Do: Cindy Chavez is still trying to silence the Asian American community – San José Spotlight – San José Spotlight

Over the past four years, the Cindy Chavez political machine has worked to defeat two sitting Vietnamese American city council representatives in San Jose. Today, there are no Vietnamese Americans, or any Asian Americans, serving on the San Jose City Council.
For a politician who claims to care about representation and diversity this is a shocking record. When she was working to replace an Asian American councilperson in District 4, one of the very hearts of the Asian American community, Cindy Chavez showed that, for her, inclusion and diversity comes second to political loyalty.
Sadly, Chavez’s record of working to silence Asian American voices is not in the past—it is still happening today and I have personal experience with that, having just received a threatening letter from her campaign lawyer trying to silence my ability to speak out.
At an interview recently, I told my story of escaping from communist Vietnam, where political dissent is punished. Speaking in Vietnamese, I said I thought Chavez was too “left leaning” for our community—which I think is true because of her record of wasting tax dollars on bonuses for bureaucrats and perks like valet parking for staff, while problems like crime, homelessness and mental health are getting worse.
I did not call her a communist. She is not a communist. She is showing with her threat of a baseless lawsuit that she is a bully in my opinion. I believe she certainly wastes taxpayer dollars by spending on perks and a million-dollar book about the county’s “accomplishments.” But she is not a communist.
But the tactics she uses would be familiar to any authoritarian leader—trying to bully people with the threat of lawsuits into silencing their voices. The letter her lawyer sent me threatened legal action if I speak the Vietnamese word communist or speak out about Chavez’s wasteful left leaning record.
The official cease and desist letter I received from Chavez’s campaign quotes two words I used when telling my personal story and explaining why I think she will be wrong for San Jose. I told my story of coming from a communist country where dissent is  silenced and used the word “cộng sản,” which translates into English as “communist.” I did not call her a communist—I was telling my personal truth. I also used the Vietnamese word “thiên  tả,” which translates as left leaning.
In response, Chavez sent me a letter from her attorney stating in a threatening manner:
“If you continue repeating your defamatory statements by using the words, ‘thiên tả” or “cộng  sản,’ or similar words in relation to our client, we shall explore all legal options to ensure that your reckless and unlawful conduct ceases, and that you are held accountable for your actions.”
The fact that she doesn’t bother to accurately translate our language before she uses a lawyer to threaten me with legal action should be remembered by our community—and every community and any person who supports the idea of free speech. Authorities like the BBC News have confirmed “thiên tả” means left leaning, not communist.
I believe any legal action she takes against me could actually violate California law, which has strong protections for political speech and strong punishments for those who use the courts to silence constitutionally-protected speech via California’s anti “SLAPP” law—strategic lawsuits against public participation.
I am consulting with attorneys about how I can protect my right to free speech against the Chavez threats. But I hope voters remember her record of working against diverse representation and using the threat of lawsuits to silence dissent before they cast their ballots in the month ahead.
Bryan Do is a trustee for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose and a supporter of mayoral candidate and San Jose Councilmember Matt Mahan.
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Just the usual “dirty politics” from Cindy Chavez and her political machine including the disappointing (misleadingly called) SCC Democratic Party? shenanigans.
Is it because Asians don’t always fit the expected obedient Dem voter liberal mold?
After all, one is viewed by many on the Left as not a real black or Hispanic or woman if one doesn’t toe the correct liberal and Democratic lines.
It’s amusing when there’s the occasional infighting, as when Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton some years ago, hopefully a good number recall (never worth confidence or hope in California Today™, even about libs and Dems).
“At an interview recently, I told my story of escaping from communist Vietnam, where political dissent is punished. Speaking in Vietnamese, I said I thought Chavez was too “left leaning” for our community—which I think is true because of her record of wasting tax dollars on bonuses for bureaucrats and perks like valet parking for staff, while problems like crime, homelessness and mental health are getting worse.”
thiên tả is not precisely “left-leaning”, it’s a lot closer to “leftist”. Those are not the same, and I think you know that.
Bạn đang trung thực hay không trung thực? Cindy Chavez có thể được so sánh với những người cộng sản ở Việt Nam? Rất nhiều người đến đây vì cuộc sống tốt đẹp chỉ để ngập đầu trong những lời tuyên truyền. Mọi người không nên đến đây chỉ để trở thành một kẻ phát xít. Ngừng so sánh những người dân chủ xã hội với những người cộng sản.
Và đừng gán ghép những người Việt Nam với những người Mỹ ghét người Việt Nam.
I concur with Bryan but not W; Thiên Tả is leaning toward the left. The word “Thiên Tả” is the combination of two original Chinese words 偏 Thiên lean toward to, và 左 Tả left. Perhaps the word “Thiên Tả” is a political attitude of a political person found only in the free world, “Thiên Tả” is not “communist.”
Tôi không đồng ý với bạn W, và không đồng ý với bạn W.
“Thiên Tả” là từ Hán-việt từ hai chữ Hán 偏 Thiên, và 左 Tả ghép lại.
“Thiên” 偏 là lệch, nghiêng, ngả, nặng về một mặt như “Thiên kiến” 偏見 ý kiến thiên lệch. Thiên ái 偏愛 yêu riêng về một bên. Cái gì không đúng với lẽ trung bình đều gọi là thiên.
“Tả” 左 là bên trái, đôi nghịch là bên hữu 右.
Mời bạn W đọc diễn giải của Trương Nhân Tuấn viết: 21/02/2010 lúc 6:02 chiều.
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Shame on you Bryan. Your red-baiting tactics will not work against Cindy. You have resorted to the lowest form of political attacks. Unfortunately, you and Matt will say and do whatever it takes to get Mahan elected which is precisely why he is unqualified to be Mayor of San Jose. You owe our community an apology.
Shame is all on Cindy Chavez. I watched her lead this city and county into the ground. Her attack on Do and now playing the victim is just all part of the games she plays with our lives. Enough already. As Do stated, “remember her record of working against diverse representation and using the threat of lawsuits to silence dissent before they cast their ballots in the month ahead.”
I’ve seen enough, experienced enough and I’m so so tired of the shenanigans played my Chavez and the Democratic Party that is moved too far left. I keep hearing how I’m suppose to vote for more of the same with regard to Chavez and her backing of D3 council candidate Omar Torres, another long term government worker with many scandals in print (just google his name and read—shocking) all while they and their policies have failed us here in San Jose. It’s so so time for CHANGE. New leadership to break the chain and bring us all a better quality of life. Just look around and ask yourself why you would vote for more of the same.
Mr Do is wrong. He has no right to mislead the public. He has no right to interrupt public appearances.
He clearly does not understand communism.
Save san jose Vote Mahan hopefully then Chavez will leave politics..
The word “Thiên Tả” is the combination of two original Chinese words 偏 Thiên lean toward to, và 左 Tả left. Perhaps the word “Thiên Tả” is a political attitude of a political person found only in the free world, “Thiên Tả” is not “communist.”
Tôi không đồng ý với bạn W, và không đồng ý với bạn W.
“Thiên Tả” là từ Hán-việt từ hai chữ Hán 偏 Thiên, và 左 Tả ghép lại.
“Thiên” 偏 là lệch, nghiêng, ngả, nặng về một mặt như “Thiên kiến” 偏見 ý kiến thiên lệch. Thiên ái 偏愛 yêu riêng về một bên. Cái gì không đúng với lẽ trung bình đều gọi là thiên.
“Tả” 左 là bên trái, đôi nghịch là bên hữu 右.
Mời bạn W đọc diễn giải của Trương Nhân Tuấn viết: 21/02/2010 lúc 6:02 chiều.
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I also support Do and this attack is another example of the toxicity of Cindy Chavez and of the labor unions supporting her. Obviously, Chavez is really concerned that she is going to lose to Matt Mahan this November and Chavez and her campaign are getting more unhinged by the day so expect more dirty politics coming from them and don’t be surprised.
Chavez touts her political experience, but Chavez was already an elected official when the huge encampment at the jungle was abated and she did not have the vision or leadership to use the SCC Fairgrounds early on (or a part of it) for homeless shelters. Due to this, several hundreds of homeless spread all over the surrounding areas causing havoc and blight all over the city. Recently, supervisor Chavez again pushed against using the Fairgrounds for homeless shelters and instead she favors a cricket stadium. This is the kind of poor judgment and lack of effectiveness that she has exercised during her political career.
This op-ed is quite trashy to be considered substance. Who is filtering the SJSL? Totally unbalanced yellow journalism.
Voted just now for Mahan– This stunt only solidified my vote!! Thanks for the info!!
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