Hai Ba Trung School of Organizing - Northeast Fundraiser 2014
We are fundraising to sponsor participants and supplies for a three-day training called Hai Ba Trung School of Organizing in Philadelphia for progressive Vietnamese/Vietnamese-Americans residing primarily in the Northeast region. We need funds to cover the expenses of travel, food, and materials for twenty-five people for three days.
More about our campaign and HBT training!
WHAT: The Hai Bà Trưng School of Organizing is a training program for young self-identified progressive Vietnamese organizers. Participants have the opportunity to explore a progressive Vietnamese American identity, learn the basics of organizing theory and skills, and connect to local and national organizers doing social justice work. The training will focus on best practices and challenges unique to organizing in the Vietnamese American community in the Northeast region. Named after two celebrated women warriors who led one of the Viet peoples’ first major revolts against colonialism, the Hai Bà Trưng School’s goal is to develop a base of progressive Vietnamese American organizers and activists. HBT originated in summer of 2011 in Southern California and since then has completed trainings for three cohorts and expanded into Northern California and the Northeast US region. This year we hope to dive deeper into community issues, challenges, and opportunities unique to the Viet community in the Northeast region, and a day of hands-on fieldwork.
WHO: We are a small volunteer grassroots group and we need your financial support to make this training accessible to low-income folks and for those traveling from afar. Your support will also help feed and transport participants for the training. If you believe in our mission and the purpose of our training, lend us a hand! You can purchase a t-shirt with our Booster campaign to support our training. Please support our efforts by spreading the word to all your friends and communities! Our goal is to sell 150 t-shirts by April 15.
BEHIND THE DESIGN: The text on the back of the t-shirt is a traditional Vietnamese folk poem that inspired community members to create a banner protesting the exclusion of the Vietnamese LGBTQ community from the annual 2013 Lunar New Year parade in Orange County, California. The t-shirt design is inspired by one protest banner’s illustration which was re-designed by one of our team members. We saw the connection between the poem’s purpose with the on-going “Toi Dong Y” movement for LGBTQ equality in Viet Nam, and so we included the slogan as a shout out.
**If you need more information regarding our training or our fundraising campaign please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Please circulate our Booster campaign! We need your help!
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April 8 2014
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vortexof-freedom asked: Chào bạn! Mình rất ngưỡng mộ tinh thần yêu nước của bạn, và đặc biết là mình ít biết có người Việt ủng hộ LGBT. Cảm ơn bạn đã cất tiểng giúp đỡ nhiều người đồng giới khác khi người ta không có bản lĩnh của chính mình. Thân
Cảm ơn bạn rất nhiều đả gửi lời thâm và ủng hộ người LGBT Việt ở Mỹ! Mình vui bạn hổ trợ ngửng nỗ lực của chúng tôi. Hy vọng tiếng nối lên của cộng đồng mình cho nhửng quyên người LGBT sẻ lớn và mạnh hơn trong tương lai mình.
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February 23 2014
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Operation Babylift: How Evangelicals Conspired with Anti-Communists to Create the International Adoption Industry
Under the manufactured threat of a mass slaughter of infants and children by advancing North Vietnamese forces, Western relief agencies and orphanages in South Vietnam, and finally the U.S. government, pressed into action a daring “rescue” plan dubbed Operation Babylift. Vietnamese children under the jurisdiction of the relief agencies and orphanages—along with any other child who was either handed to them or picked up off the street—were to be sent out of the country and placed with adoptive parents in Western countries.
Aside from the fact that not all the children evacuated were orphans and adoption documentation was often illegitimate, the cargo plane that lifted the initial group of evacuees crashed, killing 141 of 149 children on board. Nevertheless, by the time the Vietnam War officially ended on April 30, 1975, approximately three thousand infants and young children had been taken out of Vietnam for the purpose of adoption…
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February 8 2014
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Celebrating the Lunar New Year: Books About the Vietnamese Diaspora
Both buoyant and bittersweet, the holiday is symbolic of the ways in which immigrant communities across America weave the old in with the new creating patterns inspired by tales of survival, loss, and the constant dreams of a better life.
As I thought about which books to include in this post, I realized I wanted to highlight books that spoke to this balance of past and present, of love and loss, of hope and despair. All the books below explore the Vietnamese immigrant experience and will hopefully help readers get a glimpse into the lives of the people in this community.
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February 6 2014
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“The CIA in Vietnam, in a program called “Operation Phoenix,” secretly, without trial, executed at least twenty thousand civilians in South Vietnam who were suspected of being members of the Communist underground. A pro-administration analyst wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs in January 1975: “Although the Phoenix program did undoubtedly kill or incarcerate many innocent civilians, it did also eliminate many members of the Communist infrastructure.”
After the war, the release of records of the International Red Cross showed that in South Vietnamese prison camps, where at the height of the war 65,000 to 70,000 people were held and often beaten and tortured, American advisers observed and sometimes participated. The Red Cross observers found continuing, systematic brutality at the two principal Vietnamese POW camps-at Phu Quoc and Qui Nhon, where American advisers were stationed.
By the end of the Vietnam war, 7 million tons of bombs had been dropped on Vietnam, more than twice the total bombs dropped on Europe and Asia in World War II-almost one 500-pound bomb for every human being in Vietnam. It was estimated that there were 20 million bomb craters in the country. In addition, poisonous sprays were dropped by planes to destroy trees and any kind of growth-an area the size of the state of Massachusetts was covered with such poison. Vietnamese mothers reported birth defects in their children. Yale biologists, using the same poison (2,4,5,T) on mice, reported defective mice born and said they had no reason to believe the effect on humans was different.
On March 16, 1968, a company of American soldiers went into the hamlet of My Lai 4, in Quang Ngai province. They rounded up the inhabitants, including old people and women with infants in their arms. These people were ordered into a ditch, where they were methodically shot to death by American soldiers.”
— Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (via cat-phuong)
(Source: mahakavi, via no-dickpix)
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February 5 2014
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