Flushing, New York – On March 6, 2017, the President signed an executive order that bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and suspends the United States’ refugee program. This order revises and replaces an order signed on January 27 that suffered numerous defeats at the courts, culminating in a total injunction against the order from the 9th Circuit.
The President is turning his inflammatory rhetoric and hate into federal policy, and this intensely divisive climate has already had devastating consequences. This weekend, a Sikh man was shot in Washington. The week before, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot and killed in Kansas. Both shootings are believed to be racially motivated.
The new executive order runs counter to the MinKwon Center’s mission and values, and James Hong, Interim Executive Director, released the following statement:
“These executive orders can be revised a thousand more times, but the intent has always been clear. The travel ban has never been about public safety. Rather, the Trump administration is using xenophobia and Islamophobia to divide the nation, discriminate against immigrants based on religion, and ignore a growing humanitarian refugee crisis. Since its founding in 1984, the Minkwon Center for Community Action has worked to improve the lives of our immigrant communities, and as such, we continue to strongly oppose the Trump administration’s draconian policies designed to shut the doors on immigrants. We are proud to stand with our South Asian and Muslim allies against these hateful measures.”
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APA VOICE Voter Engagement GOTV Training
APA VOICE Voter Engagement GOTV
Training Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Time: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: Robin Hood Foundation, 826 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10003
For any questions, please contact Christine Rheem ([email protected], 718-460-5600 ext. 308)
To register for the GOTV training, follow the link in the title.
APA VOICE is a collaboration of non-partisan organizations working to increase civic engagement in the Asian Pacific American Community.
Adhikaar ▪ Asian American Federation ▪ Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund ▪ Asian Americans for Equality ▪ Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Service ▪ Charles B. Wang Community Health Center ▪ Chhaya CDC ▪ Chinese American Planning Council ▪ Chinese Progressive Association ▪ Coalition for Asian American Children and Families ▪ Indo-Caribbean Alliance ▪ Korean American League for Civic Action ▪ Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York ▪ Mekong NYC ▪ MinKwon Center for Community Action ▪ OCA Advocate, New York Chapter ▪ Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) ▪ South Asian Council for Social Services ▪ United Chinese Association of Brooklyn ▪ YWCA of Queens
Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May marks Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States. Yet, as the fastest growing population in the country, undocumented stories are often overlooked. FWD.us and MinKwon Center for Community Action are proud to present two short documentaries Halmoni and Dream Riders Across America to educate AAPI communities on pains of family separation as well as dreams and hopes of undocumented immigrant youth.
The documentary screening will be followed by a short community discussion; a special Open Mic Night will close the event.
Light fare and refreshments will be available. Event will start promptly at 7:00pm, screening will start at 7:10pm. WeWork Studio Square is kindly providing their Terrace space for this event.
Special Announcement from MinKwon Center
On February 10, we received the following announcement from MinKwon:
The Board of Directors of the MinKwon Center for Community Action announces that Grace Shim will be stepping down as our Executive Director on June 30, 2016. She will be moving to California with her daughter and husband in order to spend more time with her extended family, including her aging parents.
We are sad to hear the news of Grace’s departure from MinKwon. It has been an honor to work with her and MinKwon as a community partner for the last few years. We wish Grace all the best in her future endeavors and wish MinKwon well in its search for a new Executive Director.
Click on the link in the title for the full announcement.
DATE: AUGUST 1ST, 2015 | 1-4PM
LOCATION: SHERATON LAGUARDIA EAST HOTEL
ADDRESS: 135-20 39TH AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR (PHOENIX WEST BALLROOM), FLUSHING, NY, 11354
- Are Asian American voice being heard in elections?
- Does discrimination still affect our community?
- How well are Asian Americans represented in government?
This August marks 50 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Come join us for a discussion about Asian Americans and civic engagement.
Workshops will be held in English, Chinese, and Korean. Lunch will be provided.
To register, CLICK HERE.
RSVP to Julia Chung at 718-460-5600 x307
The MinKwon Center for Community Action invites applications for a Community Organizer. The Community Organizer would work in the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities as part of the Civic Engagement Team to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged in the electoral process and in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, fairer allocation of city and state budgets, and housing rights. This is a full-time position.
The Community Organizer would have the following responsibilities:
Organizing & Advocacy
- Engage in different forms of community outreach.
- Mobilize community members to participate in campaigns.
- Develop community members’ leadership’ abilities.
- Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and education forums.
- Engage in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and tenants’ rights.
- Provide support for Civic Engagement events.
- Represent MinKwon Center and participate in meetings with other coalition groups.
- Coordinate media and publicity to raise awareness.
- Interest and experience in working on social justice and immigrants’ rights issues
- Spoken fluency or proficiency in Korean
- Excellent communications skills
- Ability to work well both independently and in teams
- Flexibility in working evenings and weekends
Organization History and Mission
The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 as the Young Korean American Service & Education Center (YKASEC) to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies, voter rights, and cultural awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.
The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to:
Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Coordinator
NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”
The MinKwon Center will be hosting several Naturalization and DACA Renewal Clinics this fall and they have recently added some new clinic dates. The new clinic dates are indicated with asterisks below. These clinics are great opportunities to assist low-income community members with immigration law forms. Each clinic will be held at the MinKwon Center’s office in Flushing, Queens (a few blocks from the 7 train stop).
No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided on the day of each clinic. The Center keeps a log of all volunteer hours and they’re glad to certify your pro bono hours for the NY bar admission requirement. If you’re interested in volunteering, please read the following clinic descriptions and sign up using the links below:
Naturalization Clinics –
The Center will be helping eligible LPRs complete their applications to become naturalized U.S. citizens. They are searching for assistance from attorneys, students and interpreters. Korean and/or Chinese language ability is especially helpful. Please sign up here to join for a Naturalization Clinic on any of the following dates:
- Friday, September 26
- Friday, October 10*
- Saturday, October 18*
- Saturday, November 8*
- Friday, November 21*
- Friday, December 5*
DACA Renewal Clinics –
The Center will be helping undocumented youth complete their applications to renew their DACA status. Successful applicants will receive an additional two years of protection against deportation and renewed work permits. They are searching for assistance from attorneys, students and interpreters. No foreign language ability is required. Please sign up here to join for a DACA Renewal Clinic on any of the following dates:
- Friday, September 12
- Saturday, September 13
- Friday, September 19
- Friday, October 3*
- Friday, October 17*
- Friday, October 31*
- Friday, November 7*
- Friday, November 14*
- Friday, December 12*
- Friday, December 19*
Please see below the contact information of the MinKwon Center:
MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC)
136-19 41st Ave. 3rd Fl. Flushing, NY 11355
Tel.718.460.5600 ext. 204 | Fax.718.445.0032
Time & Date
6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 19th
Contact: James Hong ([email protected] / 718-460-5600 ext. 209)
Simultaneous translation will be provided in Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish!
This is a non-partisan event. Absolutely no campaign paraphernalia will be allowed on the premises.
All candidates have been invited to the event.
Chinese American Planning Council
Flushing Jewish Community Council
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
La FuenteMinKwon Center for Community Action
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
OCA-NY APA Advocate
New York Civic Engagement Table
New York Immigration Coalition