6.23.20 VietRISE Public Comment Support Letter: GGHS Black Student Union Petition Demands, Affirmative Action to Garden Grove City Council

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 
Mayor Jones and Councilmembers of Garden Grove
11222 Acacia Pkwy
Garden Grove, CA 92840 

RE: Garden Grove Needs to Reallocate Funding from Police to Invest in Local Communities, and Support Affirmative Action

Dear Mayor Steve Jones and Councilmembers of Garden Grove, 

VietRISE unequivocally supports the Garden Grove High School Black Student Union’s call to reallocate $30 million of Garden Grove’s police budget to support local businesses, low income families, health services, housing and education.  We urge the city to proactively enact policy to make Black communities and all marginalized communities in Garden Grove feel safer by defunding the police department’s current funding allocation in the proposed 2020-2021 FY budget and reallocating it to other community services that will directly benefit and improve the lives of residents. 

Our organization is committed to dismantling systems of white supremacy and ending the criminalization of immigrants. Local policing and law enforcement are often the first point of contact where immigrants are sent to the prison-to-deportation pipeline, and Black immigrants constitute 20% of those facing deportation despite making up only 7% of non-citizens in the U.S., according to the State of Black Immigrants report. Garden Grove police has its own history of harming residents, through racial profiling, aggressive and violent practices, and abuse of power through city-funded equipment and technology.

In order for our communities to feel safe and restore public trust in government, the city must take action to codify protections for the wellbeing of their residents. Currently, the city of Garden Grove faces a budget deficit while residents continue to experience health and economic hardship due to COVID-19. According to the GGHS BSU’s petition

“Each year, the city of Garden Grove continues to increase its spending on the police budget by millions, while decreasing the money directly spent on community services. Over a two-year period of increased funding, the Garden Grove police’s use of force incidentally increased by an unacceptable 250%. The city has already projected a budget deficit of $5.2 million for FY 2020-21. During this period of financial uncertainty, we cannot provide more funds to the police department when small businesses and families are vulnerable.”

GGHS BSU’s petition

Defunding the police department and reinvesting money into community services is one of many steps that local elected officials should take to address systemic violence against Black communities. This is an opportunity for Garden Grove to be part of that change. We urge you to agendize the immediate revision of the Community Services and Community and Economic Development budget to absorb funds from the Police Department budget to reinvest in our communities through education, health, housing, and small business services for the 2020-2021 FY budget. 

Lastly, on the topic of affirmative action: according to disaggregated data provided by Asian Americans Advancing Justice in their Southeast Asian American Journeys Report (2020), Vietnamese students and families would benefit greatly from affirmative action. 43% of Vietnamese residents in California have a high school diploma, 30% have a BA or higher, 20% are low-income and/or experiencing poverty, and 50% have limited-English proficiency, the highest in the state of CA. Furthermore, the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996 harmed women and communities of color the most for the past two decades. For example, Black and Latino students admitted to the University of California decreased between 12 and 60 percent since it passed, and women in California make on average 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid; for women of color and single moms, that amount decreases to 60 cents per dollar. 

Not only will affirmative action benefit Vietnamese students and families, it will benefit and help improve the lives of Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other Southeast Asian communities by preventing discrimination and ensuring quality of opportunity in California. Therefore, as Vietnamese community members we also urge you to support affirmative action across the state.

PRESS RELEASE: 406 Residents, 19 Orange County Organizations, Call on Garden Grove to Pass Ordinance Banning Evictions and Met with Silence by City Council

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Contact: Tracy La, tracy@vietrise.org

In Letters to City Council, 406 Residents, 19 Orange County Organizations, Call on Garden Grove to Pass Ordinance Banning Evictions and Met with Silence by City Council

Following the evictions of 10 Vietnamese and immigrant-owned businesses in April during COVID-19 in Garden Grove, the businesses and workers partnered with community organizations and residents to launch a petition calling on the Garden Grove City Council to ban all evictions during COVID-19. As of Wednesday morning, the petition had 406 signatures, including other small business owners and elected officials, as well as 19 community organizations and non-profit agencies that signed on the call to action.

On Tuesday evening, over 55 public comments were sent in by residents and community organizations to the city council to take action to ban evictions. However, only 19 comments were received by the Garden Grove City Council during their official meeting, and none of the comments sent in by residents were read out loud. In addition to the call to ban evictions, residents are concerned by their ability to be able to publicly address the Council, given the council’s decision to cancel all in-person meetings. In a virtual era of governance forced upon residents by COVID-19, residents are questioning their accessibility to their own local government and whether or not their voices and concerns will be heard by the City Council.

As of Wednesday morning, there has been no official response from the City Council to the public about whether or not the City will consider agendizing an ordinance to ban evictions. Meanwhile, the 10 evicted businesses have been forced to relocate to other sites in cities across Orange County, and some are still struggling to find permanent lots to protect and run their businesses.

The residents will continue to engage City Council and are encouraging residents to continue signing onto the petition to ban evictions in Garden Grove. The number of signatures on the petition and the full petition can be found at this link: bit.ly/stopevictionsingg.


COVID-19 Orange County Community Resources

We are working together as a team of educators, students, community organizations, grassroots organizers, and more to compile resources and guides for community members during this time. Please note we are not healthcare professionals, and these resources should not take the place of advice from medical or healthcare professionals. Rather, we are a group of long-time community advocates who believe we are stronger when we work together and support each other.

We put together the resources below with love and with a sense of groundedness to support our community members and provide reassurance during this time. If you would like to contact the Orange County COVID-19 Community Response Team directly, please email general@vietrise.org.

View the Spreadsheet: COVID-19 Orange County Community Resources Master List

Please use the tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet above to navigate different categories of resources. Currently, the categories we have are the following:

  • Infographics: Posters and infographics covering a wide range of topics, in multiple languages
  • School Info/Free Food: Information on OC school district closures and food distribution programs
  • Physical Health: FAQs and resources about COVID-19 virus and infection
  • Mental Health: Tips and resources to fend off anxiety
  • Labor & Worker Rights: Resources and information for California residents
  • Immigration: Resources and news regarding access to healthcare and rights
  • Assistance Programs: Resources for food, financial assistance, transportation, hygiene, and more
  • Other Resource Guides: Links to other resource guides, some of which are for different areas, and mutual aid resources. More will be added as needed.

Note: Because of the rapid changes regarding COVID-19 policies and suggestions made by government officials, many resources and organizations are currently evaluating their capacity for services right now. As a result, some of the resource pages may seem a bit bare. These pages will continue to be updated as we get updates from the organzations. Please check back periodically to see what has been added.

Thank you to the community members for helping put together this doc: Indigo V., Julissa L., Kathy T., Lena T., Tracy L., members of VietRISE, Chispa, CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, and more. Thank you to all the community members who are continuing to send us the most recent updates!

March 19, 2020: 108 California Groups Call on U.S. Census Bureau to Extend Count Timeline Amidst COVID-19

Below is letter that was sent to the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) by 108 California organizations, non-profits, service agencies, and more. The letter urges the USCB to take proactive and long-term measures to protect community members during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending the census count timeline, and more.

This letter was organized by VietRISE and members of the Orange County Civic Engagement Table (OCCET).


Thursday, March 19, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

4600 Silver Hill Road

Washington, DC 20233

Re: Protect Our Communities during COVID-19 Outbreak by Postponing and Extending Census Count Timeline

To officials at the U.S. Census Bureau:

We are writing as 108 non-profit groups, service agencies, civic engagement organizations, and more across California who have committed to conducting census outreach in hard to count communities this Census Count 2020. 

As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.  Many state and local healthcare agencies have directed counties and local municipalities to take all precaution possible to prevent the spread of the disease.  However, the federal government has been slow in response to provide recommendations and safety protocols for local groups that will be conducting census outreach, nor have they provided adequate resources for local response teams to conduct preventative measures including mass and accessible testing, mobile alerts, and more.

During this time, we believe that hundreds of communities across the country will be inaccurately counted and heavily undercounted during this Census count.  For example, college campuses are being shut down across the country and hundreds of thousands of students will be forced to move off campus for the remainder of the academic year.  This alone will result in a massively inaccurate census count for this demographic.

Additionally, we believe it is our responsibility to take safe and considerate precautions for our community members, many of whom are senior residents and those most at risk.  Launching mass canvasses and expecting groups to hold census outreach events in person will expose thousands of people to other thousands of people, increasing the spread of transmission.

We call on the federal government and the U.S. Census Bureau to take action to protect our communities by:

  1. Postponing expected in-person census outreach operations until June 1, 2020, until responsive measures are in place to curb the spread of transmission
  2. Extending the length of time for the country to take the census to at least October 31, 2020
  3. Preparing a support package with additional resources for states, counties, and community organizations to complete a more accurate count

We, the undersigned, are partaking in the following measures to responsibly prevent the spread of infection and protect our communities by:

  1. Suspending all in-person field operations and outreach for the census across California until April 20, 2020
  2. Calling on our congressional representatives to call on the U.S. federal government and Census Bureau to take action to extend the census response timeline

We believe this is an opportunity for the U.S. Census Bureau to strategize with community organizations, who are engaging hard-to-count communities, that are uniquely impacted by other economic and health factors, to create a strong response and outreach strategy during this health crisis. We urge the U.S. Census Bureau to include community organizations in their strategy planning now so that we ensure that every person in the country is counted. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jonathan Paik at jonathan@occet.org


Orange County Civic Engagement Table (OCCET)


Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF)

Orange County Environmental Justice (OCEJ)

AHRI for Justice

Resilience Orange County

Orange County Congregation Community (OCCCO)


Korean Community Services

Korean American Center

Korean American Professional Society (KAPS)


California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative

ELEVATE AAPI @ Irvine Valley College

Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)

OC Autism Foundation 


Hope Community Services

Vietnamese Community of Southern California

Orange County Vietnamese Complete Count Committee

Orange County Cambodian Complete Count Committee

Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation

OC Mobile Home Residents Coalition

Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)

Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center (AASCSC)

National Asian American Community Foundation (NAACF)

Orange County Equality Coalition

Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC)

Women For: Orange County

The Cambodian Family Community Center 

Network of Myanmar American Association

People’s Homeless Task Force Orange County

Asian Pacific Community Fund of Southern California

People’s Homeless Task Force

Orange County Chinese Cultural Club (OCCCC)

Korean Resource Center

Faith and Community Empowerment (Formerly KCCD)

Center for the Pacific Asian Family

Visual Communications Media

South Asian Network (SAN)

Korean American Coalition Los Angeles

Southland Integrated Services, Inc.

Chinatown Service Center

Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP)

Herald Christian Health Center

Asian Youth Center (AYC)

Khmer Girls in Action

Korean American Special Education Center

United Cambodian Community

Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program

LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics)

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco

Project by Project – Los Angeles

Catalyst San Gabriel Valley Incorporated

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

KIWA (Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance)

Pacific Islander Health Partnership

CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment)

Korean American Federation of Los Angeles

Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council

Thai Community Development Center

Korean American Family Services

Pacific Asian Counseling Services

Love in Music

Burmese Community Resettlement Initiative

Filipino Migrant Center

Vision Care Service West

Sacramento Valley Korean-American Community

Anderson Munger Family YMCA

Cambodia Town, Inc.

Korean American Bar Association of Northern California

Together We Will OC


Korean Community Center of East Bay

Korea Daily Times

Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) SF

Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI)

Koreatimes SF

Korean Community Center of East Bay

Asian Refugees United

East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum

Refugee & Immigrant Transitions

Mesu Strategies

Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

San Francisco Latino Parity & Equity Coalition (SFLPEC)

Burma Refugee Families & Newcomers

VietUnity – East Bay

Oasis Legal Services

RBA Creative


OCA Sacramento

Pacific Asian Counseling Services

Korean American Coalition

Korean American Federation of Los Angeles

Communities United for Health and Justice

Diversity in Health Training Institute

Hmong Innovating Politics

San Francisco Korean American Community Center

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment

Visibility Project

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI)

Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB)

COLORS LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

Latino Equality Alliance

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

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

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

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


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

August 8th, 2019


Tracy La, 858-598-7805,
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

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

CONTACT: tracy@vietrise.org 


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: tracy@vietrise.org


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, 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.