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United Together, Standing Strong – April eNewsletter

By May 9, 2012No Comments
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  • May 11 – AKASIA Scholarship Ceremony, Los Angeles (Contact: Jani Kim,
  • May 17 – DREAM Scholarship Fund Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Los Angeles (Contact: Tam Duong,
DREAM Scholarship Fund Deadline Fast Approaching!
2 Ways You Can Help

The application deadline for DSF is a little less than 2 weeks away (Friday, May 18). There are two ways you can help our scholarship program!

  • Encourage youth to apply: Instructions, eligibility requirements and application forms can be found here.
  • Donate: DSF is primarily funded through grassroots fundraising efforts led by youth at our affiliate organizations. We also invite local businesses and individuals to contribute using our online giving method (scroll down to give through Paypal).
For more information, please contact Joyce Yin, program associate with NAKASEC at

Asian Immigrants in California Overwhelmingly Support Taxing the 1%

Tax 1%On April 11, a coalition of immigrant rights organizations released findings of its statewide survey of Asian immigrants, 85% who overwhelming support taxing the top 1%. The survey “Take Back the American Dream” was conducted by the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN), Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) and the Korean Resource Center (KRC) as part of the Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) coalition.

Over 7,000 Asian Immigrants including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino were contacted for the survey which measured their views on taxing the wealthy 1% to help fund California’s diminishing budget for education and public services. Registered occasional voters were the target of the survey.

For more information on how to get involved with civic engagement work with KRC, please contact Dayne Lee

Rally to Stand Up for Justice

On April 25th, 2012, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Arizona’s SB 1070, and is expected to make a decision sometime in June on whether or not to uphold certain parts of the law. During the arguments, nearly 1,000 individuals, including community members and advocates from immigrant rights, civil rights, progressive, faith-based and labor groups gathered in front of the US Supreme Court to say no to hate and stand united for justice.

SB1070 DC Supreme Court Rally

Photo credit: NAKASEC
NAKASEC also organized 22 Korean American and Asian American community members, as well as, advocates representing the Asian American Justice Center, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Hmong National Development, Japanese American Citizens League, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – National and DC Chapter, National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, South Asian Americans Leading Together and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

The following is a statement by Morna Ha, NAKASEC Executive Director, following the rally

With one clear, unequivocal voice, civil rights, faith, and immigrant community members andleaders stood before the Supreme Court to seek justice and unity.  Arizona’s cruel law, SB 1070, violates all that we believe America should be – a country where our basic rights are protected and where we can live without fear.  For Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and others who look different, we should not have to fear being stopped based on the color of our skin, the shape of our eyes, or whether we speak with an accent.

The Supreme Court must strike down this unconstitutional law. It is an affront to our communities and it is an affront to what we value as an American people.

Our country needs real solutions. SB1070 and copy-cat laws like the ones in Alabama and Georgia do not fix a badly broken immigration system and only serve as distraction. We need to find humane ways that keep families together, allow immigrant students access to higher education, and lets people continue to contribute back to the country they call home.

We will be watching very closely what happens in the coming months for the Court’s ruling and will continue to sound the trumpet for humane immigration reform. Our communities only prepared to fight that much harder to realize the reforms that this country truly needs.

White House “Champion of Change” Alum Hee Joo Yoon Meets with President Obama

White House Champion of ChangeOn April 26, Hee Joo Yoon, program director with the Korean Resource Center, was one of twelve White House Champions of Change Alumni who met with President Obama in celebration of the program’s one year anniversary.


Hee Joo talked about the importance of funding for HUD counseling programs, languages access issues with limited English proficient homeowners, allowing Fannie and Freddie to approve principle reductions and needs of expanding the Home Affordable Modification Program eligibility requirements.

From Civil Unrest to Civic Action 

Lessons from Sa-I-Gu (4.29)

On the 20th anniversary of Sa-I-Gu (4.29), Korean Americans remembered the lesson learned from this critical moment in US history: we need to organize and build bridges with other communities to advance a shared agenda of economic and social justice.

In early April, NAKASEC launched “From Civil Unrest to Civic Action” – a national call to action to our community. Since the launch, more than a hundred Korean Americans organized and mobilized to become naturalized citizens, registered voters and stood against unjust anti-immigrant laws.

We have more activities planned for the rest of the year that encourage civic participation and seek to move our communities to action. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks!

Read our press release here.