January 21st, 2012 — International Centre, Mississauga
The year started off with a bang for the Vietnamese-Canadian community and in particular for activist group DTN Phan Boi Chau Youth for Democracy. Our booth at this year’s Hoi Cho Tet was better than ever as we supported our cause for human rights in Vietnam, as well as promoted the global Phai Len Tieng!/Speak Up Now! Campaign, whose objective is to give a voice to the 17 Vietnamese Catholic activists unjustly detained while advocating for Religious Freedom and the people’s rights in Vietnam. Many people stopped by our table to tell us why they speak up.We also put a lot of effort into setting up the Lang Vietnam (Vietnamese Village) this year, and performed “Phai Len Tieng” by composer Anh Bang after presenting the Phai Len Tieng/Speak Up Now music video, a project that came out of the Digital Activism Seminar in Toronto last Autumn. All in all, we were very glad to be able to contribute to another successful Hoi Cho Tet for our community.
Photos credited to members of PBC.