Thursday, August 4, 2011

Northern Va. Elected Officials to Address Asian American Community at Advocacy Day

MEDIA ADVISORY
VVA Press Contact: Vel Hernandez
(703) 362-7873
Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Northern Va. Elected Officials to Address
Asian American Community at Advocacy Day

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bulova (D) to Deliver Keynote

District Supervisors Gross (D-Mason) and Cook (R-Braddock) to Give Remarks



FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 3, 2011 -- Fairfax County elected officials, including Chairman Sharon Bulova, have confirmed their participation in the area’s first-ever Asian American Community Advocacy and Resource Day, hosted by Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA), on Saturday, August 6.

Chairman Bulova will deliver the keynote, and Braddock District Supervisor John Cook will also give remarks, and Mason District Supervisor and Vice Chairman Penelope “Penny” Gross have confirmed attendance.

EVENT: Community Advocacy and Resource Day
DATE: Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Fairfax County Government Center,
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Free parking is on-site.

CONFIRMED ELECTED OFFICIALS:

Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova (At-Large)

Mason District Supervisor Perry Gross (Annandale, Lake Barcroft, Bailey’s Crossroads)

Braddock District Supervisor John Cook (Burke, Fairfax Station)


Free and open to the public,
the event will provide local communities and grassroots organizations the opportunity to meet in a forum setting with elected officials, as well as running candidates representing the newly redrawn districts, to talk about issues and also highlight recent trends in jobs, public safety, higher education, small businesses and health. Regarding public safety, Fairfax County Police Department detectives will be speaking on the Vanessa Pham case.

“This free event held in the heart of Fairfax County will provide Asian American neighbors of all backgrounds the platform to ask and learn about issues that are critically important to them. Attendees also provide the opportunity to meet with elected officials,” Genie Nguyen, VVA president and founder, said. “VVA is proud to be working with many honorable local organizations to help put together this exciting event for the public.”

Community Advocacy and Resource Day’s objective is to have local experts and trained professionals come present the latest information on issues important to Asian American Virginians. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in break-out sessions in the following categories:

· Jobs hosted by Skillsource

· Small Businesses hosted by Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

· Funding and Aid for Higher Education hosted by Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and Dr. Felix Wang of James Madison University

· Citizenship Awareness hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

· Domestic Violence Awareness hosted by Domestic Violence Resource Project

· Southeast Asian-U.S. Affairs with U.S. Senator Jim Webb (invited)

On July 26, U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA) expressed his support for the event’s objectives stating, “It provides a wonderful opportunity to share in a true community environment while learning about public policy issues.”

The event is sponsored by Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company. The event is organized in partnerships with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Home ownership Counseling, Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, USCIS, General Counsel of the Richmond City Sheriff's Office, Fairfax County Police Department, James Madison University, Skill Source Office in Fairfax, and Virginia Sierra Club in Great Falls. To be a partner in this Community Day, please email: AAAdvocacyDay2011@gmail.com.

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The mission of Voice of Vietnamese Americans is to empower Vietnamese Americans by promoting civic engagement through community organizing and capacity building. Established in 2009, VVA is currently operating in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, with liaisons in California, and Texas.


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