Saturday, October 31, 2009

NOV. 3: STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

NOV. 3: STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

New Jersey and Virginia are holding their statewide elections next Tuesday (the only 2 states to do so in 2009)! Here's what's in store for New Jersey and Virginia voters this November 3rd.

New Jersey At stake in New Jersey's statewide election- besides the governor and state legislature seats- is a ballot question on the "Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009." A guide for voters is available.

Virginia- Virginia voters will choose their new governor next Tuesday, as well as their state delegates. Virginians can easily find their polling places by entering addresses on the Board of Elections site. They can also follow the Virginia State Board of Elections on Twitter - the BOE posts deadlines, links and instructions for registering, voting, and sending in absentee ballots.

Virginia Statewide Elections
General Elections will be held November 3, 2009.
The three most powerful elected officials are governor, lt. governor and attorney general.


The Latin motto, "Sic semper tyrannis," at the bottom of the state seal means, "Thus Always to Tyrants." This quote is attributed to Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar in Rome. The woman is virtue and represents Virginia. The prostrate man represents tyranny; note the fallen crown to the right. The Tyrant is holding both a chain and a scourge.

Gubernatorial candidates:

Creigh Deeds (D)

Bob McDonnell (R)

Lieutenant Gov. candidates:

Bill Bolling (R)

Jody Wagner (D)

Attorney General candidates:

Ken Cuccinelli (R)

Steve Shannon (D)


Office Governor

Party in Power Democratic (Kaine)

Assumed Control January 12, 2002 (Warner)

Next Election November 3, 2009

Office Lieutenant Governor

Party in Power Republican (Bolling)

Assumed Control January 14, 2006 (Bolling)

Next Election November 3, 2009

Office Attorney General

Party in Power Republican (Mims)

Assumed Control January, 1994 (Gilmore)

Next Election November 3, 2009


Virginia is one of only five states that elects its state officials in odd numbered years (The others are Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Jersey). Virginia holds elections for these offices every 4 years in the years following Presidential election years. Thus, the last year when Virginia elected a Governor was 2005; the next gubernatorial election will occur in 2009, with future gubernatorial elections to take place in 2013, 2017, 2021, etc. Since 1977, Virginia has elected a Governor of the opposite political party compared to the current President of the United States of the time.

The Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Lieutenant Governor is elected every four years along with the Governor and Attorney General. The governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately and thus may be of different political parties. The lieutenant governor serves as the President of the Senate of Virginia and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. Unlike the governor the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia can run for reelection.

Bicameral legislature:

Virginia House of Delegates (2 year terms) (100 delegates)

and State Senate (4 year terms) (40 senators)

DELEGATES FROM Northern Virginia

34 Margaret Vanderhye 2007

35 Steve Shannon 2003

36 Kenneth R. Plum 1981

37 David Bulova


Fairfax


38 Bob Hull Democratic

39 Vivian E. Watts Democratic

40 Tim Hugo Republican

41 Dave Marsden Democratic

42 Dave Albo Republican

43 Mark D. Sickles Minority Caucus Secretary Democratic


Fairfax (part)

44 Kristen J. Amundson Minority Caucus Vice Chair for Operations

45 David L. Englin Arlington (part), Fairfax (part)

46 Charniele Herring Fairfax (part) Alexandria (part)

47 Al Eisenberg

48 Bob Brink Arlington (part)

49 Adam Ebbin Arlington (part), Fairfax (part) Alexandria (part)

50 Jackson H. Miller Republican

Manassas, Manassas Park


51 Paul F. Nichols Democratic

52 Jeff Frederick Republican Prince William (part)

53 Jim Scott Democratic Fairfax (part) Falls Church

86 Tom Rust (Republican) Fairfax (part), Loudoun (part)

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Scholarships for Southeast Asian High School Seniors of the Greater Washington, DC Area

NISEI STUDENT RELOCATION
COMMEM ORATIVE FUND, INC

NSRCFund2010
1718 First St. NW #6
Washington, DC 20001


Scholarships for Southeast Asian High School Seniors of the Greater Washington, DC Area

Eligible Students: Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese ancestry

Amounts: $2,000 and $1,000 (over 30 scholarships)

Criteria
Academic Achievement
Extra-curricular activities, including work
Financial Need
Further Education and Career Goals

Application
Simple Two-Page Form
Essay – Personal Statement
Transcript
Two Letters of Reference

Deadline: March 5, 2010

Information and application: nsrcfund2010@gmail.com

Sponsored By
Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund, a national scholarship program created by Japanese Americans whose lives were disrupted by war during World War II and whose college students' studies were abruptly halted. These students were given the opportunity to complete their education and now they want to give back to society or “repay the kindness” shown them. The scholarships specifically help Southeast Asian families whose lives were disrupted by the Vietnam War to meet the need for resources to support their students' aspirations. Help the Fund grow and more information at: www.NSRCFund.org


NISEI STUDENT RELOCATION COMMEMORATIVE FUND, INC
NSRCFund2010
1718 First Street NW #6
Washington DC 20001

CẤP HỌC BỔNG CHO HỌC SINH ĐÔNG NAM Á HỌC TẠI CÁC TRƯỜNG TRUNG HỌC CẤP 2 VÙNG WASHINGTON DC VÀ LÂN CẬN


DÀNH CHO NHỮNG HỌC SINH GỐC LÀO, CAMBỐT VÀ VIỆT NAM

HỌC BỒNG: $2,000 VÀ $1,000 (30 HỌC BỔNG)

TIÊU CHUẨN CHỌN LỰA:

THÀNH CÔNG TRONG HỌC VẤN
THAM GIA VÀO CÁC SINH HOẠT NGOÀI TRƯỜNG KỂ CẢ LÀM VIỆC
CẦN TRỢ GIÚP TÀI CHÍNH
MUỐN TIẾP TỤC HỌC CAO HƠN VÀ THAM VỌNG VỀ NGHỀ NGHIỆP

ĐỀ ĐƠN

ĐIỀN ĐƠN GỒM HAI TRANG
VIẾT BÀI LUẬN NÊU LÝ DO – ESSAY PERSONAL STATEMENT
ĐIÊM TRONG HỌC BẠ (TRANSCRIPT)
HAI THƠ GIỚI THIỆU

HẠN NẠP ĐƠN

5 THÁNG 3, 2010

NỚI HỎI VÀ HẠP ĐƠN: nsrcfund2010@gmail.com

Học bồng này được bảo trợ bởi Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund, một chương trình khởi xướng do người Mỹ gốc Nhật mà học vấn Đại Học bị dang giờ bởi đệ Nhị thế chiến. Những sinh viên này đã được cơ hội tiếp tục học và nay họ muốn đóng góp lại cho xã hội hay “trả lại những ân huệ” họ nhận được. Học bổng này nay nhằm cho các học sinh Đống Nam á mà cuộc sống đã bị ảnh hưởng bởi chiến tranh Việtnam. Những học bổng này sẽ giúp các học sinh này thực hiện được những ước nguyện trong đường học vấn của họ. Hãy giúp Quỹ này ngày lớn mạnh và nếu muốn biết nhiều hơn xin vào trang nhà: www.NSRCFund.org

Vietnamese version by Dr. Quan Dinh. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Quan Dinh's support.

PERSONAL STORIES OF SOME AWARD WINNERS

Phuoc Le, 1994
Phuoc Le was a recipient of an NSRC Fund scholarship in 1994, when he was a senior at Luther Burbank High School, in Sacramento, California. He and his family fled from Vietnam by boat, lived in refugee camps in Hong Kong, and eventually arrived in the United States. He describes some of his past below:

After many happenings in escaping Vietnam, my family reached Kansas. After a short stay in mid-America, we settled in Sacramento. I had to be the father figure in our single parent family, and for one month during my senior year, my mother returned to Vietnam, and I had to be both mother and father. I tended to my baby sister's bottle and diaper needs, and helped my eight-year-old brother with his math and other schoolwork. All the while, I kept up with my activities in the Interact Club, Science Olympiad, and Leadership Club, and also my community volunteer work. I even managed to meet college entrance application deadlines.

There are many things I have gained from these experiences -- a sense of responsibility, self confidence, [knowing] not to have children until I am positively ready (!), and a willingness to give up short-lived fun in order to accomplish something more important in the long run. I learned that if I can take a full load of classes and do well, help my school and community, and go home and take care of my younger siblings, I can do anything.

Phuoc graduated from Dartmouth College in 2000 with a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology, and Asian languages and cultures. He has studied language, culture, anthropology, and traditional medicine in Beijing. He is fluent in Vietnames, Mandarin, and English, and he speaks Spanish and Japanese as well. Phuoc entered Stanford Medical School in 2001. He plans to work as a physician in an international context, focusing on those with the greatest needs.

Sheng Vang, 1994
In 1997, Sheng Vang shared this perspective on her background, the NSRC award, and what it has meant to her.

I just graduated from Consumers River College in Sacramento. It's a junior college. Now I've been accepted by the University of California at Davis. I'm going to major in biology with an emphasis on botany, and then I'm going to go to optometry school. I'm fascinated by eyesight. In high school, we had to go around and talk with people and think about what we were going to do in the future. I went and talked with optometrists and I really liked it. Optometry is a professional field. It's a quiet environment. I like the quiet environment.

It was hard for me at junior college. I'm a really hard worker. I work hard for everything. It was so hard for me, but I'd tell myself, "Ok. Just don't give up." So I'd go to sleep at night and next morning I'd wake up and try again I just don't like to give up. I have this conscience in my mind that tells me, "You can't give up." I am proud because I really did the best I could.

[When I graduated from high school] my parents wanted me to go to Sacramento State and I didn't want to because I felt my whole life I lived my parents' dream. I applied to UC [the University of California] and I got accepted at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, but in our culture, the Hmong, for a girl to go far away, you put a shame on your parents. People say, "Oh look at that girl. She's probably living with someone." My parents wanted me to go to school but not the school I wanted to go to. It was hard because I fought against them and it broke their hearts. My parents aren't ready to let me go into the world. I made a deal with them that I would go to the community college and live at home so they could get used to the idea and then I would move to UC Davis. They did agree. But I think my dad thought I would never finish college because Hmong girls get married early and he thought that somewhere along the line I'd get married. But it didn't end up the way he thought.

My dad thought that if I did do what I wanted, he'd lose me forever, not have control. I know he's proud of me, but at the same time it's hard because I'm a girl, not a guy. I'm a girl and I'm aiming so high. I know that he's proud of me, but at the same time, it hurts him a lot. If I were a guy, it would bring his name up. My dad is still so traditional.

The NSRC Fund scholarship really changed my dad's mind about letting me go to college. My dad never thought I could win anything, because I'm a girl. He went to get the scholarship with me. I could almost see tears in his eyes because he was really proud of me. When he saw I got the scholarship, he said, "You've been working so hard." It changed things after that. The scholarship really changed my dad's perspective on me going to college. He would have let me got to school, but it changed things.

Junior college has prepared me for a four-year college. I'm really happy I didn't go right away because I wasn't ready for it. I've already been accepted at UC Davis and I'll move there and start school in the fall.

Phuong Tang, 1996
Phuong Tang, 1996 scholarship recipient, submitted the following application essay when he applied for the scholarship. He enrolled in New York University.

Brazen ? that would be the word I would use to paint a portrait of my mother and father. Brazen, because my mother and father did not know exactly what kind of odyssey they were about to embark upon as they climbed aboard a small wooden boat teeming with at least 90 Vietnamese men, women, and children one night in 1979. Brazen, because my mother and father were well aware that the moment the boat began to sail away from Vietnam, they would leave behind all they had ever known. Nine sweltering days and cold nights was the span of the journey which we spent drifting aimlessly in the perilous China Sea. The sea was often infested with Thai pirates who were notorious for preying on boat people. . . . Although we were fortunate to escape such danger, we were plagued by dangerously low levels of food, drinking water, and other essentials. . . . When many soon died, we had to throw the bodies overboard, since space was of the essence. We reached the point where we were so exhausted by the seemingly hopeless situation that we simply could take no more, when we were miraculously rescued and brought to Hong Kong.Unfortunately, it would be almost another two lengthy, tedious and arduous years of living in an overpopulated refugee camp before my family could finally step foot on American soil. . . . Surviving in America was just as difficult as the journey here. . . . My family soon learned that many Americans were not very courteous nor patient when they discovered that we were unable to speak the language. . . . Also, since my family was poor, I could only afford to wear hand-me-downs, which were often the subject of public ridicule. Although these experiences were painful, I am composed of my experiences, like a mosaic is composed of pieces of tile and glass. In addition to shaping the present, my parents and their voyage have influenced my past and future. For example, as a result of the harsh conditions on the voyage, I came down with pneumonia and spent much of my young life in a hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses. This experience attributes to why one of my future aspirations involves becoming a pediatrician. . . .

I recognize that all that I seek in life is behind a locked door, and that I too, must embark upon a journey of my own in search of the key of knowledge found only in institutions of higher learning that will unlock that door. Although my future endeavors may never surpass the risks that my mother and father took, the sacrifices they made, or what they achieved that night in 1979, I hope that they are just as remarkable. I also aspire that one day my children can in retrospect title me brazen for what I attained, just as I have of my parents. That would be my ultimate aspiration in life.


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

CENSUS NEWS BRIEF - No. 79


CENSUS NEWS BRIEF
No. 79


IN THIS CENSUS NEWS BRIEF:
Proposal for New Census Questions Delays 2010 Commerce Funding Bill
GAO: "Noteworthy Progress" in Census Preparations, But Challenges Remain
Major Cities Lack Resources for Census Preparation, Study Finds
Stakeholders "Rock the Count!": Indian Country Counts; New Nonprofit Census Toolkit; and more.

CENSUS QUESTION CONTROVERSY DELAYS
2010 FUNDING BILL FOR COMMERCE DEPARTMENT;
FORMER DIRECTORS WARN OF
"INCALCULABLE" COST AND CENSUS DELAY
House Members urge higher Senate funding level for 2010 count
GAO cites "noteworthy gains" in 2010 census preparations; tight timeframes still pose challenges

Pew report: Philadelphia census prep lagging; cities lack resources

Stakeholders "Rock the Count!": 'Indian Country Counts' launch; new toolkit available for nonprofits; and more

PROPOSAL TO ADD NEW CENSUS QUESTIONS
DELAYS COMPLETION OF 2010 COMMERCE FUNDING BILL


Former Census Directors warn of delayed census &"incalcuable" costs;
Vote on Vitter-Bennett amendment could come this week

The U.S. Senate failed to complete work last week on a massive funding bill that includes the Census Bureau, in large part because of controversy over an amendment that would require new questions on citizenship and immigration status in the 2010 census, according to both Democratic and Republican leaders. Democratic efforts to end debate on the bill failed earlier in the week, prompting the Majority Leader to accuse the amendment's primary sponsor, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) of "injecting partisan politics into a debate that is already well-settled, at the cost of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars." Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) spokesman, Jim Hanley, said in a statement (10/15/09) that, "Most mainstream Americans ... should be offended that Senator Vitter would mislead the American public about the important work that the Census is undertaking."

Sen. Vitter and Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 (FY2010) Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 2847) on October 7 that would cut off funding for the upcoming decennial count unless the Census Bureau asks respondents if they are U.S. citizens or in the country lawfully. The sponsors said their intent is to exclude undocumented residents from the state population totals used for congressional apportionment. (See the October 9, 2009 Census News Flash #78 for a full explanation of the amendment and its potential consequences .)

A procedural vote to end debate on the Commerce appropriations bill (called a "cloture vote") failed on Tuesday, leading Democratic leaders to postpone further consideration of the measure until some time this coming week. The Majority Leader will likely try to close debate again, which requires 60 votes to pass. A successful "cloture" vote could put an end to consideration of the Vitter-Bennett amendment if the Senate Parliamentarian finds the proposal in violation of chamber rules regarding spending bills. Failure to invoke cloture means the Senate would proceed to consider all pending amendments.

Sen. Vitter said in a subsequent statement on the Senate floor that he would modify his amendment to require only a question on citizenship, if the proposal came up for a vote. The senator said he didn't believe any non-citizens should be counted in the census for purposes of allocating seats in Congress among the states, maintaining that states with smaller numbers of non-citizens should not be "penalized."

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the census, also filed an amendment aimed at mitigating the consequences of the Vitter-Bennett proposal. The Carper proposal would allow the Secretary of Commerce to reject any census questions that would prevent the Census Bureau from meeting the "constitutional mandate to count the whole number of persons residing in each State."

Former Census Directors weigh-in on consequences of last-minute census changes: Eight former Census Directors urged lawmakers not "to place a decade of careful and demanding preparations at risk" by adding new questions only months before the start of the decennial count. Appointed during both Republican and Democratic Administrations, the directors said that changing the census form now would entail redesigning and reformatting questionnaires, language assistance guides, and related materials; revising instructions and training manuals for census takers; rebuilding data capture and processing software; and overhauling the $400 billion communications campaign. The cost of such a "massive revision," the former agency heads warned, is "almost incalculable." Adding untested questions to the 2010 census "would put the accuracy of the enumeration in all communities at risk and would likely delay the start of the census and all subsequent activities," the directors wrote in a statement issued last week.

Federal law (13 U.S.C. §141(f)) requires the Census Bureau to submit to Congress the topics and actual questions it plans to include in the census, three and two years, respectively, before Census Day. No member of Congress objected to the content before the Census Bureau finalized the 2010 forms for printing.

The former directors' letter (reissued with additional signatures on October 16) is available on the Census Project web site at www.thecensusproject.org.

"Late design changes" add cost and risk to census, GAO has observed: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) also has warned about the risk of last minute changes to the census design, in reports to Congress over the decade. In 2004, GAO highlighted the importance of a "stable environment" in preparing for the census, to avoid "a repeat of the 2000 census when disagreement over the Bureau's methodology led to late design changes and additional costs and risks." (Cost and Design Issues Need to be Addressed Soon, GAO-04-37, 1/15/04) In testimony two years later, congressional auditors again cautioned that the Census Bureau must "stay on schedule, as the census is conducted against a backdrop of immutable deadlines and an elaborate chain of interrelated pre- and post-Census Day activities are predicated upon those dates. ... As Census Day approaches, the tolerance for any operational delays or changes becomes increasingly small." (Planning and Testing Activities Are Making Progress, GAO-06-465T, 3/1/06)

Justice Department opinion on constitutional apportionment mandate unchanged over time: Despite Sen. Vitter's contention that many states would "lose representation from what they would otherwise have if illegal aliens are counted in congressional apportionment," the U.S. Department of Justice has consistently held that the Constitution requires the census to include "inhabitants of States who are illegal aliens," according to a September 22, 1989, letter from Assistant Attorney General Carol T. Crawford to Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), then chairman of the census oversight subcommittee. The department's legislative affairs chief was responding to a query from Chairman Bingaman regarding the constitutionality of legislation to exclude undocumented residents from the census for apportionment purposes, introduced on the eve of the 1990 count. "[W]e have found no basis for reversing this position," Ms. Crawford, an appointee in the George H.W. Bush Administration, wrote.

Stakeholders urge opposition to Vitter-Bennett amendment: Dozens of stakeholder organizations working to achieve an inclusive census expressed their strong opposition to the Vitter-Bennett amendment, calling the proposal "unworkable," "unconstitutional," and "scientifically and operationally irresponsible and risky." The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, chairs of the Census Bureau's Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees (in their private capacities), NAACP, MALDEF, Japanese American Citizens League, Association of Public Data Users, and the ACLU were among those sending letters to the Senate. Almost 40 organizations representing a wide range of stakeholder interests also objected to the amendment in a letter organized by The Census Project, a nonpartisan coalition of groups advocating for an accurate 2010 count. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued a statement on Friday condemning what it said was "an unconstitutional and costly effort to suppress Latino participation in the decennial Census .


Senior Representatives urge House negotiators to accept higher census funding level: Senior members of the congressional minority caucuses, House Democratic leadership, and census oversight committee urged House appropriators to accept the higher level of funding for the Census Bureau included in the appropriations bill pending before the Senate, in anticipation of negotiations on a final bill.

In a letter to Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, eight lawmakers said the Senate-committee approved $7.324 billion would "best prepare the Census Bureau for the 2010 Census." The House of Representatives approved $7.169 billion for the Census Bureau, $206 million less than the agency requested, which the letter noted would force the agency to "reduce its Contingency Fund, leaving the Bureau ill-prepared to handle any unforeseen events like natural disasters ... or pandemic illnesses." The lower funding level, the legislators wrote, would "increas[e] the risk of missing certain populations, or the risk of a major operational failure in conducting the 2010 Census."

Signing the letter were Reps. Mike Honda (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Ed Towns (D-NY), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Charles Gonzalez (D-TX).

After the Senate passes the appropriations measure, a House-Senate conference committee must iron out differences between the two versions of the bill. The Census Bureau and most other federal departments and agencies are currently operating under a short-term Continuing Funding Resolution, which expires on October 31.


GAO FINDS "REMARKABLE PROGRESS" IN READINESS FOR 2010,
BUT "SMALL SETBACKS" COULD SPELL BIG PROBLEMS


Congressional auditors said the Census Bureau has made "noteworthy progress in mitigating risks and keeping the decennial on track," pointing to improved IT systems management and testing and completion of last spring's address canvassing operation ahead of schedule. In testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security on October 7, GAO Director of Strategic Issues Robert Goldenkoff also observed that the "2010 census remains a high risk area" because of tight timeframes for remaining work and "inherent uncertainties," including the public's willingness to cooperate. "[T]here are no timeouts, no do-overs, and no reset buttons" at this stage of the process, Mr. Goldenkoff emphasized.

Mr. Goldenkoff noted progress in end-to-end testing of data control and processing systems but said the short amount of time remaining will make it difficult for the Census Bureau to complete all recommended evaluation of key systems. The agency's 2008 decision to revert to a paper-based follow-up operation for unresponsive households led to late deployment of a system to track the enumeration's progress.

GAO also monitored the spring 2009 address canvassing, which auditors said most local census offices finished ahead of schedule because of "prompt resolution" of problems with GPS-equipped handheld computers and lower-than-expected attrition rates and more available work hours on the part of address listers. Preliminary evalulations show that the address verification work added 17 million addresses, marked 21 million for deletion (for example, a nonexistent address), and identified 4.5 million duplicate addresses on the original Master Address File of 141.8 million housing units, according to GAO. The early figures do not represent final actions taken with regard to the address list, as Census Bureau staff must review all possible changes to the list, and some local governments will have a final opportunity to appeal proposed modifications before the census starts. Mr. Goldenkoff noted, however, that the Census Bureau exceeded its estimated cost for address canvassing by 25 percent, or $88 million, bringing the total price tag to $444 million.

Fingerprinting of temporary employees for address canvassing was "problematic," GAO reported in its testimony, primarily due to unclassifiable prints that the FBI could not process. About 35,700 workers -- 22 percent of the 162,000 address list employees -- had unclassifiable prints, which GAO said was likely due to inadequate training and work environments for census staff tasked with obtaining fingerprints. The nearly 36,000 workers whose prints could not be processed were hired based on a name background check only, "consistent with FBI guidance." GAO said readable fingerprint checks identified about 1,800 applicants (1.1 percent of total hires) with criminal records that were not revealed by the name background check.

Census Director Robert Groves and Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser also testified at the hearing to review the status of 2010 census preparations. A full set of testimony and statements is available on the subcommittee's web site at http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=2b916175-78ba-4673-ae82-0b1e5b6dd4ac. (We will report in more detail on the Inspector General's ongoing monitoring and evaluation of 2010 census operations in a future Census News Brief.)


NEW REPORT FINDS MAJOR CITIES LACK RESOURCES
FOR CENSUS PREPARATIONS

PHILADELPHIA LAGS BEHIND OTHER LARGE MUNICIPALITIES


Compared to 2000, many major U.S. cities have fewer resources to promote the 2010 census, and Philadelphia is less prepared than most to mount an effective 2010 census campaign, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative. "Preparing for the 2010 Census: How Philadelphia and Other Cities Are Struggling and Why It Matters," examined preparations for the upcoming decennial count in eleven major cities, including the nation's six largest and five others with similarities to Philadelphia.

Almost all of the cities studied are devoting less money and fewer staff resources to promote the 2010 census than they did for Census 2000, the study found, leaving the municipalities to rely more on unpaid volunteers and community-based organizing. For example, Philadelphia, which committed $200,000 and raised an additional $165,000 from private donations to promote the 2000 count, has not appropriated public funds specifically for 2010 census activities; it will rely instead on existing resources and staff. Some local philanthropies, including the William Penn Foundation, are supporting the effort, as well.

Author Thomas Ginsburg, the Philadelphia Research Initiative's project manager, said in a statement that census preparations at the local level are important, "with very real ramifications that will be felt for the next 10 years." On the positive side, the researchers found, all of the cities studied are participating in key technical programs to lay the groundwork for the enumeration, most notably to help the Census Bureau ensure a comprehensive address list for mailing questionnaires and visiting unresponsive households. The Pew report is available on-line at http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_report_detail.aspx?id=55390.




NEWS FROM CAPITOL HILL

New House bill would add citizenship, legal status questions to census

House hearing to examine census address list issues


New House bill aims to prevent "distortions" in congressional apportionment: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced a bill to require people to provide their citizenship and and legal status in the decennial census, in order to "prevent congressional reapportionment distortions" by excluding all non-citizens from the population totals used to allocate House seats among the states. H.R. 3797 mirrors the intent of legislation offered last month (S. 1688) by Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT). (See the September 20, 2009 Census News Brief #75 for background on S. 1688 .)

Rep. Foxx said in a statement that, "Accurately counting the number of illegal immigrants in our country is a matter of equity and justice for American citizens and those legally present in the U.S." H.R. 3797, referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, currently has 16 cosponsors.

House subcommittee hearing will focus on census address list: The House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives will hold a hearing on October 21 to examine the accuracy of the Census Bureau's Master Address File, the comprehensive list of all housing units in the country that is the basis for the decennial enumeration. The hearing will start at 2:00PM in Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.


STAKEHOLDERS "ROCK THE COUNT!"


American Indian leaders, Census Bureau launch full count campaign: Census Director Robert Groves joined leaders of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in launching "Indian Country Counts," a campaign to promote the importance of census participation among American Indians and Alaska Natives. NCAI President Joe Garcia said census population numbers "will affect policy and human service programs for Native communities for generations to come" and that an accurate count of Indians is an important step "on the path to regaining our economic, social, and governmental strength as Native people."

At the October 12 event announcing the campaign, Dr. Groves signed a reaffirmation of the Census Bureau's first American Indian and Alaska Native Policy statement, saying the agency has a "very strong campaign to reach and inspire American Indians and Alaska Natives to participate in the census." NCAI, a member of the Census Bureau's 2010 Census Advisory Committee, is the nation's "oldest and largest organization representing tribal governments."

Other Native organizations supporting the "Indian Country Counts" campaign include the National American Indian Housing Council, National Indian Health Board, National Indian Child Welfare Association, and National Council on Urban Indian Health. Leaders of these groups noted the importance of accurate census data to address issues such as overcrowded housing, substance abuse and diabetes, and family and youth support programs.

Go to http://www.indiancountrycounts.org/splash.cfm for more information on the "Indian Country Counts" campaign.

New toolkit available for nonprofits supporting the census: The Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network's NONPROFITS COUNT campaign has prepared a free toolkit to help organizations educate their constituencies about the importance of the 2010 census and promote participation. The toolkit features fact sheets in English and Spanish; sample questionnaires in seven languages; information about uses of census data; and multimedia resources. Nonprofits may order the toolkit on-line at www.nonprofitscount.org.

Civil rights coalition running census ads in buses: The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) Education Fund launched a series of public service announcements on buses in six cities to educate residents about the upcoming 2010 census. LCCR President Wade Henderson noted that census information determines the allocation of more than $400 billion annually for health care, education, transportation, and other community services. The ads, running from October 5 - December 27 in Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle, highlight how an accurate census helps ensure equal representation and equal access to government resources for all communities. Some PSAs are translated into Spanish and Chinese.

New York State Senate launches 2010 census web site: The State Senate launched a web site to "help ensure all New Yorkers will be counted," according to a press release announcing the "Count Me In" campaign for the 2010 census. Senate Democratic leaders highlighted the use of census data in decision-making affecting jobs, schools, hospitals, health care, and affordable housing. Visit www.nysenate.gov/Census for information on the campaign.






Census News Briefs are prepared by Terri Ann Lowenthal, an independent legislative and policy consultant specializing in the census and federal statistics. All views expressed in the News Briefs are solely those of the author. Please direct questions about the information in this News Brief to Ms. Lowenthal at TerriAnn2K@aol.com. Please feel free to circulate this document to other interested individuals and organizations. Ms. Lowenthal is a consultant to the nonpartisan Census Project, organized by the Communications Consortium Media Center in Washington, DC. Previous Census News Briefs are posted at www.thecensusproject.org.



Contact Information:
TerriAnn2K@aol.com
Phone: 203-353-4364

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dalai Lama speaks about suffering, religious tolerance at AU event on October 10, 2009

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Dalai Lama speaks about suffering, religious tolerance at AU event on October 10, 2009

By Lindsey Anderson
Eagle Staff Writer

October 10, 2009

Human suffering and troubles are the result of human ignorance, said the Dalai Lama during his teaching “Finding Wisdom in the Modern World” at AU Saturday.

No human being wants trouble or suffering, he said, but suffering is a human creation. Lust for money and power, jealousy, lies, sexual abuse, murder and theft are all the result of ignorance, he said.

Dalai Lama speaks about suffering, religious tolerance at AU event on October 10, 2009
Video by ATV; Edited by Jordan Coughenour / The Eagle

“All these is negative action due to certain negative emotions,” the Dalai Lama said. “These negative emotions, these destructive motions, are basically based on ignorance.”

The 14th Dalai Lama spoke to a full Bender Arena at 9:30 a.m. He sat on a large beige armchair and spoke enthusiastically to the full arena. A large cloth banner, called a thangka, stretched from ceiling to floor behind the stage, colorfully depicting the Buddha.

The teaching began in English, with the Dalai Lama using a translator for occasional words. Toward the middle of the speech, the translator played a larger role.

“As a human being, the number one commitment is promoting human values in order to be a happier human being, happier family, happier community,” the Dalai Lama said.

Religious harmony comes about by accepting all religions, he said.

He defined secular not as a rejection of religion, but as respecting all traditions, religions and nonbelievers. The Dalai Lama said sometimes his Muslim and Christian friends disapprove of the word secular.

“Sometimes they suggest to me I should not use the word secularism, but I prefer to use it continuously,” he said.

Then, he sneezed powerfully.

“Sometimes when I give some teaching, perhaps a bit long, there is people being asleep, then this sneeze is useful in waking them from sleep,” he said.

There are two main questions in Buddhism, the Dalai Lama said, what is self, and does that self have a beginning and end?

Many non-Buddhist traditions believe in souls, something that will last after this life and is outside this body, he said. But Buddhists do not believe in a soul and a self that is permanent, unitary or independent, as non-Buddhist traditions do, he said.

“That’s what it says if one focuses too much on the continuity of the self, there is danger of focusing on the permanence of the self,” explained the translator.

As the translator interpreted his remarks, the Dalai Lama put on a red visor. The crowd chuckled.

“What do you think, this goes with this?” asked the Dalai Lama. “I don’t care. It’s something practical, something useful.”

The notion of self-sufficiency and self-governance is false, he continued. It grasps at the notion of self and is a form of distortion. In Buddhism, that kind of self is a form of ignorance, he said.

“So the Buddhist concept is selflessness or no self,” he said.

Buddhists also believe in a self that is impermanent and constantly changing. Everything is changing on a moment-to-moment basis, the translator explained. These changes and continuity, and whether or not there is a beginning to the self, are the beginning of consciousness and the notion of self.

“So the Buddhist answer: no beginning, no end,” the Dalai Lama said.

Non-Buddhist traditions often emphasize God as infinite love, he said. Like traditions that have a creator figure, Buddhism also aims to reduce self-centeredness, but through a different approach.

“Those religious without emphasis on a creator is on action,” the Dalai Lama said. “Any action which brings happiness or joyfulness to other, that action produces positive consequences for yourself. Any action that brings pain or trouble on other, the consequences negative you have to face.”

Many of Buddha’s teachings appear contradictory, the Dalai Lama continued.

Maybe one day he taught something, then forgot it and taught something else the next day, he said. Or maybe the Buddha was sometimes drunk, he said. Maybe he was trying to confuse his followers, he continued.

“Certainly not,” he said.

One philosophical view is not sufficient, he explained. To some people, a certain view is more useful, while to others a different view is more useful. One religious tradition in a world of six billion people is not enough, he said.

“That’s why we need acceptance of religions,” the Dalai Lama said.

You can reach this staff writer at landerson@theeagleonline.com.

http://www.theeagleonline.com/news/story/dalai-lama-teaches-about-suffering-religious-tolerance-at-au-event

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Friday, October 9, 2009

President Obama awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2009

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Barack Obama Nobel Prize Speech
06:06 - Today youtube.com
Barack Obama tells what he feel about he winning the peace prize



President Obama has made a very clear statement in his inauguration speech:

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

And that:

“We will face down communism not with missiles or tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions."

May this new spirit bring REAL PEACE to the whole world.


Why did Obama win peace prize?
03:31 - Today cnn.com
Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland explains why US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.


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Fang Zheng's New Steps for Freedom

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Fang Zheng Dances in Name of Democracy

Fang Zheng – a Chinese Olympic-hopeful whose dreams were crushed as he participated in the Tiananmen Square event – can now walk again, thanks to the U.S. in 2009 followed years of repression by the Chinese Communist Regime. Fang Zheng’s story reveals the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. His story inspires those who love freedom not only in China but also throughout the world.




Now Fang Zheng is standing up with love, so will ALL Chinese people.




Fang Zheng and wife - Very happy couple with the first dance on October 7th, 2009, at the US Capitol Visitor Center.


Ling Chai and Fang Zheng, both were students at Tiennanmen Square in 1989. Ling Chai escaped to the US, graduated from Princeton, then from Harvard, established her own firm and now is the CEO of Jenzabar. "With all their mightly power, the Communist of China is missing one very important factor: the love for mankind" Ling said.


Congressman Cao Quang Anh congratulated Fang Zheng.

http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2009/10/09/a359151.html#video

http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/ns_na/2009-10-08/791669748331.html

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 4:00pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center Room #HVC-215
Washington, DC

Sponsoring Organizations
Humanitarian China, Initiatives for China, ChinaAid, Jenzabar Foundation, China Rights Network, Chinese Alliance for Democracy,Federation for a Democratic China

CENSUS NEWS FLASH #78

CENSUS NEWS FLASH #78



October 9, 2009 No.78

SENATE AMENDMENT WOULD ADD CITIZENSHIP, LEGAL STATUS QUESTION TO 2010 CENSUS
Sponsors hope to exclude undocumented residents
from apportionment counts; Vote set for next week

Census, apportionment, and redistricting could be delayed

Congress should not allocate any more funds for the upcoming 2010 decennial count unless the U.S. Census Bureau adds a question to the census form, asking respondents to report if they are citizens and legal residents, according to an amendment offered on the U.S. Senate floor this week. The sponsors said they believe it is "absolutely crazy" for the census not to include such questions and for congressional apportionment to include undocumented residents who live in the United States.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) made their proposal Wednesday during debate on the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 2847), which includes money for the Census Bureau. The $65 billion spending measure, approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in July, would allocate $7.1 billion for Periodic Censuses and Programs, most of which pays for final census preparations and operations in the fiscal year that started October 1. The life-cycle cost of the 2010 census is an estimated $14.3 - $14.7 billion; historically, about half of the ten-year cost of research, design, testing, preparation, and implementation is spent in the census year.

Census, apportionment, and redistricting could be delayed: Changing the content of the questionnaire now is likely to delay implementation and completion of the census. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chairwoman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee responsible for the Commerce Department, noted "the importance of the census being taken every 10 years" and said the Census Bureau "right now is under serious duress."

Article I, section 2, of the U.S. Constitution (as modified by the Fourteenth Amendment) requires a census every ten years; delaying the count beyond 2010 could violate that provision. The Census Act (13 U.S.C. §141) sets Census Day as April 1. The Census Bureau must report the total population of each state to the President by December 31, 2010 (nine months after Census Day), for the purpose of reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The President certifies and delivers the resulting apportionment to the Clerk of the House in early January of the year following the census.

The Census Act also requires the Census Bureau to publish detailed population counts for each state, for the purpose of congressional redistricting, within a year after Census Day (e.g. by April 1, 2011); some states also use the detailed (e.g. block level) census numbers to redraw their state legislative districts in time for elections in 2011. The new apportionment and congressional district boundaries take effect for the 2012 elections. Congress failed to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives only once, following the 1920 census, when the new data showed a substantial demographic shift from rural to urban areas. In 1929, Congress enacted a new apportionment law, making allocation of seats after each census automatic, according to a mathematical formula, unless Congress expressly rejects the apportionment by passing a bill.

The Census Act (13 U.S.C. §141(f)) requires the Census Bureau to submit to Congress, three years before Census Day (April 1), the topics it will cover in the census. The bureau must submit the actual questions two years before Census Day. The lengthy lead time recognizes the need to field test the questionnaires in a census-like environment during a Census Dress Rehearsal, which traditionally takes place in the eighth year of each decade. No member of Congress objected to the content or question wording when the Census Bureau submitted its proposal for the 2010 census. Prior to the content submission, the Census Bureau tested questionnaire wording, formatting, and design in the field in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Printing of more than 180 million questionnaires is well underway, taking up most of the nation's printing capacity, according to recent congressional testimony from Census Director Robert Groves. Census forms are printed in six languages, including English; there also will be a targeted replacement questionnaire and bilingual census forms for the first time. The census count starts in remote Alaska at the end of January 2010.

In their remarks explaining the amendment, Sens. Vitter and Bennett suggested that the ongoing American Community Survey (ACS), which replaced the census long form, already includes questions that distinguish whether respondents are in the country legally or not. However, the ACS, implemented nationwide in 2005 and sent to roughly three million addresses a year, only asks respondents whether they are U.S. citizens and if they were born in the United States or naturalized; it does not ask for any further information about legal status.

Promotional materials prepared for the 2010 census -- including fact sheets; print, television, and radio advertising; and Census in the Schools information -- highlight the ten questions on the census form and the slogan, "10 questions, 10 minutes," as well as the absence of any questions on a person's citizenship or legal status. The Census Bureau has already prepared assistance guides in 59 languages and instructional materials for the 1.2 million temporary census workers who will help conduct the count next spring. Data capture and processing software also were designed specifically for the 2010 census questionnaire and may have to be reconfigured or replaced.

Sen. Bennett suggested that the Census Bureau "could print an extra sheet or an extra card" or an "errrata sheet" to add the new question on citizenship and legal status. Sen. Mikulski expressed concern about the simplicity of "print[ing] one more piece of paper. ... Everything we do that affects the census at this point presents a logistical and financial challenge that borders on ... a nightmare."

Constitutionality of excluding non-citizens in question: In remarks on the Senate floor, Sen. Vitter said, "There are many States that will lose representation from what they would otherwise have if illegal aliens are counted in congressional apportionment." He singled out Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, saying that a vote against his amendment would be a vote "against the interests of your State." The senator did not cite a source for his assertion that these states would gain congressional representation if the census included a question on legal status and if the apportionment base subsequently excluded people in the country unlawfully.

A memorandum prepared last month by the Congressional Research Service for Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), a member of the House census oversight subcommittee, concluded that unauthorized aliens have never been excluded from the census counts used for apportionment and that the term "persons" in the Constitution's apportionment clause "is not limited to 'citizens', as the Framers would have likely used that term instead had it been their intent."

Sen. Bennett recently introduced legislation (S. 1688) to require a check-box on the census form to determine if respondents are U.S. citizens or legal residents. The senator, whose state lost a seat in Congress after the 2000 census, called the apportionment process "broken and unfair." According to most independent apportionment projections, Utah will most likely regain the fourth congressional seat it lost ten years ago. (See, for example, analyses by Election Data Services at http://www.electiondataservices.com/index.php?content=nr09 and Polidata at http://www.polidata.org/census/est008dl.htm. Both companies are members of the Census Bureau's 2010 Census Advisory Committee.) The state filed two unsuccessful federal lawsuits after the last census, challenging the Census Bureau's use of statistical methods to impute people not directly counted into the census and the policy of not counting private American citizens, such as Mormon missionaries, living overseas during the census.

Census News Briefs and Census News Flashes are prepared by Terri Ann Lowenthal, an independent legislative and policy consultant specializing in the census and federal statistics. All views expressed in the News Briefs are solely those of the author. Please direct questions about the information in this News Brief/Flash to Ms. Lowenthal at TerriAnn2K@aol.com. Please feel free to circulate this document to other interested individuals and organizations. Previous Census News Briefs are posted on The Census Project web site at www.thecensusproject.org.

Contact Information:TerriAnn2K@aol.com
Phone: 203-353-4364

Monday, October 5, 2009

NHỮNG ĐIỀU CẦN BIẾT VỀ THỦ TỤC BẦU CỬ TẠI VIRGINIA - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ELECTIONS 2009 IN VIRGINIA

Ba bài viết về Bầu cử toàn tiểu bang trong kỳ bầu cử ngày 3 tháng 11
Ghi danh đi bầu
Bỏ phiếu khiếm diện
Quyền của cử tri


Bạn đã ghi danh đi bầu chưa? Hạn chót để ghi danh đi bầu là ngày 5 tháng 10

Nếu bạn là công dâN Hoa Kỳ, thường trú tại Virginia, và sẽ 18 tuổi vào ngày 3 tháng 11, bạn có thể đi bỏ phiếu trong các kỳ bầu cử toàn tiểu bang. Tuy nhiên, trước tiên bạn phải ghi danh đi bầu. Hạn chót để ghi danh bỏ phiếu là Thứ Hai, ngày 5 tháng 10. Nếu bạn đã ghi danh, bạn phải nhận được phiếu cử tri có tên và địa chỉ của bạn, cùng với địa điểm thùng phiếu, và con số của khu vực bạn ở cũng như những ứng cử viên cấp tiểu bang và liên bang tại khu vực bạn cư trú.

Nếu bạn chưa nhận được phiếu cử tri, hoặc không chắc lắm về tình trạng ghi danh cử tri của mình, bạn có thể tìm hiểu qua mạng tại www.sbe.virginia.gov hay gọi cho văn phòng đầu phiếu của quận tại số 703-222-0776.

Kiểm soát lại tình trạng ghi danh đi bầu của bạn nếu:
1. Bạn đã dọn nhà từ khi bỏ phiếu lần sau cùng. Bạn phải ghi danh cử tri tại địa chỉ bạn hiện đang cư trú để có thể đầu phiếu trong khu vực này. Luật tiểu bang đòi hỏi công dân phải thông báo cho văn phòng cử tri khi thay đổi địa chỉ.
2. Tên của bạn đã thay đổi vì lập gia đình, ly dị, hay vì một lý do nào khác.
Mẫu đơn ghi danh đi bầu có sẵn tại các thư viện công cộng, văn phòng chánh phủ, văn phòng DMV, trên mạng tại www.Fairfaxcounty.gov/eb , hay gọi Văn Phòng Bầu Cử Quận Fairfax tại số 703-222-0776. Khi nhận được thẻ cử tri gửi đến nhà, xin soát lại tên và địa chỉ của bạn xem có đúng hay không.

Bạn không cần phải trình phiếu cử tri tại phòng phiếu để đi bầu, nhưng thẻ này cho thấy bạn đã ghi danh và còn cho bạn biết địa điểm bạn đến bỏ phiếu cũng như Khu Vực Đầu Phiếu mà bạn đang cư ngụ.

Đi bầu vắng mặt bằng cách gửi thư hay tự đến phòng phiếu trước ngày bầu cử.
Nếu bạn không thể đích thân đi bầu trong ngày bầu cử tại quận Fairfax, hay bạn không thể đến phòng phiếu ngày hôm ấy vì bận việc làm, bị đau ốm, hay tật nguyền, bạn có thể bỏ phiếu vắng mặt bằng cách gửi thư hay đến phòng phiếu trước ngày bầu cử.

Ai có thể đi bầu vắng mặt?
1. Những công nhân viên và gia đình phải đi theo họ trong khi phục vụ và do đó không ở gần nơi họ đã ghi danh cử tri.
2. Sinh viên và bạn phối ngẫu của họ khi đang đi học tại trường ở xa, nhưng vẫn là cư dân thường trú tại địa hạt quận hay tỉnh cũ.
3. Tất cả những ai làm việc ngoài Quận Fairfax.
4. Tất cả những ai làm việc tại Quận Fairfax và dự trù rằng công việc hàng ngày cộng với thời gian di chuyển dài đến 11 tiếng đồng hồ hay hơn nữa, từ 6 a.m đến 7 p.m trong ngày Bầu Cử.
5. Tất cả những ai bị tật nguyền và do đó rất khó đến tận địa điểm bỏ phiếu.
6. Tất cả những ai đang mang thai và do đó khó di chuyển đến phòng phiếu.
7. Tất cả những ai sẽ đi xa khỏi Quận Fairfax vì lý do nghề nghiệp, làm ăn, hay đi nghỉ mát.
8. Những người chăm sóc chính cho thân nhân không thể ra khỏi nhà.
9. Những người có trách nhiệm và bổn phận với nghi lễ tôn giáo.
10. Những người đang bị giam giữ để chờ tòa xét xử, hay những ai đã bị kết tội tiểu hình.
11. Các nhân viên bầu cử và nhân viên phòng phiếu.
12. Các công dân đang sinh sống tại hải ngoại mà mới đây là thường trú dân tại Quận Fairfax.
13. Bạn là người đầu tiên phải đáp ứng mọi trường hợp khẩn cấp.

Xin vào www. fairfaxcounty.gov/eb/absentee.htm để xem thêm chi tiết về tình trạng hợp lệ để đi bỏ phiếu vắng mặt. Xin nhớ người mới ghi danh cử tri lần đầu không được quyền bỏ phiếu vắng mặt trừ trường hợp là sinh viên học sinh, bị tật nguyền, hay nhân viên quân đội và gia đình phải sống bên ngoài địa hạt bầu cử.

Cách thức bỏ phiếu vắng mặt

Nếu bạn hội đủ điều kiện để được bỏ phiếu vắng mặt, bạn có thể theo 1 trong 2 cách: bằng bưu điện hay đến tận nơi trước ngày bầu cử để đầu phiếu. Để bỏ phiếu vắng mặt qua đường bưu điện, trước tiên bạn phải nộp đơn xin lá phiếu vắng mặt. Mẫu đơn có sẵn tại Văn Phòng bỏ phiếu Quận, Thư viện địa phương, hay các văn phòng chính phủ khác. Bạn có thể lấy mẫu đơn từ internet: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb/absentee.htm.
Bạn có thể gọi số 703-222-0776 để xin một mẫu đơn gửi đến tận nhà. Xin điền đơn, ký tên, và gửi đến Fairfax County Board of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035-0081 hay fax đến 703-324-3725. Bạn cũng có thể scan một lá đơn đã ký tên và email đến địa chỉ absenteeballot@fairaxcounty.gov . Hạn chót để xin lá phiếu bầu vắng mặt là ngày 27 tháng 10. Bạn phải nhận được lá phiếu qua bưu điện trong vòng 1 tuần khi sau khi gửi đơn. Phiếu bầu phải được nhận bởi văn phòng bầu cử vào trước 7pm ngày 3 tháng 11 để được tính là phiếu hợp lệ và được đếm chung trong tổng số phiếu.

Nếu bạn hội đủ điều kiện để bỏ phiếu bầu vắng mặt, bạn có thể đích thân đến bỏ phiếu tại bất cứ văn phòng đầu phiếu nào tại trung tâm hành chánh của tiểu bang từ ngày 14 tháng 10 đến ngày 31 tháng 10. Bạn có thể điền đơn và bỏ phiếu ngay tại chỗ. Tất cả mọi lá phiếu đều có sẵn tại mọi địa điểm đầu phiếu này.

ĐI BẦU KHIẾM DIỆN TẠI TRUNG TÂM HÀNH CHÁNH QUẬN.

Cử tri có thể đích thân đi bỏ phiếu khiếm diện bắt đầu từ ngày Thứ Sáu, 18 tháng 9, 2009, tại Văn Phòng Bầu Cử, phòng 323, Trung Tâm Hành Chánh Quận ở số 1200 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Cử tri đích thân đi bỏ phiếu trước ngày bầu cử tại Trung Tâm Hành Chánh Quận sẽ sử dụng máy WINVote. Giờ bỏ phiếu từ 08:00 a.m đến 6:00 p.m trong ngày làm việc cho đến 13 tháng 10. Từ 14 tháng 10 đến hết 30 tháng 10, giờ đầu phiếu từ 8:00 sáng đến 7:30pm vào ngày trong tuần. Văn Phòng Bầu Cử cũng sẽ mở cửa cho đồng hương đến bỏ phiếu sớm từ 9:00 ạm đến 5:00 pm vào Thứ Bảy, bắt đầu từ ngày 3 tháng 10 đến hết 31 tháng 10. Văn Phòng Bầu Cử đóng cửa ngày 12 tháng 10 vì nghỉ lễ Columbus Day.

ĐI BẦU SỚM TẠI CÁC TRUNG TÂM ĐẦU PHIẾU

Bắt đầu từ ngày 14 tháng 10 đến hết 31 tháng 10, cử tri có thể đi bầu khiếm diện tại 7 văn phòng địa phương. Cử tri đi bỏ phiếu sớm sẽ sử dụng máy WINVote để chọn lá phiếu. Cử tri bâu khiếm diện tại Fairfax có thể chọn một trong các văn phòng địa phương này, mà không cần khai về đúng khu vực của minh. Các văn phòng này mở cửa từ 03:00 pm đên 07:30 pm vào ngày thường, và 9:00 am đến 5:00 pm vào ngày Thứ Bảy 17 tháng 10, 24 tháng 10, và 31 tháng 10.

Quyền Cử Tri tại Virginia

Xin cắt bài viết này và giữ trong ví của bạn, chung với thẻ cử tri. Nó giúp bạn biết rõ về quyền lợi của cử tri nếu bạn bị ai làm khó dễ tại địa điểm bỏ phiếu.
1. Nếu bạn ghi danh cử tri tại Virginia, bạn có thể đi bầu tại phòng phiếu nơi bạn có địa chỉ khi ghi danh.
2. Đem theo giấy tờ phòng thân đến địa điểm bỏ phiếu. Tại Virginia, giấy tờ này gồm Thẻ Cử Tri tại VA, bằng lái xe tại VA, Thẻ An Sinh Xã Hội, Thẻ làm việc cho chính phủ tiểu bang VA hay chính phủ Liên Bang, hay một thẻ nhân viên có hình chụp.
3. Nếu đây là lần đầu tiên bạn ghi danh đi bầu tại Virginia, và nếu bạn ghi danh qua đường bưu điện mà không trình căn cước khi ghi danh, bạn BẮT BUỘC phải trình giấy tờ chứng minh căn cước tại phòng phiếu
4. Nếu trước đây bạn đã bỏ phiếu tại Virginia và tên của bạn còn trên danh sách đi bầu tại địa điểm đầu phiếu, nhưng bạn quên ID, bạn vẫn có quyền bỏ phiếu sau khi ký một giấy cam kết nói rằng bạn đã ghi danh cử tri tại địa hạt này. Nhân viên phòng phiếu có thể yêu cầu bạn về nhà lấy ID rồi trở lại, nhưng nếu điều này không thể được, thì bạn nên xin phép ký một tờ chứng thực.
5. Nếu tài liệu tại phòng phiếu sai lầm, cho thấy bạn đã dời chỗ ở hay đã bỏ phiếu rồi trong lúc bạn thực sự chưa, hay nếu một nhân viên phòng phiếu làm khó bạn, bạn có thể bỏ phiếu sau khi ký một tờ chứng thực nói rằng bạn là cử tri tại địa hạt này.
6. Nếu bạn lỡ làm sai một điều gì, bạn có thể xin một lá phiếu khác trước khi bạn bỏ phiếu. Bạn không thể nào lấy lại lá phiếu sau khi đã đầu phiếu.
7. Nếu bạn trên 65 tuổi hay lớn tuổi hơn hay bị tật nguyền, bạn có thể đầu phiếu tại lề đường với máy bỏ phiếu mang đến tận xe. Xin nhờ bất cứa ai đến nói với nhân viên phòng phiếu để yêu cầu điều này.
8. Nếu bạn bị mù, bị tật nguyền, hay không biết đọc biết viết, bạn có thể được nhân viên phòng phiếu hay thân nhân giúp đỡ ngay tại phòng phiếu.
9. Nếu bạn bị tật nguyền, hay không biết viết biết đọc, bạn có thể xin được sự giúp đỡ của một nhân viên phòng phiếu hay củu người nhà hoặc bạn bè.
10. Bạn có quyền xem trước một lá phiếu mẫu và xin được nhân viên phòng phiếu hướng dẫn về cách thức dùng máy bỏ phiếu ngay tại địa điểm bỏ phiếu.
11. Bạn có quyền được đầu phiếu mà không bị hăm dọa. Nếu bạn cảm thấy có vấn đề gì khi bỏ phiếu, xin gọi Voice of Vietnamese Americans: 703-593-7182
12. Nếu bạn đang đứng xếp hàng chờ đến phiên mình để bỏ phiếu mà hết giờ (thường là 7 p.m.) , bạn có quyền được tiếp tục bỏ phiếu. Lúc 7 p.m, nhân viên phòng phiếu phải đến tận cuối hàng và tất cả mọi người đang xếp hàng trước nhân viên phòng phiếu này đều có quyền bỏ phiếu.
13. Nếu bạn có vấn đề khi bỏ phiếu, bạn có thể xin vị Chánh Văn Phòng Bầu Cử, người chịu trách nhiệm chính tại địa điểm đầu phiếu, giúp bạn. Nên trình bày các vấn đề trước khi bạn rời phòng đầu phiếu. Mẫu đơn cho cử tri và các thông tin có tại www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb
14. Nếu bạn không thể giải quyết vấn đề một cách thỏa đáng với nhân viên phòng phiếu tại khu vực, xin gọi Voice of Vietnamese Americans: 703-593-7182 để được trợ giúp.

CHỌN MẶT GỬI VÀNG
MỖI LÁ PHIẾU LÀ MỘT TIẾNG NÓI, MỘT VIÊN GẠCH
XIN HÃY ĐI BẦU CHO ĐÔNG ĐẢO
ĐỂ NGƯỜI MỸ GỐC VIỆT CÓ TIẾNG NÓI MẠNH MẼ


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Three articles on Voting in the statewide election Nov 3.
Registration
Absentee Voting
Voter’s Rights


Are You Registered To Vote? Registration Deadline is October 5

If you are a U.S. citizen, a resident of Virginia, and will be 18 years old by November 3, you can vote in the statewide election. However, first you must register to vote. The registration deadline is Monday, October 5. If you are currently registered, you should have received a wallet-sized registration card that gives your name and address, as well as your polling place and the district numbers of your state and federal representatives.

If you have not received a registration card or are not sure of your registration status, check your status online at www.sbe.virginia.gov or call the county registrar’s office at 703-222-0776.

Double check your registration status if:

1. You moved since the last time you voted. You must be registered at your current address to vote at your local precinct. State law requires people to notify the registrar if they move from one place to another in the locality.
2. Your name has changed because of marriage, divorce or any other reason.

Registration forms are available at public libraries, government offices, DMV offices, online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb or by calling the Fairfax County Office of Elections 703-222-0776. Send your completed registration form to the Fairfax County Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035-0081. Forms sent by mail must be postmarked by October 5, 2008. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Include your phone number on the registration form because the registrar may need to contact you with questions about your application. You should receive a voter registration card within three weeks. If you don’t, check your status online at www.sbe.virginia.gov or call the Fairfax County registrar’s office at 703-222-0776. When your voter registration card arrives, be sure to check your name and address on the card to make sure they are correct.

You do not need to present this card at the poll to vote, but it does show that you are registered and tells you where to vote and which state and Congressional districts you live in.

Vote Absentee in Person or by Mail
If you won’t physically be in Fairfax County on Election Day or you are unable to go to the polls on that day because of your job, illness, or disability, you may be able to vote absentee by mail or in person. You can even vote absentee if you work outside Fairfax County on Election Day.

Who Can Vote Absentee?
1. Uniformed service members and their families residing with them who are away from the place they are registered to vote.
2. College students and their spouses who are away at school, but still consider themselves residents of their home city or county.
3. Anyone who works outside Fairfax County.
4. Anyone who works in Fairfax County and anticipates that that his or her combined work day and commute is 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
5. Anyone with a disability that makes it difficult to get to the polls.
6. Anyone who has trouble getting to the polls because of pregnancy.
7. Anyone who will be away from Fairfax County on business, personal business, or vacation.
8. Primary caretakers of a confined family member.
9. Anyone with a religious obligation.
10. Those who are confined awaiting trial, or who are confined having been convicted of a misdemeanor.
11. Election officials and poll workers.
12. Overseas citizens whose most recent United States residence was in Fairfax County.

Go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb/absentee.htm for more details on eligibility to vote absentee. Note that first-time voters cannot vote absentee by mail unless they are students.

How to Vote Absentee
If you qualify for absentee voting, there are two ways to vote: by mail or in person. To vote by mail, you must first apply for an absentee ballot. Obtain the application form from the Fairfax County Registrars’ Office, your local library, or other public offices, or download it from www. fairfaxcounty.gov/eb/absentee. htm. You may also call 703-222-0776 to have an application mailed to you. Fill out the application, sign it, and mail to the Fairfax County Board of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, Virginia 22035-0081 or fax it to 703-324-3725. You can also scan a signed application and email it as an attachment to voting@fairfaxcounty.gov. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. October 27. You should receive your ballot in the mail within a week of your request. The ballot must be received in the Office of Elections by 7 p.m. November 3 in order to be counted.

If you qualify as an absentee voter, you can vote in person at any magisterial district government center from October 14 through October 31. You can fill out the application on the spot. All ballot combinations are available at all locations. District government centers are open for absentee voting from October 14 until October 31, Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also vote at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax from September 18 through October 13, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed Monday, October 12) and from October 14 through October 31, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from October 3 through October 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.-


Virginia Voter’s Rights Card


Clip this article and keep it in your wallet with your voter registration card. It can help you if you are challenged at the polls.

1. If you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can vote at the polling place of your registered address.
2. Bring your identification to the poll. Acceptable ID includes a Virginia voter registration card, a Virginia driver’s license, a Social Security card, a U.S. or Virginia government agency card, or a private employer picture ID.
3. If this is your first election since you registered to vote in Virginia, and if you registered by mail without showing ID, you MUST show an ID at the polls or you will be asked to cast a provisional ballot.* Provisional ballots are not counted until AFTER election day and many are not accepted.
4. If you have previously voted in Virginia and your name is on the precinct poll book, but you forgot your ID, you can still cast a regular ballot after signing an affirmation form that says you are registered to vote in that precinct. Poll workers may ask you to get your ID and return, but if this is not possible, ask to sign the affirmation.
5. If the records incorrectly show that you moved or say you already voted when you have not, or an election official or poll watcher challenges you, you can vote after signing an affirmation form that says you are registered to vote in that precinct. If a poll worker asks you to vote with a provisional ballot rather than sign an affirmation form, call VVA at 703-593-7182. If you make a mistake, you can get a replacement ballot before you cast your ballot. You cannot retrieve a ballot once it is cast.
6. If you are 65 years of age or older or are physically disabled, you may vote curbside using a portable voting machine. Have someone ask an election official to bring the machine to your vehicle.
7. If you are blind, physically disabled, or unable to read or write, you can be assisted in the voting booth by an election official or a relative or friend.
8. You have a right to see an official sample ballot and receive instructions on the mechanics of voting from an officer of elections inside the polling place.
9. You have the right to vote without being harassed. If you experience problems while voting, please contact VVA at 703-593-7182
10. If you are in line when the polling place closes (normally 7 p.m.), you can vote. At 7 p.m. a poll worker should go to the end of the line and anyone in line ahead of the poll worker may vote.
11. If you have any problems voting, you can ask for help from the Chief Elections Official, who is charge of the polling place. Do bring up any problems before you leave the polling place. For voter forms and information go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb
12. If you are unable to satisfactorily resolve an issue with precinct election officials, call Voice of Vietnamese Americans 703-593-7182 for assistance.

* A Provisional Ballot is a paper ballot which is sealed in a green envelope and turned in with the paperwork from the day’s election. Provisional Ballots are not counted on Election Day, but are considered by the local Electoral Board the day after the election to determine whether each provisional voter was qualified to vote.

Friday, October 2, 2009

CENSUS NEWS BRIEF #77

October 1, 2009 No. 77

IN THIS CENSUS NEWS BRIEF:


Census Bureau Expands In-Language 2010 Census Messages
Republican Lawmakers Target Census Partnership With SEIU
Continuing Funding Resolution Includes Adequate Census Funding
Stakeholder Activities: Latino Census Campaign Launches Web Site

CENSUS 'ADVANCE LETTER' WILL INCLUDE
IN-LANGUAGE MESSAGES



Republicans target 2010 Census partnership with labor union
Stop-gap funding bill keeps 2010 census prep on track

Latino census campaign launches web site

CENSUS BUREAU CHANGES PLAN; ADVANCE LETTER
WILL INCLUDE IN-LANGUAGE MESSAGES


Targeted Follow-Up Postcard Will Promote Toll-Free Help

The Census Bureau has decided to include messages in languages other than English on the advance letter sent to all households next winter, announcing the start of the census and the imminent arrival of census forms at each home. The revised letter will direct recipients, in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian, as well as English, to the 2010 Census web site for assistance in filling out the questionnaire. The 2010 Census Web site is scheduled to launch later this month.

The bureau also is adding a targeted follow-up mailing to its outreach arsenal, to reach households in census tracts where at least ten percent of households speak primarily Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, or Russian. The new postcard, which will be mailed within days of the census forms, will feature messages in all six questionnaire languages, telling recipients to call a toll-free number for assistance.

Census questionnaires are available in the six languages mentioned above. The Census Bureau will mail or hand-deliver English language questionnaires to most addresses next March (some remote and rural areas will receive forms in late January or February); for the first time, about 13.5 million addresses in census tracts where a significant portion of households primarily speak Spanish at home will receive a bilingual English-Spanish questionnaire.

The Census Bureau's web site already offers 2010 census assistance guides in 59 languages, compared to 49 such guides offered in 2000. The paid advertising campaign will include messages in 28 languages, up from 17 languages in the 2000 census.

In a memorandum to the 2010 Census Advisory Committee, Census Director Robert Groves said he agreed with the recommendations of a committee working group tasked last summer with reviewing the agency's decision to send an English-only advance letter, a change from 2000 that drew significant concern from many stakeholder organizations and some local officials. Dr. Groves said the decision to restore the in-language messages was "feasible and efficient" and that the full language assistance program "is designed to raise awareness of the 2010 Census in every household, even the hardest to count, and to encourage everyone to complete and return a census form."

The Census Bureau also is exploring ways to offer a "locator" feature on its 2010 Census Web site, to help people identify close-by Questionnaire Assistance Centers, Dr. Groves said. The director highlighted plans for paid advertising on in-language web sites, as well as negotiations with in-language newspapers and magazines to include relevant language assistance guides with home deliveries.

For a summary of recent stakeholder concerns about the prospective absence of in-language messages on the census advance letter, see Census News Brief #73 http://www.thecensusproject.org/newsbriefs/cnb73-08sept2009.html.

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS URGE CENSUS BUREAU TO
END PARTNERSHIP WITH SEIU


Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is urging the Census Bureau to "immediately terminate" its 2010 census partnership with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), citing what the congressman said was the labor union's support for and "intimate financial relationship" with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Rep. Kirk was joined by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) in sending a letter, along with "research material" outlining "SEIU-ACORN links," to Census Director Robert Groves earlier this week.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), the senior Republican member on the House census oversight subcommittee, also called on the Census Bureau "to follow through on [its] commitment" to ensure "a census of the highest integrity," citing Dr. Groves' recent decision to end the 2010 census partnership agreement with ACORN.

SEIU represents 2.1 million workers in the health care, property services, and public services sectors, according to the organization's web site. The Newport News (VA) Daily Press reported on September 29 that Rep. Kirk, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by President Obama, acknowledged receiving political contributions from SEIU in the past and would donate a similar amount to charity. SEIU endorsed a Democratic candidate for the Senate race last week, according to a September 28 Chicago Sun-Times article.

Rep. Kirk's press statement and letter to Dr. Groves is available at http://kirk.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3689&Itemid=88. See Census News Brief #75 http://www.thecensusproject.org/newsbriefs/cnb75-21sept2009.html for information on the Census Bureau's termination of ACORN's 2010 census partnership.

NEWS FROM CAPITOL HILL

Temporary funding bill keeps census prep on track
Senate hearing to focus on key census operations


Congress approves higher census funding in stop-gap bill: Congress exempted the Census Bureau from flat-line funding in a one-month temporary funding measure that will keep the Federal government running while lawmakers work to complete the twelve regular appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2010, which started October 1. The Senate approved the bill, by a vote of 62 - 38, on September 30.

The "Continuing Resolution" (H.R. 2918) allocates $7.066 billion for the Census Bureau's Periodic Censuses and Programs ("Periodics") account, which covers the decennial census and other cyclical surveys, such as the quinquennial Economic Census. The amount is $50 million below the Administration's budget request, reflecting appropriators' belief that mileage reimbursement rates for census field workers next spring would be less than predicted. Under the Continuing Resolution, most federal agencies and programs are funded at Fiscal Year 2009 levels; Congress carved out an exception (called an "anomaly") for the Census Bureau, a nod to the need for significantly more resources during the final ramp-up to the 2010 population and housing count.

Congress will now continue work on the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, and Science bill, which includes the Census Bureau. The House-passed version allocates $6.91 billion for Periodic Censuses, $206 million less than the Administration requested. The full Senate has not yet considered the measure; once it does, House and Senate negotiators must reconcile their versions of the funding bill in a conference committee.

Senate subcommittee hearing will focus on final census preparations: The Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, which has jurisdiction over the Census Bureau, will hold a hearing on October 7 to review the status of 2010 census operations, including plans to ensure a complete count in Gulf Coast communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Census Director Robert Groves, Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser, and Government Accountability Office Strategic Issues Director Robert Goldenkoff will testify. The hearing will start at 3:00PM in Room 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

STAKEHOLDER ACTIVITIES

Latino census campaign launches web site: Leading Latino organizations, elected officials, labor leaders, faith-based groups, and Spanish language media companies announced the launch of the "ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR!" ("It's Time, Make Yourself Count!") web site to promote participation in the 2010 census among the nation's 47 million Hispanics. The bilingual web site, , features fact sheets on the importance of the census, answers to frequently asked questions, and sample census questionnaires.

Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO), called a full count of the nation's Latino population "critical to recognizing our nation's diversity and to building future political strength." Laura Barrera, NALEO's Deputy Director for Census, described the initiative as "a historic partnership of national Spanish-language media and prominent Latino organizations ... to enhance the [Census] Bureau's efforts to count Latinos."

Partner organizations in the "ya es hora" campaign include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, NALEO, National Council of La Raza, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Dominican American National Roundtable, Service Employees International Union, and several media companies, including Univision Communications, Inc., Entravision Communications, and impreMedia. A public service announcement promoting the importance of census participation began airing today on major Spanish-language media.

Univision Network News anchorwoman Maria Elena Salinas said that the collaborative effort would help the media company "reach and educate Hispanic America about the connection between participation in the Census and achieving full funding and a strong political voice for our communities." Census Director Robert Groves, who participated in today's announcement, said community-based initiatives would help the Census Bureau "in spreading the word that the 2010 Census is easy, important, and safe."

Census News Briefs are prepared by Terri Ann Lowenthal, an independent legislative and policy consultant specializing in the census and federal statistics. All views expressed in the News Briefs are solely those of the author. Please direct questions about the information in this News Brief to Ms. Lowenthal at TerriAnn2K@aol.com. Please feel free to circulate this document to other interested individuals and organizations. Ms. Lowenthal is a consultant to the nonpartisan Census Project, organized by the Communications Consortium Media Center in Washington, DC. Previous Census News Briefs are posted at www.thecensusproject.org.


Contact Information:
TerriAnn2K@aol.com
Phone: 203-353-4364

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Dialogue with China on October 1st, 2009

A DIALOGUE WITH CHINA
DEMONSTRATION AT THE CHINESE EMBASSY
3055 INTERNATIONAL PL NW
WASHINGTON D.C 20008




Chairman Do Hong Anh of the Vietnamese Community of Washington DC, MD, VA.


Representative from Tibet: China lies, people die
Tibetan makes statement against Chinese invasion of Tibet: Free Tibet, Free Burma, Free Vietnam, Free China. We are going to bring Democracy to mainland China.



Mr. Lobsang, Representative from the Tibetan Community


Representative from the Mogolian Community


A dialogue with China on Oct 1st 2009, in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC.

Asian Americans protest against Chinese expansionism on Oct 1st 2009, in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC


Sturdy alliances with enduring convictions

President Obama has proclaimed in his inauguration speech: “We will face down communism not with missiles or tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions." Let’s commit to building sturdy alliances with enduring convictions, starting this day forward.

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October 1st, 1949, China mainland was taken over by the Communist, thus fell the biggest Domino of Asia, pulling down with it Vietnam, Burma, Tibet, Xinjian (Uyghur), Laos, Cambodia.

Moreover, the global security is being threatened by Chinese expansionism with disrespect for human rights, disregard of environmental issues, violating the international laws with its greediness for oil and power around the world, especially in the South China Sea and the Middle East.

Chinese expansionism has caused great concerns to all of its neighboring countries, as well as the global security.

More than 60 millions of Chinese Communist members have denounced the Communist Party.

Thursday October 1st, 2009, hundreds of Vietnamese Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, members of ASEAN countries, and multi ethnic groups of overseas Chinese from different states gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC at 11:00 am to raise collective concerns regarding the global security being threatened by Chinese expansionism, accompanied by disrespect for human rights, disregard of environmental issues, and its greediness for oil and power in the South China Sea and in the Middle East.

Recent tragedies in Xinjiang, Tibet, Myanmar, South China Sea following the overbearing Beijing 2008 Olympics and the unforgettable Tiananmen Square Massacre continue to raise global concerns about China’s aggressiveness to its own people and its neighbors.

In recent years if not decades, China, in its rise to world power, has sought to do the following impacting on the security of neighboring lands and thus threatening the regional stability and sustainability of the whole East Asia and ASEAN region:

1/ It has through a series of dams and levees and possible underground diversion schemes tried to secure for itself water resources and hydroelectric power at the expense of its neighbors and downstream countries. This has happened in the upper reaches of the Mekong River, affecting riverside countries like Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and southern Vietnam, while plans are proceeding apace with schemes of diverting water from the upper Brahmaputra, affecting severely the lower reaches of this river in India.

2/ It has since the 1950’s laid claim (as China’s territorial waters) to a so-called dragon’s tongue, or U-shaped, area affecting about 80 percent of the South China Sea. In this way, it not only infringed upon the sovereign rights of Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, it also seeks to control the vital sea lanes going through that body of international water, which could threaten the economic viability of Japan, Korea and even Taiwan.

3/ In its drive to dominate the South China Sea, China has invaded the Paracel Islands belonging to Vietnam (January 1974) and parts of the Spratley Islands belonging to Vietnam (March 1988) and the Philippines. In the meantime, it has beefed up its navy with submarines and destroyers and eventually even aircraft carriers in an attempt to rival the U.S. Navy by 2025 or even earlier. These developments are so worrisome that Senator James Webb recently had to organize a hearing in the U.S. Senate to discuss the issue. And this explains also his current visit to the area.

4/ The control that Beijing is tightening on the Myanmar military junta and Vietnamese communist party is slowly transforming these two countries into China’s satellites, witness: the development of a route going through Myanmar giving Beijing access to the Indian Ocean and the series of unequal treaties that Beijing has managed to impose on Hanoi (the 1999 Border Treaty, the 2000 Treaty on the redrawing of the Gulf of Tonkin map and on fishing rights, Hanoi’s acquiescence to Chinese bauxite and uranium mining in the Central Highlands of Vietnam).

Thus, it is clear that Beijing is in the process of building a solid hegemony in the area, in the process threatening the very stability of the whole region.

A petition signed by Asian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, communities of ASEAN members, and multiple ethnic groups of overseas Chinese requests China to immediately stop its aggressiveness and conform to the Charter of the United Nations, respecting international laws, human rights, protecting the environment, and stopping the destruction of our good earth.

This petition also calls for the join forces of the United States, the European Union, ASEAN members, Asian countries such as India, Japan, Korea, to collectively emphasize the importance of a global collaboration with zero tolerance to aggressiveness and expansionism.

The petition will be submitted to His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to President Obama, and the United States Congress, as well as to all of the World’s Leaders, including China to open a direct dialogue with the Chinese Government to protect world’s peace and civilization.

The Demonstration on October 1st is organized by the Vietnamese Community of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. in collaboration with many other organizations nationwide.

Closing Remarks

We sincerely thank all who have come out to join us today and shared the united spirit in our request put forth to China in front of the United Nations and the whole world.

We would also like to thank countless people globally who have been supporting us and signing the petition. Together, we can make the world a better place to live, to love, and to be proud of.

President Obama has made a very clear statement in his inauguration speech:

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

On behalf of the Vietnamese Americans who came to this country in search for freedom which was taken away by Communism in our own homeland, we would like to propose a very important step forward that all of the countries being bullied by China would start building a cohesive coalition to protect ourselves and protect global security.

President Obama has proclaimed in his inauguration speech:
“We will face down communism not with missiles or tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions."

Let’s commit to building sturdy alliances with enduring convictions, starting this day forward,

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