Invitation from the Executive Director
As President Donald Trump was being sworn into the highest office in our land on Inauguration Day, in an interview with SBS, I was asked the question, "Should we be fearful of his presidency?"
My answer was, "No", While many of his policies are concerning, we simply do not have time for fear. On the contrary, KAC believes that this is an opportunity for our community to mobilize and build a viable voice.
I went on to explain that Donald Trump became President, because he utilized the systems and processes that exist for all of us here in this country.
And though we may disagree with some of the President's agenda, the real question for the Korean American community in Los Angeles is whether we are even working together to be a part of the system, to do anything about it.
Did you know that out of the 77 candidates jockeying for 17 city designations (eight city council seats, mayor, city attorney, city controller, three board of education and three board of trustees seats) in the Los Angeles City primary elections on March 7th, NOT ONE is Korean American.
To this day, Los Angeles is home to the greatest population of Korean Americans living in the United States. We can all sit on the bleachers and watch as decisions are being made that affect us or we can build a community to make an impact in the land we live in.
On Thursday, March 2nd, KAC is holding a March Mixer at Cafe Bleu from (6:00 - 8:30 p.m). We invite you to come, share your views, register to vote and/or bring a friend to register to vote and meet people who are working to build a new coalition for the Korean American community.
Let's make change together.
Joon Y. Bang
Korean American Coalition (KAC)
Invitation from the Executive Director
Dear friends and colleagues,
Eight years ago on the 16th floor of an ivory brick building on Hudson Street near downtown New York City, I began my first day at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), the organization President Obama called, "...simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." My workspace and desk were far from modern. I was inheriting an antique desk covered with water markings from mugs and distressed from old age. I sat, unappreciative until the general counsel knocked on my door to welcome me to the organization.
Before walking out, he casually remarked that the desk belonged to Thurgood Marshall before he became the first African American and minority Supreme Court Justice. He added that the O shaped water markings were formed by Marshall and his colleagues as they sat around the desk to brainstorm strategies to desegregate the South and litigate in the courts during the Civil Rights Movement.
Marshall argued the historic Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court, which allowed all minorities equal access to education in the United States. It was a case that changed the country. I sat stunned, fully appreciating the moment because I recognized that the work done on the desk represented the access created for minorities today, including me.
As the new Executive Director of the Korean American Coalition (KAC), my hope and vision is for KAC to become the platform of access for our Korean American community. Our mission is to bring the marginalized, under-served, as well as the visible and established from across our multi-generational community together at one table to become one voice. I'd like to invite you to come and build the new coalition with us. Join us on Thursday, January 12 to hear more about what we're planning in 2017.
Joon Young Bang
The Korean American Coalition
Date: August 2, 2016 (Tues), 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Location: LAPD Olympic Station - 1130 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Meet your community leaders, neighbors, volunteers, and your LAPD Olympic Division Senior Lead Officers for a night of fun and games, contests, crime prevention, safety tips, food, refreshments, and much more!