvarado Middle School. The School Board is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA. Background: For several years, the names of Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz have been submitted when new schools were opened or buildings re-named. On August 2012, the name of “Itliong/Vera Cruz” was a top finalist in the last round of school re-naming. Members of PASE (Pilipino-American Society for Education), Kaisahan, Filipino Advocates for Justice, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Union City, and students of the Tagalog and Filipino Heritage Studies classes from James Logan High School made statements to the School Board in favor of what could potentially be historic since there is no other school in the United States that carries the names of these two heroes. Call to Action: As community outreach efforts escalate in reflecting the diversity of Union City’s constituents, an online petition is being circulated to garner support for the re-naming. See http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support_the_renaming/. One of five students in New Haven Unified School District are of Filipino descent. One out of three Union City residents are Filipino.

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