Refugees Rising. Our Time Is Now! #FamiliesBelongTogether
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By Cha Vang, Executive Director


We are living in heartbreaking times.

Children being torn away from their parents.

Families seeking refuge and asylum from violence and poverty being turned away.

Immigrants are being denied entry because of their faith.

Sadness, anger, and powerlessness. Those are all feelings I’ve had all week. Seeing the images of families in search of a home reminds me so much of our family’s journey and hardship in coming to the United States. From the war-torn villages of Laos to the refugee camps of Thailand and finally to our communities here in the United States--a generation of soldiers, mothers and children lived through similar hardships in hopes of a better future for the next generation.

Outside of internet trolls and ignorant family members, I am hopeful that deep down--the vast majority of our refugee community has a deep empathy for the families at the border. Our collective hearts break when we see and hear children being forcibly separated from their parents. That we see our own parents pain in the faces of parents who are imprisoned in immigrant camps.

...we see our own parents pain in the faces of parents who are imprisoned in immigrant camps...

The time for our community to remain on the sidelines is over. As refugees or the children of refugees--WE know better than most the gut wrenching choice parents make in deciding to give up everything and leave their homeland because that choice outweighed the certainty of death in the face of violence and war. We know exactly what it feels like to be rejected by the majority of this country--many of whom were anti-immigrant and vocally opposed our resettlement. We know better than most the power of compassion and love--as we were the recipients of both when our families first arrived.

Our time is now. It is our turn to stand up and make our voices heard loud and clear. We cannot be afraid in condemning the inhumane treatment of families seeking asylum. We will be bold in challenging those in power--holding them accountable and voting them out if they fail to stand up for basic human rights. We will not turn our backs to families in need, simply because they are not Hmong. We will offer love and compassion to our Muslim brothers and sisters for they carry the burden of dealing with this country’s hatred and racism on a daily basis.

We cannot be afraid in condemning the inhumane treatment of families seeking asylum.

Our country has become a shell of its ideals, a nightmare compared to the dream our parents had hoped for. So what do we do about it…

Join me in trying to make a difference… here’s how:

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June 2018 Voter Guide
 

We're thrilled to share our June 2018 Voter Guide for FRESNO & SACRAMENTO County. 

 

Proposition 68 - YES

HIP is recommending YES on Prop 68 because it provides vital resources to build parks and opens spaces for severally under-resourced communities. As the Sacramento Bee describes, "Roughly two-thirds of the money would go to build and maintain parks, and a substantial amount is set aside for park-poor communities such as those in the Central Valley."

Proposition 69 - YES

HIP recommends a YES on Prop 69 because it ensures revenues from Diesel Tax and the "Transportation Improvement Fee" go towards improving public transit resources and building up the transportation infrastructure in California. This is particularly important for the SEAA community living along the 99-corridor who have had to endure some of the worst air-quality in the country.

Proposition 70 - NO!!!!

HIP recommends a strong NO on Prop 70. This misleading proposition will make it harder for underserved communities in Sacramento and Fresno to receive funds from the State's cap-and-trade program. This existing program penalizes industries and manufacturers who heavily pollute the air and water. Turning this program into a two-thirds majority vote type policy would strangle resources and make it harder to spend those dollars in our community.

Proposition 71 - YES

HIP recommends a Yes on Prop 71. Under existing law, propositions go into almost immediately after an election. This means propositions can become law before all the votes are counted. This proposition would give the State five days after an election to ensure all votes are counted before laws go into effect.

Proposition 72 - YES

HIP recommends a Yes on Prop 72. In the Central Valley, Water is LIFE and there are millions of Californians without clean drinking water. While this proposition will not fix the Valley's water issues, it will make building rainwater capture system more accessible and an important component of water conservation. 

NOTES ABOUT FRESNO

  • City Council - There are very important races in the City of Fresno that will affect every aspect of local government. Make sure you vote if you live in District 1, 3, 5, or 7. 
  • County Supervisor - There are also two seats up on the county level. The Board of Supervisors control everything from health care programs, to programs for our elders, to mental health services. 

NOTES ABOUT SACRAMENTO

  • DISTRICT ATTORNEY - If you care about community safety and #BlackLivesMatters--you need to pay attention to the DAs race.
  • SHERIFF - Immigration. Immigration. Immigration.
  • City Council - District 1, 3, 5, 7 will have elections.
  • County Supervisor - There are also two seats up on the county level. The Board of Supervisors control everything from health care programs, to programs for our elders, to mental health services. 

NOTES ABOUT STATEWIDE RACES

  • EVERY SINGLE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA IS UP FOR ELECTION THIS JUNE & NOVEMBER. Check out votersedge.org for more information on all the candidates on the ballot. 

Disclaimer: HIP is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. We envision a California of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy. As a 501c3 organization, hip does not endorse candidates.