Tides Foundation, on behalf of PIVOT Empowerment Fund

Tides Foundation, on behalf of PIVOT Empowerment Fund

PIVOT is the only progressive national Vietnamese American organization that is rooted in local community engagement, intergenerational healing, cross-racial solidarity, and radical self-care. Drawing upon culture, we utilize traditional, ethnic, social and digital media and innovative technology to engage and create dialogue with our membership base. We strongly believe that

Tides Foundation, on behalf of PIVOT Empowerment Fund

PIVOT is the only progressive national Vietnamese American organization that is rooted in local community engagement, intergenerational healing, cross-racial solidarity, and radical self-care. Drawing upon culture, we utilize traditional, ethnic, social and digital media and innovative technology to engage and create dialogue with our membership base. We strongly believe that the most personal and powerful way to express our political and policy viewpoints is to put our bodies and freedom on the line by demonstrating in public. Across state lines, we proactively unite with and collaborate with other AAPI and BIPOC groups, communities, and leaders who share the same values and ideals. We are dedicated to ensuring that our immigrant and monolingual community members are accurately informed by creating and translating trusted sources of information, news, and policy analysis on the key issues that impact their daily lives. We understand that being an effective progressive activist means one must keep their individual wellness a high priority. One cannot build a strong progressive movement without completely taking care of oneself. Above all, PIVOT leaders and volunteer members are committed to remaining fierce in the fight, yet compassionate with each other. With the generous support of the Gold Futures grant, we feel confident that we will be able to expand the reach of our movement and impact in Vietnamese American and AAPI communities across the nation. Since its conception five years ago, PIVOT has focused its strategy on states with high concentrations of Vietnamese Americans and Asian Americans and limited/no AAPI representation. We have mailed nearly 50,000 flyers and sent over 35,000 texts to Vietnamese American voters. Our digital advertisements reached over 500,000 viewers. We funded 11 PIVOT Fellows and Interns who worked with local partners to make over 2 million voter contacts.

About the Organization:

PIVOT is the only progressive national Vietnamese American organization that is rooted in local community engagement, intergenerational healing, cross-racial solidarity, and radical self-care. Drawing upon culture, we utilize traditional, ethnic, social and digital media and innovative technology to engage and create dialogue with our membership base. We strongly believe that the most personal and powerful way to express our political and policy viewpoints is to put our bodies and freedom on the line by demonstrating in public. Across state lines, we proactively unite with and collaborate with other AAPI and BIPOC groups, communities, and leaders who share the same values and ideals. We are dedicated to ensuring that our immigrant and monolingual community members are accurately informed by creating and translating trusted sources of information, news, and policy analysis on the key issues that impact their daily lives. We understand that being an effective progressive activist means one must keep their individual wellness a high priority. One cannot build a strong progressive movement without completely taking care of oneself. Above all, PIVOT leaders and volunteer members are committed to remaining fierce in the fight, yet compassionate with each other. With the generous support of the Gold Futures grant, we feel confident that we will be able to expand the reach of our movement and impact in Vietnamese American and AAPI communities across the nation. Since its conception five years ago, PIVOT has focused its strategy on states with high concentrations of Vietnamese Americans and Asian Americans and limited/no AAPI representation. We have mailed nearly 50,000 flyers and sent over 35,000 texts to Vietnamese American voters. Our digital advertisements reached over 500,000 viewers. We funded 11 PIVOT Fellows and Interns who worked with local partners to make over 2 million voter contacts.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California • Louisiana • Minnesota • Nebraska • New York • North Carolina • Texas • Virginia

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California • Louisiana • Minnesota • Nebraska • New York • North Carolina • Texas • Virginia

The Issue:

As we look back on U.S. history, we are reminded of our nation's ugly past to blame and criminalize immigrants unjustly for our nation's problems. From the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Japanese American internment, and even recent efforts around the Muslim ban, we continually seek scapegoats, yet disguised our discriminatory acts under the guise of the nation's safety and/or economic prudence. The model minority myth has further obscured the different struggles within Asian ethnic groups. It is critically important that disaggregated data for Asian and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations are thoroughly collected and made more readily available. For instance, American immigration policy favors wealthy and highly educated immigrants . Consequently, when it comes to Asian immigration, it favors people from well-off and stable countries. For instance, 51% of Chinese immigrants have a bachelor’s degree or higher whereas only 9% of Chinese citizens do. By contrast, only 25.8% of Vietnamese immigrants have bachelor's degrees , and the Vietnamese community has a median household income of only $53,400. That is because many Vietnamese immigrants arrived as refugees and were not admitted into the United States based on academic qualifications. Vietnamese Americans also have the lowest level of English proficiency among all Asian American groups, which is a barrier to earning higher income . At the same time, false information is spreading and being amplified by Vietnamese users on social media at an unchecked and rapid pace, primarily on Facebook. Through pure observations (and well-documented reporting by mainstream news sources) of users, it appears misinformation tends to come from a variety of sources: conservative American news outlets, memes posted by dubious Facebook accounts, conspiracy websites, and Vietnamese personalities on YouTube. We recognize that some of this information is being circulated among Vietnamese; some is being directly targeted at the community by the Trump campaign. Language is key to accurate information, intergenerational healing, and yet many of us face communication barriers within our own families particularly around politics.

The Solution:

To combat the rapid spread of disinformation within the Vietnamese community, PIVOT serves as a reliable source of information by providing thoughtful and fair analyses of domestic policies important to Vietnamese Americans and disseminating these analyses through traditional media, social media, and social networks. We work together with Vietnamese Americans of all ages and with other communities to promote a common agenda which includes promoting and supporting human, civil, immigrant, and refugee rights; increasing the participation of Vietnamese Americans in the voting process at local, state, and national levels; identifying, training, and supporting Vietnamese Americans and other individuals with progressive values to obtain professional skills at the local, state, and national levels; and investing resources in mentoring and training initiatives for young Vietnamese Americans. Some of our major achievements include creating a suite of election materials catered to the specific needs of Vietnamese American communities. We developed a bilingual voter guide, a bilingual fact-checker site , a voter registration site made for Vietnamese speaking users , and a progressive candidate fundraising portal . PIVOT also utilized various social media platforms to invite Vietnamese Americans celebrities and social media personalities, including Dustin Nguyen (actor, director, and writer), Andrea Nguyen (food writer, cookbook author, and chef), Thai Nguyen (Hollywood fashion designer), and Huey Nguyen (TikTok Influencer) to address the importance of representation, voter registration, and democracy. All of the videos were disseminated nationally, targeting multiple generations of Vietnamese Americans. PIVOT has strategically focused efforts on states with high concentrations of Vietnamese Americans and Asian Americans and underrepresentation around the areas that affect their lives. In support of these efforts, PIVOT selected eleven talented young election fellows across Georgia, Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. This program is designed to increase civic engagement within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and more specifically, Vietnamese American communities. It is also designed to build leadership and experience for those interested in politics, public policy, and government. Our goal is to build a pipeline of more progressive Vietnamese American and Asian American representation.

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