“Speak Up Now!” Campaign Kick-off Activity Letter Writing Initiative to Support Families of Detained Youth Activists in Vietnam

posted Sep 12, 2011, 11:53 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 12:04 AM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              
September 13, 2011                                      
 
Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network, letter writers, and youth activists from all over the world are getting prepared to kick-off the “Phai Len Tieng - Speak Up Now!” Campaign by taking part in the Letter Writing Initiative.  
 
The Communist Government of Vietnam continues its efforts to silence all voices of conscience.  Since early August, at least 13 young patriots have been arrested by police officers and the Ministry of Public Security and held incommunicado without access to lawyers. These committed youth activists have participated in activities calling for social justice as well as protests against Chinese encroachment on Vietnamese territories. Several of these activists are prominent bloggers; most belong to the Vinh diocese of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.  As Vietnamese youth who value freedom, we oppose all acts of oppression and call for the immediate and unconditional release of these 13 youth activists.
 
With a multi-approach collaborative effort among many youth organizations worldwide, the Letter Writing Initiative can offer hope and send messages of solidarity directly to these youth activists and their families. 
 
How it works:
-  Visit lenduong.net/phailentieng to learn about the activists  
-  Adopt one, two, three or ALL of the activists (bios provided)
-  Draft your e-letter addressing it to the family members
-  You can send an email, scan a physical letter, or take a clear photo of the letter
-  Email your letter to phailentieng@lenduong.net 
-  Your e-letters will be posted on phailentieng.tumblr.com
-  Your e-letters will be distributed to the activists’ families
-  Our goal is to collect at least 300 letters by Human Rights Day on December 10th 
-  Organize letter writing events with friends, youth groups, and associates to do the same!

Thank you for participating in the Letter Writing Initiative. Let these young activists and their families know of your support of the brave activists and be a voice for the voiceless.  For more information or questions, please email us at phailentieng@lenduong.net.

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The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network was founded in 1999 at our first conference in Melbourne, Australia by student and youth leaders with a passion for a better Vietnam. Since then, Len Duong continually strives to provide an engaging and collaborative environment for Vietnamese youths across the world to partake in dialogue and utilize their skills and knowledge to contribute to society. Len Duong is proud of our progress in providing a deeper understanding on Vietnam human rights issues as we continue to advocate for those who are disenfranchised.

Len Duong Launches “Speak Up Now!” Campaign for Detained Vietnamese Youth Activists

posted Sep 3, 2011, 3:40 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Sep 3, 2011, 3:47 PM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                          
August 30, 2011                                                                                             

Since early August, Vietnam Redemptorist News (Truyen Thong Dong Chua Cuu The) and other media outlets have reported on the alarming and arbitrary arrests of youth social activists by the Communist Government of Vietnam. These committed youth activists have participated in activities calling for social justice as well as protests against Chinese encroachment on Vietnamese territories. Several of these activists are prominent bloggers; most belong to the Vinh diocese of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.  



The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network opposes all acts of oppression and persecution by the Hanoi regime. As such, Len Duong calls for the immediate and unconditional release of these 13 young patriots, including: Chu Manh Son, Dang Xuan Dieu, Dau Van Duong, Ho Duc Hoa, Ho Van Oanh, Nguyen Van Duyet, Nguyen Van Oai, Nguyen Xuan Anh, Nong Hung Anh, Paulus Le Van Son, Thai Van Dung, Tran Huu Duc, and Tran Minh Nhat. 



Among those arrested is Thai Van Dung, a recent attendee of the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference (DH6) held in the Philippines in August 2011. During the conference, the Organizing Committee was compelled to dismiss Dung because he had violated conference rules and regulations. Regardless of our decision, Len Duong denounces his arrest and is committed to lobbying for the immediate release for Dung and all other Vietnamese youth activists currently held in detention. 



As Vietnamese youth who value freedom, we cannot accept the human rights violations taking place in our homeland. Len Duong will launch the “Speak Up Now!” campaign to advocate for these young activists. We will endeavor to:
  • Lobby international governments and human rights organizations
  • Harness the power of social media and social networking to bring attention to the causes of these youth activists
  • Mobilize DH6 conference attendees and youth organizations around the world to partner with the Redemptorist Parish and Vietnamese pro-democracy organizations in advocating for basic rights in Vietnam 
Vietnamese youths, we must stand up and Speak Up Now!
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Contact: Lilly Ngoc Hieu Nguyen media@lenduong.net

The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network was founded in 1999 at our first conference in Melbourne, Australia by student and youth leaders with a passion for a better Vietnam. Since then, Len Duong continually strives to provide an engaging and collaborative environment for Vietnamese youths across the world to partake in dialogue and utilize their skills and knowledge to contribute to society. Len Duong is proud of our progress in providing a deeper understanding on Vietnam human rights issues as we continue to advocate for those who are disenfranchised.

Joint Statement of the Sixth International Vietnamese Youth Conference

posted Aug 17, 2011, 4:05 PM by Len Duong

From Vietnam and 14 other countries around the world, Vietnamese youths convened at the Sixth International Vietnamese Youth Conference in Manila, Philippines from August 4-7, 2011 under the theme "Access Now: Digital Activism for Social Change"

At this conference, we affirm that:

  • The freedom to connect is a fundamental human right regardless of where one resides. As such, restricting Internet access and censoring information are contrary to civilized norms and lead to social backwardness.
  • Social media and social networking are bridges to tolerance and unity among humanity, increasing civic knowledge and building the bonds among people. For Vietnam, these tools are the seeds to grow into an independent media and civil society.
  • When the Hanoi authorities blocked Facebook and other websites, Vietnamese youths "climbed over the walls and created cracks to enter." Circumventing firewalls is the act of civil disobedience of the 21st century.
In Vietnam, students, democracy activists and people in general have gathered openly and spoken out publicly for the country's territorial sovereignty. From digital activism, many have joined in offline, social activism. This is an important achievement when repression, intimidation and arrests cannot halt the forward movement of the democratic tide.

The Len Duong Youth Network will continue to utilize digital medium to empower people in Vietnam and advocate for the interests of the country. This is the responsibility of every Vietnamese to the fatherland and future generations.

Vietnamese Youths, together, we Must Speak Up!

Adopted in Manila, Philippines, August 7, 2011

Vietnamese security services monitor and threaten DH6

posted Aug 7, 2011, 2:48 AM by Len Duong   [ updated Aug 9, 2011, 3:46 AM ]

Philippines – Secret police operatives from Vietnam have taken measures to endanger the DH6 Organizing Committee. Although DH6 is a youth conference focusing on issues of internet freedom and held outside of their jurisdiction, Vietnamese security services have taken the following measures to disrupt the conference:

  1. Intelligence operatives from Vietnam have tried to register for the event. During the conference, the Organizing Committee identified and expelled one undercover intelligence operative.
  2. Vietnamese security officials were present at the Manila airport in the days prior to the conference to secretly film arriving delegations and tried to mix in with attendees during public outings.
  3. According to a knowledgeable source, Vietnamese security police plan to hire criminal elements to physically harm members of the Organizing Committee.

Hanoi's security police not only repress peaceful voices at home but are undertaking illegal acts of terror in another nation, the Philippines.

The objective of the 6th International Vietnam Youth Conference is to provide an environment for Vietnamese youths from around the world to share ideas and cooperate on projects to harness the promise of the internet for social change.

The Organizing Committee has informed the Philippines authorities and is releasing this statement to publicize this security issue.

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The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network was founded in 1999 at our first conference in Melbourne, Australia by student and youth leaders with a passion for a better Vietnam. Since then, Len Duong continually strives to provide an engaging and collaborative environment for Vietnamese youths across the world to partake in dialogue and utilize their skills and knowledge to contribute to society. Len Duong is proud of our progress in providing a deeper understanding on Vietnam human rights issues as we continue to advocate for those who are disenfranchised.

Contact: Lilly Nguyen
+63 9 052 200 164
daihoi6@lenduong.net

ASIA CHANNEL DH6 Interview

posted Jul 10, 2011, 8:23 AM by Len Duong   [ updated Jul 10, 2011, 8:27 AM ]

ASIA CHANNEL host (and DH6 speaker) Lisa Thuy Duong interviews DH6 organizer Lilly Ngoc Nguyen.

Tours 411

posted Jun 24, 2011, 3:09 AM by Len Duong   [ updated Jul 16, 2011, 12:09 AM ]

For those looking to explore the wonders of the Philippines, the DH6 Organizing Committee has partnered with El Circulo Tours & Travel to offer you many travel options for pre- or post- DH6 adventures. As these are all optional additions to your DH6 adventure, please note that the DH6 Organizing Committee are not responsible for your bookings or reservations. Travel smart and travel light: make sure to check our Travel tips before you depart for the Philippines. 

To book the tours listed below, fill out the form attached and contact Lou Ibanez: 

El Circulo Tours & Travel 
427 Victorino St. Mindanao Ave. QC
Direct Line : 9837376 
Mobile Numbers : 0917-8265362 / 09285247044
Email : elcirculo.tours@gmail.com

*Prices are based on a conversion rate of 1 Dollar to 43 Phillippine Pesos. Cost are estimates only; prices may change upon official reservations. Travel will leave from the conference site to listed destination. All tours will leave from the conference site to the destination.

Puerta Princesa & VIetnamese refugee camp
A three-day, two-night tour to Puerto Princesa, where you will island-hop through Honda Bay; enjoy snorkeling and swimming; explore a limestone cave; and tour the Viet Village and Vietnamese refugee camp
*COST: $192 USD 
(fee includes airfare, travel by boat, hotel, meals, entrance fees, and a local tour guide)




Island Hopping 
A three-day, two-night tour to Bohol Island and then Cebu Island, where you can enjoy amazing panoramic views (weather permitting), a manmade forest, a hanging bridge, historical landmarks, lunch by Loboc River, and, of course, swimming! 
COST: $225 USD (fee includes travel by boat,
 accommodations, meals, entrance
 fees, a private van for the group, and a
 local tour guide. Airfare is additional;
 earlier booking means cheaper flights) 

Corregidor Island day trip 
Travel with a guided tour; includes ferry charges and a buffet lunch.  Stay until evening and check out the Laser Light and fireworks show for a small fee.  
COST: $46 USD ($67 USD as overnight)

Tagaytay City day trip
 
Have lunch overlooking a volcano, enjoy a harnessed zipline from one small cliff to another, and partake in local shopping.  Transportation, entrance fees and lunch is all included.
COST: approx $36 USD


Still looking for an adventure? Check the Filipino Travel Center (www.filipinotravel.com.ph), an online hub of tours and adventures throughout the Philippines. 

SBTN Live Music Special Videos

posted Jun 18, 2011, 1:00 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Jun 18, 2011, 1:11 PM ]

Dear Friends and Supporters:

The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network recently partnered with the Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN) to co-host a live music special, "Tuổi Trẻ Việt Nam: Một Khối Óc, Một Tấm Lòng, Một Giấc Mơ" benefiting DH6 on its national network.  It was the first of its kind to connect Vietnamese youth around the world through social media and using the power behind the music to share their aspirations for Vietnam.

Music and creative expression have deep roots in promoting social change. Across the world, young people are making statements that advocate for change through music, poems, graffiti art and dance. The indisputable fact about music is its power to evoke emotions. These feelings color our moods, affect our perceptions and generate a behavioural pattern. Through art and music, we can express unconventional opinions, spark new ideas and create visions that challenge many of our society's deepest assumptions. 

We are pleased to share with you our successful Live Music Special on our Len Duong Youtube channel.  Enjoy watching the show and join us in taking action for a better future for Vietnam.

Again, the Len Duong International Youth Network is proud of its mission to bring together youth leaders who want to make a change for Vietnam and their communities.  If you would like to support our delegates, you may submit a donation online or send your donation to: Len Duong Foundation, 56 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Thank you for your time and generous contributions!

For more information or questions, please e-mail us at daihoi6@lenduong.net.

Greetings from fellow DH6 attendees

posted Jun 12, 2011, 7:32 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Jun 12, 2011, 7:35 PM ]


DH6 attendees from around the world are inviting you to join them for the Sixth International Vietnamese Youth Conference that will take place in August 2011 in Manila, Philippines.

Live Music Special on SBTN on June 12th

posted Jun 7, 2011, 9:07 PM by Len Duong   [ updated Jun 7, 2011, 9:20 PM ]


Tune into SBTN this Saturday, 4-6pm ET/1-3pm PT for a 2-hour LIVE music program benefitting DH6. Showcasing DH6's international crop of organizers and fused with performances and special appearances by Kristine Sa, Diem Lien, Y Phuong, and Tam Doan of ASIA Entertainment, this special program will not only entertain but hopes to inspire the audiences to take action for a better future for Vietnam.

Tips for booking your trip to DH6!

posted Jun 4, 2011, 3:39 PM by Len Duong

So you’ve registered for DH6 and just need to book your flights. June is the best month to book flights for an August travel date. We’re here to help: follow these easy tips and you’ll be globe-trotting in no time! 

Before we start - here are some travel guidelines to keep in mind: 

DH6’s program starts on the afternoon of August 4. At the latest, plan to fly into the Philippines by the morning of the 4th, no later than noon. This will give you time to get to the conference site and check-in. Best to fly in on August 3rd or earlier, to help your body acclimate. You don’t want to be sleeping during opening ceremony on Thursday! 

DH6’s program ends on the afternoon of August 7. If you’re not staying in Philippines to soak in on the tours, please plan to fly out of Manila airport after 6pm. This should give you ample time say your goodbyes and head to the airport.  Those traveling from North America or Europe should build at least 1 day into their travel plans; the Philippines is on the other side of the world and will take at least 20 hours to fly there. 

DH6 staff will provide for all in-country transportation from airport to the conference site. When you’ve booked your flight, send your itinerary to registration@lenduong.net.

Entry or exit requirement: the Philippines does not require a Visa. 

As always, we’re available online (almost) 24/7 on Skype daihoi6, GChat daihoi6@lenduong.net, or almost as fast on email. 

Tip 1: Use airfare aggregators and sign up for price alerts
Airfare aggregators does just that: they are huge search engines that aggregate airline prices. Most offer an alert service if you give them your email address. I was able to book my $1300 RT flight from Washington, DC because Kayak sent me a price alert of a dip in prices with Delta. 

Excellent aggregators: 
Kayak.com
travel.yahoo.com 
bookingbuddy.com
Hipmunk.com
Travelocity.com
Bing.com
Priceline.com
Farecompare.com
Matrix.itasoftware.com

Booking companies:
Vayama.com

Once you see an amazing deal, go directly to the that airline to buy that same itinerary. Sometimes booking directly with the airline will reduce the surcharges tackled on. 

Tip 2: When searching, be flexible with your dates
Most, if not all, search engines allow for you to search for dates on a flexible time, within a window of +/- 1-3 days

Tip 3: Be flexible with your departure airport
If you live in or near a major city, most likely you’ll have 1-3 airports that serves your community. When searching online, also click on “search surrounding airports” to get the best deals. 

Tip 4: Take advantage of airline’s sales to Southeast Asia
Air Asia (for Australia) 
Malaysia Airlines 
Philippine Airlines 
Delta  
United Airways 

Tip 5: Timing is key
Airlines start discounting 3.5 months before departure; shopping for flights too early or too late will yield high prices; other sources say the best time is 2 months before departure

The following tips apply to domestic US flights; but may still be applicable, especially if you’re flying out of the US:
When you search for airfares also affects the prices. The best time is 3:00pm EST Tuesdays. And most of these discounts are pulled by Thursday
The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays.

Tip 6: Use your miles! 
If you’ve been racking up miles, time to turn them in. Call your customer service representative for your airlines and see if a deal can be struck for you to turn in your miles. 

Tip 7: Travel with a group
If traveling with a group, it may be cheaper to book individual tickets separately. Details: http://www.farecompare.com/articles/airline-industry-news/airline-tickets-shop-one-passenger-first/

Tip 8: When in doubt, use a travel agent
You’d be surprise the great deals a professional travel agent may offer to you, especially if you’re a multiple destination travel hitting up on other countries in Southeast Asia after DH6. Take advantage of their advice and let them do the worrying. 

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