SEAFN Campaign Series: VIDEO 1 Our History, Our Survival

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They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.

Mexican Proverb

This year, 2015, marks 40 years since the first Southeast Asian refugees began being resettled in the US after more than two decades of US wars in the region. As we reflect on our displacement 40 years ago, we reckon with continuing displacement today in the form of US deportation. To end the cycle of displacement in our generation, we have to start from the beginning and ask ourselves: Where did we come from? And why are we here in the first place?

To start answering these questions, we released VIDEO 1: Our History, Our Survival on November 21st to begin our SEAFN Campaign Series following the release of our SEAFN Campaign Launch Video on October 24th. This series will engage community to organize and take action in our campaign to end deportation and displacement, and reunite families. The stories, struggles, and visions of our community will build a grounded and deeper narrative of the Southeast Asian experience. The videos will be released on the third Saturday of every month till April 2016.


  • Saturday October 24th – CAMPAIGN LAUNCH VIDEO
  • Saturday November 21st – VIDEO 1: Our History, Our Survival
  • Saturday December 19th – VIDEO 2: Our Resettlement
  • Saturday January 16th – VIDEO 3: Deportation
  • Saturday February 20th – VIDEO 4: Deportee Community
  • Saturday March 19th – VIDEO 5: Our Fight
  • Saturday April 16th – VIDEO 6: Our Future


We call on our family, friends, & allies to sign on to this SEAFN CAMPAIGN SOLIDARITY LETTER, & let us know how you can commit to supporting this movement to end deportation & displacement, & reunite families. SIGN TODAY!


Forty Years After Resettlement, Thousands of Southeast Asian Refugees Face DeportationJustine Calma NBC News
“How many times in one lifetime can you be displaced?” ~Mia-lia Boua Kiernan, 1Love

See below the link to VIDEO 1: Our History, Our Survival and feel free to use this Info Sheet if you organize a viewing with family, friends or colleagues.

Press Conference: Shame on Mayor Nutter for Breaking Promise of NO MORE ICE DETAINERS

11.16.2015-Press Conference Nutter Push Back

Good Morning. Our names are Mia-lia and Nancy, and we work with 1Love Movement, a Cambodian and Southeast Asian organization that addresses incarceration and deportation issues in our community. We stand with our Philadelphia Family Unity Network partners, and all of our allies and networks around the City and across the country as we say that we stand against the Mayor’s plans to undo the groundbreaking Executive Order he signed in 2014 to end the use of ICE detainers and any City communication with ICE through our jails. The national hate rhetoric and scapegoating has infiltrated our City, and has our City leadership back on a message that labels our community members “criminal aliens” deserving of double jeopardy, double punishment, and the life sentence of permanent deportation. This is deeply disturbing because the Philadelphia community holds a community-based vision of safety, healing, and justice. We are called by a shared belief that our community’s healing comes from addressing the root causes of violence, that we need to end the criminalization of our communities and that all people, regardless of immigration status or criminal conviction should remain with their chosen communities. While we hold people accountable to their actions and crimes, we recognize that violence stems from trauma, from poverty caused by devastating economic policies, war, forced migration, systematically segregated and underfunded communities, racist immigration policies, and a criminal justice system that separates and destroys families and communities.

As we find ourselves back here again today, demanding our human dignity, values of family togetherness, second chances, transformative justice, community accountability, and healing – we are reminded that we won this before against all odds and we will win this again. Philadelphia sparked a fire in communities across the country, and we won’t let that fire die out now in the 11th hour. In a City that established a Mayor’s Office on Re-Entry, a City that Banned the Box, a City that is committing to decreasing the number of community members in the prison system by at least 40%, we know that the incentive for rolling back this just policy isn’t coming from us – it’s coming from outside our City. We need to stand strong for our policies that reflect our values as a society, that honor our community’s dignity, that respects the diversity of our lives, and are grounded in the belief of redemption.

Who: The Philadelphia Family Unity Network, The Shut Down Berks Coalition, Immigrant leaders, Advocates, Community Organizations, Lawyers and Religious Leaders
What: Press Conference
When: Monday, November 16th, 11am
Where: North side of City Hall, Philadelphia

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