Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Voice of Vietnamese Americans’ Statement in Support of the Passage and Enactment of the Health Care Reform Legislation of 2010


For Immediate Release: March 24, 2010
Contact: Genie Nguyen (703-593-7182)

Voice of Vietnamese Americans’ Statement in Support of the Passage and Enactment of the Health Care Reform Legislation of 2010

FAIRFAX, V.A. – Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) released today the following statement in support of the historic health care reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010:

“Voice of Vietnamese Americans strongly supports the passage and swift enactment of the historic federal legislation that reforms this country’s health care system and ends insurance company abuses. By making health care services more affordable and accessible, this new law of the land fulfills the promise of expanding access to health care for all Vietnamese Americans.

“VVA is proud of the expansion of benefits that will immediately impact all Americans, regardless of ethnic background. Countless Vietnamese Americans migrated to the United States to start a new beginning under the values and principles upon which this great nation was built, such as the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. This new law honors America’s historic values and traditions.

“The new law prevents insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and from dropping a client because he or she gets sick. Many Vietnamese Americans who suffer Hepatitis B, which is considered as a pre-existing condition and also the number one cause of liver cancer for Asian Americans, will now not have to worry about losing their coverage. The new law will also immediately benefit the many elderly Vietnamese Americans who rely on Medicare as it strengthens its services and cuts prescriptions costs.

“Importantly, this new law will reduce this country’s deficit by over $140 billion over the next ten years, putting no burden on our future generations of Vietnamese Americans.

“VVA stands in firm support of the new law. It will help Vietnamese Americans to live longer, healthier lives, thereby giving them more opportunities to pursue the American dream.”



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

President Obama Signs Health Reform Into Law


March 23, 2010

President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a historic piece of legislation that will expand health insurance coverage to millions of Americans and put an end to the worst insurance industry practices.

Read the transcript


VVA is reminding all Vietnamese American households to send back their Census forms. Here's how you can help....

Phone banking opportunity: Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) is kicking-off a phone-banking campaign to raise awareness about the Census 2010. Our goal is to contact at least 1000 Vietnamese households in Virginia to remind them to send back their forms! Our training and kick-off event will take place this Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7pm 6066 Leesburg Pike Suite 100, Falls Church, Va. 22041 Pizza and drinks will be served!

At the training event, you will learn how to navigate the online database system, how to read the script, and other info. Calls can start from anywhere you have internet and a phone. Calls can start as soon as March 27. We will need your email address to make an account. **Volunteers will be paid $10/hour of doing calls and our online network will keep track of the time spent.** Contact email:

Please click below to view the flyer:



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Monday, March 22, 2010



Kính mời quý đồng hương tham dự buổi "Nói chuyện về Thống Kê Dân Số 2010 - Hướng Dẫn cách điền đơn bằng tiếng Việt"

Ngày: 28 tháng 3, 2010
Tại: Trung tâm thương mại Eden
6763 Wilson Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22044
Lúc: 1pm - 6pm

Nhiều quà tặng miễn phí, có tiệc trà khoản đãi đồng hương.

Do các hội đoàn Voice of Vietnamese Americans, American Pacific Anerican Legal Resource Center, Boat People SOS,National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies, National Congress of Vietnamese Americans, Vietnamese Resettlement Association, Vietnamese Community of Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and the Eden Center Inc., đồng tổ chức.

Xin kính mời

6763 Wilson Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22044

Many free gifts and refreshment provided.

This event is a collaborating effort among Voice of Vietnamese Americans, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Boat People S.O.S, National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies, National Congress of Vietnamese Americans, Vietnamese Resettlement Association, Vietnamese Community of Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and the Eden Center, Inc, to bring language assistance to the non-English speaking Vietnamese Americans in Northern Virginia who frequent the Eden Center. Kindly review the attached flyer for more details.

The event also is among a series of other efforts such as phone banking and canvassing to promote and encourage Vietnamese Americans to fill out the Census 2010 questionnaires correctly and return them on time.


House passes health-care reform bill


President Obama speaks moments after the historic passage by the House of Representatives of the Senate's health reform legislation: THIS IS WHAT CHANGE LOOKS LIKE

The New York Times: House Approves Landmark Bill to Extend Health Care to Millions

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sun, March 21, 2010 -- 10:49 PM ET


House Approves Landmark Bill to Extend Health Care to Millions

Congress gave final approval on Sunday to legislation that
would provide medical coverage to tens of millions of
uninsured Americans and remake the nation's health care
system along the lines proposed by President Obama.

By a vote of 219 to 212, the House passed the bill after a
day of tumultuous debate that echoed the epic struggle of the
last year. The action sent the bill to President Obama, whose
crusade for such legislation has been a hallmark of his

Democrats hailed the votes as historic, comparable to the
establishment of Medicare and Social Security and a long
overdue step forward in social justice.

Read More:

USA TODAY: Abortion deal helps ensure enough votes for health care



The Washington Post: House passes health-care reform bill without any Republican vote.

By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, March 22, 2010

House Democrats scored a historic victory in the century-long battle to reform the nation's health-care system late Sunday night, winning final approval of legislation that expands coverage to 32 million people and attempts to contain spiraling costs.

The House voted 219 to 212 to approve the measure, with every Republican voting no. The measure now awaits President Obama's signature. In remarks Sunday night, he said that the vote "proved that we are still capable of doing big things. We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues erupted in cheers and hugs as the votes were counted, while Republicans who had fought the Democratic efforts on health-care reform for more than a year appeared despondent.

"Today we have the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans as a right, not a privilege," Pelosi said before the House approved the bill, which first passed the Senate on Christmas Eve.

The debate has consumed Obama's first year in office, with his focus on the issue amid a deep recession and crippling job losses potentially endangering his reelection prospects and Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate. It has inflamed the partisanship that Obama pledged to tame when he campaigned for the White House and has limited Congress's ability to pass any other major legislation, at least until after the midterm elections in November.

And it has sparked a citizens' revolt that reached the doors of the Capitol this weekend.

"If we pass this bill, there will be no turning back," House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) warned on the floor. "In a democracy, you can only ignore the will of the people for so long and get away with it."

The bill will affect virtually every man, woman and child in the United States in some way, from the 20-somethings who constitute one of the largest uninsured groups to poor, childless adults who don't qualify for Medicaid in most states to well-paid professionals who could see their benefits shrink. The health-care debate touched on many highly charged moral issues in American life, and a handful of antiabortion Democrats held up a final deal until late Sunday afternoon, before reaching a breakthrough with the White House.

Along with the Senate's blueprint for reform, the House late Sunday approved a package of fixes to the legislation that will face a potentially rocky journey through the Senate this week. Over the next 10 years, the measure will set in motion a complex series of changes to the health insurance market that will translate into the biggest expansion of coverage since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, and the most ambitious effort ever to restrain health-care costs.

Presidents as far back as Theodore Roosevelt have rued the nation's approach to health coverage, a system that serves relatively well the 150 million Americans who receive health insurance through their jobs but provides few affordable options for people who work part time, are self employed or work for companies that don't offer health benefits.

Obama conveyed to the wavering House Democrats who visited the White House in recent days that he had put his presidency at risk by pushing the House to act on the Senate bill. Although many House Democrats found the Senate legislation lacking, passing it was the only option after Republican Scott Brown won a Massachusetts special Senate election in January and cost Democrats their filibuster-proof majority in that chamber.

The 34 Democratic defectors were fewer than the 39 who voted against the House version approved in November, but the number was substantial enough to underscore the political uncertainty for many Democrats, especially those who represent moderate to conservative districts.






March 21, 2010 No. 90

In this issue
Census Bureau Explains "Wrong City" Mailing Problem
DHS: ICE Activities Won't "Interfere" With Census
Census Operations Update
Legislative Round-Up
Stakeholder Spotlight
What's New? Resources for Census Advocates

Editor's note: Last week's planned Census News Brief went by the wayside in the aftermath of the severe Nor'easter that hit southern Connecticut last week, knocking out power and cable to your editor's home city for days.

On March 15, census forms began arriving in about 120 million mailboxes nationwide that are in the "mail-out/mail-back" universe, the largest of several counting operations that covers most urban and suburban communities. At a press briefing that day, Census Director Robert Groves called the 2010 census form "one of the shortest forms in our lifetime," noting that the length is similar to the first enumeration in 1790 designed with the help of Founding Fathers James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. The director said it costs 42 cents for a household to return its questionnaire by mail, but $57 for the Census Bureau to send an enumerator to each household that fails to do so.

On March 8, the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives held a field hearing in Cincinnati, Ohio, to review plans for counting hard-to-count populations "with special living conditions."
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, who testified at the hearing, chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2010 Census Task Force. The Service-based Enumeration is scheduled for March 29 - 31, when census workers will visit homeless shelters, outdoor locations, mobile food vans, and food kitchens to collect census data from people without a usual place of residence. The Enumeration at Transitory Locations, which includes migrant worker camps, traveling carnivals, marinas, and short-term RV parks, will take place March 22 - April 16. A full set of testimony is available on the subcommittee's web site.



* CENSUS OPERATIONS UPDATE: "Participation Rates" to be posted; QACs and Be Counted sites open; and more.

* LEGISLATIVE ROUND-UP: House passes deceptive census mailing bill; subcommittee hearing scheduled.

* STAKEHOLDER SPOTLIGHT: National Week of Action begins; canvassing small businesses in New Orleans; Caribbean American leaders complete forms on-air; Latino 2010 Census Summit; and more.

* WHAT'S NEW? RESOURCES FOR CENSUS ADVOCATES: Video blog for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Brookings analysis of census-driven federal program allocations; new fact sheets.


Census officials moved quickly to quell concerns in some communities where the mailing address on census forms used an incorrect city, telling residents they would be counted in the correct jurisdiction when the Census Bureau tabulates responses and publishes data. For example, the Chicago Tribune reported that some residents living in the city's outskirts received census forms listing their address as Bedford Park, an adjoining suburb (, 3/18/10).

"Don't worry," Dr. Groves wrote in The Director's Blog on March 17, noting that the mailing address and physical location of a house were different for census purposes. People will be counted "in the jurisdiction where your home is physically located," the director said. Addresses in a single ZIP code were labeled using a single city name to streamline delivery for the "largest single [mailing] ever undertaken by the United States," Dr. Groves noted.

The Postal Service uses multiple city names to deliver mail when a ZIP code crosses jurisdictional boundaries, he said. Each census form has a unique bar code that is used to check-in forms as they are returned by mail; the bar code is tied to a mailing address that includes the city or town associated with the physical location of the home. The director urged people not to cross off the address or bar code on their questionnaire.

Census officials sent an e-mail to 20,000 elected officials nationwide and the 200,000 national and local census partner organizations, explaining the issue and emphasizing the importance of mailing back forms even if the mailing address appears to be incorrect. The Census Bureau also is preparing flyers, door hangers, radio scripts, and other materials to explain the situation in areas confused by the mailing address. Senior bureau staff said they believe the mailing address anomaly affected less than one percent of questionnaires.


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told lawmakers that the department is "committed to working with the Census Bureau to ensure our enforcement responsibilities do not interfere" with "a thorough and accurate" census.

In a March 16 letter to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Secretary assured legislators that personal census responses "will not be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and may not be used for immigration enforcement purposes." The Census Act (13 U.S.C. §§8 & 9) prohibits the Census Bureau from revealing any personally identifiable information collected in the census and provides that personal census responses may not be used against an individual, are immune from legal process, and may not be admitted as evidence (without an individual's consent) in any judicial or administrative proceeding.

The letter followed a meeting between Hispanic lawmakers and President Obama; at that March 11 meeting, the lawmakers expressed concern that continued immigration raids would discourage immigrants from participating in the census. Secretary Napolitano reiterated that neither the Commerce Department nor the Census Bureau would ask ICE to suspend immigration enforcement during the census. She acknowledged for the first time, however, that the two executive branch departments were working together to ensure that immigration-related activities "do not affect [the Census Bureau's] ability to collect accurate and comprehensive data for the census."

In 2007, then-Deputy Census Director Preston Jay Waite noted in an Associated Press interview (8/17/07) that the Immigration and Naturalization Service did not conduct immigration raids during the 2000 census (although the agency never declared an official moratorium on raids), suggesting that such activities could dampen cooperation among undocumented residents. The AP article quoted an ICE spokesman as saying that any suspension of raids would require discussion "at the highest levels of both agencies." Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), sponsor of a resolution that would amend the Constitution to exclude non-citizens from the apportionment base, sharply criticized the Census Bureau, saying, "[T]he American people have grown sick and tired of their immigration laws not being enforced." A day later, ICE officials, in response to additional media inquiries, clarified the agency's position by saying, "We would not even consider scaling back our efforts." Then-Census Director C. Louis Kincannon confirmed at the time that the Census Bureau had not asked the immigration agency to suspend raids during the census.


"Take 10 Challenge" program starts March 22: The Census Bureau will begin posting "participation rates" for states and localities, to allow communities to track the progress of the mail-out/mail-back operation, beginning on March 22. The bureau will update the rates daily, Monday through Friday. "Participation rates" will exclude questionnaires returned by the Postal Service as "undeliverable as addressed" from the calculation of the percent of housing units that have mailed back a form. The link to the "Take 10 Challenge" Map, a reference to the 10 minutes the agency says it will take households to fill out their census forms, is

QAC and Be Counted sites open: The Census Bureau has opened 30,000 Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) and an additional 10,000 Be Counted sites across the country. (Be Counted forms also are available at all QACs.) QACs are staffed by sworn, trained Census Bureau employees, while unstaffed Be Counted sites offer forms in six languages. People should use Be Counted forms if they did not receive a form at their home or if they believe the questionnaire completed for their place of residence did not include them. The slightly modified form asks respondents for their address, which the Census Bureau must match to an address on the master list or verify with a field visit during a later operation.

Site locations, hours of operation, and directions are posted on the 2010 census web site at; click on "Help Centers" and enter a ZIP code, city, or state to pull up an interactive map and sites nearest you.

Telephone Questionnaire Assistance (TQA) centers open for business: The Census Bureau has activated toll-free assistance lines to answer questions about the census and provide assistance in filling out the forms. The English-language number is 1-866-872-6868; the TDD line for people with hearing impairments is 1-866-783-2010. Separate assistance lines for assistance in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian (the additional languages in which official census forms are printed) are posted at People may provide their census answers by phone through April 11 if they provide the unique identification code on the form sent to their address. After that date, the Census Bureau will accept responses by telephone without the identifying code.

"March to the Mailbox" activities planned: The Census Bureau is planning a final push to motivate people to mail back their forms, with activities in low-responding census tracts across the country on Saturday, April 10. The "March to the Mailbox" campaign will mobilize partner organizations and volunteers to help stage parades, rallies, marches, and community canvassing events in about 6,000 neighborhoods with low "participation rates." The bureau will provide signs, fliers, parade banners, and other promotional materials for the designated sites, highlighting the message that it is not too late to mail back a census form. The Census Bureau will stop accepting mailed questionnaires in late April and prepare for door-to-door visits to unresponsive homes starting May 1.

Dora the Explorer helps kick off Children Count Too initiative: Nickelodeon character Dora the Explorer helped the Census Bureau kick off its Children Count Too public awareness campaign on March 9 at Mary's Center, a nonprofit maternal and child care center serving immigrant families in Washington, DC. Nickelodeon has produced TV and radio PSAs, Web buttons, and fact sheets featuring Dora and her friends; the materials are available in English and Spanish. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, which specializes in infant and child nutrition, is supporting the effort by communicating to its customers the importance of including children, especially newborns and infants, on census forms.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund took great photos of the event. See the February 18 Census News Brief #88 for additional information on the undercount of children in the census.


House approves bill to ban deceptive "census" mailings: On March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously (416-0) approved a bill to prohibit deceptive mailings designed to look like official Census Bureau mailings. The "Prevent Deceptive Census Look-Alike Mailings Act" (H.R. 4621) would require organizations that use the word "Census" on their mailings to indicate clearly that the item is not from or affiliated with the federal government and to include the sender's name and address. The bill also received bipartisan support in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which unanimously approved the measure on March 4.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the bill's sponsor, said that mailings "purporting to be an official document ... deliberately reduce the effectiveness of the authentic Census - which costs taxpayers money. It's not right, and this bill will help prevent that confusion."

The House-passed bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; there is no companion Senate measure yet. For more information on the legislation, see the February 10 Census News Brief #87 on The Census Project website.

House panel schedules hearing on Census Bureau's readiness for count: The House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, chaired by Rep. William "Lacy" Clay (D-MO), will hold a hearing on March 25 titled, "The 2010 Census: An Assessment of the Census Bureau's Preparedness." Representatives from the Census Bureau, Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General, and U.S. Government Accountability Office are expected to testify. The hearing is scheduled for 2:00PM in Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.


Latino civic, political, and faith leaders held a Latino 2010 Census Summit in Washington, DC on March 17 to highlight the community's "unity and collaboration" in support of the census and to issue a "Call to Action for all Latinos to be counted in Census 2010." Census Director Groves joined members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and heads of major Hispanic organizations for a program of panel discussions, census campaign promotional displays, and a press conference.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund and its four national census partners (NAACP; NALEO; AAJC; NCAI) are launching a National Week of Action (March 22 - 27) to encourage census participation. Activities will include block parties, festivals, assistance forums, and press conferences to build excitement and make a push for people in historically hard-to-count communities to fill out and mail back their forms by April 1. The collaborative census campaign also organized Census Faith Weekend activities yesterday and today, distributing palm cards in nine languages and preparing sample articles for church bulletins.

The University of Michigan sponsored a census ad video contest to promote awareness of the count among college students and encourage participation. The university is offering a total of $3,000 in prizes to the winning one-minute ads. While only members of the university community were allowed to vote, the public can view the videos on-line at Students living on-campus at colleges and universities are counted as part of the Group Quarters Enumeration, which runs from March 30 - May 14. Students who live off-campus are counted at their house or apartment as part of the mail-out/mail-back operation, not at their parents' home (unless they live with their parents while attending school).

Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc. began its 2010 census media campaign, visiting small businesses in New Orleans with "Mobile remote" technology that allowed business owners to promote the census through live radio spots. The nonprofit organization, dedicated to rebuilding communities hard-hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, will expand the campaign with additional canvassing in New Orleans, Moss Point, and Mobile, AL, on March 27.

Caribbean American civic leaders in South Florida completed their 2010 census forms during a live radio broadcast (WZAB 880 AM) on March 20. Caribbean Riddims radio show host and producer Eddy Edwards and attorney Marlon Hill of The Peoples Politics encouraged listeners to fill out their own forms and to pass along the message, "I counted today, I have the power!" Mr. Edwards said that he hoped the live call to action would contribute to a higher "level of trust and confidence in the [census] process." The weekly program reaches listeners in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties and The Bahamas. Also in Miami, Caribbean American organizations teamed up with national census advocates to produce Public Service Announcements and print 35,000 grocery bags displaying a 2010 census logo, aimed at boosting response among Haitian Americans.

Reminder ... Univision, the Spanish-language media company, will air a half-hour long program on March 27 to provide instructions on how to fill out the census questionnaire. The program will run at 11:00AM Eastern, 10:00AM Central, and 11:00AM Pacific time.


The The Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, which provides research and policy ideas to help decision makers address the needs of metropolitan areas, released its report, Counting for Dollars: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds. The analysis, authored by MPP Fellow Andrew Reamer, found that nearly $447 billion were distributed through 215 federal domestic assistance programs to states and localities in FY2008 based, in whole or in part, on decennial census results. The average national per capita distribution was $1,469, ranging from a high of $4,656 per capita in the District of Columbia to a low of $742 per capita in Nevada.

"Because the population count is so critical to the process of allocating such a large portion of federal assistance dollars, our report demonstrates how important an accurate 2010 census is," Dr. Reamer said. The report reviews census-driven federal program funding for Fiscal Year 2008, the latest data available, and includes program-by-program allocation tables for states, the 200 largest counties, and the 100 largest metropolitan areas.

The ya es hora. HAGASE CONTAR! campaign is fielding a toll-free telephone hotline to answer questions about filling out the census form. Bilingual (English/Spanish) assistance is available by calling 877-EL-CENSO/877-352-3676.

The Disability Policy Consortium, Inc., a Boston-based organization of volunteer disability rights activities, has developed a "vlog" (video blog) on the importance of the census for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The video is in American Sign Language, with captioning. DPC is a grantee of the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund, a collaborative of foundations in the state that is supporting efforts to achieve an accurate count. Go to to view the video.

The Census 2010 Hard To Count Mapping Site, a project of the City University of New York Mapping Service at the Graduate Center, has a new feature that allows users to create a shortcut link to any spot on the map. On the map, users should zoom to the area of interest, select a hard-to-count layer from the legend (e.g. "Percent Unemployed"), then click the "Link to the map" button in the upper right. The feature will allow census advocates to share the specific link with colleagues via e-mail, twitter, and other avenues of communication. For more new features, click the Overview tab (upper right corner) and then the What's New tab. The CUNY census map URL is

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national advocacy and educational organization that uses legal resources to advance civil rights and civic participation for Latinos, established a 2010 Census Latino Outreach and Civic Participation Project. Go to for materials and information that highlight the linkage between census data and political empowerment.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund has posted new fact sheets on its census campaign website that highlight the importance of an accurate census to Native Americans, people with disabilities, and women. For copies of these and other resources developed for the It's Time. Make Yourself Count. campaign, go to


2010 Census Web Site : The Census Bureau's new 2010 census web site offers useful basic information on the census process, as well as sample questionnaires, information on job opportunities, and in-language materials. Add it to your "Bookmarks" bar to track mail response rates daily for your state and locality starting in late March.

2010 Census Web Site in Spanishy: New official 2010 census Spanish language web site.

2010 Census Jobs : Visit this web page to download a Census Practice Test and find information about the application process and a Local Census Office near you.

The Census Project : Visit the Census Project web site for previous Census News Briefs, fact sheets, and a weekly blog in support of an accurate 2010 census. Become a fan of the Census Project on Facebook at

Census 2010 Interactive Hard To Count Mapping Site : This new mapping site, developed by the City University of New York Mapping Services at the Graduate Center, allows users to pinpoint hard-to-count census tracts and identify the socio-economic characteristics that contribute to difficult enumeration conditions, allowing advocates to target outreach and tailor messages. The URL is

Leadership Conference Education Fund : The LCEF 2010 Census campaign offers fact sheets, a toolkit, data on the census undercount, and promotional materials to reach historically hard-to-count communities.

Nonprofits Count: The Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network's 2010 census campaign features fact sheets, a toolkit, posters and swag, and state-specific resources to help nonprofits promote census participation.

ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR¡ : Resources and promotional materials, in Spanish and English, targeting the Latino population.

National Urban League
: This Census Information Center web page includes links to demographic information on the Black population, job opportunities, and other 2010 census materials.

Asian American Justice Center
: Resources and information, including in-language census forms, targeting the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations.

Indian Country Counts : Region-specific information, events, job listings, and tools for the American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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 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

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Friday, March 19, 2010

"Health Care: The time for reform is now" - President Obama at the Patriot Center - GMU, Fairfax VA


This morning, speaking before thousands at the Patriot Center in Virginia, the President was perhaps even more passionate about finishing the job on health reform than any time in this year-long debate. It’s probably best to let him speak for himself, so read the full transcript below for yourself:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010
Remarks by the President on Health Insurance Reform in Fairfax, Virginia
George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia

11:27 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, George Mason! (Applause.) How’s everybody doing today? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. It’s good to be back with some real Patriots. (Applause.) I want to thank Dr. Alan Merten, the President of George Mason University, and his family. (Applause.) Dr. Shirley Travis, who’s here -- thank you. And Coach Larranaga, we were just talking a little bit about -- (applause) -- looking forward to picking George Mason in my bracket next year. (Applause.)


THE PRESIDENT: I love you! (Applause.) I don’t know if some of you remember, but I visited this university about three years ago for the first time. (Applause.) This was at just the dawn of my presidential campaign. It was about three weeks old, I think. We didn’t have a lot of money. We didn’t have a lot of staff. Nobody could pronounce my name. (Laughter.) Our poll numbers were quite low. And a lot of people -- a lot of people in Washington, they didn’t think it was even worth us trying.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes we can! (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: They had counted us out before we had even started, because the Washington conventional wisdom was that change was too hard. But what we had even then was a group of students here at George Mason -- (applause) -- who believed that if we worked hard enough and if we fought long enough, if we organized enough supporters, then we could finally bring change to that city across the river. (Applause.) We believed that despite all the resistance, we could make Washington work. Not for the lobbyists, not for the special interests, not for the politicians, but for the American people. (Applause.)

And now three years later, I stand before you, one year after the worst recession since the Great Depression, having to make a bunch of tough decisions, having had a tumultuous debate, having had a lot of folks who were skeptical that we could get anything done. And right now, we are at the point where we are going to do something historic this weekend. That’s what this health care vote is all about. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

THE PRESIDENT: A few miles from here, Congress is in the final stages of a fateful debate about the future of health insurance in America. (Applause.) It’s a debate that’s raged not just for the past year but for the past century. One thing when you’re in the White House, you’ve got a lot of history books around you. (Laughter.) And so I’ve been reading up on the history here. Teddy Roosevelt, Republican, was the first to advocate that everybody get health care in this country. (Applause.) Every decade since, we’ve had Presidents, Republicans and Democrats, from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon to JFK to Lyndon Johnson to -- every single President has said we need to fix this system. It’s a debate that’s not only about the cost of health care, not just about what we’re doing about folks who aren’t getting a fair shake from their insurance companies. It’s a debate about the character of our country -– (applause) -- about whether we can still meet the challenges of our time; whether we still have the guts and the courage to give every citizen, not just some, the chance to reach their dreams. (Applause.)

At the heart of this debate is the question of whether we’re going to accept a system that works better for the insurance companies than it does for the American people -- (applause) -- because if this vote fails, the insurance industry will continue to run amok. They will continue to deny people coverage. They will continue to deny people care. They will continue to jack up premiums 40 or 50 or 60 percent as they have in the last few weeks without any accountability whatsoever. They know this. And that’s why their lobbyists are stalking the halls of Congress as we speak, and pouring millions of dollars into negative ads. And that’s why they are doing everything they can to kill this bill.

So the only question left is this: Are we going to let the special interests win once again?


THE PRESIDENT: Or are we going to make this vote a victory for the American people? (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can!

THE PRESIDENT: George Mason, the time for reform is right now. (Applause.) Not a year from now, not five years from now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now -- it’s now. (Applause.) We have had -- we have had a year of hard debate. Every proposal has been put on the table. Every argument has been made. We have incorporated the best ideas from Democrats and from Republicans into a final proposal that builds on the system of private insurance that we currently have. The insurance industry and its supporters in Congress have tried to portray this as radical change. (Applause.)

Now, I just -- I just want to be clear, everybody. Listen up, because we have heard every crazy thing about this bill. You remember. First we heard this was a government takeover of health care. Then we heard that this was going to kill granny. Then we heard, well, illegal immigrants are going to be getting the main benefits of this bill. There has been -- they have thrown every argument at this legislative effort. But when it -- it turns out, at the end of the day, what we’re talking about is common-sense reform. That’s all we’re talking about. (Applause.)

If you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor. If you like your plan, keep your plan. I don’t believe we should give government or the insurance companies more control over health care in America. I think it’s time to give you, the American people, more control over your health. (Applause.)

And since you’ve been hearing a whole bunch of nonsense, let’s just be clear on what exactly the proposal that they’re going to vote on in a couple of days will do. It’s going to -- it’s going to change health care in three ways. Number one, we are going to end the worst practices of insurance companies. (Applause.) This is -- this is a patient’s bill of rights on steroids. (Laughter.) Starting this year, thousands of uninsured Americans with preexisting conditions will be able to purchase health insurance, some for the very first time. (Applause.) Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with preexisting conditions. (Applause.) Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned from dropping your coverage when you get sick. (Applause.) And they’ve been spending a lot of time weeding out people who are sick so they don’t have to pay benefits that people have already paid for. Those practices will end.

If this reform becomes law, all new insurance plans will be required to offer free preventive care to their customers. (Applause.) If you buy a new plan, there won’t be lifetime or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care you receive from your insurance companies. (Applause.) And by the way, to all the young people here today, starting this year if you don’t have insurance, all new plans will allow you to stay on your parents’ plan until you are 26 years old. (Applause.)

So you’ll have some security when you graduate. If that first job doesn’t offer coverage, you’re going to know that you’ve got coverage. Because as you start your lives and your careers, the last thing you should be worried about is whether you’re going to go broke or make your parents broke just because you get sick. (Applause.) All right?

So that’s the first thing this legislation does -- the toughest insurance reforms in history. And by the way, when you talk to Republicans and you say, well, are you against this? A lot of them will say, no, no, that part’s okay. (Laughter.) All right, so let’s go to the second part.

The second thing that would change about the current system is that for the first time, small business owners and people who are being priced out of the insurance market will have the same kind of choice of private health insurance that members of Congress give to themselves. (Applause.)

So what this means is, is that small business owners and middle-class families, they’re going to be able to be part of what’s called a big pool of customers that can negotiate with the insurance companies. And that means they can purchase more affordable coverage in a competitive marketplace. (Applause.) So they’re not out there on their own just shopping. They’re part of millions of people who are shopping together. And if you still can’t afford the insurance in this new marketplace, even though it’s going to be cheaper than what you can get on your own, then we’re going to offer you tax credits to help you afford it -– tax credits that add up to the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in American history. (Applause.)

Now, these tax credits cost money. Helping folks who can’t afford it right now, that does cost some money. It costs about $100 billion per year. But most of the cost --

AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s all right. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, here’s the reason it’s all right. (Laughter.) Here’s the reason it’s all right. It wouldn’t be all right if we weren’t paying for it -- and by the way, that's what a previous Congress did with the prescription drug plan. All they did was they gave the benefits and they didn’t pay for it.

That's not what we’re doing. What we’re doing is we’re taking money that America is already spending in the health care system, but is being spent poorly, that's going to waste and fraud and unwarranted subsidies for the insurance companies, and we’re taking that money and making sure those dollars go towards making insurance more affordable. (Applause.)

So we’re going to eliminate wasteful taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies. (Applause.) We’re going to set a new fee on insurance companies that stand to gain millions of new customers. (Applause.) So here’s the point: This proposal is paid for. Unlike some of these previous schemes in Washington, we’re not taking out the credit card in your name, young people, and charging it to you. We’re making sure this thing is paid for. (Applause.) All right, so that's the second thing.

Now, the third thing that this legislation does is it brings down the cost of health care for families and businesses and the federal government. (Applause.) Americans who are buying comparable coverage in the individual market would end up seeing their premiums go down 14 to 20 percent. (Applause.) Americans who get their insurance through the workplace, cost savings could be as much as $3,000 less per employer than if we do nothing. Now, think about that. That’s $3,000 your employer doesn’t have to pay, which means maybe she can afford to give you a raise. (Applause.)

And by the way, if you’re curious, well, how exactly are we saving these costs? Well, part of it is, again, we’re not spending our health care money wisely. So, for example, you go to the hospital or you go to a doctor and you may take five tests, when it turns out if you just took one test, then you send an e-mail around with the test results, you wouldn’t be paying $500 per test. So we’re trying to save money across the system. (Applause.) And altogether, our cost-cutting measures would reduce most people’s premiums. And here’s the bonus: It brings down our deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. (Applause.)

So you’ve got -- you’ve got a whole bunch of opponents of this bill saying, well, we can’t afford this; we’re fiscal conservatives. These are the same guys who passed that prescription drug bill without paying for it, adding over $1 trillion to our deficit -- “Oh, we can’t afford this.” But this bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office -- which is the referee, the scorekeeper for how much things cost -- says we’ll save us $1 trillion. Not only can we afford to do this, we can’t afford not to do this. (Applause.)

So here’s the bottom line. That’s our proposal: toughest insurance reforms in history, one of the biggest deficit-reduction plans in history, and the opportunity to give millions of people -- some of them in your own family, some of the people who are in this auditorium today -- an opportunity for the first time in a very long time to get affordable health care. That’s it. That’s what we’re trying to do. (Applause.) That’s what the Congress of the United States is about to vote on this weekend.

Now, it would be nice if we were just kind of examining the substance, we were walking through the details of the plan, what it means for you. But that’s not what the cable stations like to talk about. (Laughter.) What they like to talk about is the politics of the vote. What does this mean in November? What does it mean to the poll numbers? Is this more of an advantage for Democrats or Republicans? What’s it going to mean for Obama? Will his presidency be crippled, or will he be the comeback kid? (Applause.) That’s what they like to talk about. That’s what they like to talk about. I understand.

One of the things you realize is basically that a lot of reporting in Washington, it’s just like SportsCenter. It’s considered a sport, and who’s up and who’s down, and everybody’s keeping score. And you got the teams going at it. It’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. (Laughter.)

Look, let me say this, George Mason: I don’t know how this plays politically. Nobody really does. I mean, there’s been so much misinformation and so much confusion and the climate at times during the course of this year has been so toxic and people are so anxious because the economy has been going through such a tough time. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the politics on this thing. I don’t know whether my poll numbers go down, they go up. I don’t know what happens in terms of Democrats versus Republicans.

But here’s what I do know. I do know that this bill, this legislation, is going to be enormously important for America’s future. (Applause.) I do know the impact it will have on the millions of Americans who need our help, and the millions more who may not need help right now but a year from now or five years from now or 10 years from now, if they have some bad luck; if, heaven forbid, they get sick; if they’ve got a preexisting condition; if their child has a preexisting condition; if they lose their job; if they want to start a company -- I know the impact it will have on them. (Applause.)

I know what this reform will mean for people like Leslie Banks, a single mom I met in Pennsylvania. She’s trying to put her daughter through college, just like probably some of your moms and dads are trying to put you through college. And her insurance company just sent her a letter saying they plan to double her premium this year -– have it go up 100 percent. And she can’t afford it. So now she’s trying to figure out, am I going to keep my insurance or am I going to keep my daughter in college? Leslie Banks needs us to pass this reform bill. (Applause.)

I know what reform will mean for people like Laura Klitzka. I met Laura up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, while I was campaigning. She thought she had beaten her breast cancer. Then she discovered it had spread to her bones. And she and her insurance -- she and her husband, they were lucky enough to have insurance, but their medical bills still landed them in debt. So now she’s spending time worrying about the debt when all she wants to do is think about how she can spend time with her two kids. Laura needs us to pass this reform bill. (Applause.)

I know what reform will mean for people like Natoma Canfield. When her insurance company raised her rates, she had to give up her coverage, even though she had been paying thousands of dollars in premiums for years, because she had beaten cancer 11 years earlier. They kept on jacking up her rates, jacking up her rates. Finally she thought she was going to lose her home. She was scared that a sudden illness would lead to financial ruin, but she had no choice. Right now she’s lying in a hospital bed, faced with paying for such an illness, after she had to give up her health insurance. She’s praying that somehow she can afford to get well. She knows that it is time for reform.

So George Mason, when you hear people saying, well, why don't we do this more incrementally, why don't we do this a little more piecemeal, why don't we just help the folks that are easiest to help -- my answer is the time for reform is now. We have waited long enough. (Applause.) We have waited long enough.

And in just a few days, a century-long struggle will culminate in a historic vote. (Applause.) We’ve had historic votes before. We had a historic vote to put Social Security in place to make sure that our elderly did not live out their golden years in poverty. We had a historic vote in civil rights to make sure that everybody was equal under the law. (Applause.) As messy as this process is, as frustrating as this process is, as ugly as this process can be, when we have faced such decisions in our past, this nation, time and time again, has chosen to extend its promise to more of its people. (Applause.)

You know, the naysayers said that Social Security would lead to socialism. (Laughter.) But the men and women of Congress stood fast and created that program that lifted millions out of poverty. (Applause.)

There were cynics that warned that Medicare would lead to a government takeover of our entire health care system, and that it didn’t have much support in the polls. But Democrats and Republicans refused to back down, and they made sure that our seniors had the health care that they needed and could have some basic peace of mind. (Applause.)

So previous generations, those who came before us, made the decision that our seniors and our poor, through Medicaid, should not be forced to go without health care just because they couldn’t afford it. Today it falls to this generation to decide whether we will make that same promise to hardworking middle-class families and small businesses all across America, and to young Americans like yourselves who are just starting out. (Applause.)

So here’s my bottom line. I know this has been a difficult journey. I know this will be a tough vote. I know that everybody is counting votes right now in Washington. But I also remember a quote I saw on a plaque in the White House the other day. It’s hanging in the same room where I demanded answers from insurance executives and just received a bunch of excuses. And it was a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, the person who first called for health care reform -- that Republican -- all those years ago. And it said, “Aggressively fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.”

Now, I don’t know how passing health care will play politically -- but I know it’s right. (Applause.) Teddy Roosevelt knew it was right. Harry Truman knew that it was right. Ted Kennedy knew it was right. (Applause.) And if you believe that it’s right, then you've got to help us finish this fight. You've got to stand with me just like you did three years ago and make some phone calls and knock on some doors, talk to your parents, talk to your friends. Do not quit, do not give up, we keep on going. (Applause.) We are going to get this done. We are going to make history. We are going to fix health care in America with your help. (Applause.)

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

11:56 A.M. EDT

Cao Sponsors Briefing and Testifies at Tom Lantos Hearing on Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Vietnam

March 19, 2010

Dang Nguyen (202) 591-5861


Cao Sponsors Briefing and Testifies at Tom Lantos Hearing on Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Washington, DC – In response to recent developments and to evaluate human rights and religious freedom situation in Vietnam, Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-2) will sponsor a briefing on March 22, 2010 and appear as a witness in a hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on March 23, 2010.

“While I welcome the recent releases of human rights attorney Le Thi Cong Nhan and Catholic priest and political dissident Father Nguyen Van Ly, I am greatly concerned about the worsening human rights situation in Vietnam as a whole,” said Cao.

Persecution of democracy activists and religious groups reportedly intensified throughout the year. The State Department’s Human Rights Report on Vietnam for 2009 states that “during the year the government increased its suppression of dissent” and “the government severely restricted freedom of association.”

Additionally, reports indicated that mobs which included undercover police officers and Communist Party officials terrorized and assaulted monks and nuns at Phuoc Hue pagoda in Lam Dong province for three days in December. Montagnard Christians and Catholics have also come under increased pressure over the past year. These instances are indicative of a troubling pattern of abuses of human rights and religious freedom.

Representative Cao will reflect upon his recent visit in Vietnam during his meeting with religious leaders, representatives of human rights NGOs, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday, March 22. He plans to have an in-depth discussion and understanding of the issue before appearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing the following day.

Both events are open to media and the public.


Briefing: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Vietnam

By Human Rights NGOs and The US Commission on International Religious Freedom
Sponsored by U.S. Representative Joseph Cao

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Monday, March 22
122 Cannon House Office Bldg


Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)
Hearing Announcement:

Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Vietnam

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, March 23
B-318 Rayburn House Office Bldg

List of Witnesses:

Panel I
The Honorable Anh “Joseph” Cao, member of Congress, 2nd District of Louisiana

Panel II
Michael Cromartie, commissioner, US Commission on International Religious Freedom
Y Hin Nie, Montagnard Christians
Sister Dang Nghiem, Deer Park Monastery
Father Vu Ngoc An, Catholic priest
Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Binh Nguyen, founding chair, International Protection for Prisoners of Conscience
Dr. Quan Nguyen, director, Internet Radio Broadcasting to Vietnam: Rallying for Democracy

***Witness list subject to change.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Census Bureau Director Delivers 2010 Census Message from James Madison's Montpelier Home


In recognition today of the 259th birthday of James Madison, the principal writer of the Constitution and the fourth President of the United States, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves visited Montpelier — Madison's colonial home near Orange, Va. Groves stood in Madison's library, the very room that one of the Founding Fathers used to draft the Virginia Plan that became the Constitution.

As each U.S. household receives a 2010 Census form, every resident is encouraged to participate in a process that is as old as the nation itself. That process is the decennial census, mandated in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, mainly written by James Madison, one of our nation's founders and our fourth president. U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves recently visited Madison's historic home, Montpelier, in Orange, Va., and stood in the room that was the library where Madison drafted the Virginia Plan that became the Constitution. Groves paused to reflect on his own obligation to participate in the 2010 Census and to "ensure that we get it right."

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Article I, Section 2

As each U.S. household receives a 2010 Census form, every resident is encouraged to participate in a process that is as old as the nation itself. That process is the decennial census, mandated in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, mainly written by James Madison, one of our nation's founders and our fourth president. U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves recently visited Madison's historic home, Montpelier, in Orange, Va., and stood in the room that was the library where Madison drafted the Virginia Plan that became the Constitution. Groves paused to reflect on his own obligation to participate in the 2010 Census and to "ensure that we get it right."




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Kính chào quý thính giả đài phát thanh Việt Nam Hải Ngoại và quý đồng hương khắp nơi. Hôm nay chương trình Lập Pháp và Cộng Đồng xin cùng chia sẻ với tất cả một tin rất vui: Linh Mục Nguyễn Văn Lý vừa được trả tự do ngày thứ Hai 15 tháng 3 tại Việt Nam.

Hy vọng điều này sẽ đánh dấu một số thay đổi tốt đẹp hơn về tình hình tự do tôn giáo và nhân quyền tại Việt Nam. Tiếng nói người Mỹ gốc Việt xin được chúc mừng Linh Mục, xin tri ân tất cả những hy sinh không ngừng của Linh Mục cho tương lai tốt đẹp hơn của dân tộc Việt, và xin kính chúc Linh Mục nhiều sức khỏe, nhiều nghị lực, để tiếp tục truyền niềm tin và hy vọng từ Đức Chúa Trời đến dân gian.

Chương trình Lập Pháp và Cộng Đồng hôm nay sẽ gồm các phần chính sau đây:

1/ Tin Lập Pháp cấp Liên Bang
2/ Tin Lập Pháp cấp Tiểu Bang
3/ Tin Cộng Đồng và tin Việt Nam
4/ Phần đặc biệt theo chủ đề “Nhìn lại chuyện cũ, tìm hướng đi mới” tiếp theo các kỳ trước. Chúng ta đã lần lược nghe ý kiến của TS Đinh Xuân Quân, TS Tạ Văn Tài, GS Nguyễn Ngọc Bích, GS Lê Xuân Khoa, TS Nguyễn Đình Thắng, LS Trịnh Hội. Lần này Ngọc Giao xin mời quý thính giả nói chuyện với anh Hoàng Tứ Duy, phát ngôn nhân của đảng Việt Tân .

Trước tiên, xin mời quý thính giả theo dõi Tin Lập Pháp Cấp Liên Bang:

1/ Quan tâm chính của chính phủ Liên Bang trong tuần này là Census 2010, Cải Tổ Bảo Hiểm Y Tế, Cải Tổ Tài Chánh, giải quyết vấn đề năng lượng và đặt căn bản vững chắc hơn cho Giáo Dục tại Hoa Kỳ.

Năm 2010 là năm Hoa Kỳ đếm lại số người sinh sống tại mọi nơi trên đất nước này. Theo Hiến Pháp Hoa Kỳ, việc kiểm kê dân số phải được làm mỗi 10 năm, để chính quyền liên bang dựa theo dữ kiện này mà tài trợ ngân quỹ bảo đảm an sinh cho mỗi người dân. Số tiền tính ra khoảng 1000/ 1 đầu người, dùng cho các chi phí về trường học, nhà thương, đường xá, giao thông, các phúc lợi công cộng. Dựa vào số người sống từng vùng, Tổng Thống cũng quyết định số dân biểu tại Hạ Viện cho mỗi tiểu bang.

Ngày hôm nay, 15 tháng 3, trên 120 triệu mẫu đơn Kiểm Kê Dân Số đã được gửi qua đường bưu điện đến từng nhà trên toàn quốc. Xin quý vị đọc và xin điền rồi gửi lại cho kip thời gian tính. Khi quý vị gửi lại ngay qua đường bưu điện, chúng ta sẽ để dành được hàng trăm triệu đô la từ ngân quỹ quốc gia.

Ngày Chủ Nhật 28 tháng 3, tại Trung Tâm Eden, lúc 1pm – 6pm, Voice of Vietnamese Americans cùng với nhiều hội đoàn Việt Nam khác trong vùng sẽ có một buổi nói về Census, và hướng dẫn cách điền mẫu đơn cho quý vị. Buổi gặp mặt này sẽ có một số tặng phẩm như áo T Shirts, nón, ly nhựa, túi xách, và có phần tiệc trà thân mật. Xin kính mời quý vị đi chợ nhớ ghé ngang để nhận thông tin và quà tặng.

Quý vị cũng có thể gọi phone để xin trợ giúp bằng tiếng Việt. Xin gọi số: Vietnamese (1-866-945-2010).

Phiếu thống kê này DỄ TRẢ LỜI, rất QUAN TRỌNG đối với quý vị và tương lai của cộng đồng quý vị, và rất AN TOÀN, gồm 10 câu hỏi sau:

1. Số người cùng sống chung tại địa chỉ này.
2. Xin liệt kê những ai có thể sẽ đến ở tại cùng địa chỉ từ ngày 1 tháng 4 năm 2010.
3. Nhà mua hay nhà thuê.
4. Số điện thoại để liên lạc nếu có câu hỏi.
5. Tên.
6. Giới tính.
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8. Có phải là người gốc Spanish
9. Sắc tộc.
10. Bạn có ở nơi nào khác nữa không?

Danh tính của quý vị và các thông tin mà quý vị cung cấp được bảo mật theo quy định của luật pháp liên bang. Ngoài ra, sẽ không ai hỏi quý vị về tình trạng pháp lý hiện nay của quý vị ở quốc gia này.

Mỗi nhân viên thống kê đều tuyên thệ bảo mật tất cả các thông tin mà quý vị cung cấp. Đó là quy định của pháp luật.

Ngày 1 tháng 4 là ngày Census Day tại Hoa Kỳ. Và ngày 15 tháng 4, nhân viên kiểm kê dân số sẽ đến các địa chỉ chưa nhận được mẫu kiểm kê dân số gửi lại, để tìm hiểu thêm. Nếu gia đình quý vị đã gửi trả lại mẫu đơn, thì họ sẽ không đến tận nhà quý vị để tìm hiểu. Xin đừng sợ hãị . Họ chỉ làm công việc kiểm kê mà thôi, không muốn bắt quý vị vì bất cứ một lý do nào. Những nhân viên này đều phải có đeo bảng tên, và phải trình bày rõ ràng nhiệm vụ của họ.

Người Mỹ gốc Việt là một trong những sắc dân được xem là không được đếm đủ trong suốt 10 năm qua. Theo thống kê năm 2000, chúng ta chỉ có khoảng 1 triệu 3, trong khi đến nay, có đến trên dưới 2 triệu người Mỹ gốc Việt cư ngụ tại Hoa Kỳ. Trên dưới 700 ngàn người Mỹ gốc Việt đã không được kể vào trong các chương trình sinh hoạt do chính quyền liên bang tài trợ. Nếu tính $1000 mỹ kim một đầu người, chúng ta bị thiệt đến 700 triệu Mỹ Kim trong một năm. Xin quý vị nhớ điền đơn và gửi trả lại ngay cho đúng kỳ hạn.

Quý vị cần tìm việc làm ngắn hạn với nha thống kê dân số, xin gọi: 1-866-861-2010 .

Hiện nay, quan tâm lớn nhất ở cấp Liên Bang là vấn đề Cải Tổ Bảo Hiểm Y Tế. Dự Luật Cải Tổ Bảo Hiểm Y Tế đã được thông qua tại Hạ Viện, và thông qua tại Thượng Viện Hoa Kỳ vào chiều trước Giáng Sinh năm 2009. Hiện nay, vấn đề lớn là làm sao phối hợp hai dự luật này lại thành một với sự đồng ý của đa số để Tổng Thống có thể ký thành luật.

Phe Dân Chủ tại Hạ Viện đang cố gắng tìm cách thông qua Dự Luật mà không cần đến phiếu của Cộng Hòa, với thủ tục “Reconciliation” hay “Hòa giải”, cho phép dự luật được chấp thuận với đa số quá bán hay 51/ 49, thay vì đa số tuyệt đối 60/40 tại Thượng Viện. Phương cách này giúp Thượng Viện vượt qua khó khăn hiện nay với 41 TNS thuộc đảng Cộng Hòa, sau khi TNS Scott Brown đắc cử tại Massachusetts và tuyên thệ nhậm chức trong tháng hai.

Hôm nay, 15 tháng 3, Hạ Viện chính thức bắt đầu bàn luận về thủ tục Reconciliation này.

Health Care Reconciliation Action Moves Forward In Congress

watch House Budget Debate: Afternoon Session (3/15)

watch House Budget Debate: Evening Session (3/15)

watch House Budget Debate: Closing Session (3/15)

Sáng hôm nay, TT Obama cũng tiếp tục vận động cho dự luật Cải Tổ Bảo Hiểm Y Tế do Tòa Bạch Ốc đề nghị, và đã ra trình bày rõ ràng hơn về các điều thay đổi dựa trên dự luật này.

Pres. Obama Remarks on Health Care Reform (March 15, 2010) Video, xin click để xem

Trong cùng ngày hôm nay, thứ hai 15 tháng 3, TNS Dodd thuộc đảng Dân Chủ từ Connecticut, Chủ Tịch Ủy Ban Ngân Hàng và Tiền Tệ tại Thượng Viện, sẽ trình bày dự án cải tổ tài chánh của ông. TNS Dodd cho biết dự luật này sẽ đề nghị lập một Hội Đồng Giám Sát để theo dõi các rủi ro có ảnh hưởng sâu rộng trong hệ thống kinh tế quốc gia, hầu tránh một cuộc suy thoái kinh tế trong tương lai.

Thượng Viện Hoa Kỳ cũng đang tiếp tục làm việc trên dự luật HR 2847, để giúp tạo thêm công ăn việc làm cho người dân. Dự luật này hôm nay dự trù sẽ dành khoảng 17.6 tỷ Mỹ Kim trong việc giảm thuế cho các doanh nghiệm thuê thêm người làm, tạo thêm các viễn kiến cho quỹ xây dựng đường xá, mở rộng chương trình “Xây dựng nước Mỹ” qua việc bán công khố phiếu, và cho phép tiểu doanh nghiệp được trừ thuế thêm dựa trên một số phí tổn đang được đề nghị.

Tin Lập Pháp cấp Tiểu Bang tại VA:

Ở cấp tiểu bang, các Thống Đốc và quốc hội Tiểu Bang cũng phải đương đầu với việc cắt giảm ngân quỹ, vấn đề thất nghiệp, bảo hiểm y tế, năng lượng và giáo dục.

Tân Thống Đốc McDonnell của VA ngày 10 tháng 3 đã ký luật giúp Virginia trở thành “Trung Tâm Năng Lượng vùng biển Đông Hoa Kỳ”. Đạo Luật này được sự hỗ trợ của dân biểu và Nghị Sĩ tiểu bang từ cả hai đảng, nhằm tạo thêm việc làm, mang thêm sức mạnh về năng lượng, và mang thêm thu nhập cho tiểu bang Virginia.

Thống Đốc McDonnell cũng ký Luật nhằm tái tạo và nâng cao trách nhiệm c ủa VITA, Virginia Information Technologies Agency. Với luật này, Nha Kỹ Thuật Truyền Thông của Virginia sẽ không trực thuộc Hội Đồng Giám Sát Đầu Tư về Kỹ Thuật nữa, mà sẽ làm việc thẳng với văn phòng Thống Đốc qua Bộ Trưởng Bộ Kỹ Thuật của tiểu bang.

Bộ Trưởng Tư Pháp tiểu bang VA, Cuccinelli, đang bị giới sinh viên và giới trẻ của VA phản đối kịch liệt vì chính thức kỳ thị giới tính, phân biệt đối xử với các sinh viên đồng tính luyến ái. Các sinh viên t ại VCU đã biểu tình chống lại thái độ này, cho rằng đ ầy tính kỳ thị, và sẽ tạo vấn đề hận thù trong môi trường đại học dựa trên vấn đề giới tính.

Tại Quận Fairfax, Chairman Bulova đã làm nhiều điều để khuyến khích việc làm, giúp dân lấy lại thuế, thúc đẩy tham gia Thống Kê Dân Số 2010, và nâng cao giáo dục.

Ngày 27 tháng 3 tới đây, tại Trung Tâm Hành Chánh Quận Fairfax sẽ có một Job Fair,
Hội Chợ Giúp Tìm Việc Làm từ 10 giờ sáng đến 2 giờ chiều, từ 10am - 2pm, địa điểm:

Fairfax County Goverment Center
12 000 Goverment Center Parkway
Fairfax, Va 22035

Năm ngoái, có đến trên 3000 người tham dự. Xin kính mời quý vị tham dự.

Ngày 28 tháng 3, tại trung tâm Eden, Voice of Vietnamese Americans cùng nhiều hội đoàn trong vùng sẽ có một buổi nói chuyện về Thống Kê Dân Số, hướng dẫn đồng bào cách điền đơn bằng tiếng Việt, từ 1pm đến 6pm. Buổi họp mặt có nhiều tặng phẩm miễn phí và có tiệc trà thân mật. Xin kính mời quý vị tham dự đông đủ.

Tin Nhân Quyền Việt Nam:

Ngày 15 tháng 3, chúng ta có tin vui là Linh Mục Nguyễn Văn Lý được trả tự do vì lý do sức khỏe.

Linh mục Nguyễn Văn Lý đã bị xử tù ba lần, tổng cộng 14 năm, từ những năm 1970 vì theo đuổi phong trào tự do tôn giáo và dân chủ.

Năm 2001 ông bị tù sau khi kêu gọi Mỹ cân nhắc bỏ cấm vận vì các vi phạm nhân quyền của Việt Nam. Sau đó ông được ân xá năm 2005 trước khi bị bắt lại và bỏ tù năm 2007.
Vụ xét xử và án tù dành cho linh mục Lý đã gây phản ứng gay gắt từ một số chính trị gia Hoa Kỳ.

Đầu tháng Bảy 2009, một nhóm 37 Thượng nghị sỹ Hoa Kỳ thuộc cả hai đảng Dân chủ và Cộng hòa đã gửi thư cho Chủ tịch Việt Nam Nguyễn Minh Triết yêu cầu thả linh mục Nguyễn Văn Lý "ngay lập tức và vô điều kiện".

Một phát ngôn nhân của Tòa Đại sứ Hoa Kỳ ở Hà Nội hôm nay nói ông có nghe linh mục Lý được thả để trị bệnh, và nói nếu đúng như vậy thì đây là một ''cử chỉ nhân đạo đáng hoan nghênh''.

Tuần trước, đúng ngày 8 tháng 3, Luật Sư Lê Thị Công Nhân cũng mãn hạn tù và trở về xum họp với gia đình, đúng vào ngày tôn vinh phụ nữ thế giới.

Luật Sư Lê Thị Công Nhân cho biết những ngày trong tù chỉ làm cô thấy rõ hơn sự sai lầm của guồng máy chính quyền hiện thời, và quyết tâm tranh đấu cho tự do, dân chủ tại Việt Nam hơn nữa. Người Việt trong và ngoài nước đều khâm phục và yêu quý tấm lòng của Lê Thị Công Nhân, chúc Cô nhiều sức khỏe, nhiều nghị lực, chân cứng, đá mềm, để góp phần trong tương lai đất nước.

LS Lê Thị Công Nhân trả lời phỏng vấn RFA ngay sau khi ra tù -
Gia Minh, phóng viên RFA

Đảng Việt Tân phát trang phục “Hoàng Sa, Trường Sa, Việt Nam” cho người dân

Thưa quý vị, Hôm chủ nhật, ngày 14 tháng 3, tại đền Ngọc Sơn - Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, thủ đô Hà Nội, một số đảng viên đảng Việt Tân tại VN đã công khai phát áo, mũ, in hàng chữ “Hoàng Sa, Trường Sa, Việt Nam” cho người đến thăm đền.

Rare civil action in Hanoi, Vietnam - Tin CNN

Đây là một hành động có thể nói là táo bạo và nguy hiểm cho những người thực hiện việc này.

Khẩu hiệu “Hoàng Sa Trường Sa Là Của Việt Nam” đã xuất hiện ở nhiều nơi, đã có nhiều chuyên gia và trí thức phát biểu ý kiến của mình, trước sự xâm lược về kinh tế, lãnh thổ hay là về văn hóa.

Hôm nay, Ngọc Giao rất vui mừng được mời quý thính giả cùng nó chuyện với anh Hoàng Tứ Duy, phát ngôn nhân của Việt Tân. Anh Duy đại diện một nhóm chuyên gia trẻ, có nhiều khả năng, kiến thức, lại có tấm lòng với đất nước, non sông, muốn góp phần vào việc thay đổi Việt Nam cho tốt đẹp hơn. Phần nói chuyện với anh Hoàng Tứ Duy hôm nay tiếp theo chủ đề “Nhìn Lại Chuyện Cũ, Tìm Hướng Đi Mới”, mà Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ gốc Việt có hân hạnh được mời quý vị cùng tham dự với các TS Đinh Xuân Quân, TS Tạ Văn Tài, GS Lê Xuân Khoa, GS Nguyễn Ngọc Bích, TS Nguyễn Đình Thắng, và LS Trịnh Hội của VOICE trong các kỳ phát thanh vừa qua. Hy vọng hôm nay anh Duy sẽ cho chúng ta thấy một hướng đi tích cực khác của giới chuyên gia trẻ Việt Nam.

Xin kính chào anh Hoàng Tứ Duy.

[Xin nghe audio file]

Xin anh cho đồng bào biết tiểu sử của anh.
Xin anh cho biết về đảng Việt Tân
Xin anh cho biết về việc Đảng Việt Tân phát trang phục “Hoàng Sa, Trường Sa, Việt Nam” cho người dân ngày 14 tháng 3 vừa qua, có ý nghĩa gì?

Xin anh cho biết về Hội Nghị tại Geneva về Nhân Quyền mà anh vừa tham dự

Anh có muốn nhắn gì với đồng hương Việt Nam khắp nơi không?

Xin cảm ơn Anh Hoàng Tứ Duy đã chia sẻ một hướng đi tích cực với đồng hương. Ngọc Giao xin kính chúc anh và Việt Tân thành công, sớm mang lại tự do, dân chủ, đa nguyên, đa đảng cho Việt Nam.

Xin cảm ơn quý thính giả đã theo dõi chương trình hôm nay. Xin chúc quý vị một buổi chiều an lành và xin hẹn tái ngộ vào thứ hai tuần tới, lúc 4 giờ chiều. Xin kính chào tạm biệt.

Xin tùy tiện phổ biến rộng rãi mọi bài vở trong blog này. Xin cảm ơn.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Đọc "COMRADES IN ARMS" của Dr. Roger Canfield

How the Ameri-Cong Won the Vietnam War
Against the Common Enemy – America
By Dr. Roger Canfield

Vài ý nghĩ rời khi đọc tác phẩm "Comrades in Arms - How the Aneri-Cong Won the Vietnam War Against the Common Enemy - America" của Tiến Sĩ Roger Canfield, qua cái nhìn của một người tỵ nạn Việt Nam.

1/ Tôi rất vui mừng được biết TS Canfield, và rất cảm động khi đọc tác phẩm của ông viết trong suốt 22 năm, từ 1988 đến 2010 . Tác phẩm này đáp ứng nhu cầu sách giáo khoa nói sự thật về cuộc chiến Việt Nam, vốn rất nhiều thiên lệch cho mãi đến hôm nay. Đúng như tác giả nêu vấn đề: chúng ta có một lỗ hổng lớn cần phải bổ túc về vai trò của những người phản chiến trong chuyện đưa đến việc mất miền Nam Việt Nam vào tay Cộng Sản. TS Canfield đã đưa ra một bộ sách rất đầy đủ và đồ sộ, dẫn chứng và ghi chú rõ ràng nhiều chuyện trong lịch sử bị bóp méo qua cái nhìn sai lạc của truyền thông.

Nhân danh người Việt tỵ nạn Cộng Sản, tôi xin thành thật cảm ơn TS Canfield về công trình này của ông. Tôi nghĩ rằng tất cả mọi người khi muốn hiểu về chiến tranh Việt Nam đều phải đọc tác phẩm này.

2/ Có một số điều quan trọng cần được làm sáng tỏ về chiến tranh Việt Nam:

1/ Đó là một cuộc chiến chống Cộng Sản, bảo vệ tự do dân chủ cho miền Nam Việt Nam, và mong giành lại tự do dân chủ cho Dân Tộc Việt Nam, cả miền Nam lẫn miền Bắc. Đó là một cuộc chiến bảo vệ Đông Dương và Đông Nam Á khỏi sự thống trị của Trung Cộng.

2/ Cuộc chiến này vẫn còn đang tiếp diễn, ngay tại Việt Nam và bởi những người dân yếu đuối nhất, không một tấc sắt trong tay, chỉ có lòng tin vào quyền làm người của họ và tin tưởng vào sức mạnh thiêng liêng của tổ tiên, ông bà, thánh thần đang phù trợ họ.

3/ Người lính Việt Nam Cộng Hòa đã thực sự thắng trận trên mặt trận quân sự. Lính Cộng Sản Bắc Việt đã thua trận nặng nề ngay sau trận Mậu Thân 1968 . Quân dân miền Nam Việt Nam đã anh dũng tiếp tục giữ vững miền Nam với các chiến thắng năm 1972, và cho đến năm 1975, quân lực VNCH vẫn ở thế thượng phong trên chiến trường.

4/ Người Mỹ đã thua mặt trận chính trị tại Quốc Hội Hoa Kỳ, năm 1975, do ảnh hưởng của truyền thông sai lầm vì bị một số người “nằm vùng” ảnh hưởng, và sự tiếp tay một cách vô ý thức của phe phản chiến, cũng như sự phản bội bỉ ổi của chính người Mỹ với những quân nhân Mỹ đã hy sinh trên chiến trường Việt Nam.

5/ Tuy có chính nghĩa, giới lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ khi tham dự chiến tranh Việt Nam đã không làm sáng tỏ được chính nghĩa ấy, vì những điều sau đây:

- Họ không tôn trọng vai trò chính yếu của Chính quyền miền Nam Việt Nam, đại diện dân Việt Nam để chiến đấu bảo vệ tự do, dân chủ cho miền Nam.
Chuyện Tổng Thống Ngô Đình Diệm bị lật đổ, và Tổng Thống Nguyễn Văn Thiệu bị buộc phải ký Hiệp định Paris nói lên rõ ràng điều này.

- Các vị Tổng Thống Hoa Kỳ tham chiến nửa vời, không thực sự muốn chiến thắng, trong khi Trung Cộng và Nga Sô quyết tâm bành trướng chủ nghĩa Cộng Sản tại Đông Nam Á. Riêng Trung Cộng, thì đã quyết tâm chiếm toàn cõi Biển Đông khi đòi Phạm Văn Đồng phải ký giấy nhượng Trường Sa ngày 4 tháng 9 năm 1958, để đổi lấy sự hỗ trợ của Trung Cộng trong việc tiến chiếm miền Nam, đem chủ nghĩa Cộng Sản tràn vào Đông Dương qua ngã Lào với đường mòn xuyên Trường Sơn làm đường tiếp quân cùng vũ khí, và nắm làng quê Việt Nam từ phía Nam và Đông Nam, dùng vùng này làm hậu cần tiếp lương thực.

- Vì không tôn trọng Quân Lực Việt Nam Cộng Hòa và người Việt chống Cộng Sản tại Việt Nam, Hoa Kỳ đã làm nhiều lỗi lầm đáng tiếc trong chiến lược và chiến thuật, cũng như cách giải quyết chiến tranh nửa vời.

- Tất cả các lỗi lầm này lại được phóng đại trên truyền hình, truyền thanh, báo chí, khắp thế giới bằng chính khả năng truyền thông của Hoa Kỳ (được nhiều tên nằm vùng xúi), tạo nên quyết định bắt tay với Trung Cộng của Kissinger, quyết định triệt thoái với Hiệp Ước Paris năm 1973, và quyết định ngưng viện trợ của Quốc Hội Hoa Kỳ năm 1975 .

- Tóm lại, sự tham chiến vào cuộc chiến chống Cộng Sản của Việt Nam rồi tự triệt thoái và rút khỏi Việt Nam năm 1975 của Hoa Kỳ hoàn toàn do Hoa Kỳ tự quyết định và tự làm cho mình “thua trận,” với sự góp phần của phe phản chiến và giới truyền thông.

- Cuộc chiến chống Cộng Sản tại Việt Nam vẫn còn tiếp diễn, cho đến khi Việt Nam thực sự có tự do, dân chủ, nhân quyền, dân quyền, đa nguyên, đa đảng, và sánh vai cùng thế giới. Người Việt Nam trong nước và toàn thế giới mời Hoa Kỳ cùng chung sức đạt đến mục tiêu đặt ra từ năm 1954, bằng cách thực sự đứng sau lưng dân tộc Việt Nam để chống Cộng Sản, mang lại một chính quyền do dân bầu, đa nguyên, đa đảng, một nhà nước biết tôn trọng pháp quyền và đặt phúc lợi của dân tộc trên Đảng và quyền lợi cá nhân.

Những người Mỹ gốc Việt sẽ tranh đấu để phát huy “Core Values” với chủ trương mang lại nhân quyền, dân chủ, đa nguyên, đa đảng, cho Việt Nam, góp phần vào an sinh thế giới, tránh thảm họa bá quyền của Trung Cộng.

Nếu Hoa Kỳ trở lại Việt Nam để trợ giúp Cộng Sản Việt Nam thoát cơn túng quẫn, hầu tạo một bộ máy đàn áp mạnh mẽ hơn, tham nhũng hơn, tàn độc hơn, lên dân Việt, thì Hoa Kỳ thực sự làm mất chính nghĩa và thực sự thua cuộc.

Người Việt Nam sẽ vẫn tiếp tục hành trình tìm tự do của mình, với cộng đồng thế giới. Người Mỹ gốc Việt sẽ tiếp tay trong cuộc hành trình này, để vinh danh nữ thần tự do và sự hy sinh của những người Vietnam Veterans trong cuộc chiến Việt Nam.

6/ Qua tác phẩm của Roger Canfield, chúng ta thấy rõ tầm quan trọng của truyền thông. Chúng ta cần làm cho các cơ quan truyền thông ý thức rõ ràng hơn trách nhiệm và bổn phận của họ, trong việc hỗ trợ nhân quyền, dân quyền, và giúp bảo vệ an sinh của thế giới.

7/ Chúng ta cũng thấy rất rõ sự ưu việt của nền dân chủ tại Hoa Kỳ, vai trò của Quốc Hội Hoa Kỳ có ảnh hưởng lớn lao và sâu rộng thế nào đến mọi người dân Hoa Kỳ và sự an sinh toàn thế giới.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans xin được kêu gọi tất cả chúng ta, người Mỹ gốc Việt và người Mỹ toàn quốc, hãy thực sự tham gia góp tiếng nói của mình đến người đại diện tại Quốc Hội, bằng mọi cách. Những ai có thể, hãy trực tiếp đi vào guồng máy công quyền để giúp cho các quyết định được sáng suốt hơn, phản ánh đúng nguyện vọng của người dân.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans mong là những bài học do TS Roger Canfield nêu lên tại VN sẽ đươc sẽ được áp dụng tại Afghanistan và các nơi khác.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans xin thành thật cảm tạ Tiến Sĩ Roger Canfield đã hoàn thành tác phẩm “Comrades in Arms” của ông, một tập tài liệu quý giá vô song cho lịch sử chiến tranh Việt Nam. Xin thành thật tri ân tất cả những người lính Mỹ đã bỏ mình trên chiến trường Việt Nam.

Sự tự do, nền dân chủ với chính phủ pháp quyền và cơ cấu xã hội dân sự khi được xây dựng tại Việt Nam sẽ vinh danh tất cả các hy sinh trong cuộc chiến Việt Nam vừa qua.
Hy vọng chúng ta sẽ cùng nhau đi đến mục tiêu cuối cùng này một ngày không xa.

Lúc ấy, các cơ quan truyền thông Hoa Kỳ có dịp sửa lại lỗi lầm của họ trong quá khứ, và những người phản chiến có dịp chính thức xin lỗi lịch sử.

Lần nữa, cảm ơn Dr. Roger Canfield, và xin trân trọng giới thiệu tác phẩm “Comrades in Arms: How the Ameri-Cong Won the Vietnam War Against the Common Enemy – America” đến quý đồng hương. Cuốn sách này cho chúng ta thêm rất nhiều tài liệu.

March 11, 2010
Genie Ngoc Giao Nguyen
Voice of Vietnamese Americans