February 03, 2017

The MinKwon Center Responds to the President's Executive Orders

Flushing, NY – On January 25, President Trump issued several executive orders which critically affect the immigrant community. The orders green-light construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and threatens to discontinue federal funding to sanctuary cities.  In addition, the president is expected to block immigrants and war refugees from Muslim-majority countries in the coming days.

The MinKwon Center strongly opposes Mr. Trump’s executive orders.

“Trump’s executive orders will not help repair the current immigration system and will only add to its dysfunction,” said James Hong, Interim Executive Director of the MinKwon Center. “So many families have been failed by our current system, and now countless immigrants may be...

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November 23, 2016

An Open Letter from the MinKwon Center

Dear Friends, Allies and Community,

For decades, the MinKwon Center has fought for those oppressed and marginalized in society. Today, our mission to empower our community takes on an unprecedented urgency. Mr. Trump fueled his candidacy using hate – making targets of immigrants, people of color, women, Muslims, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups. Since his election, we have heard him reaffirm his intention to deport or imprison millions of immigrants and seen him appoint a known white supremacist to his inner circle of advisers. Meanwhile, across the nation, there have been hundreds of reported incidents of harassment, vandalism and threats against immigrants and minorities.

One of the most severe repercussions of the election is the imminent loss of DACA. At...

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August 31, 2016

An Affirmation of MinKwon's Values

The MinKwon Center for Community Action is a progressive, non-partisan organization.  As such, we do not support or oppose any candidate.  However, we remain committed to progressive values and in light of recent events, we want to unequivocally affirm these values to our allies, community and the world.

Since our founding in 1984, the MinKwon Center has fought for the rights of marginalized communities, primarily vulnerable, low-income immigrants.  And while our commitment to social justice has been focused on empowerment within the Korean American, Asian American and immigrant communities, we recognize that our work is but a strand in a tapestry being woven by allies in many movements.

As advocates for a more inclusive and just society, we reject...

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July 12, 2016

Joint Statement by Korean American Organizations on Recent Police Violence

We condemn the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the continued state-sanctioned oppression of black people in the U.S. through their targeted persecution and killing by law enforcement.

We recognize that the fate of all racial and ethnic minorities in the US is tied to, and reflected in, the nation's treatment of its black and brown members. Their lives remain a litmus test for where our country is in regards to civil rights for all.

For these reasons: ● We support the Black Lives Matter movement and its work to end structural and systemic racism ● We call on our fellow Korean Americans to reject racial and ethnic prejudice and stand in solidarity with black Americans as they endure continued threats and...

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June 23, 2016

MinKwon's Disappointment at SCOTUS Decision & Demand for Reform

The MinKwon Center Expresses Deep Disappointment at the Supreme Court’s Decision and Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On June 23, the Supreme Court of the United States failed to reach a majority decision on President Obama’s second executive action providing immigration relief.  Thus, the Fifth Circuit’s decision will be allowed to stand.  The MinKwon Center is deeply disappointed in this decision and outraged by the actions of anti-immigrant forces.

This decision is a capitulation to anti-immigrant sentiments and is an inhumane result that once again disheartens the over 5 million immigrants who live in and contribute to American society.

Grace Shim, Executive Director of the MinKwon Center, criticized the decision and the...

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April 28, 2016

Flushing Rezoning Community Alliance Release Research Report on Flushing West Rezoning

Flushing, NY – On April 28, Flushing Rezoning Community Alliance (FRCA) hosted a press conference where the group announced the release of its research report, colloquially known as the “white paper” on Flushing West Rezoning. The event was held in front of the St. George’s Church where FRCA members addressed their findings on the rezoning issue as well as their recommendations for a just rezoning of the neighborhood.

The report included results from surveys that the MinKwon Center for Community Action collected along with other member organizations. According to the 334 surveys collected from Flushing residents and stakeholders, the top three concerns heard from survey participants were concerns on overcrowding (73% of respondents), inadequate sanitation...

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April 28, 2016

플러싱조닝변경커뮤니티연맹(FRCA), 플러싱 서부지역 조닝변경과 개발 관련 백서 발간

플러싱 서부지역 조닝변경과 개발을 앞두고 지역사회 주민들의 목소리를 대변하기 위해 결성된 플러싱조닝변경커뮤니티연맹(Flushing Rezoning Community Alliance, FRCA)은 28일 세인트 조지 교회에서 백서 발간 기자회견을 개최했다. FRCA는 민권센터를 비롯한 한인...

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April 25, 2016

민권센터, 뉴욕시인적자원관리국(HRA) 상대 법률 소송에서 합의 도출

민권센터가 뉴욕시공익법률공단(Legal Services NYC)과 공조해 뉴욕시인적자원관리국(Human Resources Administration, HRA)을 상대로 제기한 법률 소송에서 합의를 도출했다. HRA는 푸드 스탬프와 메디케이드 등의 복지 업무를 관장하고 시민들의 신청을 받아 혜택을 제공하는...

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