Understanding that civic participation and civic engagement is fundamental to larger movement building work, Hana Center integrates civic engagement work into all aspects of the organization’s programs year-round. Additionally, Hana Center works closely with Chicago Board of Elections and Cook County Clerk’s Office to combat voter suppression and increase immigrant voter access.
Hana Center's Civic Engagement program combats community disenfranchisement by engaging a diverse base of new citizens through a comprehensive model that includes voter registration, education, mobilization, assistance, and protection efforts.
Understanding that civic participation is a critical step in the process of building immigrant integration into the United States, Hana Center works to increase the base of Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant community members that are eligible to vote.
Hana Center maintains access to VAN databases in order to analyze and target low-propensity voters in get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.
Through these non-partisan, large-scale mobilization and organizing efforts, Hana Center has contact with 14,000 Korean American voters during each municipal, state, and federal election cycle.
Hana Center organizes educational forums to inform community members about the civic engagement process and provides avenues for them to address their concerns to elected officials and candidates through nonpartisan candidate forums.
Hana Center uses ethnic media, e-mail newsletters, and social media to keep the larger Asian American community informed about civic engagement issues. Hana is also a member of the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition in Chicago.
Hana Center works to combat voter suppression and increase immigrant voter access. Hana Center assists voters on accessing important election information, including helping voters identify poll sites and identifying their voter registration status. Hana Center also supports the Korean American community by creating and distributing culturally and language accessible voter publications.