The Struggle for Vietnamese in Biloxi-Language Access Project-staying connected at the grassroots


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!
October 21, 2006, 3:51 pm
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HORRAHYYYY! You all helped me to reach the goal of raising a little over $10,000 in 4 weeks!!! You helped to provide the capacity for up to 4 different languages to be translated simultaneously in a community meeting for up to 50 people!!!! Dang we are GOOD!!!

It feels weird to be back here in Biloxi without Uyen the NAVASA Fellow who I worked this past august. I’m finding my way around Biloxi by landmarks, like places i like to eat, which broken down house or casinos to take a turn at…

I had my meeting yesterday morning at the Mississippi Center for Justice and I think it was a huge success. There were 7 organizations represented at the table and about a dozen folks showed up for the meeting… i did a demonstration and talked about recommendations for implementation, handed over a draft manuel with templates for check in / out process, and all documents on a cd with the history of the project for folks. People are really excited about having the equiptment and our conversation quickly moved to talk about the responsibility of orgs to get a few translators (paid) trained to use the equipt. and I suggested a mentoring /leadership training program be developed to offer high skil ssets to community bilingual/ bicultural folks locally to sustain the work and contribute to economic justice in the area…

The Mississippi Center for Justice is also going to get insurance for the equiptment and will be the centralized storage and custodians of the equiptment. They were so excited that they invited the press too.. so i did an interview to the local paper Sun Herald and also an interview and demo for local TV station.. how cool is that?

check out the article in the Sun Herald:

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/local/15813678.htm

Folks at the table for the discussing the implementaion of the Simultaneous Ttranslation: NAACP, STEPS Coaltion, Mississippi Center for Justice, Hands on, Mississippi Coordination Center, American Friends Services Committee, Coastal Women for Change, and of course Boat People S.O.S.!

STAY TUNED I”LL WRITE MORE SOOBN!mcJ meeting

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