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Rooted in Community – February eNewsletter

By March 1, 2012No Comments

In this issue you will find:

  • Upcoming events in march
  • Updates on the Child Tax Credit Action Alert
  • Hee Joo Yoon Named as White House Champion of Change and housing counseling leader
  • KRCC goes to Springfield
  • KRC’s College Voter Challenge
  • Strengthening the Electorate & Organizing Our Communities – KRCC Speaks at the Asian American Leadership Forum
  • NAKASEC Job & Internship openings
  • #meetNAKASEC


Upcoming Events
  • March 1 – White House Champions of Change Award Reception – Hee Joo Yoon & KRC to be recognized as one of 11 housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their communities (Contact:: )
Your Voice was Important!
Child Tax Credit Protected

Earlier this month we asked you to make calls to Congressional members to protect children and hardworking immigrants. Your calls worked!

On February 15, Congress reached a final deal to pass the payroll tax cut extension that ensured immigrant tax-paying families won’t be denied access to the Child Tax Credit. Concerted grassroots efforts helped to stop attempts to balance the budget on the backs of children and low-income immigrant workers!

Thank you for taking part in this action.

Hee Joo Yoon Named White House “Champion of Change”

Recognized as Leader in Housing Counseling


Hee Joo Yoon - Champion of Change
Hee Joo Yoon is the Program Director at KRC


On Thursday, March 1st in Los Angeles, CA, the White House will honor

Hee Joo Yoon, Program Director of theKorean Resource Center, as a Champion of Change for her hard work, perseverance and dedication in the community.  Ms. Yoon has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States.  She is one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized.

View Hee Joo’s Champion of Change profile and read her blog post on building a better future through economic justice work (Korean language).

Springfield Advocacy Day

KRCC Advocates for Immigrant Programs

On February 29, KRCC traveled to Springfield, IL, for the annual state advocacy day and rally sponsored by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Over a thousand community members and advocates boarded buses from Chicago to tell state legislators to protect our communities, win drivers licenses for all immigrants, strengthen funding for immigrant integration programs, ensure health care access for all, promote early learning through parental engagement and stand against all forms of hate.

KRCC met with Illinois state legislators including Senator Ira Silverstein, Representatives John D’Amico, Daniel Biss, Kent Gaffney and Edward Acevedo.

KRCC Springfield Advocacy Day 2012
KRCC staff, Hey Eum and George Lieu, meet with Representative Kent Gaffney (52 District) for the annual state advocacy day.

College Voter Challenge 

Korean Resource Center Encourages the Youth Vote

Thousands of young Korean Americans have been registering and turning out to vote in Southern California over the past few years. To build on this wave of civic participation among college students, the Korean Resource Center will launch the “College Voter Challenge” in April encouraging voter registration efforts for the Primary Election cycle.

Click here for the KRC College Voter Challenge rules. For more information, contact Dayne Lee, Civic Participation Coordinator at 323-937-3718 or email –

Strengthening the Electorate & Organizing Our Communities 

KRCC Speaks at the Asian American Leadership Forum

On February 11, KRCC staff members, Sik Son, Chan Kho Kim, Carla Navoa and Hey Um attended and presented at the Asian American Leadership Forum hosted by the Asian American Institute. Over 150 people were in attendance to participate in dialogues about professional leadership development, legal advocacy and organizing.

Sik Son, executive director of KRCC, who has also been leading the efforts for KA Voice, spoke during the opening plenary about building power and presence through civic participation and collaborative work. Referencing KA Voice as an example, Son Sik showcased the multi-generational organizing tactic to engage Korean Americans during this election year.

KRCC Asian American Leadership Forum
Carla Navoa (second from right)with other youth panelist discusses issues pertaining to young Asian Americans.

Youth organizer Carla Navoa presented in the Student Organizing and Community Engagement workshop track, which created space for academic professionals, community activists and college students to brainstorm ways to connect campuses with community-based organizations. Carla shared her immigration story and how she came to her own as a leader and organizer and expressed the need for more engagement and activism for immigrant rights in the Asian American community.

Join our Team! 

Program Associate & Communications Intern Openings

Do you

  • have a passion for social change?
  • believe in the power of the grassroots?
  • want to organize to build stronger communities?
  • communicate to move people to action?

Then consider joining our growing dynamic team in Washington, D.C.! We are hiring for a Program Associate for our Immigrant Rights and Civic Engagement programs and looking for a Communications Intern for Spring and Summer 2012.

Go online for instructions on how to apply!

Get to Know Us More 


Meet the people who keep us grounded, help drive our campaigns and motivate us! Our online series profiles our supporters every week! Stay connected to #meetNAKASEC Fridays!

  • Joyce Kim with Il Kwa Nori and KRCC talks poongmul & politics, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and tea
  • Dayne Lee, the other half of KRC’s awesome twosome civic participation team talks asada fries in a way that’ll make your mouth water
  • Zu Kim, KRC Board President, secretly wanted to become… a rock star!

meet NAKASEC February

From left: Joyce Kim, Dayne Lee, Zu Kim