September 23, 2019

Local Organizations Help Kick Off National Voter Registration Day and Urge Asian Communities to be Civically Engaged

Flushing, NY —Asian American organizations hosted a press conference at the MinKwon Center for Community Action for National Voter Registration Day. The event was organized by Asian Pacific Americans Voting & Organizing to Increase Civic Engagement (APA VOICE), a non-partisan collaboration of 19 organizations seeking to increase civic engagement in the Asian American community. APA VOICE organizations were joined by New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim and other local leaders and registered voters to discuss the importance of elections and voting.

 

MinKwon and members of APA VOICE reminded the Asian American community to vote in the upcoming general election on November 5, 2019, and gave details on New York’s first rollout of early voting nine...

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June 12, 2019

MinKwon Center Responds to Assembly, Senate Agreement of Rent Reform Bills

Flushing, NY — On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the New York State Assembly and Senate agreed to a series of rent reform bills that, when passed, would be the most significant win to New York tenants in decades, and a major blow to developers. Seven of the nine bills introduced under the Universal Rent Control platform are slated to a vote, either in their original form or in modified proposals. The bills will abolish several loopholes that predatory landlords have regularly exploited to hike up rents and evict tenants, including vacancy decontrol, which allows landlords to take apartments out of rent-regulated status when the rent price reaches a certain threshold; and vacancy bonus, which allows landlords to raise rents by up to 20 percent whenever a tenant moves out of a...

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June 07, 2019

Queens Community, Faith and Immigrant Leaders Unite for Driver’s Licenses for All

Flushing, NY — On Friday, June 7, 2019, the MinKwon Center, elected officials, and faith based organizations spoke on the need to pass the Green Light Bill in New York State before the legislative cycle ends in two weeks. The Green Light Bill would allow all people, regardless of their documentation status, to access a driver’s license, which is vital for people all across the city and state to go about their everyday lives. These immigrant drivers are also workers in our businesses and our farms, community members at our local churches and community centers, and our neighbors who keep NYS running. 12 other states have successfully implemented laws to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, and NYS needs to follow their example. By passing the...

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June 07, 2019

Queens Community, Faith and Immigrant Leaders Rally for Universal Rent Control

Flushing, NY — On Friday, June 7, 2019, the MinKwon Center for Community Action, elected officials and community and faith-based organizations held a rally for Universal Rent Control and housing justice for all New Yorkers. Due to loopholes in state rent laws that favor landlords and developers, more than 100 New Yorkers are evicted from their homes every day. The Universal Rent Control platform is a package of nine bills in the state legislature that would enforce existing rent laws and expand access to affordable housing for millions of New Yorkers. Communities are demanding no more special treatment for the real estate lobby, and instead the passage of legislation that protects housing as a basic human right, not a privilege.

 

"Half of all New Yorkers are...

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April 01, 2019

Asian Pacific American Complete Count Committee Announces One-Year Countdown to 2020 Census And Its Importance to Communities

Flushing, NY — The Asian Pacific American Complete Count Committee (APA CCC), led by Chhaya Community Development Corporation and the MinKwon Center for Community Action, hosted a community rally and press conference today to begin the one-year countdown to the 2020 Census as part of a statewide Census Day of Action, along with the Queens Public Library, NY state and local elected officials, and other community-based organizations across the City. The 2020 Census will be officially launched on April 1, 2020, and community leaders generated awareness by speaking on the importance of participating in the 2020 Census and how the Census impacts and benefits communities, especially hard-to-count immigrant communities and communities of color. At the event, APA CCC launched its...

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February 28, 2019

Statement on New York City Comptroller Stringer's Revealing Report on Immigration Enforcement in NYC

Flushing, NY — The MinKwon Center for Community Action joined with New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Thursday, February 21st at a press conference to release his latest report on immigration enforcement in NYC, titled The Demographics of Detention. Comptroller Stringer’s report reveals the stark increase of arrests, deportations and immigration court proceedings in NYC for the first two years of the Trump administration, compared to the last year of the Obama administration. The report gave a clear picture that NYC is a major target by immigration enforcement, and more undocumented New Yorkers are at increased risk of deportation.

 

Deportations in NYC have soared 150% since Trump came to office, and arrests by ICE agents have increased by...

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January 07, 2019

MinKwon Center and APA Organizations Announce 2019 NY State Immigration Legislative Priorities

Flushing, NY — The MinKwon Center for Community Action hosted a press conference today with other Asian Pacific American community-based organizations and NY State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, NY Assemblymember David Weprin, representatives from NY Assemblymember Ron Kim’s office, announcing our New York State immigration legislative priorities for the 2019 legislative session. MinKwon’s priorities are for the NY State DREAM Act, which would provide state-level financial aid opportunities for all immigrant students pursuing higher education, and for the Green Light NY Campaign, which would provide access to state drivers’ licenses for all immigrant New Yorkers. MinKwon believes that 2019 will be a decisive year for immigrant communities to advance legislation that...

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December 04, 2018

APA Organizations Announce Launch of New York APA Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census

Flushing, NY— U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng hosted a press conference today announcing the launch of the New York City APA Complete Count Committee, organized by the MinKwon Center for Community Action, a member of New York Counts 2020, and other Asian Pacific American organizations and leaders, alongside Jeff Behler, New York Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau and New York Assembly Member Ron Kim. The purpose of this committee is to have a fair and equitable 2020 Census, coordinate messaging and community outreach especially in hard-to-count Asian American communities, and to advocate against initiatives that would hurt a fair count, including the addition of a citizenship question. A fair and equitable count is critical in determining the economic, social and political...

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October 04, 2018

MinKwon Center Celebrates Voter Registration Milestone And Urges Community to Register and Vote

Flushing, NY—The MinKwon Center for Community Action hosted a press conference today announcing a new milestone in voter registrations. Since 2004, the MinKwon Center’s nonpartisan civic participation team registered over 80,000 voters, or nearly 6,000 voters per year, continuing the organization’s trailblazing work in civic participation and voter mobilization in the Asian American community. John Park, Executive Director of the MinKwon Center was joined by Melody Lopez, Executive Director of the New York Civic Engagement Table, and Saima Anjam, Senior Director of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition, in celebrating this milestone.

“We celebrate this milestone because it points to the growing power of our communities, and the decisive role...

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September 25, 2018

Local Organizations Urge New York's Asian American Community to Increase Civic Participation on National Voter Registration Day

Flushing, NY — Asian American organizations hosted a press conference today with local leaders and registered voters at Flushing Library for National Voter Registration Day. The event was organized by Asian Pacific Americans Voting & Organizing to Increase Civic Engagement (APA VOICE), a non-partisan collaboration of 19 organizations seeking to increase civic engagement in the Asian American community. APA VOICE organizations will be joined by New York City Council Member Peter Koo, representatives from Flushing Library, and other leaders to discuss the importance of voting. The last day for New Yorkers to register to vote in time for the general election is Friday, October 12.

Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the nation, and at 15% of New York...

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April 10, 2018

Thanking Co-Director James Hong for 8 years of service, announcing our new Executive Director John Park

After eight meaningful years serving the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities through various roles at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, I will be stepping down from my post as co-director at the end of this month. I am sad to be leaving a close working relationship with co-director John Park, but I know he will do an excellent job as the executive director beginning May 1st. It has been a tremendous honor to have worked alongside so many of you in our collective struggle for a more just and inclusive society – a struggle that nowadays seems to take on greater meaning and urgency with every passing day.   Looking back, I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together since I joined MinKwon in 2010, including achieving historic...

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September 05, 2017

MINKWON CENTER’S STATEMENT ON DACA CANCELLATION

Flushing, NY – This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will abolish work permits and place nearly 800,000 law-abiding young immigrants at risk for deportation.

Since 2012, the MinKwon Center has helped process more than 1,200 DACA initial and renewal applications for New York’s Korean American and Asian American community and is strongly opposed to and disappointed by today’s decision.

MinKwon Center’s Co-Director James Hong made the following statement:

“It is a sad and disappointing day for our country.  Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the president’s decision to terminate the...

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August 15, 2017

NEW YORK CITY DACA RECIPIENTS AND IMMIGRATION NONPROFITS RALLY TO SAVE DACA AND TPS

Ten Attorneys General from varying states have threatened to challenge Deferred Action program in court if the program is not terminated by September 5

August 15 marks the 5th Anniversary of the implementation of DACA

New York, NY – Hundreds of New York City Dreamers, undocumented young adults and members of New York’s immigrant communities, rallied outside Trump Tower today to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in order to call on Congress to pass legislation to protect the more than 80,000 New York DACA recipients—and 800,000 nationally— and over 350,000 TPS recipients from deportation.

On June 29, 2017, ten Attorneys General, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton,...

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August 14, 2017

Korean American Immigration Network (KIN) Urges Continuation of DACA

New York, NY – Korean American community leaders gathered in Manhattan today 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.    Since its implementation five years ago, DACA has opened paths to new lives for 800,000 Dreamers. This includes 18,000 young Korean Americans who have struggled growing up in the shadows of American society.  South Korean applicants comprised the highest number of applicants from all Asian countries, and sixth among all countries, according to USCIS.    The member organizations of the Korean American Immigration Network join together in opposition to the effort to dismantle DACA, as well...

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July 14, 2017

The MinKwon Center's Response to Trump’s Travel Ban and Attack on DACA

In the past several weeks, we have witnessed new attacks on immigrants on several fronts:  a renewed travel ban, restrictive immigration laws, and a legal challenge to DACA, brought by attorneys general in several states.  We have also seen that same travel ban be ruled too restrictive with regards to grandparents, relatives, and refugees in the latest pushback against a wave of anti-immigrant actions taken since Trump took office.

On June 26th, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case concerning the presidential travel ban and partially reinstated the anti-Muslim travel ban sought by the Trump administration. Almost immediately, visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries were barred from entry to the United States, as were refugees hoping to travel to...

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