Advocacy & Community Organizing
MinKwon Center believes fostering community action is at the heart of what we do. We represent our community’s needs and demands on the local, state and federal levels of government through targeted campaigns that are organized, directed and supported by members of our communities -- our friends, colleagues, neighbors, families and allies.
Our Organizing Groups
MinKwon Center has four active groups comprised of community members who investigate and educate themselves on critical issues that impact their daily lives and who lead campaigns for long-term solutions and social change. We base our organizing groups in Flushing, Queens — home of one of the largest Korean, Asian American and immigrant populations in New York City.
Immigrant Rights Group
Members of our Immigrant Rights Group stay up-to-date on the latest developments and changes to federal and state immigration policy and law, and on recent victories, setbacks, controversies and campaigns by other local and national immigrant rights organizations. Our members lead campaigns for immigrant justice, including campaigns to pass the federal and NY State DREAM Act, to educate the community about their rights regarding confrontations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and to lobby for state lawmakers to pass legislation for undocumented immigrants to be eligible for NY state drivers’ licenses. Our Immigrant Rights Group has free, public meetings once a month.
Tenant Rights Group
Our Tenant Rights Group is comprised of tenants, primarily Korean and Asian American senior and low-income tenants living in the Flushing area, who come together to share their experiences and issues with housing, educate themselves and their neighbors on tenant rights, and lead campaigns for more affordable housing and easier and more transparent access. Our Tenant Rights Group has monthly meetings that are open to senior and low-income tenants, with priority to tenants who live in the Flushing, Queens area.
Youth Adult Group
Our Young Adult Group bring together young people, both undocumented immigrants and young people with US. citizenship, who seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by our communities. Some of our members are alums to MinKwon’s Youth Empowerment Program, while others have received immigration help from Social Services. These meetings provide a safe space for young people to share experiences and become involved in immigrant rights campaigns. Our Young Adult Group has monthly meetings that are open to young community members age 35 and under.
Our DREAMer Group is comprised specifically of DACA recipients and young undocumented immigrants who have their own space to organize. We empower our DACA community members to become engaged in advocating for immigration reform, and they come together as peers to collectively envision a just and comprehensive immigration system, and respond to the attacks on DACA and related protected statuses. Our DREAMer group has monthly meetings that are open to DACA recipients and young undocumented immigrants.