March 3, 2019
Andrew Nguyen (206) 819-0036; firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Lê (408) 373-1725; email@example.com
Community Action: Stop the Detention and Deportation of a San Jose Community Member Who was Unexpectedly Asked to Check-In with Immigration Authorities
VietUnity and PACT to Organize a Community Action in front of USCIS
WHAT: ViệtUnity South-Bay and PACT (People Acting in Community Together) would like to invite you to a community action regarding a beloved community member’s risk for ICE detention and deportation. Father, husband, community leader, and member of St. Maria Goretti Đức Nguyễn has lived in San Jose for 23 years. Đức has contributed his heart and soul to this region for over two decades, but ICE wants to take that away.
In December 2018, our community successfully beat ICE and kept Đức home. Authorities requested an unexpected interview with Đức at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services USCIS. In the past, unexpected requests is an indicator of their plan to detain and deport at the moment of arrival. But when the authorities got word that we were coming to rally at their office in the morning of the interview, they promptly called to say it was a mistake. The rally turned to celebration.
Now, ICE is at it again and has requested another unexpected interview with Đức.
WHO: Đức Nguyễn, ViệtUnity, People Acting in Community Together PACT, clergy, community members, and more
WHEN: Friday March 8, 12:00 p.m.
WHY: San Jose is Đức’s home and his family and community relies on him. Our community is determined to #KeepDucHome. On Friday afternoon, communities across the Bay Area will stand with Đức as he walks into the USCIS building and demand that ICE does not detain him. Community members, clergy members, and loved ones will sing until Đức comes back out of the building, safe and unharmed.
Join us and Đức’s family again on Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in front of the USCIS building on 1450 Coleman Ave, Santa Clara 95050. Together, we will sing and let our voices rise as we remind ICE that they do not and will not hold power over our community.
PACT: People Acting in Community Together is a multiracial, multi-faith organization that empowers people to create a more just community. PACT has more than 25 member congregations, organizations, and partner schools representing 50,000 people in Santa Clara County. PACT is part of PICO California and the Faith in Action national network, one of the largest grassroots community networks in the country. www.pactsj.org http://www.facebook.com/PACTSJ
VietUnity’s theory of change is rooted in community involvement and community building in order to take on systemic inequalities. We believe in the power of community and are devoted to enhancing our community’s role in building a just society by fostering progressive leadership. We draw strength from our community’s histories and work to uplift our narratives. https://www.facebook.com/VietUnitySB/