Tuesday, September 27, 2011

VVA Urges for Equal Treatment in U.S. Program to Recover Vietnamese MIAs


VVA Press Contact:

Vel Hernandez
(703) 362-7873



VVA Urges for Balanced Approach and Equal Treatment in U.S.-funded Program to Recover Vietnamese MIAs


VVA Supports Leadership Efforts by U.S. Senators Leahy and Webb to Ensure Equality



WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Voice of Vietnamese Americans strongly urges for fair and equal treatment in a U.S.-funded program that was tasked to recover the remains of fallen soldiers during the Vietnam War. Congress allocated $1 million for the program in the FY2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, specifying that the funds be used "for the purpose of locating and identifying Vietnamese MIAs from both sides of the conflict."


“U.S. foreign assistance supporting this endeavor is a great symbol of America’s humanity,” Genie Nguyen, VVA president, said. “Equally important, this humanitarian effort advances the healing of wounds of loved ones and of those who have endured the horrible experience of war.”

VVA sincerely thanks Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their commitment and their leadership to ensure that U.S. Agency in International Development (USAID) clarify and ensure a balanced approach in the treatment of all fallen soldiers during the Vietnam War, which include the North Vietnamese Army, the Viet Cong, and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).

In a Sept. 22 press release by Sen. Webb’s office, the senator from Virginia, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, said the proposed program “could serve as a valuable opportunity to further the goal of reconciliation - but only if it is carried out with proper respect for all who fought, and not simply for one side or the other.”

Senator Leahy, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, said, “I am encouraged by the progress USAID and the Government of Vietnam have made on a work plan, and as the sponsor of these funds I certainly agree with Senator Webb that the program should respect the dead equally, be they former North or South Vietnamese.”


Voice of Vietnamese Americans is grateful for members of the U.S. Senate for their continuing support and work in the Vietnamese American community. VVA will continue to follow the proposed USAID program to see it that it is thoroughly implemented as planned -- with fairness and equality.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE JACQUELINE NGUYEN TO THE FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Genie Nguyen
Phone: 703-593-7182

VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA
FOR THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE JACQUELINE NGUYEN
TO THE FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT



Washington, D.C:
Voice of Vietnamese Americans applauds President Obama for his nomination of Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to the Federal Appellate Court on September 22, 2011.

“Judge Nguyen has been a trailblazer, displaying an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career,” President Obama said. “I am honored to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and confident she will serve the American people with fairness and integrity.”

If confirmed, Judge Nguyen would become the first Asian Pacific American woman in the history of the United States to serve as a federal appellate court judge and only the second Asian Pacific American federal appellate court judge currently in active service nationwide. Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges Congress to confirm Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to the deserved position where she can better serve our nation.

“We are very proud of Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, a Vietnamese American who shares our cultural background, understands our language, lives our historical challenges as refugees searching for freedom and democracy ...” said Genie Nguyen, President of Voice of Vietnamese Americans, “Judge Nguyen will bring justice to underserved citizens and voice to refugees and immigrants.”

Judge Nguyen was born in South Vietnam, to the family of a South Vietnamese Army major. She escaped the fall of South Vietnam in a harrowing trip through a chaotic Saigon, to the Philippines, to Guam, and eventually, to Camp Pendleton, California. Judge Nguyen embraced her new life in America with grace, fortitude, determination and cheerful modesty. Growing up, she assisted her mother in cleaning dental offices and earned a four-year full tuition scholarship to Occidental College. Nguyen graduated from UCLA School of Law, while continuing to help her mother in the family donut shop on the weekends.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans commends President Obama for his astute nomination, and thanks Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer for their support of Judge Nguyen's nomination.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans congratulates Judge Jacqueline Nguyen on her achievements illuminated by the historic nomination and wishes her all the best.

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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. Voice of Vietnamese Americans enhances, defends, and protects the American core values of human rights, civil rights, democracy, liberty, and justice for all.

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President Obama Nominates Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals




The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2011
President Obama Nominates Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON
– Today, President Obama nominated Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“Judge Nguyen has been a trailblazer, displaying an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career,” President Obama said. “I am honored to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and confident she will serve the American people with fairness and integrity.”

Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen: Nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen has served as a United States District Judge in the Central District of California in Los Angeles since 2009. Judge Nguyen was born in Dalat, Vietnam, and in 1975, she fled the country as a girl along with her family as Saigon was in the process of falling during the latter stages of the Vietnam War. Her family was placed at a refugee camp in Camp Pendleton, California, where they lived in a tent city for over one month before settling in the Los Angeles area. She received her A.B. from Occidental College in 1987, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1991. Judge Nguyen began her legal career at the law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, where she was a litigation associate from 1991 to 1994. In 1995, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division. There, she worked as a federal prosecutor in both the General Crimes and Public Corruption and Government Fraud sections, and was a member of the office’s Organized Crime Strike Force from 1999 to 2000. She served as Deputy Chief of the General Crimes section from 2000 to 2002. Judge Nguyen was appointed to the state bench as Judge of the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles in 2002 and remained a judge on that court until she was appointed to the federal bench in 2009.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Crisis to Come? China, India, and Water Rivalry

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Source:
Carnegie Endowment
http://carnegieendowment.org/2011/09/13/crisis-to-come-china-india-and-water-rivalry/50nw

A Crisis to Come? China, India, and Water Rivalry
Brahma Chellaney, Ashley J. Tellis Tuesday, September 13, 2011 – Washington, D.C.


China's unique status as the source of transboundary river flows to the largest number of countries in the world and its water disputes with virtually all riparian neighbors has serious implications for its major south-westerly neighbor, India. Both China and India are major rising powers; both states have exhibited high rates of economic growth; and both states are heavily reliant on natural resources—especially water—for their sustained development. China’s control over the source of major Indian rivers, its construction of mega-dams, its ambitious water management plans, and its rejection of institutionalized water-sharing cooperation creates a potential for serious conflict with India. How can a Sino-Indian water war be averted as China seeks to disturb the status quo on international river flows?

Brahma Chellaney, professor of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, and author of Water: Asia’s New Battleground (Georgetown University Press, September 2011), discussed tensions that could result from China’s control over important water sources. Ashley J. Tellis moderated the discussion.
China as Hydro-Hegemon

Chellaney described several ways that China has acted as a hydro-hegemon:

Headwaters:
China is the largest source of transboundary river flows, including many, such as the Brahmaputra River, that flow from the Tibetan Plateau to much of South Asia.

Dams: No country in history has built more dams than China, and it has built more dams than the rest of the world combined.

Environmental practice: China’s use of rivers has been ecologically unsafe, which has had devastating consequences for the environment.

Increasing Tensions Over Water


Dams: Having saturated its internal rivers with dams, China is increasingly orienting its dam building toward rivers that flow out from China into neighboring countries, Chellaney said.

Unilateral approach:
China has increasingly taken a unilateralist approach to its use of rivers and its dam construction, Chellaney noted, as shown by its unwillingness to consult with other countries about how a new dam might affect them.

Water agreements: While Chinese participation is critical to establishing any multinational water management institutions, Beijing has eschewed any sort of legally binding commitment on water and refused to address its neighbors’ concerns, Chellaney observed. While almost all of China’s neighbors have water agreements among themselves, not one has a water agreement with China. Unsurprisingly, Chellaney added, China is involved in water disputes with almost all of its neighbors, including friendly states such as North Korea and Pakistan.

China and India: Potential for Conflict

Brahmaputra River:
After many years of denying plans to build a mega-dam on the Brahmaputra River, one of the major rivers in Asia, China recently announced plans to begin construction, Chellaney said. This river is one of India’s and Bangladesh’s largest sources of water, and any water diversions could be devastating to both countries.

Territorial dispute:
Moreover, Chellaney added, the Brahmaputra River supplies water to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which is China’s largest territorial dispute. He warned that there is a significant possibility of security tensions and the politicization of water if China’s dam building plans go through.

Tellis noted that while the water issue remains extremely important, it transcends traditional security disputes between states. He argued that its significance stems from the fact that transboundary water problems lay at the interstice of several larger regional and international issues, including climate change, the character of the international order, and the preferences and actions of states themselves.

Tellis further added that if water was a purely private resource, then reliance on markets would provide adequate solutions in principle; however, since river flows cross borders and are not privately-owned, there is a need for institutions to assure equitable and practical solutions to any riparian rivalry. Chellaney concurred, adding that although there is a desperate need for China to respect the water-sharing status quo, a united front of China’s downstream neighbors is extremely unlikely due to internecine fighting between the downstream states over their own water issues. Both Chellaney and Tellis warned that the water conflict between China and its neighbors has real national security implications, and that it is a problem that will only become worse.

This event is the first in the "China and India: Rising Powers, Rising Risks?" series, supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The next will be "China and India: How to Recognize Rivalry" on September 26th.





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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vietnamese Americans Demand Equal Treatment under the Law - VVA Statement Regarding the Raid at Eden Center on August 11, 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2011
Contact: Genie Nguyen: (703) 593-7182


Statement of VVA Regarding the Raid at Eden Center on August 11, 2011

Vietnamese Americans Demand
Equal Treatment under the Law


Fairfax, VA: Voice of Vietnamese Americans strongly objects to the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Regional Gang Task Force's improper arrests and brutal treatments given to 19 innocent Vietnamese Americans while they were patronizing Eden Center during the recent Police Raid.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans strongly objects to how the NOVA Regional Gang Task Force and the involved Media projected the wrong image of Vietnamese Community at Eden Center during the Briefing on August 11 at the steps of Falls Church City Hall.

On August 11, the NOVA Regional Gang Task Force conducted a raid at Eden Center and subsequently had held a briefing on the City Hall steps on August 12. At this briefing, Chief Harry Reitze, FCPD, announced that a felony search was served, over $1 million in cash with 70 gambling devices valued at $200,000.00 were confiscated, and 19 members of the “Dragon Gang” were arrested, with several felony arrests pending.

The briefing was publicized on Fox News, Channel 9, the Washington Post, the Falls Church Times, and many other local newspapers as well as on the internet. This widespread media coverage caused severe fear and disturbances to Vietnamese Americans, Asian Americans, and the public at large. Weeks after the raid, shops at Eden Center suffer visible signs of decreased business.

On August 24, at the first trial, all 19 arrested people claimed innocent, all were treated without proper legal procedure, their own money (total amount around $2000.00) confiscated without receipts, and a few were brutally treated and denied the rights to call their lawyers.

On September 14, the Falls Church General District Court recognized one among the “19 Dragon Gang Members arrested” - a Café Dang patron - did not commit any wrongdoing as police raided the Vietnamese shopping center on August 11. The judge found him not guilty, and, in addition, the prosecutor dismissed the charges against four other illegal gambling defendants.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans applauded the Judge for his impartial judgement, thanked the NOVA Regional Gang Task Force for their good intention, yet we found it troublesome that innocent people were arrested improperly and the hasty reports on August 12 projected wrong image of Vietnamese American Community at Eden Center.

In order to highlight and protect the integrity and hard-working reputation of the Eden Center community, Voice of Vietnamese Americans calls on all affiliated police departments of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force to make amends for its improper arrests and improve its connection with the Community.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans requests the Law Enforcement Authorities of the Commonwealth of Virginia, of Northern Virginia, and affiliated police departments of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force to do the following:

1. Issue a formal apology to the Vietnamese Americans and the Eden Center community with clarification of what actually happened on August 11. The formal apology to appear on ALL communication channels that had publicized the briefing on August 12.

This formal apology to be signed by The Board of Directors of the Gang Task Force, who are Chief Law Enforcement Officers of the following jurisdictions: Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Town of Dumfries, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Town of Herndon, Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County, Manassas City, Manassas Park. Prince William County, Town of Vienna, Virginia State Police, Town of Warrenton.

2. Ensure that all personnel in the law enforcement treat ethnic minorities, especially ESL citizens with proper legal procedures and equal treatment under the law.

3. Reduce Language Barrier and Cultural Barrier: VVA encourages hiring more Vietnamese Americans to serve in the Law Enforcement Department or having Interpreter to translate when needed. VVA advocates for having Vietnamese American Judges serving Vietnamese Americans at local, state, and federal levels.

4. Fund a community center or room in or near the Eden Center that provides information about its local and community policing efforts, crime prevention tips, job opportunities, and more. The room should not merely be a police monitoring office, but a full-time shop that offers Eden patrons easy access to information so they can learn more about the police departments’ activities, find tips about how to stay safe, and connect with the officers.

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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. Voice of Vietnamese Americans enhances, defends, and protects the American core values of human rights, civil rights, democracy, liberty, and justice for all.



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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Post: Falls Church’s Eden Center controversy heating up (UPDATE: First five defendants cleared in court)

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Falls Church’s Eden Center controversy heating up (UPDATE: First five defendants cleared in court)
By Tom Jackman
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-state-of-nova/post/falls-churchs-eden-center-controversy-heating-up/2011/09/13/gIQAAx1QQK_blog.html

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14: The first five defendants arrested at Eden Center on Aug. 11 all won their cases Wednesday in Falls Church General District Court. One man was found not guilty of illegal gambling and the city prosecutor then dismissed the same charge against four other people. You can read the full story for the print edition here.


ORIGINAL POST:

The Eden Center, near Seven Corners in Falls Church, is the heart of commerce and social life for the large Vietnamese community in Northern Virginia. It’s a vast shopping mall backed by winding halls of coffee shops, restaurants, businesses and bars, each with their own personality and history. Eden Center had some violent crime problems about 10 years ago, but seems to have quieted down in recent years.

So it came as a surprise to many business owners and customers when the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force launched a massive raid of the center on Aug. 11, and then arrested 19 people only for misdemeanor gambling violations. The surprise turned to anger when the task force held a press conference the next day and declared that the ”Dragon Family” gang was terrorizing the place, featuring shootings, stabbings and extortion in their repertoire.

“We don’t know the Dragon Family,” said Thuan Tran, who owns a pho restaurant and a music shop.

Said coffee shop customer Ziai Nguyen: “I’ve lived here 14 years, I’ve never heard of the Dragon Family.” Nguyen said his 59-year-old wife was arrested while sitting in a shop, he said.

Gang investigators remain confident they acted properly and that gangs had infested the mall. Search warrants for one business indicate that video game machines were used for illegal gambling, and that the business owner admitted it, though there was no mention of gangs.

On Monday night, numerous Eden Center merchants and officials with the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Falls Church City Council decrying the perceived overkill by the police, and the harm it’s done to their businesses.

Last week, a rally for the 19 defendants raised $17,000, and on Wednesday morning Vietnamese business leaders gathered outside Falls Church City Hall before the first court cases were heard.

Falls Church Police Chief Harry Reitze did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

Below is video from three pleas from Vietnamese leaders to the Falls Church council to improve relations with the Eden Center, and the rest of the story is after the jump:

Relations between Eden Center merchants and Falls Church police in particular seem to be deteriorating. Business owners said officers harass customers, pose an intimidating presence by parking in the middle of the center lot, and ban people from the center without any sort of due process.

In Cafe Metro, owner Hung Bui said one particular officer walks in, shines his flashlight in customers’eyes, and has wrongly ticketed Bui repeatedly for being drunk or “drinking on duty” because his eyes appear glassy, the result of an eye disorder. When Frank Huy Do, a partner at New York Life, went around Eden Center asking about the raid on Sept. 1, he said he was yanked out of Cafe Metro into the parking lot, given a ticket for being drunk in public, handcuffed and thrown in the Arlington County jail, though he hadn’t been drinking.

“It was unbelievable,” Do said. “And we’re in America.”


The main entrance to the Eden Center, the Vietnamese shopping center on Wilson Boulevard in Falls Church. (Tom Jackman - The Washington Post) Hoang Tho, a well-respected barber in the Eden Center since 1984, said, “Everybody’s very upset. Very sad. When the police do what they’re supposed to do, I support that.” Shown TV news video that associated the South Vietnamese flag with gangs and gambling, Tho became animated and upset.

“I’ve been here more than 20 years,” said Mindy Trang, a restaurant proprietor. “I never heard about any gangs. We never had any problem. The customers are scared. That’s not the right thing to do. We pay tax. We pay everything here.”

Thuy Hoang, 60, said she stopped in for a Vietnamese coffee on the afternoon of Aug. 11, while her husband waited in the car. She was detained for more than an hour, given a full body search, and then charged with illegal gambling.

Lt. Daniel Hess, a Prince William County supervisor detailed to the regional task force, said at a press conference on Aug. 12 that gang activity had “paralyzed” the Eden Center and that stabbings, assaults and extortion were occurring there, connected to the Dragon Family.

At the Falls Church city council meeting Monday night, Vietnamese attorney Due Tran said, “If there are so many crimes at the Eden Center, for such a long duration of time, the only conclusion that one comes to is failed policing. If these crimes do not in fact exist,” Tran continued, “then we face a worse problem: racism.”

Reitze said at the Aug. 12 news conference that he had invited the gang task force to the Eden Center because “the nature and scope of the problem were beyond the resources of this department.”

And on Tuesday, task force Executive Director Ray Colgan said Asian gangs prefer a low-profile approach, and may not be readily apparent to people who haven’t encountered them. He said investigators targeted gambling first, and recovered $1.5 million in cash, which he said was an indicator of gambling activity. Merchants said most stores simply ran cash businesses.

A search warrant by Fairfax organized crime detectives stated that informants and detectives had used video machines to gamble illegally at Asia Supermarket, and that the owners had acknowledged as much. But the owners have not been charged, and no gang involvement was mentioned.

Colgan said “all the intelligence we had” pointed to Asian gang activity, and that “I’m comfortable saying we’ve linked the ownership of some of the [gambling] machines to the gangs.” He said some merchants thanked his investigators for the raid. No felony arrests have been made yet, but Colgan indicated they are coming.

Binh “Gene” Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese chamber and an Eden Center business owner, said he too was unfamiliar with any gang problems. “We really have a problem with trust between the community and the police,” Nguyen told the city council. He suggested steps the city might take could be to establish a “drug free zone” at the center, a community crime watch program, and a police liaison with business owners.

Falls Church Mayor Nader Baroukh said he and city staff were willing to meet with the Vietnamese community and discuss steps to reduce the tension between residents and police, which right now is palpably high.

By Tom Jackman | 02:20 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

VVA Supports the American Jobs Act and Urges Congress for its Immediate Passage

September 15, 2011

Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges for the immediate consideration and passage of the American Jobs Act – a plan vital to putting and keeping our country in the right direction. VVA is reaching out to all Americans to contact their congressional elected officials and urge them to pass the bill as soon as possible.


President Obama on Sept. 8 unveiled the American Jobs Act. A fully paid-for bill with many bipartisan proposals, the American Jobs Act will jumpstart the U.S. economy by providing millions of job opportunities to hardworking Americans.

A sweeping jobs bill, the American Jobs Act lays out a plan to give U.S. employers, small business owners as well as homeowners the opportunity to put more money in their pockets. Specific initiatives include:

  • A payroll taxcut extension to let workers keep more of what they earn
  • Immediate aid programs to help Americans who are looking for work
  • More support for a jobs program that has created and saved over hundreds of thousands of Recovery Act-related jobs
  • A new Pathways Back to Work initiative will provide job opportunities and work-based training to hundreds of thousands of low-income women and more.

It is hearbreaking to hear stories from neighbors and communities across the country about situations where a family of four is on the brink of losing their home or about a single mother who just lost her job and has nowhere to turn to. These stories happen everyday, and for some unfortunate Vietnamese American families, it is the harsh reality.

We need to act now to urge our representatives to put the needs of hardworking Americans and their families first. We need to pass this bill.

Many Vietnamese Americans are busy small-business owners, professionals in numerous industries as well as earnest homeowners. At the same time, many Vietnamese Americans also come from low-income communities, which have been and still are the hardest hit communities from the recession.

We urge all Vietnamese Americans, Asian American Pacific Islanders and Americans from all backgrounds to push for the passage of this bill. It will revitalize our communities and immediately begin laying a strong foundation for our future.

What You Can Do
Contact your Senator or Representative now. Call, e-mail, tweet, fax, or facebook him or her. Urge him or her to support the American Jobs Act and work towards putting it at the top of the agenda to pass it immediately. Use the hashtag #AmericanJobsAct when using social media.

Find your Senator and his or her contact information here.

Find your Representative and his or her contact information here.

Learn more about the American Jobs Act by visiting www.americanjobsact.com.
News: Poll finds support for Obama jobs plan
The Hill (Sept. 14, 2011)

VIETNAMESE PEOPLE DENOUNCE ALL ILLEGAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE CPV AND THE CPC

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2011
Contact: Genie Nguyen
Phone: 703-593-7182


VIETNAMESE PEOPLE DENOUNCE ALL ILLEGAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF VIETNAM (CPV) AND THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA (CPC)


Washington DC, USA – Saigon, Hue, Hanoi, Vietnam: On this 14th day of September 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans stands in solidarity with all Vietnamese in Vietnam and overseas, to solemnly condemn the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) for all illegal agreements signed with the Communist Party of China (CPC), without the approval of the people of Vietnam.

Vietnamese People denounce Pham Van Dong's illegal memorandum to Chu An Lai on Sept 14, 1958, wrongly agreed to China's self-claimed false maritime sovereignty in the Southeast Asia Sea (East Sea - South China Sea).

Vietnamese People condemn the CPV for taking on a vassal role to the CPC, giving up Vietnam’s sovereignty over our own Water, Land, Resources, People, Culture, and even the Vietnam History now being projected as if it was generated from China.

On this 14th day of September 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans stands in solidarity with all Vietnamese in Vietnam and overseas, demanding the Communist Party of Vietnam to listen to its people, its intellectuals, its own conscience, to carry out immediate and comprehensive reform based on suggestions provided by 95 Intellectuals inside Vietnam and 36 Vietnamese Overseas.

On this 14th day of September 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans stands in solidarity with all Human Rights Organizations worldwide, demanding the Communist Party of Vietnam to immediately release its dissidents, to show its respect to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and all other human rights and civil rights that the Vietnamese people deserve.

Unless the CPV can show its respect for Vietnamese People and Vietnam’s national interests, it should immediately remove itself from the leadership role in Vietnam.

On November 11, 1945, Ho Chi Minh had clearly announced the dissolution of the Communist Party in Indochina, to gain the Vietnamese People’s trust and unity.

Vietnamese People now ask for that strong political will and commitment from the current leadership of Vietnam.

Vietnam deserves a new era of independence, freedom, democracy, and sustainable economic growth with human rights and equal justice for all.

The time is now.


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THÔNG CÁO BÁO CHÍ
Ngày 14 tháng 9, 2011
XIN PHỔ BIẾN SÂU RỘNG
Liên lạc: Nguyễn thị Ngọc Giao
Điện thoại: 703-593-7182


DÂN TỘC VIỆT LÊN ÁN MỌI THOẢ HIỆP VI HIẾN GIỮA ĐẢNG CỘNG SẢN VIỆT NAM (CPV) VÀ ĐẢNG CỘNG SẢN TRUNG QUỐC (CPC)

Hoa Thịnh Đốn, USA - Saigon, Hue, Hanoi, Vietnam: Ngày 14 tháng 9 năm 2011, Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ Gốc Việt cùng người Việt trong và ngoài nước đồng thanh lên án đảng Cộng Sản Việt Nam (CPV) đã ký kết các thoả hiệp vi hiến với đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc (CPC) mà không có sự đồng ý cho phép của toàn dân Việt.

Dân tộc Việt lên án công hàm vi hiến mà Phạm Văn Đồng đã ký với Chu Ân Lai ngày 14 tháng 9, 1958, đồng ý một cách sai lầm khi công nhận chủ quyền của Trung Cộng tại Trường Sa - Hoàng Sa, và trên hải phận Việt Nam.

Dân tộc Việt lên án đảng Cộng Sản Việt Nam (CPV) đã đóng vai chư hầu cho Cộng Sản Trung Quốc (CPC), bán Đất, Nước, Tài Nguyên, Con Người, Văn Hóa, và ngay cả Sử Việt hôm nay cũng bị viết lại như Việt Nam thuộc về Trung Quốc.

Ngày hôm nay, 14 tháng 9, 2011, Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ Gốc Việt cùng mọi người Việt trong và ngoài nước, đồng thanh đòi đảng Cộng Sản Việt Nam phải lắng nghe tiếng nói của dân Việt, của kẻ sĩ Việt, của lương tâm Việt, để ngay lập tức thi hành cuộc cải tổ toàn diện, dựa trên các đề nghi do 95 nhân sĩ trong nước và 36 nhân sĩ ngoài nước đưa ra.

Ngày hôm nay, 14 tháng 9, 2011, Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ gốc Việt cùng tất cả các tô chức bảo vệ Nhân Quyền trên toàn thế giới, đồng thanh đòi đảng Cộng Sản Việt Nam phải ngay lập tức thả các nhà bất đồng chính kiến, tôn trọng tự do tôn giáo, tự do ngôn luận, và tất cả các nhân quyền, dân quyền mà người Việt phải được hưởng.

Nếu Đảng Cộng Sản Việt Nam không chứng tỏ được họ thực sự vì dân, vì nước, họ phải rút lui tức khắc khỏi địa vị lãnh đạo dân tộc.

Ngày 11 tháng 11, 1945, Hồ Chí Minh long trọng tuyên bố "Giải Tán Đảng Cộng Sản Đông Dương", để lấy lòng tin và sự đoàn kết của dân tộc Việt.

Hôm nay, Dân Việt đòi hỏi hành động chứng tỏ quyết tâm chính trị và sự thực thi lời cam kết ấy.

Việt Nam xứng đáng được có một trang sử mới, với Độc Lập, Tự Do, Dân Chủ, và một nền kinh tế phát triển bền vững dựa trên nhân quyền, dân quyền, và công bằng xã hội.

Giờ đã điểm.


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Saturday, September 10, 2011

9/11 Memorial

Voice of Vietnamese Americans Remembers 911 Victims
and Honors the 911 Fallen Heroes



Washington D.C – Sept 11:
On this day of September 11, 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans shares the pain with families of all victims, and honors the fallen heroes who have sacrificed to rescue many lives.

911 exploded in terror has vividly illustrated the destruction of extremism, of walls built between culture and religions, of the vulnerability of being ignorant.

911 cried out the needs for sharing, understanding, compromising with compassion, among people, nations, religion, culture, in order to protect mankind.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans prays for all victims of 911 and their families.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges each and everyone of us to engage and serve our civic duties everyday to honor our fallen heroes.

May God bless America,

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Ngày 11 tháng 9 cho thấy sức tàn phá của tinh thần cực đoan, bức tường ngăn cách giữa các văn hóa khác biệt, sự yếu đuối của bất cứ siêu cường nào khi bị tấn công bất ngờ, và nhu cầu thông cảm, hòa hợp của mọi niềm tin, tín ngưỡng, văn minh, quốc gia, dân tộc, trên toàn thế giới để có thể bảo đảm tồn vong, an ninh và phát triển của cộng đồng con người.

Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ Gốc Việt trân trọng tưởng niệm nạn nhân ngày 11 tháng 9 cùng vinh danh tất cả các anh hùng đã hy sinh trong ngày này để bảo vệ sinh mạng ngừoi mình không bao giờ quen biết.

Trong tinh thần ấy, xin thành kính tưởng niệm trên 5 triệu người Việt đã hy sinh cho lý tưởng Tự Do tại Việt Nam, cùng vinh danh tất cả các anh hùng đã bỏ mình vì lý tưởng này.


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Number of 9/11 Deaths


More people are added to the list of fallen every day as a result of their efforts at Ground Zero during the weeks and months following the attacks.

At least 2,985 people died in the September 11, 2001, attacks, including:


19 terrorists
2,966 victims [2,998 as of Spring 2009]

All but 13 people died on that day. The remaining 13 later died of their wounds. One person has died since the attacks, of lung cancer. It is suspected to have been caused by all the debris from the Twin Towers.

There were 266 people on the four planes:

American Airlines Flight 11 (crashed into the WTC): 92 (including five terrorists)
United Airlines Flight 175 (crashed into the WTC): 65 (including five terrorists)
American Airlines Flight 77 (crashed into the Pentagon): 64 (including five terrorists)
United Flight 93 (downed in Shanksville, PA): 45 (including four terrorists)

There were 2,595 people in the World Trade Center and near it, including:

343 NYFD firefighters and paramedics
23 NYPD police officers
37 Port Authority police officers
1,402 people in Tower 1
614 people in Tower 2
658 people at one company, Cantor Fitzgerald
1,762 New York residents
674 New Jersey residents
1 NYFD firefighter killed by a man jumping off the top floors of the Twin Towers

There were 125 civilians and military personnel at the Pentagon.

1,609 people lost a spouse or partner on 9/11. More than 3,051 children lost parents.
While it was mostly Americans who were killed in this horrific attack, there were also 327 foreign nationals. Here is the breakdown, according to country:
Argentina: 4
Australia: 11
Bangladesh: 6
Belarus: 1
Belgium: 1
Bermuda: 1
Brazil: 3
Canada: 27
Chile: 2
China: 4
Cote d'Ivoire: 1
Colombia: 17
Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2
Dominican Republic: 1
El Salvador: 1
Ecuador: 3
France: 1
Germany: 11
Ghana: 2
Guyana: 3
Haiti: 2
Honduras: 1
India: 1
Indonesia: 1
Ireland: 6
Israel: 5
Italy: 4
Jamaica: 16
Japan: 26
Jordan: 2
Lebanon: 3
Lithuania: 1
Malaysia: 7
Mexico: 16
Moldova: 1
Netherlands: 1
New Zealand: 2
Nigeria: 1
Panama: 2
Peru: 5
Philippines: 16
Portugal: 3
Poland: 1
Russia: 1
South Africa: 2
South Korea: 28
Spain: 1
Sweden: 1
Taiwan: 1
Ukraine: 1
Uzbekistan: 1
United Kingdom: 67
Venezuela: 1

Updated Answer from Another Contributor:
In total 3,497 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died
87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the North Tower
60 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower
343 New York City firefighters and rescue workers and 23 New York City law enforcement officers, 47 Port Authority workers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, lost their lives when they rushed in to save the victims in the World Trade Center
36 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who gave their lives stopping four hijackers over Pennsylvania
64 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, killing them and 125 people in the building.

In addition
19 cowards - the terrorists who hijacked four airliners and murdered 3,497 people - also died.

(See the Related questions and Related links for more information.)

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http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_people_died_in_the_September_11_attacks

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9/11 by the Numbers
Death, destruction, charity, salvation, war, money, real estate, spouses, babies, and other September 11 statistics.


The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.

Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819

Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343

Number of NYPD officers: 23

Number of Port Authority police officers: 37

Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60

Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402

Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614

Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658

Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 22

Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115

Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1

Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39

Bodies found "intact": 289

Body parts found: 19,858

Number of families who got no remains: 1,717

Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000

Total units of donated blood actually used: 258

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609

Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20

FDNY retirements, January–July 2001: 274

FDNY retirements, January–July 2002: 661

Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January 2002: 300

Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200

Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98

Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124

Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99

Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100

Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6

Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened: 684.81

Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26

Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714

Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion

Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million

Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970 million

Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion

Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 9/11: $40.2 billion

Estimated amount of money needed to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $7.5 billion

Amount of money recently granted by U.S. government to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $4.55 billion

Estimated amount of money raised for funds dedicated to NYPD and FDNY families: $500 million

Percentage of total charity money raised going to FDNY and NYPD families: 25

Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow: $1 million

Percentage increase in law-school applications from 2001 to 2002: 17.9

Percentage increase in Peace Corps applications from 2001 to 2002: 40

Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50

Number of songs Clear Channel Radio considered "inappropriate" to play after 9/11: 150

Number of mentions of 9/11 at the Oscars: 26

Apartments in lower Manhattan eligible for asbestos cleanup: 30,000

Number of apartments whose residents have requested cleanup and testing: 4,110

Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel plans from plane to train or car: 1.4 million

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

http://nymag.com/news/articles/wtc/1year/numbers.htm
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

President Obama presents "the American Jobs Act" to Congress

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VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS APPLAUDS THE PRESIDENT AND SUPPORTS THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS URGES CONGRESS TO PASS THIS BILL NOW!


"Chương trình Tạo Việc Làm" do Tổng Thống Obama đưa ra đặt trọng tâm chính vào người dân Hoa Kỳ, đã được cả hai đảng cùng đứng lên tán thưởng 5 lần (standing ovation). Ông quan tâm đến người thất nghiệp, đến dân nghèo, đến quân nhân, đến các doanh nghiệp nhỏ, sinh viên học sinh, người già và trẻ em . Kế hoạch TT Obama đưa ra rõ ràng, thực tế, và dung hòa được cả hai đảng trong việc đặt phúc lợi người dân trước nhất . Với bài nói chuyện tối nay, TT Obama đã giúp Hoa Kỳ khôi phục lại lòng tin của mọi ngượi

Trước khi Tổng Thống Obama đưa ra đề nghị "American Jobs Act" tối nay, các học giả, bình luận gia, kinh tế gia, chính trị gia, đã đặt câu hỏi "Liệu Hoa Kỳ có đủ khả năng để giữ vị trí siêu cường trên thế giới khi lằn ranh đảng phái còn tạo vấn đề quá lớn ?" Tối nay, ai cũng cảm thấy sự thành tâm và khả năng lãnh đạo trong dung hòa của vị Tổng Thống trẻ gốc Phi Châu này . Ông đã khôi phục lại sức mạnh tinh thần và lòng tin vào các giá trị căn bản của Hoa Kỳ, mà ông đã trân trọng nhắc lại trong bài diễn văn: "One nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all".

Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ Gốc Việt chân thành ngưỡng mộ Tổng Thống Obama và cầu chúc Ông thành công trong vai trò lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ .

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/08/watch-live-presidents-jobs-address-enhanced-charts-and-stats

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reuteurs: Romney aims at Republican center with economy plan

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By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON | Tue Sep 6, 2011 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters
) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney aimed squarely at the Republican center as he launched his economic program on Tuesday, proposing spending cuts and lower taxes and picking well-known party figures as advisers.

The former Massachusetts governor unveiled a 59-point economic plan in a speech in Nevada, promising to cut corporate taxes, reduce federal regulations and get tough with China two days before Democratic President Barack Obama makes a major speech on the U.S. economy and jobs.

Romney also named two top aides of former President George W. Bush to his four-member economic team: Glenn Hubbard, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2003, and his successor, Gregory Mankiw.

Romney's plan reflects Republican Party orthodoxy, with an emphasis on cutting taxes and eliminating regulations. He would push for free trade agreements and promote domestic energy production, weaken labor unions, boost worker training, and seek a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

"High taxes and regulations -- that's basically a mantra for the Republican Party," said David Madland, director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. "This is the heart of the Republican Party."

Romney made bold promises for his 160-page economic program. He said it would grow the U.S. economy at 4 percent per year, each of his first four years in office, and add 11.5 million new jobs.

Despite addressing a weekend rally held by the Tea Party, Romney is distancing himself from candidates who lean farther toward the right, including his main rivals, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

"He's trying to go for the conservative center," said Julian Zelizer, a politics expert at Princeton University.

Republican primary voters will focus on two things -- one is whether they like a candidate's views, but the second is whether he or she can be elected, Zelizer noted.

Romney stands a better chance than Perry or Bachmann of beating Obama, polls show.

"They are not candidates who are going to be the most solid in terms of 'winnability,'" Zelizer said. "That second question (can he beat Obama?) is going to loom large because the anger toward Obama is so intense."

BASHING "CHEATER" CHINA

Romney said he would submit five bills on the economy on his first day in office, including an act implementing long-delayed free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

He also promised to issue five executive orders on his first day, including ordering countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not move quickly to float its currency.

"I'll clamp down on the cheaters, and China is the worst example of that. They have manipulated their currency to make their products artificially inexpensive," he said. "... And I will label China as it is, a currency manipulator and I will go after them for stealing our intellectual property."

Romney was the early leader in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge Obama's bid for re-election next year, but has fallen behind Perry in recent polls. Seeking to regain that lost ground, Romney has stressed his record in private business as co-founder of private equity firm Bain Capital.

Obama's job approval ratings have plunged as the country has grappled with a sputtering economy and a 9.1-percent unemployment rate.

Obama's campaign said Romney's plan would enrich corporations at the expense of the middle class.

"Governor Romney repackaged the same old policies that helped create the economic crisis: boosting oil company profits and allowing Wall Street to write its own rules, more tax breaks for large corporations and more tax cuts for the wealthiest while working Americans are forced to carry a greater burden," said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.

Economists said it was difficult to assess whether Romney's plan would do what he says, when U.S. consumer confidence is weak, depressing demand.

"Having 59 ideas is way too many," said Stephen Fuller of George Mason University. "What we need is two or three really good ideas that resonate, nohttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gift politically, but look realistic to consumers, so they are going to feel confident."

Polls released on Tuesday showed Americans are unhappy with Obama's handling of the economy and jobs. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Obama's job approval rating at a low of 44 percent. An ABC News/Washington Post poll showed six in 10 Americans rated Obama's performance on the economy and jobs negatively.

(Editing by Alistair Bell and Cynthia Osterman)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/06/us-usa-campaign-romney-idUSTRE77U65A20110906

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President Obama's Labor Day Message: We've Got to Fully Restore the Middle Class in America

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 05, 2011
Remarks by the President at Detroit Labor Day Event
GM Plant Parking Lot
Detroit, Michigan
1:30 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Detroit! (Applause.) Thank you, Michigan! (Applause.) Oh, this is a --

AUDIENCE:
Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. It is --

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. I can tell Ghana got you fired up. (Applause.) Thank you, Ghana, for that introduction. Thank you all for having me. It is good to be back in Detroit. (Applause.) I'm glad I was able to bring a friend -- a proud daughter of the Teamsters, your Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, in the house. (Applause.)

We’re thrilled to be joined by so many other friends. I want to acknowledge, first of all, two of the finest senators in the country -- Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow are in the house. (Applause.) Outstanding members of the congressional delegation -- John Dingell Bingham*, John Conyers, Sandy Levin, Gary Peters, and Hansen Clarke. (Applause.)

The president of the Metropolitan Detroit Central Labor Council, our host, Saundra Williams. (Applause.) AFL-CIO president, Rich Trumka. (Applause.) President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, Mark Gaffney. (Applause.) And some proud sons and daughters of Michigan representing working people here and across the country -- SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, UAW President Bob King, Utility Workers President Mike Langford. (Applause.) We are proud of them and we're proud of your congressional delegation who are working every single day with your state and local elected officials to create jobs and economic growth and prosperity here in Michigan and all across the country.

I am honored, we are honored, to spend this day with you and your families -- the working men and women of America. This day belongs to you. You deserve a little R&R, a little barbecue -- (laughter) -- little grilling -- because you’ve been working hard. (Applause.) You’ve been working hard to make ends meet. You’ve been working hard to build a better life for your kids. You’ve been working hard to build a better Detroit. (Applause.) But that’s not all I’m going to talk to you about.

I also want to talk about the work you’ve been doing for decades: Work to make sure that folks get an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. (Applause.) Work to make sure that families get a fair shake. The work you've done that helped build the greatest middle class the world has ever known. (Applause.) I’m talking about the work that got us a 40-hour workweek and weekends, and paid leave and pensions, and the minimum wage and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare -- (applause) -- the cornerstones of middle-class security. That's because of your work. (Applause.)

If you want to know who helped lay these cornerstones of an American middle class you just have to look for the union label. (Applause.)

That’s the bedrock this country is built on. Hard work. Responsibility. Sacrifice. Looking out for one another. Giving everybody a shot, everybody a chance to share in America’s prosperity, from the factory floor to the boardroom. That’s what unions are all about. (Applause.)

And that’s something that’s worth keeping in mind today. We’ve come through a difficult decade in which those values were all too often given short shrift. We’ve gone through a decade where wealth was valued over work, and greed was valued over responsibility. And the decks were too often stacked against ordinary folks in favor of the special interests. And everywhere I went while I was running for this office, I met folks who felt their economic security slipping away, men and women who were fighting harder and harder just to stay afloat. And that was even before the economic crisis hit, and that just made things even harder.

So these are tough times for working Americans. They’re even tougher for Americans who are looking for work –- and a lot of them have been looking for work for a long time. A lot of folks have been looking for work for a long time here in Detroit, and all across Michigan, and all across the Midwest, and all across the country. So we’ve got a lot more work to do to recover fully from this recession.

But I’m not satisfied just to get back to where we were before the recession; we’ve got to fully restore the middle class in America. (Applause.) And America cannot have a strong, growing economy without a strong, growing middle class and without a strong labor movement. (Applause.)

That’s the central challenge that we face in our country today. That’s at the core of why I ran for President. That’s what I’ve been fighting for since I’ve been President. (Applause.) Everything we’ve done, it’s been thinking about you. We said working folks deserved a break -- so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets. (Applause.)

We said working folks shouldn’t be taken advantage of -- so we passed tough financial reform that ended the days of taxpayer bailouts, and stopped credit card companies from gouging you with hidden fees and unfair rate hikes, and set up a new consumer protection agency with one responsibility: sticking up for you. (Applause.)

We said that if you’re going to work hard all day to provide a better life for your kids, then we’re going to make sure that those kids get the best education possible. So we helped keep teachers on the job. (Applause.) We’re reforming our public schools, and we’re investing in community colleges and job-training programs. (Applause.) And we ended wasteful giveaways that went to the big banks and used the savings to make college more affordable for millions of your kids. (Applause.)

We said that every family in America should have affordable, accessible health care. (Applause.) We said you shouldn’t be discriminated against because you’ve got a preexisting condition. We said young adults without insurance should be able to stay on their parents’ plans. We got that done -- for you. (Applause.)

And here’s what else we said, Detroit. We said that American autoworkers could once again build the best cars in the world. (Applause.) So we stood by the auto industry. And we made some tough choices that were necessary to make it succeed. And now, the Big Three are turning a profit and hiring new workers, and building the best cars in the world right here in Detroit, right here in the Midwest, right here in the United States of America. (Applause.)

I know it. I’ve seen it. I’ve been to GM’s Hamtramck plant. (Applause.) I’ve been to Chrysler’s Jefferson North Plant. (Applause.) I’ve seen Detroit prove the cynics and the naysayers wrong.

We didn’t just stop there. We said American workers could manufacture the best products in the world. So we invested in high-tech manufacturing and we invested in clean energy. And right now, there’s an advanced battery industry taking root here in Michigan that barely existed before. (Applause.) Half of the workers at one plant in Detroit were unemployed before a new battery company came to town. And we’re growing our exports so that more of the world buys products that are stamped with three simple words: “Made in America.” (Applause.)

So that’s what we’re fighting for, Michigan. We’re fighting for good jobs with good wages. We’re fighting for health care when you get sick. We’re fighting for a secure retirement even if you’re not rich. We’re fighting for the chance to give our kids a better life than we had. That’s what we’re doing to restore middle-class security and rebuild this economy the American way -- based on balance and fairness and the same set of rules for everybody from Wall Street to Main Street. (Applause.) An economy where hard work pays off and gaming the system doesn’t pay off, and everybody has got a shot at the American Dream. That’s what we’re fighting for. (Applause.)

On Thursday, we’re going to lay out a new way forward on jobs to grow the economy and put more Americans back to work right now. I don’t want to give everything away right here, because I want you all to tune in on Thursday -- (applause) -- but I'll give you just a little bit. (Applause.)

We’ve got roads and bridges across this country that need rebuilding. We’ve got private companies with the equipment and the manpower to do the building. We’ve got more than 1 million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now. There is work to be done and there are workers ready to do it. Labor is on board. Business is on board. We just need Congress to get on board. Let’s put America back to work. (Applause.)

Last year, we worked together, Republicans and Democrats, to pass a payroll tax cut. And because of that, this year the average family has an extra $1,000 in their pocket because of it.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you!

THE PRESIDENT: But that’s going to expire in a few months if we don’t come together to extend it. And I think putting money back in the pockets of working families is the best way to get demand rising, because that then means business is hiring, and that means the government -- that means that the economy is growing. (Applause.)

So I’m going to propose ways to put America back to work that both parties can agree to, because I still believe both parties can work together to solve our problems. And given the urgency of this moment, given the hardship that many people are facing, folks have got to get together.

But we’re not going to wait for them. (Applause.) We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if congressional Republicans will put country before party. (Applause.) We’ll give them a plan, and then we’ll say, do you want to create jobs? Then put our construction workers back to work rebuilding America. (Applause.) Do you want to help our companies succeed? Open up new markets for them to sell their products. You want -- you say you’re the party of tax cuts? Well then, prove you’ll fight just as hard for tax cuts for middle-class families as you do for oil companies and the most affluent Americans. (Applause.) Show us what you got. (Applause.)

The time for Washington games is over. (Applause.) The time for action is now. No more manufactured crises. No more games. Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs; now is the time for them to worry about your jobs. (Applause.)

Now, let me say a word about labor in particular. Now, I know this is not going to be an easy time. I know it’s not easy when there's some folks who have their sights trained on you. After all that unions have done to build and protect the middle class, you’ve got people trying to claim that you’re responsible for the problems middle-class folks are facing.

AUDIENCE: Booo --

THE PRESIDENT: You’ve got Republicans saying you’re the ones exploiting working families. Imagine that.

Now, the fact is, our economy is stronger when workers are getting paid good wages and good benefits. (Applause.) Our economy is stronger when we've got broad-based growth and broad-based prosperity. That’s what unions have always been about -- shared prosperity.

You know, I was on the plane flying over here, and Carl Levin was with me, and he showed me a speech that Harry Truman had given on Labor Day 63 years ago, right here in Detroit -- 63 years ago. And just to show that things haven't changed much, he talked about how Americans had voted in some folks into Congress who weren’t very friendly to labor. And he pointed out that some working folks and even some union members voted these folks in. And now they were learning their lesson. And he pointed out that -- and I'm quoting here -- “the gains of labor were not accomplished at the expense of the rest of the nation. Labor’s gains contributed to the nation’s general prosperity.” (Applause.)

What was true back in 1948 is true in 2011. When working families are doing well, when they're getting a decent wage and they're getting decent benefits, that means they're good customers for businesses. (Applause.) That means they can buy the cars that you build. (Applause.) That means that you can buy the food from the farmers. That means you can buy from Silicon Valley. You are creating prosperity when you share in prosperity. (Applause.)

So when I hear some of these folks trying to take collective bargaining rights away, trying to pass so-called “right to work” laws for private sector workers --

AUDIENCE: Booo --

THE PRESIDENT: -- that really mean the right to work for less and less and less -- when I hear some of this talk I know this is not about economics. This is about politics.

And I want everybody here to know, as long as I’m in the White House I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: That’s why we’ve reversed harmful decisions that were designed to undermine those rights. That's why we passed the Fair Pay Act to stop pay discrimination. (Applause.) That's why we appointed people who are actually fulfilling their responsibilities to make sure that the offices and factories and mines workers that clock in each day, that they're actually safe on the job.

And we’re going to keep at it. Because having a voice on the job and a chance to organize and a chance to negotiate for a fair day’s pay after a hard day’s work, that is the right of every man and woman in America -- not just the CEO in the corner office, but also the janitor who cleans that office after the CEO goes home. (Applause.) Everybody has got the same right. (Applause.)

And that’s true for public employees as well. Look, the recession had a terrible effect on state and local budgets -- we all understand that. Unions have recognized that; they’ve already made tough concessions. In the private sector, we live in a more competitive global economy -- so unions like the UAW understand that workers have to work with management to revamp business models, to innovate so we can sell our products around the world. We understand that the world is changing; unions understand that the world is changing. Unions understand they need to help drive the change, whether it’s on the factory floor, or in the classroom, or in the government office. (Applause.)

But what unions also know is that the values at the core of the union movement, those don’t change. Those are the values that have made this country great. (Applause.) That’s what the folks trying to undermine your rights don’t understand. When union workers agree to pay freezes and pay cuts -- they’re not doing it just to keep their jobs. They’re doing it so that their fellow workers -– their fellow Americans -- can keep their jobs. (Applause.)

When teachers agree to reforms in how schools are run at the same time as they’re digging into their pockets to buy school supplies for those kids, they do so because they believe every child can learn. (Applause.) They do it because they know something that those who seek to divide us don’t understand: We are all in this together. That’s why those crowds came out to support you in Madison and in Columbus. We are one nation. We are one people. We will rise and we will fall together. (Applause.)

Anyone who doesn’t believe it should come here to Detroit. It’s like the commercial says: This is a city that’s been to heck and back. (Applause.) And while there are still a lot of challenges here, I see a city that’s coming back. (Applause.)
You ask somebody here if times are tough, they’ll say, yeah, it’s tough, but we’re tougher. (Applause.) Look at what we’re doing to overcome. Look at what we’re doing to rebuild and reinvent and redefine what it means to live in this great city. Look at our parents who catch the first bus to work, and our students who stay up late to earn a degree. Look at our workers on the line at Hamtramck and Jefferson North who are building the best cars in the world. Look at our artists who are revamping our city, and our young people who are thinking up new ways to make a difference that we never dreamed of. Look how we look out for one another. (Applause.)

That’s why we chose Detroit as one of the cities that we’re helping revitalize in our “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative. (Applause.) We’re teaming up with everybody -- mayors, local officials, you name it -- boosting economic development, rebuilding your communities the best way, which is a way that involves you. Because despite all that’s changed here, and all the work that lies ahead, this is still a city where men clocked into factories. This is the city that built the greatest middle class the world has ever known. (Applause.) This is the city where women rolled up their sleeves and helped build an arsenal for democracy to free the world. (Applause.) This is a city where the great American industry has come back to life and the industries of tomorrow are taking root. This is a city where people, brave and bold, courageous and clever, are dreaming up ways to prove the skeptics wrong and write the next proud chapter in our history. (Applause.)

That’s why I wanted to be here with you today. Because for every cynic and every naysayer running around talking about how our best days are behind us -- for everybody who keeps going around saying, “No, we can’t" --

AUDIENCE: Yes, we can!

THE PRESIDENT: -- for everybody who can always find a reason why we can’t rebuild America, I meet Americans every day who, in the face of impossible odds they’ve got a different belief. They believe we can. You believe we can. (Applause.)

Yes, times are tough. But we’ve been through tough times before. I don’t know about you, but I’m not scared of tough times. (Applause.) I’m not scared of tough times because I know we’re going to be all marching together and walking together and working together and rebuilding together. And I know we don’t quit. (Applause.) I know we don’t give up our dreams and settle for something less. We roll up our sleeves -- and we remember a fundamental truth of our history: We are strong when we are united. (Applause.) We’re firing all cylinders.

The union movement is going to be at the center of it. And if all of you are committed to making sure that the person standing next to you, and their kids and their grandkids -- that everybody in this city and everybody in this country can unleash his or her potential, if you work hard and play by the rules, you will get a fair shake and get a fair shot. That’s the country I want for myhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif kids. (Applause.) That’s the country you want for your kids. That’s the country we’re going to build together. (Applause.)

Thank you very much, Detroit. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

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1:57 P.M. CDT

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/05/remarks-president-detroit-labor-day-event

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Overseas Vietnamese Intellectuals Support the Comprehensive Reform Movement Suggested by the Intellectuals inside Vietnam

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On August 23, 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans joined 35 other overseas Vietnamese intellectuals from all over the world in supporting 95 Vietnamese intellects inside Vietnam to promote comprehensive political reform, including changing the current Constitution.

RFA reporting below:



Friday, September 2, 2011

A Labor Day message from Secretary Solis' "State of the American Worker"

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Secretary Solis' "State of the American Worker"



This Labor Day weekend -- as families, friends and colleagues get together to celebrate the contributions of workers across the country -- I wanted to share a special message with you.

Please click below to watch a short video with my thoughts on remembering the importance of Labor Day, recognizing the work of the Department of Labor, and celebrating the working men and women moving this country forward.

I also hope that you'll help me in spreading the word. Please use the links below to share this video through Twitter and Facebook.

~ Hilda L. Solis

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Rep. Cantor, Where are the Jobs? Protest

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Constituents Turned Away From Rep. Cantor “Public” Meeting Take Their Message Outside, Rally for Jobs



“Where are the Jobs, Rep. Cantor?”

The Unemployed in Rep. Cantor’s District Won’t Be Getting an Answer
Anytime Soon

Constituents Turned Away From “Public” Meeting Take Their Message Outside


After An August Recess With Zero Public Meetings, Hundreds of Constituents Turn Out to Make Rep. Cantor Address the Jobs Crisis

RICHMOND, Va. – In an increasingly rare appearance in his district, Rep. Cantor was met with more than 200 of his constituents who are angry with their congressman about his inattention to the jobs crisis, his brinkmanship on the debt ceiling deal and his controversial stance on disaster funding.

With no end to the jobs crisis in sight and growing discontent after a debt deal that will lead to further job losses, unemployed workers and community members in Rep. Cantor’s district have grown tired of Rep. Cantor avoiding them by holding seldom public events or town halls.

His constituents took their concerns to him at his private quarterly Citizens Advisory Council meeting in Richmond on Wednesday. The campaign event, while described by Rep. Cantor as a “public event,” required constituents to jump through several hoops to attend. Candace Graham of Chesterfield was able to attend the event in spite of the hurdles.

“I only saw the event listed on the Tea Party website and that’s how I knew it was happening. After signing up for the Advisory Council, you had to know to call his staff so that they put you on the list since no event information was actually sent out,” said Graham. “Our leaders in Washington work for us and we should not have to go to such lengths to be able to ask them a question. I’m surprised there wasn’t someone asking for a secret password when I walked into the building!”

In anticipation of many constituents being turned away at the door, organizers rented a ballroom in the hotel to hold a separate jobs rally. An hour prior to the start of Rep. Cantor’s event, the hotel manager abruptly told the organizers they had two minutes to leave the ballroom. Undeterred, the constituents filled the median across the street from the hotel and chanted “Jobs Now!”

At the rally outside, unemployed Rep. Cantor constituents shared one story after the next of struggling to find work in the Richmond area.

"I have two masters degrees and a lifetime of experience but I have been out of work for over a year. It is tough for me to need charity when I am so used to helping provide for others in the past. But my Congressman, Rep. Cantor is deaf to people like me because he refuses to have a meeting about jobs,” said constituent Marie Coons. “I signed up for his meeting but was denied access. Is it because I have not contributed to his campaign? Is it because I am not a Tea Party member? Or is it because I am unemployed and he is hiding from people like me?”

"There are 40,000 unemployed people in this district and we cannot get a meeting by phone, in person or even a town hall meeting with Eric Cantor to talk about this crisis. These are our neighbors and friends and family who are struggling,” said constituent Marjorie Clark. “Now he won't even let us into his private meeting but stopped us from having our own meeting on jobs. What is he afraid of? Why won't he meet with us?"

On top of facing unemployment, many residents are still without power and are facing substantial damage from Hurricane Irene and were outraged over Rep. Cantor’s comments that disaster funding should be offset with spending cuts.

Those who were able to get inside the event found that Rep. Cantor cherry picked which constituents would be allowed to ask questions.

“I had my hand up the entire time and watched as only Cantor supporters were chosen to ask questions. It seemed that only after clapping and smiling at everything that Rep. Cantor said was I handed the mic,” said Jeff Hunt of Richmond. “Finally, I was able to ask him why he does not support extending the payroll tax cut for a year. For a congressman who slavishly sticks to his tax cuts message, I cannot understand why he would not support a measure that cuts taxes for a majority of Americans and creates jobs.”

On Monday, Cantor released a jobs memo that outlines a series of deregulations of environmental and safety protections. While rally goers were pleased that Rep. Cantor acknowledged the need for jobs, they were less than impressed with Rep. Cantor’s anemic jobs outline.

“Rep. Cantor’s ‘jobs memo’ will not create jobs, it will create sick kids and unsafe drinking water,” said Virginia Organizing Board Member Ladelle McWhorter. “If Rep. Cantor was serious about creating jobs, he would end tax breaks and loopholes for CEOs, hedge fund managers and others, and make big, profitable corporations pay their fair share of taxes so America can invest in creating quality jobs here at home.”

Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.

www.virginia-organizing.org


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Julie Blust
Communications Director
Virginia Organizing
804-405-6615
http://twitter.com/#!/VAOrganizing
www.virginia-organizing.org

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Vietnamese People in Da Nang fighting for their land rights against Golden Hills Project



Tại buổi đối thoại, nhiều vấn đề bức xúc được người dân vùng giải tỏa phản ảnh. Nhưng nóng nhất vẫn là chuyện ô nhiễm môi trường, áp giá đền bù, bố trí tái định cư, thất nghiệp và chuyện hỗ trợ chuyển đổi nghề nghiệp cho dân… còn rất mù mờ.

Ông Đặng Tấn Đỡ (thôn Quan Nam 5) bức xúc: “Chúng tôi sẵn sàng ra đi nhưng việc đền bù phải thỏa đáng, phải đảm bảo cuộc sống cho dân. Đất tái định cư chưa có mà bắt người dân di dời đi thì biết ở đâu?”.

Theo ông Đỡ, lo lắng nhất của dân địa phương lúc này là thất nghiệp. Thanh niên trong làng không có công ăn việc làm, sống lang thang nên dễ dẫn đến bất ổn về an ninh trật tự. “Dân chúng tôi không điên gì mà trưa đứng bóng lại ra chặn xe ben nhưng vì không chịu nổi. Trẻ con luôn sống trong cảnh rình rập lo tai nạn và bệnh tật vì xe ben nên bà con mới lao ra phản ứng” - ông Đỡ nói.

Riêng vụ anh Nguyễn Tuấn bị nhóm năm người lạ đi trên hai ôtô lao vào nhà chém trọng thương đêm 29-8, dân người dân yêu cầu chính quyền phải làm rõ và tổ chức, cá nhân nào đứng đằng sau vụ việc này.

Các cửa kính của Golden Hills bị dân đập phá - Ảnh: H.KHÁ

Nhiều người dân còn bày tỏ bức xúc về việc đền bù giải tỏa chưa thỏa đáng. Việc hỗ trợ chuyển đổi nghề nghiệp cho hàng ngàn hộ nông dân dù chính quyền đã hứa nhưng chưa có động thái để người dân yên tâm trước khi rời bỏ ruộng vườn. Đặc biệt, việc nhà đầu tư cho đổ đất bao quanh làng khi công tác di dân chưa thực hiện sẽ nhấn chìm cả làng khi năm nay lũ tràn về.

Theo ông Nguyễn Nhu - phó trưởng ban giải tỏa đền bù đầu tư và xây dựng số 3, việc người dân phản ảnh chuyện nhận đất tái định cư trên giấy là có thật. Nguyên nhân do công tác giải phóng mặt bằng chậm nên các dự án tái định cư Hòa Liên 3, Hòa Liên 4 chậm trễ.

Trao đổi với Tuổi Trẻ, đại tá Nguyễn Văn Bốn - trưởng Công an huyện Hòa Vang - cho biết sẽ khởi tố vụ án liên quan đến các đối tượng đi trên hai ôtô chém anh Nguyễn Tuấn tối 29-8.

Hiện cơ quan công an đã đưa anh Tuấn đi giám định vết thương, đồng thời sớm triệu tập các đối tượng cũng như phương tiện gây án để có cơ sở khởi tố.

Xác nhận với Tuổi Trẻ vào chiều 31-8, ông Nguyễn Tâm Tiến - tổng giám đốc dự án Golden Hills - cho biết trong số hai ôtô chở người đi chém anh Tuấn đêm 29-8 có một xe của Công ty Trung Nam biển số 56S - 0956.

“Chiếc xe này do ban điều hành dự án Golden Hills quản lý và người lái xe là anh Giác. Hiện công ty đang tìm cách liên lạc với anh Giác nhưng không được" - ông Tiến cho biết.

H.KHÁ - Đ.NAM

Nguồn : Báo Tuổi Trẻ