November 19, 2010Contact: Jane Yoo, NAKASEC, 202.630.4013, [firstname.lastname@example.org] Hee Joo Yoon, KRC, 323.680.5722, [email@example.com]
Marching On, Moving Forward, Getting Stronger Korean Resource Center & NAKASEC Reflect on Progress and Growth in the Community
Los Angeles, CA – The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKAESC) and the Korean Resource Center held their “Marching On, Moving Forward, Getting Stronger” annual dinner benefit at the Holman United Methodist Church respectively celebrating 16 and 27 years in the community, giving voice, organizing strength and much needed services for low-income, limited English proficient Korean Americans.
In what was a challenging year for immigrants and the immigrant rights agenda, community members, NAKASEC and KRC relived notable gains and successes including the signing of the health care reform law and new organizing models and methods that reached new people in new areas, off and online.
“Change takes commitment, heart, patience and strong leadership,” said Julie Kil Joo Lee Kurumada, board chair of NAKASEC. “Together we have stood united through struggles and victories and you are a constant reminder for us to remain steadfast and committed to advocating for and on behalf of marginalized communities.”
“The Korean Resource Center meets new people every day. We hear their struggles, hopes and dreams. They march with us side by side. And it is this type of movement building that contributes to our long- term vision of holistic empowerment where we are more deeply rooted in the community,” stated Zu Kim, Board President of KRC.
The evening recognized 4 individuals and organizations in the 6th annual Standing Up for Justice Awards. They include, California State Controller John Chiang, The Honorable Judy Chu, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. Student activists, Yun Jeong Ji from Chicago, IL., and Angela Kim from Los Angeles, CA., were recognized with the Dream in Action Youth Awards.
Special performances included poongmul (Korean traditional percussion) troupes Ba Ram So Ri and Jang Koo Hak Dang, Dawen, the Grand Prize Winner of Kollaboration Acoustic 4 whose new debut album is titled “American Me” and Paul Jisung Kim, Grand Prize winner of Kollaboration 2001 who also recently released a short-length album “Run Fly Fall.”
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium(NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a national progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans as a part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC is based in Los Angeles and a D.C. office opened in September 2008. NAKASEC also has affiliates in Los Angeles (The Korean Resource Center) and in Chicago (The Korean American Resource & Cultural Center). KRC and KRCC are founding affiliates of NAKASEC.
KRC empowers the Korean American, low-income immigrant and people of color communities through social services, education, culture, advocacy, and grassroots organizing. KRC and KRCC are founding affiliates of NAKASEC.