For Immediate Release
March 7, 2012
Morna Ha, NAKASEC, 202-299-9540
Hey Kyung Eum, KRCC, 773-588-9158
Judy Yi, CPACS, 770-936-0969
NAKASEC, KRCC & CPACS Travel to Alabama to Join HB56 Repeal Efforts
Immigrants and Blacks to Reenact Historic 1965 Voting Rights March;
Stands United in Opposing Attacks on our Communities
A delegation from the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) in Chicago, IL, and the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) in Atlanta, GA, will join Latinos, Blacks and a host of civil rights, labor and immigrant rights groups to participate in a historic reenactment of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in Alabama. As well, AJA (Americans Joining in Action), a multi-cultural, all-women led Korean poongmul troupe from Georgia will also be present. This delegation will join the march on March 8, when immigration will be the focus, and March 9, where the effort will culminate in Montgomery with a massive rally at the steps of the State Capitol. The entire march will take place March 4 to March 9.
These events will mark the coming together of a broad movement for a renewed call for civil rights in America. A core part of the agenda will demand the repeal of the Alabama’s vehemently anti-immigrant law, HB56. According to a recent report, the state stands to lose between 70,000 and 140,000 jobs, and up to $10.8 billion in economic output due to the enactment of HB56.
The 1965 march was a key moment in the civil rights movement. Unfortunately, the fight for civil rights continues today in a state with a dark history of racial discrimination. How Alabama’s legislature responds, and pending decisions before federal district courts and the Supreme Court on immigration laws like HB56, will hold profound implications for all communities.
What: Historic reenactment of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in Alabama
When: March 4th to 9th
**NAKASEC, KRCC and CPACS will be present on March 8th (focus will be immigration) & March 9th
Where: Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
Who: Civil rights, labor and immigrant rights groups & Latino and Black communities
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) was founded in 1994 by local community centers to project a national progressive voice and promote the full participation of Korean Americans as a part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC is based D.C. and Los Angeles. NAKASEC also has affiliates in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center) and Los Angeles (Korean Resource Center).
The Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) was founded in 1995 by young Korean immigrant youth with a focus on community education and advocacy. Today KRCC’s mission is to empower the Korean American community through education, social service, organizing/advocacy and culture.
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) is a private nonprofit located in Atlanta, Georgia. Our mission is to create and deliver culturally and linguistically competent, comprehensive health and social services to counteract problems faced by immigrants, refugees, and racial-ethnic minorities.