“Dollar-A-Person” National Immigration Reform AD Campaign

By March 28, 2006 No Comments

On July 21, 2005, NAKASEC and its affiliates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles held coordinated press conferences to launch the “Dollar-A-Person” National Immigration Reform AD Campaign.This grassroots mobilization and education campaign seeks to place a prominent ad in the Washington Post by September and rally the community behind comprehensive immigration reform and the bipartisan Senators Edward Kennedy and John McCain’s Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. Currently 16 prominent and diverse immigrant rights and labor organizations are initiating organizations for the campaign.

Coordinated press events took place in all three affiliate cities to launch the campaign.Speakers for the press conferences included Maria Elena Durazo, Executive-Vice President of UNITE-HERE, Courtni Pugh, Political Director of Service Employees International Union Western Region, Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Linton Joaquin, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center, Danny Park, Executive Director of the Korean Immigrant Workers Advocate, Avideh Moussavian, Program & Legislative Associate of the New York Immigration Coalition, and Lawrence Benito, Regional Organizer of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.Diverse media coverage was generated in the three cities.

Since the launch, NAKASEC and its affiliates have garnered strong interest and support from Korean American communities and the wider immigrant communities to advance the comprehensive immigration reform agenda this congressional session.Highlights include conducting “Dollar-A-Person” drives at local supermarkets as well as creating Korean American CIR Committees in New York and Los Angeles represented by influential organizations and active community members to strategize on how to engage the community in this campaign.For more information, please visit the NAKASEC Action Fund website, www.nakasecactionfund.org