Since the “Dollar-A-Person” National Immigration Reform AD Campaign kick-off in July 2005, NAKASEC and its affiliates have been actively fundraising in communities and garnering support for comprehensive immigration reform.The campaign seeks to send a clear message to lawmakers that America needs immigration reform that is fair and humane by placing prominent ads in the Washington Post and other major mainstream newspapers.The ads will also demonstrate broad public support for the bipartisan McCain-Kennedy bill, The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005, which is an important first step towards fixing the broken immigration system.
As of September 12, NAKASEC and its affiliates have raised over $61,000 for the AD Campaign.Currently, 20 diverse immigrant rights, labor, and faith-based organizations from across the country are initiating the campaign.In addition, over 130 local and national organizations, and businesses have made contributions and endorsed the campaign.
Final copies of the ad will also be delivered to members of Congress and to the President.For more information please go to the NAKASEC Action Fund website (www.nakasecactionfund.org).
AD Campaign Highlights
“Dollar-A-Person” Drives.An integral part of the fundraising efforts are the “Dollar-A-Person” drives held in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York at local Korean markets and community gatherings.In all three cities, DREAM Act youth have been instrumental in ensuring the success of the drives and raised over $12,000.During the drives, community members expressed their strong support for the campaign and shared personal stories of how the immigration system adversely impacted their lives.
In Chicago, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center has been receiving large amounts of mail-in donations from Korean Americans living outside of the Chicagoland area.Many individuals are sharing their appreciation for their important work and wishing KRCC success in their campaign efforts.
In Los Angeles, at the U.S. Academy’s graduation ceremony, the school principal encouraged parents to support the campaign by making a donation.She shared stories of many talented students unable to pursue their dreams of attaining a college degree simply because of their immigration status.Moved, parents made generous contributions totaling nearly $180.
Special Events in Local Cities.In Los Angeles, youth organized the “DreamFesta” fundraising dance to mark the 3rd year of the student legalization movement.The event, held on August 26, featured popular Korean American hip hop artists from Jeet Kune Flow and drew over 100 youth.Special thanks goes to the Central American Resource Center for the donation of their space.
In New York, YKASEC’s 2nd Generation Committee held a Rooftop Happy Hour fundraiser in support of the AD Campaign on August 25.Committee members invited all progressive-minded New Yorkers to enjoy a night of socializing while supporting an important effort to pass immigration reform.More than 150 individuals attended the fundraiser contributing over $2,000 towards the campaign.