Press Release: Cultural Festival in Little Saigon to Celebrate Sanctuary for Immigrants and Refugees

For Immediate Release
PDF Version Here
Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Contact: 
Tracy La, (858) 598-7805 | tracy@vietrise.org
SG Sarmiento, (202) 746-2099 | sgsarmiento@ndlon.org

CULTURAL FESTIVAL IN LITTLE SAIGON TO CELEBRATE SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

25 years after Orange County was the birthplace of CA’s proposition 187, a new generation of youth are leading a cross-cultural movement to “bring human rights home” 

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – On Sunday, October 20th, VietRISE and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) are hosting “We Celebrate Sanctuary Here,” a daylong community festival that will bring Vietnamese, Latino, and immigrant communities together in support of inclusion and solidarity, and in defiance of the re-animated politics of white supremacy.  

“Orange County is changing because of immigrant and refugee communities. We envision a county that is inclusive, that honors our cultures, and that upholds immigrant and human rights for all.” said Tracy La, Executive Director of VietRISE. “We reject the politics of hate and fear that some elected officials in Orange County have promoted and we will not stand by anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

“The power to defeat hate and trumpism won’t come from the top down,” said Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “It will come from grassroots organized communities coming together to reaffirm who we all are, to celebrate each other, and to defend our most fundamental civic guarantees. Today’s festival is a call to action, from the bottom of our hearts.”

What:  We Celebrate Sanctuary Here: Community Festival 
When:  Sunday, October 20, 11:00AM – 4:00PM (speakers 1:00-2:00PM) 
Where:  Atlantis Play Center, 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove

This community festival is free and open to the public.  It will bring together art and cultural activities such as a live art installation painting, screen printing, Vietnamese lantern-making, and papel picado (Mexican “pecked paper”).  There will also be live music and performances from OC and LA bands, poets and DJ’s, as well as local immigrant-owned businesses, community organizations and educational resources for immigrant families and youth.

Join Us On Oct 20: We Celebrate Sanctuary Here Cultural Festival (Live Music, Art, and more!)

On October 20th, VietRISE and NDLON are co-hosting a Community Festival on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 11am-4pm called “We Celebrate Sanctuary Here: Bring Human Rights Home” at Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove, CA. This is a free, public, and family-friendly event!

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We come together to celebrate sanctuary and solidarity with all immigrant communities in Orange County who have been impacted by what has been going on nationally, at the border, and in our local communities. This festival is to show that we are unafraid and openly embrace each other’s communities with love and kindness — and that we are committed to building toward the dignity and human rights for all our communities.

This festival will feature live music (see full lineup below), art activities and workshops, educational resources for immigrant families and youth, and will be highlighting local immigrant-owned businesses, community organizations and service agencies. We hope to see you there!

Music Lineup:

Weapons of Mass Creation (Anaheim)
Los Jornaleros del Norte (Los Angeles)
DJ Nina Ross Nguyen (Garden Grove)
Son del Centro (Santa Ana)
Poet: Đỗ Nguyên Mai (Santa Clarita)
Poet: Scott Keltic Knot (Orange County)

Get involved:

Sponsor our festival and our campaign! 

  • All proceeds will be going towards festival expenses, the ICE out of Little Saigon campaign, and organizations, workshops, and trainings that advance immigrant justice in the county.
  • Festival Sponsors will be featured on our program and will receive a shoutout during the festival!
  • Visit the link to sponsor/donate: bit.ly/sanctuaryfestsponsorship

Follow our event page on Facebook for updates and news about the event!

VietRISE Statement on LGBT Center OC Oct 9 Press Release on Community Concerns

Over the past five months, local volunteer-led LGBTQ youth organizations, Viêt Rainbow of Orange County (VROC) and Youth of YETA (Youth Empowered to Act) have called on the LGBT Center OC to engage in critical, intentional dialogue with community members around the Center’s decision to march with armed and uniformed law enforcement officers at the 2019 OC Pride Parade.  

We acknowledge the LGBT Center’s public apology and how they have committed to taking some steps to respond to the concerns that youth and community members have raised regarding their decisions during Pride and their subsequent actions.  But the Center still misses in critically responding to how their decisions during the Pride Parade undermined and dismissed the deep history of police brutality against LGBTQ people of color, and still misses in responding to the primary issue that Youth of YETA and VROC were trying to uplift – that the Center’s executive leadership disregarded community input in their decision-making. In their October 9 press release, the Center executive leadership failed to acknowledge the months of work that youth and community members from groups like Youth of YETA and VROC did to address and repair the harm that the Center’s actions did to youth and LGBTQ people of color in the county.

At VietRISE, we have been reached out to by the Center’s Executive Director to have a conversation between our organizations, but this conversation has still not been had, and it was not clear that the intention of the conversation was to resolve these concerns.  We are disappointed that the Center released a statement before we have had honest discussions for the purpose that they state below. The press release they published on October 9 reads, 

The Center’s Executive Director has reached out to the Executive Directors of Resilience OC and VietRise to reinforce our organization’s commitment to serving the LGBTQ immigrant community as well as our commitment to the partnerships we share with these organizations.  Collaborations such as those shared by our three organizations are making positive change in Orange County.  That change wouldn’t be possible without organizations like Resilience OC and VietRise leading the way. We remain inspired by their work and proud of our partnerships.

Transparency, intentional and honest communication is key to building genuine partnerships between organizations like ours that are committed to defending the human rights and dignity of our communities.  Moving forward, we urge the LGBT Center to uplift the work that youth and community members of color have had to do to help inform them of the impact of their decisions, not continue to ignore them. We urge the Center to not only host their own community round table, but to finally accept the invitations extended to them by groups who have created community-led spaces for dialogue and healing, such as the Youth of YETA and VROC.  We will continue to uplift the work that Youth of YETA and VROC do and hope the Center takes concrete steps to uplift and work with LGBTQ youth and people of color, not dismiss them, so that we can continue to truly build toward a more transformative, equitable county. 

RELEASE: Little Saigon Stands with El Paso: Vigil Against White Supremacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8th, 2019

 

Contact:
Tracy La, 858-598-7805,
tracy@vietrise.org
Hairo Cortes, 657-272-3475, hairo@chispaoc.org

Little Saigon Stands with El Paso: Vigil Against White Supremacy

“Latinx and Vietnamese communities condemn anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric by local officials that fuels violence against undocumented immigrants.”

Little Saigon, Orange County — On Thursday August 8th, 2019, Latinx and Vietnamese community organizations are holding a vigil to honor the 22 lives lost in El Paso, Texas due to the violence of a white supremacist terrorist. The vigil will take place in the heart of Little Saigon at Freedom Park in Westminster city from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Organizers of the vigil call on local, state, and federal elected officials in Orange County to condemn white supremacy and anti-immigrant rhetoric as they have remained silent, and worse, have served as a conduit to this worldview. 

“It’s clear that the words of our elected officials impact our community. The anti-immigrant language that Trump uses regularly, whether through tweets or  rallies, fueled the violence and murders committed by the white supremacist in El Paso.” said Tracy La, Executive Director of VietRISE. “That’s why we need our local Orange County officials to condemn white supremacy, and protect human rights instead.”

“Vietnamese and Latinx communities are changing the face of Orange County” said Hairo Cortes, Executive Director of Chispa. “And we often remain isolated from one another, even when we share the same neighborhoods and attend the same schools. Today is a moment to come together and remain together.”

 

What: Little Saigon Vigil Against White Supremacy

When:
Thursday, August 8th @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Freedom Park, 14180 All American Way, Westminster, CA 92682

 

The Little Saigon community of Orange County includes the cities of Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Fountain Valley and represents the largest community of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam.  The vigil is being brought together by VietRISE, Chispa, ICE Out of OC and Together We Will Orange County.

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RELEASE: 25 Vietnamese, AAPI, community groups condemn OC officials’ failure to defend immigrant, refugee human rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 5, 2019
PDF Version: English | Vietnamese

CONTACT: tracy@vietrise.org 

TWO DOZEN VIETNAMESE, ASIAN AMERICAN, AND COMMUNITY GROUPS CONDEMN ORANGE COUNTY OFFICIALS FOR FAILING TO DEFEND IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE HUMAN RIGHTS

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA On Monday afternoon, a broad coalition of Orange County Vietnamese, Asian American, student, immigrant and civil rights organizations denounced local Vietnamese elected officials, Board of Supervisors member Andrew Do and Westminster Mayor Tri Ta, for failing to take action to defend the human rights of immigrant and refugee communities.  The letters follow a march and rally attended by more than 300 community members held last week in Westminster city to call on the local officials to “Bring Human Rights Home.”

The letters blasts the Vietnamese elected officials, who are themselves immigrants and refugees, for siding with the demands of a known white nationalist hate group, FAIR, that helped orchestrate attacks against California laws that limit the use of local and state resources for immigration enforcement.  The OC Board of Supervisors was one of only two county boards that voted to join former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s lawsuit against California.  The letter reads in part,

“The Vietnamese, refugee, and immigrant communities in Orange County benefit from these state laws that protect our dignity, our human rights, and we expected our officials to protect the laws that make us safe. We consistently showed up to [public] meetings to make this message clear. Instead, you sided with Trump, and turned your back on us.”

The 25 organizations that signed the letters represent mental health, services, youth, and healthcare groups that serve immigrant, refugee, Vietnamese, Asian American, and working families in Orange County.  The letter urges Supervisor Do and Mayor Ta to stand up for human rights by condemning immigrant concentration camps, ICE raids, and white nationalist hate groups, and passing a resolution that supports and upholds the California Values Act, the state’s sanctuary law.

Read the full letters here: Westminster City Council; OC Board of Supervisors.

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THÔNG CÁO BÁO CHÍ
Monday, August 5, 2019
PDF Version: English | Vietnamese

Xin Vui Lòng Liên Lạc: tracy@vietrise.org

HAI MƯƠI BỐN TỔ CHỨC NGƯỜI VIỆT, NGƯỜI MỸ GỐC Á, VÀ CÁC HỘI CỘNG ĐỒNG KÊU GỌI CÁC DÂN CỬ ĐỊA PHƯƠNG GỐC VIỆT ỦNG HỘ NHÂN QUYỀN CỦA DÂN NHẬP CƯ VÀ NGƯỜI TỊ NẠN  

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – Vào chiều thứ hai các tổ chức gồm người Việt, người Mỹ gốc Á, các sinh viên, người nhập cư và các tổ chức nhân quyền tố cáo Giám Sát Viên Andrew Đỗ và Thị Trưởng Trí Tạ, vì họ đã không bảo vệ nhân quyền của người nhập cư và người tị nạn. Các tổ chức đã viết một bức thư tố cáo các dân cử địa phương gốc Việt sau một cuộc biểu tình ở thành phố Westminster với hơn 300 thành viên cộng đồng kêu gọi các dân cử địa phương phải “Mang Về Nhân Quyền”. 

Bức thư này tố cáo những dân cử địa phương gốc Việt đã ủng hộ nhóm FAIR. Nhóm ấy là tổ chức Chủ nghĩa dân tộc da trắng đã dàn xếp các cuộc tấn công chống lại luật pháp California hạn chế việc sử dụng các nguồn lực địa phương và tiểu bang để thực thi di trú. Hội Đồng Giám Sát Orange County là một trông số hai Hội Đồng Giám Sát ở tiểu băng Califoria đã tham gia vụ kiện chống lại California của cựu Bộ trưởng Tư pháp Jeff Sessions. Bức thư này nói,  

“Nhân quyền của các cộng đồng người Việt, người tị nạn, và người nhập cư ở Orange County được bảo vệ bởi các chính sách của tiểu băng California. Các dân cử địa phương phải ủng hộ các chính sách ấy để bảo vệ sự an toàn của chúng ta. Chúng tôi đã tham dự các cuộc họp công cộng để khuyên các dân cử địa phương về vấn đề này nhưng họ đã phớt lờ.” 

Các tổ chức đã ký vào bức thư này đại diện hai mươi lăm nhóm trong các lĩnh vực khác nhau ở Orange County. Bức thư này khẩn cầu Giám Sát Viên Andrew Đỗ và Thị Trưởng Trí Tạ phải bảo vệ nhân quyền bằng cách tố cáo các trại tù, ICE bố ráp, và các nhóm Chủ nghĩa dân tộc da trắng. Tiếp theo họ nên thông qua một nghị quyết để ủng hộ luật sanctuary “California Values Act”.

Xin đọc bức thư ở đây: Westminster City Council; OC Board of Supervisors

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Breaking: Little Saigon Protests Demand Local Officials “Bring Human Rights Home”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2019
Contact: Tracy La, tracy@vietrise.org

Breaking: Little Saigon Protests Demand Local Officials “Bring Human Rights Home”

Watch Live Video: bit.ly/ls4sanctuary-live
To see photos, visit: bit.ly/ls4sanctuary-photos

“Human rights means no racist raids, no migrant concentration camps, and no hate groups”

 

Little Saigon, California — On Thursday evening, a march through Orange County’s Little Saigon called on local officials to “bring human rights home” for today’s immigrant and refugee communities under attack.  The march through historic Little Saigon denounced Trump’s “racist offensive” and explicitly called out Vietnamese elected officials OC Supervisor Andrew Do, the OC Board of Supervisors, Westminster Mayor Tri Ta, and the Westminster City Council for siding with Trump against immigrants in California. 

“As a community that has lived the refugee experience, that sought sanctuary in a new land, that suffered the violence of anti-immigrant racism, it is our responsibility to fight against this injustice today,” said Kacey Nguyen, long-time Westminster resident, “The deaths of people, the migrant concentration camps, the horrid xenophobia coming from the President’s own mouth, we can no longer be silent – and neither can our elected officials.”

Last year, the OC Board of Supervisors sided with Donald Trump and white nationalist hate group FAIR in an orchestrated attack against California’s Values Act, a state law that limits the use of state resources for immigration enforcement.  Residents are pointing to the OC officials that have yet to take action against Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, including Supervisor Andrew Do, Westminster Mayor Tri Ta and City Council members. 

“Human rights means sanctuary for all of us,” said Niki Nguyen, life-long Westminster resident, “It means no racist raids, no concentration camps, and no white nationalism – it’s time for OC’s elected officials to speak out.” 

The Little Saigon community of Orange County includes the cities of Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Fountain Valley and represents the largest community of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam.  The march was brought together by VietRISE, VietUnity Southern California, Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC), and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and counts with the support of a broad array of community and civil rights groups. 

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Garden Grove Community Scores Big Win by Securing the City to Light Up the Historic Clock Tower in Rainbow for LGBTQ+ Pride Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12th, 2019

Contact:
Tracy La, (858) 598-7805, tracy@vietrise.org
Hieu Nguyen, (714) 244-9630, hieunuci02@yahoo.com

 

Garden Grove Community Scores Big Win by Securing the City to Light Up the Historic Clock Tower in Rainbow for LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Garden Grove City Council still says “No LGBTQ” pride flags, but Garden Grove youth and residents organized a huge win for LGBTQ+ Pride Month by securing the city to light up Garden Grove’s historic Clock Tower in rainbow colors for the rest of Pride Month

 

GARDEN GROVE, CA — Dozens of Garden Grove youth, families, and workers attended the Garden Grove city council meeting last night to urge city council to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by flying the LGBTQ+ pride flag during June, also known as Pride Month.  They called on city council to include the LGBTQ+ pride flag as a commemorative flag in their flag policy. Last night’s action was the follow up to two previous consecutive city council meetings in which over 40 youth and residents came out in favor of flying the LGBTQ+ pride flag.  For community members, displaying the pride flag shows the city’s commitment to protecting the rights, safety, and existence of LGBTQ+ people.

Despite overwhelming support from Garden Grove residents and a petition circulated by community groups, VietRISE and Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC), that has garnered over 250 signatures from residents, city council ultimately rejected the motion to fly the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag.  However, community members and organizations scored a victory for Pride Month by calling on city council to light up the city’s historic Clock Tower in rainbow colors instead for the remainder of Pride Month.

The rainbow-lit Clock Tower, which stands at the entrance to Garden Grove’s park, the Village Green, and adjacent to historic downtown Main Street, will be seen by thousands of residents and visitors every day for the rest of June.  This visible Clock Tower will send a message to everyone that the recognition of the LGBTQ+ community was won by community members who organized to make it happen, and they will always hold the city accountable to honoring and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

The motion to light up the Clock Tower was made by council member Kim Nguyen, who originally introduced the motion to fly the LGBTQ+ pride flag.  All seven council members were verbally in favor of lighting up the Clock Tower in rainbow to honor Pride Month, but did not make the official motion.

This victory comes on the same night that the cities of Irvine and Fountain Valley voted to not fly the pride flag.  As of today, the petition will continue to be circulated until the end of the month as a reminder to all that the Garden Grove community believes in flying the rainbow flag to truly honor Pride Month.

 

Garden Grove community members and city council pose with rainbow flags after Tuesday’s city council meeting and LGBTQ+ community’s historic win.

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Queerness is Integral to Vietnamese Culture – Garden Grove Should Fly the Pride Flag to Honor Our Communities

Written by Mai Nguyen Do, Vietnamese American poet and researcher

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As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to a close and Pride Month follows, it’s heartbreaking to know that during the month of May, the Garden Grove City Council arrived at a stalemate in its discussion about moving forward with a proposal to fly the Pride flag at City Hall. The city of Garden Grove is home to the second-largest population of Vietnamese people in the United States, and arguments against flying the Pride flag in a city with such a large Vietnamese population isn’t just an attack on LGBTQ people or LGBTQ Vietnamese Americans, but also an assault on Vietnamese culture and identity.

There’s a common misconception that binary conceptions of gender are traditional to Vietnamese culture and that being queer is a concept impressed upon our community members by white, American liberals. However, the reality is that the opposite is true: queer Vietnamese
people have been the cornerstone of Vietnamese spiritual life for centuries, and the importation of Confucian, French, and American thought have, over time, changed how we collectively view gender, transforming us from a people politically led by women warriors and spiritually led by queer shamans into a community that seems to shun them in pursuit of a false idealization of tradition.

Many servants of Mẹ Âu Cơ and other various Vietnamese goddesses have lived and worked along the boundaries separating the divine and the mundane for centuries. Even the physical landmarks painting Vietnamese geography, like the River Hương, are known to be physical gateways to the heavens, places where spirits emerge from the morning fog to rest on the water.

To be truly Vietnamese, to cast off what we’ve been taught by Confucian and Western scholars to believe about our own existence, is to live in these in-between spaces, to embrace our hereditary belonging within liminal and transitional places, to understand that queerness is not blasphemous, but sacred and integral to Vietnamese culture.

Queerness is not some foreign concept forced upon us by American liberals, but rather a spiritual return to our roots in which we embody this oxymoron of being radically traditional, especially in the case of diaspora children who are geographically and politically disconnected from the motherland but who, in the stillness of the night, continue to hear the faint whisper of Mẹ Âu Cơ calling us home.

If we as Vietnamese Americans implore the city of Garden Grove to fly the flag of the Republic of South Vietnam in defense of the struggle of its Vietnamese refugee residents, we must also fiercely demand the city fly the Pride flag in acknowledgment of both the general LGBTQ population and the immense contributions of LGBTQ people to the Vietnamese community’s cultural survival. To fly one but not the other is hypocritical and serves only to impose historical amnesia on a people that has already lost too many memories to the ravages of war.

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Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher from Santa Clarita, California who is currently working on electoral and legislative research at Courage Campaign. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in political science at the University of California, Riverside and is the author of Ghosts Still Walking (Platypus Press, 2016).

Petition to fly the pride flag: bit.ly/ggprideflag
Join the June 11, 2019 action at Garden Grove City Council, 6pm: www.facebook.com/events/450941462383085

Press Release: OC Sheriff Don Barnes Terminates Immigrant Detention Contract With ICE (Eng + Viet)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
PDF Version: English | Vietnamese

Contact: Tracy La
Executive Director of VietRISE
(858) 598-7805
tracy@vietrise.org

OC Sheriff Don Barnes Terminates Immigrant Detention Contract with ICE

As the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announces plans to end its contract with ICE and open up more jail space for mental health treatment for inmates, Vietnamese community members are concerned that the allocation of mental health resources within the Sheriff’s Department will increase the incarceration of immigrant communities.

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – Today, Wednesday, March 27th, 2019  the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) announced plans to end its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will no longer be detaining immigrants within their jails. Instead, they plan to allocate funds to make more jail space for mental health treatment. Current detainees will be transferred to facilities outside of California and more beds will be opened up within the jails. Simply closing the OCSD’s contract with ICE and making more jail space for mental health treatment is an incomplete step.

The State of Immigration Enforcement in OC Report released earlier this year reveals that Vietnamese community members are the second most targeted group referred to federal immigration enforcement by local law enforcement. Therefore, Vietnamese people are the second largest group not protected from deportation in Orange County. As a county of immigrants where Vietnamese refugees have been impacted by war that has led to negative impacts on immigration and mental health, there must be more responsible allocation of mental health resources that does not hurt immigrant communities.

To make Orange County safer and more inclusive of immigrants, Sheriff Barnes must denounce the rabid anti-immigrant voices he and the OC Supervisors enabled last year that spurred anti-immigrant sentiment within the county. VietRISE also calls for resources toward mental health services to be allocated to healthcare professionals and organizations with a strong, reliable track record of providing mental health support for inmates instead.

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CHO THÔNG CÁO BÁO CHÍ
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Xin Vui Lòng Liên Lạc: Tracy La
Executive Director of VietRISE
(858) 598-7805
tracy@vietrise.org

Cảnh Sát Trưởng Don Barnes chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE (Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú và Hải quan)

Văn phòng Cảnh Sát Trưởng đã thông báo họ sẽ chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE (Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú và Hải quan) và sẽ mở thêm phòng giam tủ để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân. Các thành viên cộng đồng Việt (thành viên hội cộng đồng VietRISE) lo ngại rằng sự phân bổ tiền để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân sẽ gia tăng sự giam giữ cộng đồng nhập cư.   

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – Hôm qua, Ngày 27 Tháng 3 Năm 2019, văn phòng Cảnh Sát Trưởng vừa thông báo rằng họ sẽ chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE (Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú và Hải quan). Họ sẽ mở thêm phòng giam tủ để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân và sẽ không giam giữ người di dân trong các tụ ở Orange County. Thay vì họ sẽ chuyển các người nhập cư đến các nhà tụ ở tiểu bang khác. Chỉ chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE không đủ để bảo vệ các cộng đồng nhập cư.

Trong bài báo cáo State of Immigration Enforcement in OC phát hành đầu năm nay, bài báo cáo này khám phá rằng ở Orange County cộng đồng Việt là cộng đồng lớn thứ hai bị ảnh hưởng về sự nguy cơ bị trục xuất. Ở Orange County văn phòng Cảnh Sát Trưởng và Cảnh Sát Trưởng Don Barnes phải phân bổ công bằng tiền dùng để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân để không hại các cộng đồng nhập cư vì trong cộng đồng Việt chiến tranh đã gây ra rất nhiều tổn thương trong vấn đề nhập cư và bà tâm thần.  

Hội Cộng Đồng VietRISE kêu gọi Cảnh Sát Trưởng Don Barnes nên tố cáo các hùng biện chống người nhập cư để Orange County trở thành một nơi an toàn cho các cộng đồng nhập cư. VietRISE cũng đề nghị rằng tiền dùng để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân nên được phân bổ cho các bác sĩ, y tá, và tổ chức có kinh nghiệm giúp đỡ các tù nhân.

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Join Us for Our Zine Making Workshop Co-Hosted by VietRISE x Le Tea Leaf !

Flyer by Tiffany Le

 

This workshop is open to all community members to learn about zines and how to make them. No experience in the arts is necessary – this is simply a space for everyone to gather and be in community with one another through art! This is also a child-friendly event!

Zines and zine culture were created by, and crafted for, the social and political needs of communities of color. They can give space to stories that aren’t often told, lending creative spaces for people and communities to express themselves freely without restrictions and on their own terms. They are a space for communities to come together to record and share their stories and everything in between.

Please RSVP here: bit.ly/zineworkshop19

Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 19th
  • Time: 6 – 8pm
  • Location: 618 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92823 (2nd floor up the stairs)

What to expect:

  • A brief hxstory about zines
  • Printed zines will be available for you to use as examples
  • Art materials and supplies (paper, colored pencils, stapler, magazines) will be provided for you to make your own zine
  • Light refreshments will be served
  • Le Tea Leaf’s art will be available for purchase!

Optional:
Feel free to bring magazines, personal artifacts, and/or your own art supplies for your zine!

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About Le Tea Leaf (from letealeaf.com): Tiffany Le is a Vietnamese American freelance illustrator who investigates themes towards cultural legacy, comparative mythology and literature, and social topics through an Asian American lens. She had started her career early by drawing images from cereal boxes at the age of three, and has worked her way up into much larger projects since then. To learn more about Tiffany and see her work, please visit her website at letealeaf.com!