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Participants included [[Rofadden Lazare]], [[Melanie D'Arrigo]] and [[Doug D'Arrigo]], [[Tyler Herald]], [[John Choe]], [[Farudh Majid]], [[David Ian Robin]], [[Shaeleigh Severino]]. [[Nalisa Budhu]], [[Carolyn Tran]], [[Divya Sundaram]], [[Czarrinna Andres]], [[Nancy Silverman]], [[Shekar Krishnan]], [[Nancy de Silva]], [[Felicia Singh]], [[Kassandra Damblu]], [[Julie Won]], [[Andres Aguirre]], [[Christopher Espinoza]], [[Sophie Cohen]], [[Albert Suh]], [[Nick Berkowitz]], [[Emily Sharpe]].<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/QUIPClub/photos/870558113775228]</ref>
 
Participants included [[Rofadden Lazare]], [[Melanie D'Arrigo]] and [[Doug D'Arrigo]], [[Tyler Herald]], [[John Choe]], [[Farudh Majid]], [[David Ian Robin]], [[Shaeleigh Severino]]. [[Nalisa Budhu]], [[Carolyn Tran]], [[Divya Sundaram]], [[Czarrinna Andres]], [[Nancy Silverman]], [[Shekar Krishnan]], [[Nancy de Silva]], [[Felicia Singh]], [[Kassandra Damblu]], [[Julie Won]], [[Andres Aguirre]], [[Christopher Espinoza]], [[Sophie Cohen]], [[Albert Suh]], [[Nick Berkowitz]], [[Emily Sharpe]].<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/QUIPClub/photos/870558113775228]</ref>
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The campaign to replace Con Edison with a public power utility has grown since [[Democratic Socialists of America]] and Councilman [[Costa Constantinide]]s held a hearing in July about resisting the power provider’s rate hikes.
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Since then, Con Edison enacted rate hikes that will continue over the next three years, and the coalition has gathered community and legislative support.
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As a follow-up to that hearing, which was held in the immediate wake of the summer’s extensive blackouts, the DSA Ecosocialist Working Group held its third citywide public power town hall of the year from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 2020 at HANAC George Douris Tower, located at 2740 Hoyt Ave. S in Astoria.
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The group was joined by a host of electeds, including State Senator [[Michael Gianaris]], Assemblyman [[Ron Kim]], Assemblyman [[Brian Barnwell]], and Constantinides, as well as groups like [[New York Communities for Change]], [[Food and Water Watch]], [[Hearts Across Queens]], [[Queens Independent United Progressives]], [[Sunrise NYC]].
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The coalition recently supported three pieces of legislation in the state legislature that would essentially enact public power. They would expand the New York Power Authority, require all state-owned and municipal properties to use renewable energy and create a downstate Power Authority to take over Con Ed, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and National Grid Gas service across New York City and several other surrounding counties.
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“This is the first time that there’s a real alternative on the table,” said [[Charlie Heller]], a spokesperson for the DSA. “The thing we want people to take away is that this is about people who live in Queens. This is an opportunity to share your frustration with Con Ed, and learn how you can do something about it.”<ref>[https://qns.com/2020/03/queens-electeds-nyc-dsa-to-host-astoria-town-hall-on-replacing-con-ed-with-public-power/]</ref>
  
 
==Flushing Community Stands in Unity with BLM==
 
==Flushing Community Stands in Unity with BLM==

Revision as of 20:40, 3 March 2021

Ron Kim


Ron Kimis a NY State Assemblyman.

Going after Cuomo/DSA ties

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo went on a tirade Wednesday against a critic who’d demanded a criminal investigation of his handling of nursing home fatalities during the pandemic, the name was unfamiliar to most outside politics and a corner of northeast Queens.

But Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Queens), once little known beyond his Flushing and Murray Hill district, has rapidly emerged as the elected official who dared take on Cuomo — and reportedly suffered personal threats in return.

“The thing that really pisses me off the most is that he took away our ability to legislate by not sharing that data in real time,” Kim said of Cuomo’s withholding of information about the COVID-19 deaths of New York nursing home patients.

Those who’ve come up with him in Democratic politics say Kim — whose uncle died of COVID-19 in a nursing home last year — has made an unusual journey from party insider to barbed critic of the establishment.

And Kim, first elected eight years ago, would not disagree. It’s been a while since he’s been part of the Democratic Party “inner circle,” he told THE CITY.

“I was part of the team, part of the Democratic machine,” said Kim, 41. “I got elected with the establishment, all the institutional support, and I just fell in.”

More recently, though, he has reinvented himself as a progressive who campaigned for former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and has embraced Socialist policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

Kim’s peers called him a changed politician, after years of jobs as an aide to the likes of former City Councilmember John Liu, Assemblymember Mark Weprin and Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan), who previously worked as Kim’s chief of staff, describes him as flexible and dynamic.

“Ron has always been someone who is super open-minded and somebody who is always willing to give a listen even when he disagrees. He is somebody who is always growing and always willing to grow,” she added.

But he has also been pushed by the hard knocks of political combat

Kim said that his disillusionment with the party began with his wife Allison Tan’s 2017 bid to unseat Queens Councilmember Peter Koo.

“The county leaders refused to meet with her unless I was there because she was challenging an incumbent,” Kim said. “This is about control and exchanging words like loyalty, teamwork, waiting for your turn.”

It was then that he got the courage to “break away from them,” he said.

Then, there was the Amazon Long Island City development deal — which surfaced shortly after the shocker 2018 election of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens, The Bronx) upended Queens politics, toppling Democratic boss Joe Crowley.

Kim described the tech giant’s proposed arrival as a wake-up call opening up “a whole progressive side to my policies,” spurring him to learn more about corporate interests and what he calls the city’s “broken economy.”

He said he began to align himself with progressive groups like the Queens DSA, and his stances took a leftward turn.

Kim endorsed and rallied for Democratic Socialist candidate Tiffany Caban, who calls him a “ride or die” force. In addition to decrying Amazon’s Queens plans, he called for canceling student debt, advocated for the decriminalization of sex work and supported defunding the police.

Miriam Bensman, a spokesperson and member of the Queens United Independent Progressives group, said the group opted to endorse Kim for his reelection bid last year after noticing his shift to the left.

“We know people that remember him when he was more of a regular guy, a regular pol,” Bensman said. “He had quite a few years of being an outspoken advocate for progressive causes as an Assemblyman. We saw what he was doing right then — cosponsoring the sex work bill with [Brooklyn State Sen.] Julia Salazar, the fight around the budget, the Flushing waterfront development.”

The Queens DSA has never endorsed Kim, but members acknowledge his advocacy, especially during Cabán’s campaign and the fight against Amazon.

The current cold war with Cuomo only further builds his credibility with the left, said one Queens DSA member who campaigned for Cabán.

But it was in the COVID-19 crisis that Kim finally found a cause that defined him. As the chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Aging, he began monitoring how patients were faring in nursing homes in his district and beyond, as panicked families pleaded for information.

One of those patients was his uncle, who ultimately died of the virus.

From the start, Kim railed against Cuomo and the state Department of Health for obscuring the true toll of the virus in nursing homes — first by failing to disclose any details about deaths in each nursing home and then only counting those who died on premises, not after being taken to hospitals.

“They knew this was happening and they didn’t do anything,” Kim told THE CITY in April, at the height of the spring death wave. “Heads should roll.”

Nearly a year later, Kim says it would be “missing the point” if he were to focus his energies on Cuomo, a fellow son of Queens, and “taking him down.”

‘This is unethical and I will speak out.’

Kim, joined by eight peers in the Assembly — including Yuh-Line Niou, Zohran Mamdani) and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas — have formally called to revoke Cuomo’s emergency powers.

For Kim, it was a moment to step up into combat.

“At any other time in my life, I probably would have folded,” he said.

“But I think the combination of experiences, the support around me, the inspiration around other people I know who are courageous in the legislative body, all those things I think gave me the courage in that moment to say, ‘No, this is unethical and I will speak out because I don’t want to be implicated to your world of corruption.’”[1]

Queens United Independent Progressives

Queens United Independent Progressives December 10 2020 ·

QUIP had the world’s most fun Zoom event tonight: a Holidarity (holiday + solidarity) party that brought together 106 members and friends.

The party began and ended with an awesome slideshow, conceived and executed by Co-Chair Rapi Castillo, of two and a half years of QUIP organizing.

Thomas Muccioli, Shawna Morlock and Vigie Ramos Rios took a page from A Christmas Carol, to explain QUIP past, present and future.

We offered salutes to and heard brief speeches from great organizers in Queens: Syonae Byeon of the MinKwon Center for Community Action talked about the Flushing Rezoning fight; Martha Ayon and Nick Haby talked about New Reformers electing 14 of 26 candidates for Democratic Party offices in its maiden election year. Marva Schomburg Kerwin and Kate Walls talked about Rockaway Revolution organizing a Black Lives Matter march in Belle Harbor. Rima Begum talked about organizing Bengali tenants in Jamaica.

Assembly member-elect Zohran Mamdani, Assembly member Ron Kim, State Senator Jessica Ramos, and Council members Brad Lander and Jimmy Van Bramer saluted us all, and talked about how profoundly Queens politics has changed—and how much work there was to do.

Then, Thomaa Muccioli won hands down in the vote for best silly picture.

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Participants included Rofadden Lazare, Melanie D'Arrigo and Doug D'Arrigo, Tyler Herald, John Choe, Farudh Majid, David Ian Robin, Shaeleigh Severino. Nalisa Budhu, Carolyn Tran, Divya Sundaram, Czarrinna Andres, Nancy Silverman, Shekar Krishnan, Nancy de Silva, Felicia Singh, Kassandra Damblu, Julie Won, Andres Aguirre, Christopher Espinoza, Sophie Cohen, Albert Suh, Nick Berkowitz, Emily Sharpe.[2]

The campaign to replace Con Edison with a public power utility has grown since Democratic Socialists of America and Councilman Costa Constantinides held a hearing in July about resisting the power provider’s rate hikes.

Since then, Con Edison enacted rate hikes that will continue over the next three years, and the coalition has gathered community and legislative support.

As a follow-up to that hearing, which was held in the immediate wake of the summer’s extensive blackouts, the DSA Ecosocialist Working Group held its third citywide public power town hall of the year from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 2020 at HANAC George Douris Tower, located at 2740 Hoyt Ave. S in Astoria.

The group was joined by a host of electeds, including State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, and Constantinides, as well as groups like New York Communities for Change, Food and Water Watch, Hearts Across Queens, Queens Independent United Progressives, Sunrise NYC.

The coalition recently supported three pieces of legislation in the state legislature that would essentially enact public power. They would expand the New York Power Authority, require all state-owned and municipal properties to use renewable energy and create a downstate Power Authority to take over Con Ed, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and National Grid Gas service across New York City and several other surrounding counties.

“This is the first time that there’s a real alternative on the table,” said Charlie Heller, a spokesperson for the DSA. “The thing we want people to take away is that this is about people who live in Queens. This is an opportunity to share your frustration with Con Ed, and learn how you can do something about it.”[3]

Flushing Community Stands in Unity with BLM

June 5 2020 Asian American communities have greatly benefited from Black freedom struggles, and our shared struggles against oppression and the fate of our communities are inextricably linked: in our struggles for social justice, none can reach the finish line unless we finish together.

Support BLM organizations, calls for actions, petitions, and contribute: Defund the NYPD and shift $1B toward human services.

Assemblyman Ron Kim, Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College, Concerned African-Americans of Flushing, Community Inclusion & Development Alliance, Day Starr, Evergreen Chou, Farah Chandu, Gloria Lum, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Green Earth Urban Gardens, Hindu Temple Society of North America, Howard Wong, Ikhwan Rim, Jack Eichenbaum, Jeehae Fischer, Joe DiStefano, John Choe, Leonard Galit, Linda Shirley, Korean American Community Empowerment Council, Korean American Family Service Center, Korean American Sanctuary Church Network, La Jornada, Lily Li, Marcia Hu, Maria Kaufer, Maureen Regan, Melquiades Gagarin, Minkwon Center for Community Action, Murray Hill Merchants Association, Nelson Mar, Neisa Yin, the Peace & Social Action Committee of Flushing Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Peter Zhao, Rev. Rosemarie Newberry, Rev. Wontae Cho, Robbie Garrison, Shweta Parmar, Soh Young Lee-Segredo, Union Street Small Business Association, YWCA of Queens.[4]

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.

":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."

Signatories included Ron Kim .

Caban supporters and endorsers

The La Boom Nightclub in Woodside, Queens, was packed wall to wall with hundreds of supporters. People were chanting “Sí se Puede” and “Black and brown lives matter.” That was the scene at approximately 11:15 pm June 25 2019 when Tiffany Caban declared herself the winner in the Democratic primary for district attorney.

Tiffany Caban was a virtually unknown public defender until February 2019. Cabán built a grassroots campaign that brought in community organizations, such as Make The Road, and political groups, including the Working Families Party, Citizen Action, and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Cabán was endorsed by Larry Krasner, the District Attorney from Philadelphia who led the way in the movement for transformative justice. Her national endorsers included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Local endorsers included: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; NYS Senators Jessica Ramos, James Sanders, Julia Salazar, and Michael Gianaris; NYS Assemblymember Ron Kim; and NYC council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Antonio Reynoso.

Actress Susan Sarandon tweeted this morning; “@CabánForQueens victory over the ‘machine’ in Queens makes me proud to be from Jackson Heights and shows once again that a people’s movement can bring real change, real justice.”[5]

Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census

MinKwon Center for Community Action December 4 2018.

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LIVE in Flushing: U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng hosts a press conference with MinKwon Center for Community Action, APA orgs., NY Assembly member Ron Kim and the NY Regional Director to announce APA Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census

Green Light New York Campaign

In May 2018 , the MinKwon Center for Community Action continued its advocacy efforts for the Green Light New York Campaign, which calls on the state to pass legislation allowing all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, to obtain a driver's license. Unlicensed immigrants often lack adequate public transportation options and depend on cars to travel for work, school, and to care for basic needs.

Assembly Member Marcos Crespo introduced Bill A10273, the Driver's Licence Access and Privacy Act, and the MinKwon Center for Community Action has been calling on our local Queens Assembly Members to sign on and sponsor the bill. On May 10, Assembly Member Ron Kim and Assembly Member Ari Espinal visited MinKwon's offices for a press conference to announce their support for the bill! We thank them for their efforts to improve our communities.[6]

Lunar New Year, school holiday

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Grace Meng has worked many years, with Asian Americans for Equality affiliates, to promote legislation making Chinese Lunar New Year, a school holiday in New York.

On January 31, 2013, a press conference was held outside P.S. 20 in Flushing. State Senators Daniel Squadron (D-Chinatown) and Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) urged the City to make the Asian Lunar New Year a school holiday so that New York City's growing number of Asian American students can celebrate with their families without missing class.

Legislation (S160/A276) sponsored by Senator Squadron and Assemblyman Kim, and co-sponsored by Senator Stavisky, would establish the day of the Asian Lunar New Year as a school holiday in municipalities with significant Asian American populations of at least 7.5 percent.

For years, now-Congresswoman Meng carried the legislation in the Assembly, along with Squadron in the Senate.

“When I served in the state legislature, I led the effort to make the Lunar New Year a public school holiday, and worked with Speaker Sheldon Silver to pass the bill in the Assembly,” said Grace Meng. “I am glad that my successor Ron Kim will now be taking up the cause. Making the Lunar New Year a school holiday would recognize the important customs and culture of Asian Americans, and it would highlight the vital role that the Asian American community plays in our city. I am happy to continue my support for this important measure."[7]

Asian American Federation

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As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian American Federation hosted a citywide Asian Pacific American policy roundtable at the Queens Public Library in Flushing on May 30 2014. The discussion highlighted ways Asian-Pacific Americans could leverage their purchasing power to educate and influence corporations and discussed programs that work with entrepreneurs to launch new businesses, the challenges of owning a small business and what elected leaders can do to help small businesses overcome economic downturns in order to flourish and thrive.

The panel began with a welcome by Jo-Ann Yoo, the federation's interim executive director, and keynote remarks by Chinese-American US Congresswoman Grace Meng. New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim and Chinese-American New York City council member Peter Koo also addressed the audience.

The Panelists were Betty Lo, vice-president of community alliances and consumer engagement at Nielson; John Choe, One Flushing director and founder; Agha Muhammad Saleh,founder of the Asian American Merchants and Neighborhood Alliance; and moderator Howard Shih of the Asian American Federation.

"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to enrich our nation and make tremendous contributions to virtually every facet of our society. But as we celebrate the accomplishments, we must also address the ongoing needs and concerns of the AAPI community," Meng said.

By improving education, immigration reform, assisting small businesses, providing opportunities for economic success and tackling quality of life matters and other important issues, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community can be further strengthened, Meng said.

Council member Koo echoed similar ideas. "We need to put our buying power to use to ensure that those who wish to succeed commercially in our community do so by being respectful to our culture and our linguistic diversity," he said.

Koo described his personal experiences coming to America. "Forty years ago I came to the US to study pharmacy," said Koo. "I went to the pharmacy and said 'Where are our people?' "

Koo also expressed the need for Asian Americans to have equal entitlement in education, work, and business. One-sixth of Asian Americans live below the poverty line, he said. "Just because we are doctors, lawyers, engineers they think we are model citizens and don't need the help of the government, but we share the same burden of disease and poverty," he said.

Choe said up to 30 percent of Asian Americans who live in Queens are poor and suffer from lack of housing and food. "Stereotypes and perceptions portrayed on TV of Asians are not accurate," he said. "We have to get new information out." Ten percent of Asian Americans are jobless and Flushing has one of the greatest concentrations of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese businessmen, according to Choe . "We need to provide services to help them become even more confident business owners and be able to express themselves linguistically," said Choe, stressing that One Flushing was ready to help develop better narratives for Asian Americans to the American public.

Choe also talked about how Queens is currently celebrating the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Queens, but in the commemoration there was no mention of Asian Americans. "We need to better brand and package our community," said Choe.

Assemblyman Ed Bronstein also talked about passing the dream act as a way to help Asian Americans.[8]

“A New Beginning”

According to CEO John Choe — Community leaders announced that, “A New Beginning,” the first anniversary celebration of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce will take place Thursday, October 29 2015, 6–9pm, at historic Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing NY 11354.

The Chamber’s anniversary celebration is led by an honorary host committee of community leaders, including Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Councilman Peter Koo, the Reverend Richard McEachern, Simon Gerson, Christopher Kui, Don Capalbi, Mike Cheng, Taehoon Kim, Ellen Kodadek, Michael Lam, Alfred Rankins, Maureen Regan, Leo Zhang, Al Harris, Perka Chan, Carmen M. Colon, Alice Lee, Edna Rutledge, Haide Chen, Alfonso Quiroz, Regina Im, Lloyd Cambridge, and John Choe.

The Flushing Chamber is a multicultural membership association of entrepreneurs, business owners, and civic leaders representing the most diverse community in New York.

"We've had an amazing year of community service and invite you to come celebrate our achievements as well as honor those who have provided leadership in bringing us together," stated Simon Gerson, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. "A united community is the only way we can fulfill our potential as the center of small business growth in New York. With thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world, we are the new face of America."

The Flushing Chamber represents the fastest growing and most dynamic business community in the United States. Attracting firms from around the world – two dozen languages are spoken here – we are already an international trade hub and the fourth largest commercial district in New York. As the center of small business activity in the metropolitan region – 90% of our 6,000 firms have less than 10 workers – we are also the new face of American entrepreneurship.

The Chamber will be honoring: Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez of Queens College, Phil Andrews of the African American Chamber, James Chen of FlushingFood.com, and Dr. Uma Mysorekar of the Hindu Temple Society of North America. The keynote speaker will be Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City’s Chief Financial Officer.[9]

Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

In 2014 John Choe was named executive director of the newly formed Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Two years in the making, "the chamber will serve as a resource for economic guidance and technical assistance for small businesses in Flushing".

The chamber was formally announced at a launch event on Dec. 11 at Flushing Town Hall. Area politicians and community leaders attended and recruited small business owners in the area.

Choe's One Flushing was expected to continue to work with the new chamber.

The previous chamber of commerce closed in 2012. Choe and his associates have spent the past two years organizing, admittedly longer than he expected. But he’s optimistic and excited about the new chamber.

Choe said that most chambers merely serve as networking tools for businesses, but the new Flushing one will offer tech support and other services.

Choe named Peter Tu from the Flushing Chinese Business Association, Ikhwam Rim from the Union Street Small Business Association, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality Christopher Kui, and Managing Principal at Gerson Properties LLC Simon Gerson as other major players.

According to Choe, several officials including Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblymembers Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) are backing the chamber of commerce. [10]

Korean American Immigration Network urges Continuation of DACA

August 14 2017 Korean American community leaders gathered in Manhattan alongside the Korean American Immigration Network to denounce the efforts to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to speak out against the many efforts by conservatives to exclude, limit and disadvantage immigrants.

James Hong, Co-Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, stated: “It is truly shameful that neither Secretary Kelly nor the president has committed to continuing DACA, one of the most important federal immigration programs, and one that has benefitted both the Korean American community and our country in so many ways.

We estimate that up to 1 in 8 Korean Americans are without status. Eliminating this program would damage the fabric of the Korean immigrant community, given Korean Americans make up a disproportionately large part of DACA’s beneficiaries. The president has a chance to show leadership in reason and in defending America’s immigrant families – he should defend and protect DACA, rejecting the demands of the ten attorneys general calling for DACA’s demise.

New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim stated, “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has enabled countless young adults to stay in the only place they have ever called home. The words and actions of this new administration have emboldened enforcement agencies to target families and vulnerable individuals, and places hundreds of thousands of Dreamers at risk. Children who grew up in our country, students with clean records and a bright future ahead of them, should not be the ones being prioritized for removal by ICE. I stand in solidarity with the Korean American community against any institutional changes that would endanger this program."

Dong Chan Kim, President of Korean American Civic Empowerment, stated, “President Trump’s anti-immigrant policy causes many problems in our community. It makes our families broken apart.

Linda Lee, Executive Director of Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, stated, "On behalf of the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS), I stand with my fellow community leaders in opposition to President Trump's plan to eliminate the protections of DACA recipients that the previous administration granted."

Katherine H. Kim, Executive Director of YWCA of Queens, stated, “Ending DACA means all of these young people would be at risk of deportation and separation from their families and our communities; this would be senselessly cruel.

Rev. Jin Uen Park, Executive Director of Wonkwang Community Service Center, stated, “DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has provided many benefits families of undocumented young people. This program could help stabilize families, communities, and local economies across the country. The benefits would also run much deeper and wider if Congress were to pass comprehensive immigration reform.” [11]

Rally for DACA

New York City: October 5, 2017, the Asian American Federation held a rally at Trump Tower with our member agencies and leading immigrant advocacy groups to speak out in support of Asian American Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, who are being impacted by the dissolution of the DACA program under the Trump administration. Twenty-three organizations and nearly 200 New Yorkers, including Congresswoman Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, Grace Meng, Council Member Margaret Chin, Assemblymember Yuh-line Niou, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Comptroller Scott Stringer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Mayor Bill de Blasio Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Council Member Rory Lancman, Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, Margaret Fung, executive director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Christopher Kui, executive director of Asian Americans for Equality, Annetta Seecharran, executive director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation, Mae Lee, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association (New York), Wayne Ho, executive director of the Chinese-American Planning Council, Kavita Mehra, executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, Robina Niaz, executive director of Turning Point for Women and Families, joined hands with the Federation to defend the future of our DREAMers.

Rally Co-Sponsors: Adhikaar, Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Arab American Association of New York, Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian American Bar Association of New York, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans for Equality, Chhaya Community Development Corporation, Chinese-American Planning Council, Chinese Progressive Association (New York), Council of People’s Organization, Desis Rising Up and Moving, Japanese American Association of New York, Japanese American Social Services, Inc., Korean American Family Service Center, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, New York Immigration Coalition, OCA-NY, Sakhi for South Asian Women, Turning Point for Women and Families, University Settlement.[12]

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