June Newsletter: Mural Unveiling Ceremony & Youth Program Begins

Written by VietRISE

June 14, 2024

Dear Community,

Happy Pride Month! At VietRISE we are proud to be part of a vibrant LGBTQ+ community and believe all of our institutions, from schools to local government, should take initiative to ensure that LGBTQ+ community members feel safe and free to be who they are.

Recently, we began hosting sessions for our Tự Lực School for Organizing for high school aged youth, wrapped up our 6-week-long art workshops with artist Tiffany Le. Read more below for our upcoming event this Saturday, as well as our upcoming technology and digital literacy workshop series!

Mark Your Calendar & Get Involved

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Saturday, June 15 @ 12PM: Art Workshop Mural Unveiling & Closing Ceremony

This Spring, we partnered with artist Tiffany Le to host weekly art workshops for 15 participants to learn different artistic mediums to express their lived experiences and vision for the future. As a culmination of our workshop series, please join us on June 15 for a mural unveiling & closing ceremony. This event will be held at our office.

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Saturday, June 22 @ 11AM: Community Summer Picnic

Join us for a summer afternoon of celebrating and building community, taking action on campaigns to defend the dignity and rights of our community members, and eating delicious food! This will be a potluck, so please RSVP and bring something tasty to share with others. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa (lisa@vietrise.org)! Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, June 20.

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Technology & Digital Literacy Workshops

We are launching Digital Literacy Workshops in both English and Vietnamese to equip our community members with crucial digital skills to stay engaged with current events and find employment! Workshops will cover computer and digital literacy basics such as: how to use email and Zoom, how to browse the web, and how to create a LinkedIn account. Sign up today or stay tuned for additional rounds of workshops in the future.


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Organizing for Change: Opportunities for Immigrant & Economic Justice

This report recently published by the Harbor Institute for Immigrant and Economic Justice provides a landscape analysis of the pressing challenges affecting immigrant and refugee communities. Additionally, it highlights areas of opportunity for advancing immigrant and economic justice in Orange County, CA.

Campaign & Program News

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Cultural Tour of Little Saigon for Westminster High School Students

On Tuesday, May 28, we hosted our 3rd annual cultural tour of Little Saigon for over 100 students from Westminster High School! During this tour, the students learned about the formation of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA and how they can take part in envisioning a better future for their communities. Thank you to the students, teachers, and tour guides for an enriching experience!

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Tự Lực School for Organizing Begins

Thursday, May 30th marked the launch of our Tự Lực School for Organizing youth program, where our 15 youth participants gathered at the VietRISE office to kick off 12 weeks of learning and growth! This cohort will explore Vietnamese American identity, discussing local Little Saigon history, and growing skills for community organizing. Stay tuned because in a few weeks, they will be hosting a community art event!


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Báo Người Việt - Cảnh sát dẹp khu biểu tình tại UC Irvine, bắt giữ gần 50 người

On Wednesday, May 15th, police in riot gear cleared the pro-Palestinian encampment set up by UCI students two weeks prior. They arrested nearly 50 people. As the school administration continues to threaten and suspend student protestors, UCI students remain steadfast in demanding the university to divest and disclose investments with Israel. Read the full article here.

Al Jazeera - Israel attacked Rafah at night, 'all the people burned'

#AllEyesOnRafah  On Sunday, May 26th, Israel launched air strikes on a camp for displaced Palestinians in Tal as-Sultan, a designated safe zone northwest of Rafah. Burning the camp to the ground, Israeli forces killed at least 45 people and wounded many others, including children. As Israel persists in its genocide against Palestinians, we must continue to call on the U.S. government to stop funding such violence and hatred. Read the full article here.

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VietRISE advances social justice and builds power with working-class Vietnamese and immigrant communities in Orange County. We build leadership and create systemic change through organizing, narrative change, cultural empowerment, and civic engagement.

VietRISE is fiscally sponsored by Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.



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