On April 30th, 1975,
the world watched the last helicopter leave the American
Embassy as Saigon
A totalitarian regime was imposed
and many Vietnamese people fled their homeland.
The Vietnamese, throughout the
free world, commemorate this day in the same manner that Americans commemorate Pearl Harbor
The Vietnamese government still denies its citizens the three building blocks to a peaceful
society. These building blocks are free elections, a fair and just judicial system
and basic human rights. World peace will never be realized until these building
blocks are universally provided for every citizen.
For example, Europe was in a constant state of war until
democracy and freedom were established throughout Western Europe following the end of World War II.
During this same period, the Soviet Block remained totalitarian. Western Europe has lived in peace for over 50 years and has prospered. The Soviet Empire remained in a constant state of war and revolution until it collapsed.
In an effort to help establish these building blocks in Vietnam,
the House of Representatives passed the Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2001. The
Senate has been blocked by committee from voting on this Act which has overwhelming support in the House.
Please help forge another link in our quest for world peace by contacting U.S.
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington and urge them to support HR 2833 so that the Vietnamese people may find
peace and prosperity through the establishment of basic human rights in their homeland.
Sheila L. Richardson