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

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Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Tracy La, (858) 598-7805 |
SG Sarmiento, (202) 746-2099 |


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.

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

July 18, 2019
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Breaking: Little Saigon Protests Demand Local Officials “Bring Human Rights Home”

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“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.