In this issue you will find:
- Upcoming events in march
- Updates on the Child Tax Credit Action Alert
- Hee Joo Yoon Named as White House Champion of Change and housing counseling leader
- KRCC goes to Springfield
- KRC’s College Voter Challenge
- Strengthening the Electorate & Organizing Our Communities – KRCC Speaks at the Asian American Leadership Forum
- NAKASEC Job & Internship openings
Your Voice was Important!
Child Tax Credit Protected
Earlier this month we asked you to make calls to Congressional members to protect children and hardworking immigrants. Your calls worked!
On February 15, Congress reached a final deal to pass the payroll tax cut extension that ensured immigrant tax-paying families won’t be denied access to the Child Tax Credit. Concerted grassroots efforts helped to stop attempts to balance the budget on the backs of children and low-income immigrant workers!
Thank you for taking part in this action.
Hee Joo Yoon Named White House “Champion of Change”
Recognized as Leader in Housing Counseling
On Thursday, March 1st in Los Angeles, CA, the White House will honor
Hee Joo Yoon, Program Director of theKorean Resource Center, as a Champion of Change for her hard work, perseverance and dedication in the community. Ms. Yoon has been selected for outstanding commitment and achievement representative of the collective work of thousands of housing counselors across the United States. She is one of eleven housing counselors and HUD-approved organizations being recognized.
Springfield Advocacy Day
KRCC Advocates for Immigrant Programs
On February 29, KRCC traveled to Springfield, IL, for the annual state advocacy day and rally sponsored by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Over a thousand community members and advocates boarded buses from Chicago to tell state legislators to protect our communities, win drivers licenses for all immigrants, strengthen funding for immigrant integration programs, ensure health care access for all, promote early learning through parental engagement and stand against all forms of hate.
KRCC met with Illinois state legislators including Senator Ira Silverstein, Representatives John D’Amico, Daniel Biss, Kent Gaffney and Edward Acevedo.
Strengthening the Electorate & Organizing Our Communities
KRCC Speaks at the Asian American Leadership Forum
On February 11, KRCC staff members, Sik Son, Chan Kho Kim, Carla Navoa and Hey Um attended and presented at the Asian American Leadership Forum hosted by the Asian American Institute. Over 150 people were in attendance to participate in dialogues about professional leadership development, legal advocacy and organizing.
Sik Son, executive director of KRCC, who has also been leading the efforts for KA Voice, spoke during the opening plenary about building power and presence through civic participation and collaborative work. Referencing KA Voice as an example, Son Sik showcased the multi-generational organizing tactic to engage Korean Americans during this election year.
Youth organizer Carla Navoa presented in the Student Organizing and Community Engagement workshop track, which created space for academic professionals, community activists and college students to brainstorm ways to connect campuses with community-based organizations. Carla shared her immigration story and how she came to her own as a leader and organizer and expressed the need for more engagement and activism for immigrant rights in the Asian American community.
Join our Team!
Program Associate & Communications Intern Openings
Then consider joining our growing dynamic team in Washington, D.C.! We are hiring for a Program Associate for our Immigrant Rights and Civic Engagement programs and looking for a Communications Intern for Spring and Summer 2012.
Go online for instructions on how to apply!
Get to Know Us More
Meet the people who keep us grounded, help drive our campaigns and motivate us! Our online series profiles our supporters every week! Stay connected to #meetNAKASEC Fridays!