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

August 8th, 2019


Tracy La, 858-598-7805,
Hairo Cortes, 657-272-3475,

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

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

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.


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

Monday, August 5, 2019
PDF Version: English | Vietnamese



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.



Monday, August 5, 2019
PDF Version: English | Vietnamese

Xin Vui Lòng Liên Lạc:


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



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

June 12th, 2019

Tracy La, (858) 598-7805,
Hieu Nguyen, (714) 244-9630,


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.


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

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

Contact: Tracy La
Executive Director of VietRISE
(858) 598-7805

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.


Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Xin Vui Lòng Liên Lạc: Tracy La
Executive Director of VietRISE
(858) 598-7805

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.


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:


  • 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!

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 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!

Attend the VietRISE Community Listening Session on Saturday, January 19th!

VietRISE is excited to be hosting our third community listening session on Saturday, January 19th from 12:15 to 2:30PM!

Date: January 19, 2019
Time: 12:15PM – 2:30PM
Location: Westminster, CA. Will be sent to those who RSVP.

We highly encourage all attendees to bring along someone who would be interested in attending.

*** Please RSVP at by Wednesday, January 16 ***


Our third listening session will focus on the processes of voter outreach and engagement during recent elections in the Vietnamese community in Orange County. We encourage Vietnamese community members to come share their insight and experiences during the 2018 election and their thoughts on what more accessible and empowering civic engagement could look like, as well what issues matter most to them. This session will be critical in informing VietRISE’s organizing strategies moving forward. It will also help us build a foundation for supporting and growing civic participation that advances economic, gender, and social justice in Orange County.

We will have a facilitated discussion session, brief workshop presentation, and an interactive activity for community members to share their thoughts, as well as a brief Vietnamese language practice session!

Language Translation:

This listening session will be conducted in English. If you require translation support, please let us know in advance. We are planning to host more sessions in the future and will continue to explore language support for participants.

For questions, please contact Vincent Tran at Thank you and hope to see you soon!

Apply for the VietRISE Theory to Change Program!

VietRISE’s Theory to Change program is a 10 week program for Viet(namese American) community members in the Orange County region to learn social justice frameworks and foundations. Participants will attend workshops, learn creative strategies to take collective action, and complete an art project that highlights what was learned.

This program will be a space geared towards college-aged Viet(namese American) folx (ages 18-24) to learn the language, skills, and capacity to pursue social justice and/or organizing in ways that are accessible and conducive to their self-determination as young leaders in their/our communities.

This program works with participants to explore their Viet(namese American) identities, articulate and clearly communicate social justice theories in accessible language, identify structures of power and oppression in their personal lives and community, learn tangible approaches and practices to sustain mental and emotional wellness, and learn action-oriented strategies for community activism and/or organizing.

Application Link: 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST

Program Duration: Every Saturday beginning February 23, 2019 – April 27, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST

For questions please contact