A Sanctuary is a Refuge

A Sanctuary is a Refuge

April 17, 2018
By Dr. Tung Nguyen

A sanctuary is a place where people can find safety from persecution for their families.
In many countries, churches and temples have often served as sanctuaries against oppressive governments. This is because protecting other people from harm is a fundamental tenet of morality. As refugees, Vietnamese Americans know the value of a refuge. Most Vietnamese Americans are here because humanitarians in the U.S. government made America a safe place for us.

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Letter to the City of Westminster - Reject Amicus Brief Against SB54

Letter to the City of Westminster - Reject Amicus Brief Against SB54

April 11, 2018
Dear Honorable Mayor Ta, Councilmember Diep, Councilmember Contreras, Councilmember Ho, and Councilmember Rice,

My name is Cathy Lam. I am a parent and member of VROC (Viet Rainbows of OC) and a member of PIVOT - The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization.  

As a refugee from Vietnam, I was raised in Westminster since the age of 12. Forty-three years later, both of my parents, Tony Lam and Mau Hop, still call Westminster home, where I often stay with them three months out of the year. 

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Share Your Viet-Am Story

Share Your Viet-Am Story

March 8, 2018
PIVOT presents Viet Amp Stories, a storytelling project representing voices of Vietnamese/Vietnamese Americans across the nation. The project consists of a series of interviews and narratives collected from participants of the initial Young Vietnamese American Survey distributed in 2016 by PIVOT as well as other young, Vietnamese Americans to understand and explore civic and voter engagement trends. The information collected from the interviews will be compiled in a qualitative report as well as published on Medium as way of displaying the complexity and diversity of the Vietnamese narratives. If you are interested in participating in the interviews, please sign up using the link on the flier and a staff member will be in contact with you shortly.

For more information, email: vietampstories@gmail.com

To sign up, please fill out this form.

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We See Your Divisive Tactics, GOP

We See Your Divisive Tactics, GOP

February 9, 2018
Congratulations to community health centers for the great victory on Friday when Congress passed legislation to fix the Health Center funding cliff. Health Centers can now count on two years of extended funding. It would have been better to have longer stability for these health centers, which are the mainstay primary care for underserved populations, including undocumented immigrants.

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PIVOT Endorses Dr. Mai Khanh Tran for Congress in California's 39th District

PIVOT Endorses Dr. Mai Khanh Tran for Congress in California's 39th District

February 5, 2018
PIVOT is extremely pleased to announce its support for Dr. Mai Khanh Tran in her race for California’s Congressional District 39. Dr. Tran is not a career politician, and her path reflects that of so many immigrants and refugees to this country, those who have overcame great odds to succeed and then to give back.  

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PIVOT Disappointed About Temporary Funding Solution

PIVOT Disappointed About Temporary Funding Solution

January 22, 2018
PIVOT, the nation’s first progressive Vietnamese network, expressed deep concern that Congress today passed a temporary funding bill that does not include the following: a permanent solution to regularize the status of certain immigrant youth (sometimes called DREAMers); funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and critical funding for community health centers (Federally Qualified Health Centers rely on this appropriated funding to serve low-income and vulnerable populations).

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The United States of America

The United States of America

January 13, 2018
By Dr. Tung Nguyen, as published in The Huffington Post

On the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I have been thinking about what it means to be an American. We are clearly a divided country, and it is important for us to work together to sustain what, in my opinion, has been the most important social undertaking ever conducted. Can a country that arose out of revolution against oppression not regress into it? Can people of different races and ethnicities co-exist without killing each other? Can human beings truly have an equal society? Can we celebrate what makes each of us unique and yet maintain respect for or even support each other’s humanity? These questions have not been resolved. Really, they can never be resolved because such a society will have to be constantly evolving. But are we still trying?

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