Today, August 15th, marks the five year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), a program that defers the deportation of eligible undocumented immigrants and allows them a work permit for two years. More than a relief program, DACA provides opportunities to many immigrants across different racial/ethnic groups, including Vietnamese Americans.Read More
On this past weekend, the KKK and Neo-Nazis marched under torchlight through Charlottesville chanting “Blood and Soil”, evoking Nazism and the Holocaust, some of the most brutal consequences of racism and hatred in recent memory. This disgusting scene turn tragic when dozens were injured and Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed when a car plowed in a crowd of counter-protesters. Donald Trump, in a statement of characteristic moral blindness, condemns hatred “on all sides,” equating those who seek to oppress with those who struggle against oppression.Read More
July 2, 2017
By Mai Do
It's 2:00AM on June 30. I am writing a poem. I check Twitter in case of news updates from Hong Kong or Southeast Asia. I am prepared to see images of protests, or to see more images from Marawi City, or to see reports of the Rohingya crisis. I am not prepared to see The Seattle Times report that Tommy Le, a young, twenty-year-old, Vietnamese American man, was shot and killed by King County police without solid reason on June 14. The reported reason for shooting Tommy Le? He was allegedly carrying a knife, but in actuality, he was carrying a pen. Tommy Le was fatally shot while carrying a pen.
June 30, 2017
In an effort to stop a potential Trump Executive Order that would impact lives of immigrants who are admitted to the United States legally, 38 nonprofit organizations, government officials and academics serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are uniting to increase public awareness of an ominous executive order, leaked earlier this year and foreshadowed in public statements again just last week, that threatens immigrants with deportation if they use federally funded public benefits, and indebts their sponsors with repaying such benefits.
June 27, 2017
By Tung Thanh Nguyen, MD
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan government agency whose analyses of the effects of federal legislation are generally accepted to be the most accurate, has issued its assessment of the Senate Health Care Bill. The CBO analysis confirms the general perception that the bill is tax reform masquerading as health care reform.
June 12, 2017
Welcome to the Young Vietnamese American Voter Survey!
The purpose of this survey is to gather information on what young, Vietnamese Americans care about in relation to social issues within their communities. The PIVOT Young Vietnamese Americans (YVA) Committee will use this information to create resources and implement programs that will empower young people to become more civically engaged.
Terms of the incentive for completing the survey: To thank you for your time, upon completion of the survey, you will get a chance to enter in a weekly raffle. Each week for the next four weeks, a winner will be drawn from our survey pool for a chance to win a $25 gift card. You may prefer to not participate and have the option to remain anonymous.
May 31, 2017
By Tung Thanh Nguyen, MD
People used to talk about America as the melting pot, which sounded either scary or unappetizing. Immigrants were supposed to assimilate, which meant becoming white. I call it the bleaching of America. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month means we can celebrate what makes us different. The diversity, not the singularity, is what makes us stronger. As a scientist, I can say that this is true. Species that do not have diversity cannot adapt, and will become extinct.
PIVOT (The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization) endorses Bee Nguyen as State Representative for the 89th District in Georgia. Nguyen currently serves as the Chief of Staff for State Representative Sam Park, a Korean-American whom she helped to defeat a three-term Republican incumbent to be the first openly gay man to serve on the Georgia General Assembly. Nguyen is also the founder and Executive Director at Athena’s Warehouse, a nonprofit that helps educate and empower underserved teenage girls, many of whom are immigrants or daughters of immigrants, in the Atlanta community.
It is now more important than ever to elect a woman of color, and the first Vietnamese American, to the Georgia legislature. Nguyen will use her platform to further expand progressive causes in Georgia that are aligned with PIVOT’s, including mobilizing minorities and young voters, and taking a relentless stand in support of immigrant and refugee rights.Read More