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NEW RESOURCE for Korean American Voters

By September 16, 2008 No Comments

Power Vote 2008: An Introduction to Civic Engagement

    Power Vote 2008: An Introduction to Civic Engagement
    New Guide for Korean American Voters

(Los Angeles, CA) In preparation for this historic election year, NAKASEC is proud to release its 2008 election guide: “Power Vote 2008: An Introduction to Civic Engagement.” This non-partisan bilingual resource provides information on the U.S. government, how the election process works, how a bill becomes law, the history of the Voting Rights Act, the different ways of voting, important election deadlines such as voter registration, and much more.

Aimed at voters young and old, new and experienced, the information presented is relevant to all those interested in the election process. Within the Korean American community, 78% are foreign born and 76% prefer to speak Korean in their homes; hence a bilingual election guide is critical in ensuring that our constituents are educated and confident to participate in the voting process.

For the first time, the election guide will include a directory of community-based organizations working to civically engage Korean American voters. These ten partner organizations are located in nine states across the nation and will be distributing over 26,000 election guides to their constituents. They are:

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote in Detroit, MI;
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in Washington, D.C.;
  • Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Doraville, GA;
  • Georgia Asian Pacific Islander Community Coalition (GAAPICC) based in Doraville, GA;
  • Korean American Association in Houston, TX;
  • Korean American Citizens League in Portland, OR;
  • Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago, IL [NAKASEC affiliate];
  • Korean Community Service Center in Gaithersburg, MD and Riverdale, MD and Annandale,VA;
  • Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles, CA [NAKASEC affiliate]; and
  • Korean Women’s Association in Tacoma, WA

“We are very excited to be partnering with community organizations working on the ground to engage and activate the Korean American community for the upcoming November elections. Communities from all different backgrounds will be turning out to vote in record numbers, and the Korean American community will not be ignored; we are a growing electorate and it is critical to mobilize our constituents so that our issues and needs are addressed,” said EunSook Lee, executive director of NAKASEC.

For more information and to obtain a free copy of the guide, please visit /wp-content/uploads/sites/70/2008/09/nakasec-power-vote.pdf or contact HyunJoo Lee at hlee@nakasec.org or 323-937-3703.

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