Can you believe it is already March? 2023 We hope you have been able to manage the turbulence around us; we’ve been feeling it all too. Amidst this turbulence we believe that it is more important than ever to continue to celebrate the successes and experience joy however we can, without guilt or apprehension. We can experience multiple feelings at once.
Welcome Vincent Trần as our 1st Organizing Director!
With that being said, it is with great pleasure that we announce that our team member, Vincent Trần, will be starting his new role as our first Organizing Director! Since 2018, Vincent has served as our Community Engagement Coordinator and was one of VietRISE’s very first program participants and staff members.
Vincent has spearheaded our civic engagement, elections, and Vietnamese political education programs, and his major accomplishments include leading a program that assisted over 3,000 Vietnamese residents in Orange County to fill out the census, spearheading 3 Orange County city community redistricting committees, providing Political Tours of Little Saigon to hundreds of youth in Little Saigon, serving on the research team for the CA state Vietnamese American Refugee Experience Model Curriculum, and more.
As Organizing Director, Vincent will be leading VietRISE’s Power Building team, who are tasked with building local Vietnamese working class political power by developing leaders, training new organizers, and conducting year-round civic engagement to ensure residents become leaders to shape, inform, and develop collective solutions for issues that impact them.
Mark Your Calendar & Get Involved
Thursday 3/23 @ 8 - 10AM: Beyond Debt and Gratitude: Vietnamese Migration and Settlement in Orange County
Building upon its own Equity Strategic Plan and the recent report, Beyond Equity: Seeking Liberation, Autonomy and Justice in Orange County, Orange County Grantmakers has launched a learning series on the historical and cultural context for inequity in our region as well as the need for systemic change to address its root causes. VietRISE is excited to partner with OCG as its first presenter during the March session themed: “Beyond Debt and Gratitude: Vietnamese Migration and Settlement in Orange County.”
Please join us as we explore how Vietnamese communities have been shaped by competing forces and how the framework of joint struggle can be used to build solidarity and advance social, racial, and economic justice.
- Tracy La & Vincent P. Tran, VietRISE
- Thuy Vo Dang, UCLA
- Son Do, OC Mobile Home Residents Coalition
Where: Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, Cal State Fullerton
Cost: $15 or free for OCG Members
Saturday 2/4: VietRISE Community Listening Session - Introducing our Advocacy Tool Score Card
Friday 2/24: VietRISE Annual Staff Retreat
2023 Nguoi Viet Daily News' Bao Xuan
Free KN95 Masks
Campaign & Program News
Partnership with UCI's CCAP TEACH Program
For 10 weeks, our student interns Vicky and Vivianna will support VietRISE in developing a Digital Political Tour of Little Saigon; an interactive digital map displaying key events and monuments that we highlight during our in-person tours. Stay tuned for when our map goes live!
Phuong Pham (she/her):
Phuong has been a long term canvasser and volunteer with VietRISE for the past few years, participating in redistricting efforts and elections, Phuong went above and beyond in her organizing efforts with our community. Furthermore, her compassion, curiosity, warmth, and care shines brightly through her role as a facilitator at our recent community listening sessions. It is a joy and honor to organize alongside Phuong!
Michael Mai (he/him):
Michael is a canvasser and facilitator with VietRISE. This past year he participated in our canvassing efforts for the general election and was a dynamic facilitator for our recent community listening sessions. His love, care, warmth, and passion shines brightly through the many relationships he has built with community members. It is a joy and honor to organize alongside Michael!