Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Brown Act lawsuit is grinding through the wheel of justice with the City of San Jose trying to ask for a dismissal. Recently, the City appealed to the Court of Appeals but lost its appeal on related matter. The date for the trial will be in early March 2010. The community recently had a fund raising event to support the trial. Another event will be on December 13, 2009
According the community's website:
Established in 1994, VACNORCAL is a nonprofit organization represeting Vietnamese-Americans in Northern California. Headquartered in San Jose, its mission is to support theVietnamese-American community in the Bay Area. VACNORCAL is the plaintiff.
Vietnamese American Community Services (VACS) is a nonprofit foundation founded by Dr. Phu Le. The foundation provides social assistance to San Jose Vietnamese-American residents. Dr. Phu Le is the treasurer of the legal fund.
Monday, November 23, 2009
A coalition of Latino, Asian-American and African-American recently had publicly asked SJ Chief Police Rob Davis to resign. Their request is published in the Mercury News
The funny thing is due to the disagreement between the two leading organizations of the Vietnamese-American community in San Jose, Viet-AmericanVoters of Northern California and Vietnamese-American Community of Northern California, the colation decided not to include them in the group. The coalition includes NAACP, Asian Law Alliance, La Raza Lawyers; African-American Community Services Agency; Silicon Valley De-Bug; Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network; San Jose Peace and Justice Center; National Lawyers Guild; Asian-American Center of Santa Clara County and Coalition for Justice and Accountability are united in their call for the police chief to step down.
The coalition will have a press conference in front of the city hall at noon on Tuesday November 24 to update their progress including their succesful effort to have the release of the Daniel Pham's 911 tape. From the latest rumors, attending the press conference will be members of the Viet-American Voters of Northern Cal. but not the members of VACNORCAL.
VACNORCAL sees this as an issue of not a community being mistreated by those in power but an issue of communist vs. anti-communist. The logic is simple to VACNORCAL. Since the exchange student Ho Phuong comes from Vietnam, he is a communist and VACNORCAL cannot be seen as supporting a communist. Hence, VACNORCAL decided not to join the coalition against their effort of pushing for changes as well as asking for the resign of SJPD Chief Davis
The Viet-America Voters of Norther Cal is made up of mostly younger activists and they only see this is a community issue as a whole. In order to better the community, there has to be drastic changes. And Phuong Ho was a victim of an abusive system that needs to be changed.
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