April 15, 2018

From our president, Tung Nguyen:

Some pictures from the Advancing Justice Conference with me and Asian American Warriors:
1) Senator Mazie Hirono
2) Delegate Kathy Tran (1st AA woman in the VA leg.), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (1st Indian American woman in Congress), Delegate Bee Nguyen (1st VA in the GA leg.), Delegate Sam Park (1st openly gay man in the GA leg.)
3) Bee, Kathy, Elise, Phi Nguyen of AAJC-Atlanta Tuyet Le of AAJC-Chicago. 
4) Tuyet Duong, Thu Quach, Phi Nguyen, and Bee.

April 14, 2018

From one of our members, Phi Nguyen:

I met Tin at the Adelanto ICE Detention Center in January of this year. He had just completed 20 years in prison for crimes he committed when he was 17. The amount of deep and transformative introspection he had done while incarcerated became clear to me in the hour that we spent talking.

Immediately after Tin finished his prison sentence, he was ordered deported to Vietnam. He then sat in an ICE detention prison for over six months even though he can’t be deported under a longstanding agreement between Vietnam and the United States.

Tin was finally released this past week. When he texted me to share the good news, he also sent me a picture of him with his mom, whom he hadn’t seen in two years, and the dim sum lunch that he got to enjoy with her.

When I asked if I could share these pictures and his story, he said “Sure, you can share my story with anyone you think might benefit from my experience.”

May the release of one of our brothers, his reunion with his family, and his enjoyment of a decent meal for the first time in years be a salve for the daily onslaught of heartbreaking news about the current state of our world.

#WeGonnaBeAlright

March 27, 2018

From our president, Tung Nguyen:

The system won't change, until it does. Slavery would never end, until it did, 90 years after the revolution. Women could never vote, until they did, 50 years after suffragette movement started. Same sex marriage went from something even Democrats were against to reality in less than 20 years. Is 20 years too long for a social change movement? I don't think so. Keep marching, keep voting, keep up the pressure. Cynicism is simply the viewpoint of someone with a short time horizon.

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March 25, 2018

From our president, Tung Nguyen:

People keep asking me how we can convince Trump voters. While I think we need to understand where they are coming from, hence the need for dialogue, we shouldn't have a strategy to convince them. We need to get the people in the middle, and more importantly, the people who don't engage.

So many people whom I  asked for help have said to me "I don't do politics". To be honest, they've slipped a notch in my respect for them. These are highly accomplished people who can solve all kinds of problems, and they've decided not to do one of the most crucial steps in fixing the problems. The enemy is not just the NRA and their ilk. It is Despair, Excuses, Apathy, Timidity, Hopelessness (DEATH).