KAC Praises Historic Meeting of North and South Korean Leaders and Calls on President Trump To Pursue Peace
Watch executive director Joon Bang and Korean American Angelenos
interviewed by ABC7 Eyewitness News, below.
Los Angeles, CA – On April 27, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the Peace House in Panmunjom on the southern side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to discuss inter-Korean relations. The summit marks the first meeting between leaders of the two nations in 11 years. History was made as Kim and Moon pledged to end war on the divided peninsula and pursue complete denuclearization.
“We find hope and inspiration in these moments when countries and leaders at odds seek dialogue and peace rather than isolation and war. We acknowledge North and South Korean leadership for taking bold steps and authoring a new chapter in Korean history. KAC now calls on President Donald Trump to proactively seek diplomatic solutions ahead of the US-North Korean summit building upon the progress made today. We are hopeful that this moment in time would serve as the beginning of a new path towards a unified Korean peninsula,” said KAC Executive Director Joon Bang.
KAC is excited to invite all of our community members to join us for embRACELA's "100 Dinners on Race." Volunteers across Los Angeles will open their homes to host a dinner between April 16 and 20. "100 Dinners on Race" aim to empower communities through a citywide communication about race and racism to challenge and change inequities by fostering honest, open, and meaningful conversations around the dinner table. Apply to attend at www.embracela.org/join_a_dinner by April 1.
From March 2 to 4, the Korean American Coalition’s (KAC) Model United Nations (MUN) students attended their final MUN conference of the year: the 66th annual session of the Berkeley MUN Conference (BMUN) at the University of California, Berkeley. BMUN was the world’s first United Nations simulation and continues to be one of the world’s premier and largest MUN conferences.
In competition with nearly 2,000 students from 117 schools and 5 countries, KAC MUN’s 21 students brought home a total of 10 awards: 4 research awards and 6 commendation awards.
KAC congratulates our MUN students on their outstanding work over the last few months in preparation for this conference, as well as on their personal accomplishments this weekend, whether speaking in front of a room of over 100 students, collaborating with large groups of students, leading their committees, writing resolutions, or supporting one another.
Media Coverage: Koreatown Daily, Korea Times, YTN Radio, Korea Daily, Radio Seoul, Korea Herald, Ppuri
On February 28, KAC joined 25 organizations in signing on to a letter to Congress, calling for a permanent solution for DREAMers and bringing forth the DREAM Act for a vote.
In February, KAC Executive Director Joon Bang was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Social Innovation Fast Pitch & Showcase on March 22, 2018. The 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders, competing to win awards totaling over $40,000.
To attend the Fast Pitch Event and see our Executive Director present his pitch on behalf of KAC, purchase your tickets here!
On February 5, KAC held a press conference with Inquilinos Unidos, the Eviction Defense Network, and a few of our senior community members to invite our community to learn about their rights as tenants in LA at the KAC Tenant Rights Workshop on Saturday, February 10.
Media Coverage: Korea Times (2/6), Koreatown Daily, Korea Daily, YTN Radio, Radio Seoul, Radio Korea, Woori Radio, Korea Times (2/9)
On January 26, KAC Executive Director Joon Bang took part in a joint press conference with CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, LA Community College District Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, LA Community College District Board of Trustees President Sydney Kamlager, and representatives from CHIRLA, SEIU United Service Workers West, and Catholic Charities of LA, Inc. to encourage eligible DACA recipients to apply for renewal as soon as possible, ahead of the March 5 deadline.
Media Coverage: Korea Daily (1/27), Korea Times (1/27), Radio Korea, Woori Radio, Korea Daily (2/1), Korea Times (2/1), YTN Radio, Radio Seoul
On January 20, KAC hosted a voter registration booth at the second Women's March on Los Angeles, joining several hundreds of thousands of people as they hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the second year in a row.