October 10, Wednesday- College Voter Registration Competition: “Young Voices Matter”, Award Ceremony at KRCC’s Office: 6146 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 (Contact Chan Kho Kim: firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 12, Friday, from 6PM: Reception, 7PM: Program – KRCC 17th Anniversary Benefit Dinner: We Walk One Path United at Morton Grove Civic Center: 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053 (Contact Heykyung Eum, email@example.com and for more information:Chicago KRCC)
October 13, 20 &27- Precinct walks in Orange County and Los Angeles. LA walks start at KRC’s Office: 900 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Contact: Dayne Lee, 323-937-3718 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 27th from 9am-5pm: Korean American Early Voting Day Event for Cook County at the Glenview Village Hall: 1225 North Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025 (Contact Heykyung Eum, email@example.com)
Together We Vote Campaign Update
NAKASEC Publishes Together We Vote: A Guide to Civic Participation!
As part of our Together We Vote Campaign, NAKASEC published a bilingual Voter Guide that addresses the issues affecting Asian American Pacific Islander families as well as providing crucial election information for first time voters. Close to 40,000 guidebooks will be distributed to Korean American voters in California, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and Michigan. For some of these states, additional information on local ballot initiatives, candidates, and election day information is also included. To spread the word and check out the Voter Engagement Guide, click here.
If you are interested in receiving a copy for yourself or your organization, contact: Mo-Yain Tham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAKASEC Launches Together We Vote and Campaign Fellows Program in Virginia
On September 18, NAKASEC officially launched the Together We Vote Campaign and Campaign Fellows Program to reach individuals in Fairfax County, VA. Campaign Fellows will hope to mobilize Korean Americans to vote in Virginia. For more information, contact Dong Yoon Kim, email@example.com and for some local coverage: Voting Begins with Empowerment.
NAKASEC also published a full page “get out the vote” ad in The Korea Times, a newspaper with the largest distribution in the DC/VA/MD region to the Korean American community. Check it out here. The ad features the issues platform and pictures from the AAPI Families Campaign launched in June and information on voter registration deadlines.
KRC Campaign Fellows Program in Full Swing!
On August 14th, KRC launched its Campaign Fellows Program in Los Angeles with an outstanding response. Over 100 people applied and they accepted 35 and counting as Campaign Fellows. From September 10 to October 5, KRC held 34 phone banking sessions. On one night alone, the Campaign Fellows made over 2,220 calls. In order to pass Proposition 30 and mobilize Korean American voters, they will continue doing precinct walks in October.
KRC KoreaTown Hall
On October 6 KRC held its Korea Town Hall at the Gymnasium of the Robert F Kennedy Community School Los Angeles. It gave members the chance to dialogue with their fellow community members and their elected leaders to address their common challenges and work towards community solutions. They discussed such issues as: immigrant rights, access to education, affordable housing and civic participation. KRC also entertained attendees with traditional cultural performances and lunch during the Town Hall.
College Voter Registration Competition: “Young Voices Matter”
KRC invited various college groups to participate in their first College Voter Registration Competition to engage the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Illinois. Congratulations to the Filipinos In Alliance (FIA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago for winning KRCC’s competition! Twelve college groups participated and together they registered 480 voters in the month of September.
The competition highlighted the need to engage more youths in civic participation. As Kim Navoa, of UIC Asian American Students in Alliance Vice President External, explained, “Asian American Students in Alliance is participating in the voter registration competition because as youth leaders and first time voters, we understand the power of young people to make change and the importance of making sure the Asian American community makes our voices heard. It’s important to us that our community not only votes but understands WHY they should vote– to help secure the future that they want to become a reality.”
KRCC will hold its “Young Voices Matter” Award Ceremony on Oct. 10 at KRCC’s Office: 6146 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 (Contact Chan Kho Kim: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deferred Action Updates
KRCC- September Deferred Action workshop
KRCC conducted a Deferred Action Workshop on September 20 to interested applicants. With the help of two Korean attorneys, Agnes Kim and Sung Min Kim, they reviewed 15 cases and encourage people to contact them with questions and concerns. Contact: Julyung Oh, email@example.com and for more information: chicagokrcc.org
KRC & NAKASEC’s Anniversary Celebrations and Fundraiser
On September 14th, NAKASEC and KRC entertained and showcased its achievements over the past year, a culmination of NAKASEC’s 18 years and KRC’s 29 years of service to the community. Videos highlighted NAKASEC, KRC and KRCC’s recent achievements in addition to recognizing upcoming youth leaders through the Standing Up for Justice and Dream in Action Youth awards. The evening closed with a powerful performance of Jeongseon Arirang by seniors and youths, once again uniting generations through their chosen medium of traditional singing and spoken word. To see the event in action, check out Jamie Kim’s, NOP3 Blogger, video highlighting special moments at the event: Video Blog: 2012 NAKSEC and KRC Fundraiser as well as these videos that were showcased during the event: