Thursday, June 21, 2012

General Meeting June 16, 2011

Phew... we went over so many topics at our last general meeting. 

Chi Tammy was creative enough to create a slideshow for a our meeting. Is it cool or what? Check it out here and get updated if you were not able to attend the meeting!

You can view a very cool presentation of info like this:

And zoom in and out to different sections!

 Help us edit the presentation, move around...

 We can keep talking about what a great tool is, but check it out for yourself!

We went over Summer Camp, elections, our PBC Rediscovery Project, community updates, summer events, and more! Talk to any of our members or staff to get updated or check out our Facebook group here:

Friday, October 7, 2011

DTNPBC Annual Car Wash

On September 25, 2011, Đoàn Thanh Niên Phan Bội Châu held their annual car wash to support efforts of promoting human rights and democracy in Việt Nam!

Brendon Trần drying off a supporter's car

Steven Nguyễn and Lọc Đòan promoting the carwash

Teresa Ngô really wants to get this car clean

Chú Hùng handling the pressure hose

Trisha Trần workin' the squeegee 

Photo credit: Trường Bùi

Recently, at least 13 youth activists from Việt Nam have been arrested by Vietnamese police officers for participating in activities to advocate social justice in Việt Nam in addition to protesting against Chinese government claims over the Parcel and Spratly Islands.

All the proceeds (a total of $560!) will go towards supporting the families of these imprisoned youth activists. Activists' families are frequently targeted by the Vietnamese government in efforts to silence these activists. 


Check out this great campaign that has been initiated by attendees of the Đại Hội Thanh Niên Sinh Viên Việt Nam Thế Giới Kỳ 6. 

You can send personal letters to provide support and hope to the youth and their families who have been affected by the Vietnamese government's lack of concern for human rights. 

"The Communist Government of Vietnam continues its efforts to silence all voices of conscience.  Since early August, at least 13 young patriots have been arrested by police officers and the Ministry of Public Security and held incommunicado without access to lawyers. These committed youth activists have participated in activities calling for social justice as well as protests against Chinese encroachment on Vietnamese territories. Several of these activists are prominent bloggers; most belong to the Vinh diocese of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.  As Vietnamese youth who value freedom, we oppose all acts of oppression and call for the immediate and unconditional release of these 13 youth activists.  
With a multi-approach collaborative effort among many youth organizations worldwide, the Letter Writing Initiative can offer hope and send messages of solidarity directly to these youth activists and their families. " 

Let us support these activists and let them know that they are not alone. 

Send in your letter now!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Candlelight Demonstration at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park

On Wednesday, September 14th, DTNPBC volunteered and participated in a Candlelight Demonstration at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park.

What did we do there?
Along with 3,000 other demonstrators around the world (Seattle, Utah, Las Vegas, Toronto, San Francisco, Paris and more), PBC SoCal members advocated for a Vietnamese government that upholds principles of democracy and human rights in Việt Nam and protested against China's territorial claims over the Paracel and Spratly Islands.

PBC members in attendance included Jason Lee, Tammy Trần, Sam Hunh, Giao TrầnTrường Bùi, Kevin Lê, and Brendon Trần.
PBC members from left to right: Giao Trần, Jason Lee, Sam Huỳnh

Inspired by the demonstration, Sam Huỳnh excitedly remarked, "Events like these always make me so proud to be Vietnamese!"

Here are some photos from the event:
Demonstrators with Vietnamese and American flags before the start of the candlelight vigil

PBC members participating in a moment of silence for those who sacrificed their lives in the name of liberty for Việt Nam

A supporter with a Vietnamese scarf and flag

A demonstrator during the candlelight vigil

Anh Phông Lý and Sam Huỳnh showing their support at the demonstration

All photos used in today's post are credited to Trường Bùi

Hope to see more PBC members at future events! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Welcome to our new blog!

Hey there readers,

Welcome to Đoàn Thanh Niên Phan Bội Châu's new blog! 

Members of DTNPBC (or PBC for short) participate in numerous events, some of which include planning the Cultural Village (Làng Việt Nam) at the Tết Festival, car washes that benefit the families' of activists in Việt Nam who have a hard time supporting themselves through the Vietnamese government's efforts, volunteering for the annual Black April Commemoration...

Here are some photos of the past events we have either planned or participated in:
DTNPBC at a fundraiser to benefit Đại Hội Thanh Niên Sinh Viên Việt Nam Thế Giới Kỳ 6

DTNPBC at our annual Winter Retreat

DTNPBC with other various groups in front of the entrance of Làng Việt Nam

As a non-partisan youth group, our mission statement is as follows: 

1. To participate and contribute in efforts to fight for democracy and human rights for Việt Nam.
2. To preserve and educate people on Vietnamese traditions and culture.
3. To participate in efforts to develop and strengthen the Vietnamese community in America.
4. To provide a space where the youth can come together to meet each other and to learn from one another, and to contribute to the Vietnamese community and Việt Nam.

Check out this blog to find out about updates what we're doing in the community, hear about current events in the Vietnamese-American community and in Việt Nam, and to learn more about the Vietnamese culture!

To all you PBC members out there, let's keep working! Tết is rolling around soon, so hope you're ready for all those after school work parties. 

NEXT POST: Candlelight Demonstration at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park

Photo credit: Truong Bui