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Community Update about organizing efforts in response to meeting between Vietnam & the US

Dear community members, supporters, advocates and allies,  Thank you for showing your support by signing onto our community petition/sign-on. Since the petition has gone out, we have been continuing to organize and mobilize to put pressure on both the Vietnamese government and the Department of Homeland Security to NOT change the current terms of the repatriation agreement signed in 2008.Immediately following the news of the meeting between DHS and the Vietnamese government, we created this petition to lift our community’s voice in opposition to any renegotiation of the current agreement that would further rip families and communities apart. We have also successfully collected 50 letters of support from local, state and congressional elected officials across the country supporting our petition. These have been delivered to leadership of DHS.We will be delivering this sign-on/petition on Monday, December 17th to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen to let DHS know that the community is watching, and are opposed to any renegotiations of the current Vietnamese repatriation agreement. Please continue to share this community sign-on/petition with your networks, we want to get to at least 5,000 signatures by Sunday, December 16th before we deliver the petition & signatures.We thank you so much for signing onto the petition, but we know that this is a long-term fight against the deportation machine. If you are interested in staying updated about the fight against Southeast Asian deportation, and potential opportunities to engage in organizing efforts, please fill out this contact form: https://goo.gl/forms/qojCpeCdl4gxv2Bz1All while this is happening in the Vietnamese community, the Cambodian community has been organizing and fighting back against the deportations in their community. Organizers have learned that this Monday, December 17th, there is a flight scheduled to deport 46 Cambodian community members back to Cambodia. Please support the Cambodian community by calling Omni Air International to demand they stop collaboration/participation with ICE in the deportation of our community members, and the cancel the flight scheduled for 12/17. We will continue to share updates to everyone as we receive more information moving forward, and will continue to protect and defend our communities from deportation.  Signed by,  The Vietnamese Anti-Deportation Network (VADN)

Kevin Lam
3 years ago