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We’re Telling Hyundai to Put the Brakes on Hate

By March 15, 2012No Comments

Last week, Asian Americans, Latinos, African American and working people joined together to stand in opposition to Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, HB56.  This week, American civil rights and labor leaders announced a campaign to urge Hyundai, a major investor in Alabama, to join them in calling for an end to the human rights disaster caused by H.B. 56. The other major investors, Honda and Daimler AG, will also be urged to join in on the effort.

During their annual shareholder meeting on March 16, leaders of the Service Employees International Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium stood beside labor movement leaders in Korea to urge Hyundai investors and executives to break their silence and oppose this hate-driven law.

HB56 has legitimized racial profiling and threatened the rights and livelihood of Latinos, Asians, and other communities in Alabama.  Hyundai has a major manufacturing plant in the state and is responsible for 2% of Alabama’s gross domestic product.  It has also pledged that corporate social responsibility is a core pillar of its work.  Hyundai must exercise its leadership and call for the repeal HB56. Its voice is influential and it must be heard.


Additional materials:

  • Read remarks from NAKASEC board member, Dae Joong Yoon at the Seoul Press Conference (Click here to read in Korean (우리말)). Watch the video here.
  • Read NAKASEC’s statement to urge Hyundai to stand for Civil Rights and Human Rights and oppose Alabama’s state law H.B. 56 (Click here to read in Korean (우리말))
  • Read “From Alabama to Seoul: Fight Over HB 56 Moves to Hyundai Shareholders Meeting” (via Colorlines)
  • Dae Joong Yoon (NAKASEC), Wade Henderson (LCCR) and Eliseo Medina (SEIU) alongside Korean trade union leaders in press event outside Hyundai headquarters –
  • View photos of Eliseo Medina, secretary-treasurer of SEIU, Dae Joong Yoon (board member of NAKASEC and executive director of the Korean Resource Center), and Wade Henderson (president of the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights) outside of the Hyundai headquarters –,
  • Listen to today’s press call with Dae Joong Yoon (NAKASEC), Wade Henderson (LCCR) and Eliseo Medina (SEIU) as they updated the American press on their progress after attending the Hyundai shareholder’s meeting in South Korea
  • Click here for more information on the Repeal H.B. 56 effort and how you can help