Happy Holidays from VAYLA!

Keep climbing with VAYLA by contributing to our Winter Solstice campaign and catch up on the latest from us!

Light Our Path Forward

VAYLA honors our deep Vietnamese American roots as we continue to grow with our community and hold a sacred space in New Orleans for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) resilience and empowerment through education and advocacy around civic engagement, reproductive justice, environmental justice and beyond. Build an intersectional future and join our movement by supporting our work.

Đông chí Festival has its origins in the concept of yin and yang in Chinese philosophy. The winter solstice festival represents balance and harmony in life: the yin qualities of darkness and cold reach their height of influence on the shortest day of the year, but they also mark a turning point for the coming of the light and warmth of yang. Here’s wishing us all a time of light, rebirth and reawakening, and optimism for the year ahead.

This holiday season, support local organizations like VAYLA by contributing to our Winter Solstice fundraiser.
Light Our Path Forward Together

When We Vote

The CDC eviction moratorium ends on 12/31 and will result in nearly 40 million Americans at risk of eviction. Take action now by urging Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy to #PutHousingFirst by supporting the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance’s emergency proposal highlighted in our slides.
The Georgia runoffs are on January 5, 2021 and will be a very important election for our Senate and beyond. We have partnered with our sister organization Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) to Get Out The Vote with Georgia.

The Center for Pan Asian Community Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and uplifting immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy.

Visit for more information on how to get involved or sign up to phone bank with them at #AAPIRisingintheSouth
The New Orleans City Council and School Board voted last week on the Folgers tax break. The School Board rejected all six requests for exemption, while the City Council rejected two and deferred the decision on four requests. The vote will take place on January 14. For more information, visit

Earth Rising

Our Earth Rising program will look at the intersection of environmental issues, social justice and everyday life here in our city and the Gulf South overall. Check out our program principles by visiting

AAPI Healing

The New Orleans Safety and Justice Challenge launched community chalkboards as "a way for us as a city to tell our public officials what we value."

In New Orleans East, you can find ours at Two Sistas 'N Da East (9901 Chef Menteur Hwy.) and tell us What Makes You Feel Safe?
Checking in on your mental health is important as we close out this year and move into the new year. Take some time to step away, reflect, and check-in on others as well. Try these 3 tips if you need help on how to check-in with your mental health!

COVID-19 Resources

Our healthcare workers are receiving COVID-19 vaccines. As they make their way to the general public, please continue to practice safe COVID-19 prevention steps! To find more information, visit
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