Why We March
2016 was a watershed moment in American history. The election of an individual who campaigned on a platform of hate, fear, and division threatens all of the gains achieved by communities of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, low-income families, and workers. For the sake of protecting our families and our dreams, we must speak out. And we must march.
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates the Korean Resource Center (KRC in Los Angeles and Orange County), the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC in Chicago) and our growing base with NAKASEC VA (in Annandale) are excited to be partners of the We Are Here To Stay Rally and the Women’s March on Washington. Our organizations are rooted in the very communities that are being profiled, disparaged, attacked, and threatened. For this reason, we will fight for the rights of all of us.
As Korean and Asian Americans living in this land as immigrants, people of color and women, we must raise our voices, participate and organize for the progressive change we want to see. We will march because:
- We are proud of the contributions of immigrants and the significant role we play in shaping the diverse and rich fabric of this country. We will not stand for attacks on immigrants, people of color, Muslims or any marginalized peoples. In this new era of political uncertainty, we are committed to defending and empowering our communities.
- We resist the impact of sexism on our everyday lives and worry for the future of all girls and women in this country. We will be present as Korean and Asian Americans at the Women’s March as our voices are integral to building the larger women of color and women’s movements.
- We organize understanding the critical importance of intersectionality, and how race, gender, class, immigration status, sexuality, and other identities intersect. When we are fighting for immigrant and women’s rights, we also are fighting against racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, ableism and for human rights for all.
Please Join Us!
We Are Here To Stay Rally in Washington, DC
Saturday, January 14th, 11am – 1pm
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street NW, Washington DC
Women’s March on Washington
Saturday, January 21st, 10am
Independence Ave. & Third Street NW, Washington DC
If you are interested in joining us in DC, please contact SaeHee Chun at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in attending an echo event in Los Angeles, contact Jenny Seon at email@example.com; in Chicago, contact Nayoung Ha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAKASEC needs to raise $6,000 to cover its participants’ travel costs for the Women’s March. To date, we have raised 20% of our goal. Please support NAKASEC’s women and girls participation in the Women’s March by donating HERE.