On December 20, KAC held our Year End Party at Mama Lion. We were thrilled to have more than 50 community members join us in ending 2017 and welcoming the New Year, along with CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, LA City Councilmember David Ryu, Deputy Consul General Insang Hwang from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, and Consul Taehoon Ku from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.
KAC is participating in #GivingTuesday!
You might have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the busiest shopping days of the year, but have you heard of #GivingTuesday? On November 28, you can join KAC and take part in a world-wide philanthropic movement, #GivingTuesday. It's a day when you can make a huge impact in the Korean American community and the work that KAC does.
How can you be a part of it? Donate.
With your help, KAC can continue to meet the needs of the Korean American community through our advocacy, services, and programs.
Find out how to double your contribution on #GivingTuesday by clicking here.
Why contribute to KAC?
Non-Profit of the Year: In 2017, KAC was recognized as a Non-Profit of the Year honoree. Which makes KAC the first Korean American organization to receive this honor in the state of California.
Airbnb Advocacy: KAC intervened in the Airbnb discrimination dispute between a host and a Korean American guest, leading to a formal apology by the Airbnb host.
34th Congressional District Special Election Error: KAC held the County of Los Angeles accountable for mistakes made only on the Korean language sample ballots in the 34th Congressional district election. Following KAC's action, LA County provided for public record that 777 voters could have been impacted and worked to offer additional remedies for impacted voters.
Section 8 Assistance: In 7 days, KAC helped 328 low-income community members apply to get on the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Section 8 Wait List and received over 442 calls and in-person requests for assistance from the community. HACLA shares KAC's story.
Together we can make a difference and inspire our community.
Media Coverage: Radio Korea, Radio Seoul
KAC is thrilled to have represented the Korean American community at the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Cultural Diversity Festival on November 20! We provided information about our programs and services, as well as assistance with voter registration, to LACC students.
KAC was honored to receive the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA) Heritage Night Award for the KAC Model United Nations (MUN) program. Thank you for your support!
At the 23rd Annual KAC Legislative Luncheon, 11 elected officials, 32 representatives from 19 offices of elected officials, and about 80 community members and leaders joined KAC in hearing about and discussing Korean American issues such as immigration, DACA, language access, homelessness, and representation.
We thank all those who attended and look forward to seeing you again next year. KAC hopes to work with our elected officials and our community to improve on the issues we recognized today.
For those interested in seeing the program of this year's luncheon or more information, please see here!
Media Coverage: Korea Daily, Korea Times, Woori Radio, Radio Korea, YTN Radio, Radio Seoul
On November 14, KAC took part in a joint press conference with the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), the Korean Resource Center (KRC) and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA) to call for the Korean American community's diligence following the repeal of DACA and regarding the passage of a clean DREAM Act.
Media Coverage: Radio Korea
From November 6 to 10, KAC Executive Director Joon Bang took part in the five-day OKF Future Leaders Conference, which brings together next generation leaders with Korean heritage from all over the world to discuss the direction of Korean leadership worldwide. During the conference, Executive Director Joon Bang met with Lee Nak-yon, Prime Minister of South Korea.
Media Coverage: Korea Daily
KAC is excited to be a Community Partner for Korean Digital Health & Biotech Startups Pitch Night! Join us on November 9 at 6pm for some amazing pitches from some of the leading digital health and biotech startups (co-founded) by Koreans, as well as networking and a fireside chat by David Lee of Refactor Capital.
7 Days, 328 Applications, 442 Calls
I have a story to share with you.
In the past week, KAC helped 328 low-income community members apply to get on the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Section 8 Wait List. We had over 442 calls and met people from all walks of life.
From a Bronze medal veteran who was stationed not too far from where I grew up as a child to a senior citizen who lost touch with her children years ago, the stories we heard were inspiring, at times heartbreaking, and moving.
Yesterday was our last day supporting Section 8 applications for the community, and one of the last people we helped was a mother who walked in with her son. She was unable to speak so she wrote on a tablet to communicate with me, and I'd like to share with you her note (after receiving her permission to share):
"I'm unable to speak because I just received throat surgery. I'm concerned about my son, he's mentally challenged and hasn't been able to do anything for the past 25 years. I'm 78 years old and I worry about what will happen with rent prices increasing. Will you help us so that even when I pass on my son is able to get assistance with housing? I don't know what to do, we live together in a bachelor unit without a kitchen. Can you help us get into low income housing? Thank you. :)"
It took me a while to look up and meet her eyes, because I felt my heart tear and tears swelled in my eyes. As a son, I think about my own mother, never fully appreciating her sacrifices, the heartache I've put her through during my rebellious years, and often taking her love for granted.
We serve the community, because as hard as it is, these are the moments that inspire us to be a better community. These are the moments that ignite the fire to continue to advocate on behalf of the voiceless among us.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the 16 volunteers who dedicated themselves to making a difference last week: Kay Hwang, Peter Lee, Seung Yoo, Regina Suh, Yeena Lee, Sehwa Yoon, Aya Ichida, Shanna Lim, Jackie Kim, Mique Hwang, Genesis Nochez, Evette Kim, Yonah Hong, Susie Oh, Cristina Hwang, and Audrey Jang.
Thank you for supporting the Korean American Coalition and being a part of our community.
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In order to ensure the effective and meaningful representation of the Korean American community in our voting system, KAC's Executive Director Joon Bang has stepped up to co-chair the Los Angeles County Language Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Media Coverage: Radio Korea, Korea Herald, Korea Times