PIVOT Endorses My-Linh Thai for Washington State Legislature

PIVOT Endorses My-Linh Thai for Washington State Legislature

October 9, 2018
PIVOT is proud to endorse My-Linh Thai in her race to represent Washington State Legislative District 41, Position 2.  As a Vietnamese refugee who fled to the United States in 1983 at the age of 15 and a proud public school graduate, My-Linh understands the critical role that supportive teachers and counselors played in her educational and professional development. She first ran for Bellevue School Board Director in 2013 to help create a supportive environment that enables all children to develop to their full potential. Currently, she serves as Bellevue School Board President and Vice President for the Washington State School Directors Association. She is now running to be a state representative to continue to serve her community and it remains a welcoming one that celebrates diversity and protects the rights of all people to thrive. Her priorities include funding public education, protecting the environment, and building a community that centers equity, affordability, and sustainability. Learn more about My-Linh or find ways to support her by visiting her website.

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Trump's Public Charge Rule May Prevent Immigrants From Becoming Legal Permanent Residents

Trump's Public Charge Rule May Prevent Immigrants From Becoming Legal Permanent Residents

September 21, 2018
Dr. Tung Nguyen, PIVOT President 
When I was young, I worked in my parents’ Vietnamese grocery store in San Jose, California. Most of the Vietnamese shoppers paid with Food Stamps. As a doctor, most of my Vietnamese American patients are covered by Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers their children. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese Americans have benefited from these federal government programs, which allowed us to live and raise our children to be successful and to contribute to America. That is why PIVOT is very concerned about a proposed federal regulation called “Public Charge,” which will be used to prevent anyone who uses any of these programs from getting legal permanent resident status, or “green card.”

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PIVOT Endorses Tram Nguyen for Massachusetts State Representative

PIVOT Endorses Tram Nguyen for Massachusetts State Representative

September 4, 2018
PIVOT is extremely pleased to endorse Tram Nguyen for the position of Massachusetts State Representative, 18th Essex District. Tram immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of five and has lived in Massachusetts since. Her family came to America to pursue hope, opportunity and freedom, and Tram has dedicated her life to ensure that that dream for everyone. As a legal aid attorney, she has helped vulnerable people, particularly Vietnamese and Asian Americans, including victims of domestic violence, immigrants, the elderly, children, and low-wage workers.

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We are Southeast Asian American Students, and we Support Race-Conscious Admissions at Harvard and Beyond

We are Southeast Asian American Students, and we Support Race-Conscious Admissions at Harvard and Beyond

August 16, 2018
Luke Kertcher is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania
Trinh Truong is an undergraduate student at Yale University

Like 20% of our classmates at Yale and Penn, we are Asian American students attending Ivy League schools.

One of us graduated from a public school in the rural Midwest, where only a handful of Asian Americans were enrolled. The other attended a high-needs, urban public school in upstate New York, where more than 47 languages were spoken by a student body comprised mainly of refugees and immigrants. One of us had no standardized test preparation beyond poorly resourced teachers printing past exams. The other is lucky to have been included in a limited-enrollment college preparation program for low-income students that offered test preparation. Both of us are first-generation, Vietnamese American college students receiving substantial amounts of financial aid.

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We Are Americans Now

We Are Americans Now

July 2, 2018
Phuong-Chi Nguyen

My family came to the United States in 1975 after fleeing Saigon by boat. After being rescued at sea, we were sent to Camp Pendleton in San Diego. I was born five months later, the first of my family in the country.  

In that first wave after the war, we were welcomed with open arms in America. Sponsors helped my parents find jobs and we were able to save money, buy houses. For my part, I went to school, worked hard, and listened to everything the teachers told me.

I was what Americans called the “model minority.” A good immigrant.

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