Chung-Wha Hong is the Executive Director of Grassroots International. For over 25 years, Chung-Wha has worked on a range of social justice issues locally and internationally, through organizing, policy advocacy, coalition building, and philanthropy. Named by the New York Magazine as one of the most Influential People in Politics, Chung-Wha helped to build the political clout of New York State’s immigrant communities through a comprehensive civic engagement program, and helped to win numerous legal, social, and economic rights and benefits for those communities. Chung-Wha’s past activism includes working on health care, worker rights, and human rights issues at the New York Immigration Coalition, Campaign to Save Public Hospitals, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO, and the Korea Information Project.
Board of Directors
- Mee Eun Chang
- Chung-Wha Hong
- Byung Ho Kang
- Hee Sook Kim, CPA.
- Jennifer Heejin Kim, Esq. VICE PRESIDENT
- Sukon Kim, M.D.
- Sungok Lee
- Yu Soung Mun PRESIDENT
- Chul Pak, Esq.
- Michelle Park
- Sungyeon Park
- Yangsun Park SECRETARY & TREASURER
- Yong Chun Rim
Dream of Equality awardee
Cuomo housing team
On Dec. 8, 2010, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo announced his transition team for the areas of human services and housing.
The 15 committee members include Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigrant Coalition; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has been a staunch defender of rent regulations; and Chuck Bell, program director of Citizens Union and a national advocate for health care and environmental protection.
The three assemblymembers on the panel have all been sympathetic to tenants' rights: Karim Camara of Brooklyn; Grace Meng of Queens; and Carl Heastie, head of the Bronx delegation and part of the anticorruption faction in that borough. Union and nonprofit members are Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; Christopher Kui, executive director of Asian Americans for Equality, which provides housing, social, and citizenship services in Chinatown and Flushing, Ross Levi, legislative director of New York State Pride Agenda, a leading gay and lesbian advocacy group; and Susan Hagar, president of United Way. Also on the panel is Rossana Rosado, publisher of the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario, whose editorials have not shared the antitenant bias of New York's major English-language dailies, the Times, the Daily News, and the Post.
The committee also includes the CEO of the New York State Association of Realtors.
National Capital Immigration Coalition rally
September 7, 2006, the National Capital Immigration Coalition held a rally on the National Mall. The protest was billed by immigration rights groups as a post-Labor Day demonstration to show Congress that undocumented workers still wanted an immigration reform bill that would allow them to work in the country legally. Turnout for the march was lower than expected with several organizers attributing low numbers of attendees to the fact that in the four months since the first marches, competing immigration bills had stalled in the House and the Senate.
Speakers were Johari Abdul-Malik Chairman Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations, Deepak Bhargava Director Center for Community Change, Macrina Cardenas National Coordinator Mexico Solidarity Network, Jaime Contreras Chair National Capital Immigration Coalition, Francisco Gonzalez Valer Auxiliary Bishop Roman Catholic Church-Archdiocese of Washington, DC Bruce S. Gordon President and CEO NAACP, Luis Gutiérrez U.S. Representative [D] Illinois, Chung-Wha Hong Executive Director New York Immigration Coalition, Jose Hoyos Priest Roman Catholic Church-Arlington, VA, Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. Representative [D] Texas, Abdul Kamus Executive Director African Resource Center, Edward Kennedy U.S. Senator [D] Massachusetts, Carlos Lopez Laborer, Timothy McDonald Chairman African-American Ministers in Action, Eliseo Medina Executive Vice President Service Employees International Union, Janet Murguia President and CEO National Council of La Raza, Miguel Rivera President National Coalition of Latino Clergy, Rosa Rosales National President League of United Latin American Citizens, Gustavo Torres Executive Director CASA de Maryland, John Wilhelm President UNITE HERE->Hospitality Industry.
Left Forum 2010
The History of May Day and the 2010 New York May Day March:
- Larry Moskowitz, (Chair), Left Labor Project
- Ai-jen Poo, former Executive Director, Domestic Workers United
- Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
- Ed Ott, former Executive Director, New York City Central Labor Council
- Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
- Frances Liu, Immigration Advocacy Field Coordinator, New York Immigration Coalition
Roundtable on the current proposals for immigration reform
New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform, a new statewide campaign endorsed by labor, faith, grassroots and immigrant leaders and organizations from across the state, will host a roundtable on the current proposals for reform. Leading immigrant rights advocates, policy experts and directly affected individuals will discuss reforms being considered by Congress and the President and will outline the measures that must be included in any meaningful comprehensive immigration reform bill.
- What: Briefing for Members of the Media regarding Senate and White House Immigration Reform Proposals
- When: Wednesday, February 20, 11:30 AM (2017?
- Where: 32BJ SEIU, 25 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011, 5th Floor
- Lucy Tzunun, Make the Road New York
- Shirley Aldebol, 32BJ SEIU
- Juan Cartagena, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
- Chung-Wha Hong, Moderator; New York Immigration Coalition
- Angie Kim, MinKwon Center for Community Action
- Mae Lee, Chinese Progressive Association (New York)
- Michael Mandel, New York Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Rachel B. Tiven, Esq., Immigration Equality
- Valeria Treves, New Immigrant Community Empowerment
- Pat Young, New York State Immigrant Action Fund, CARECEN