HANA Center Creates a Korean CitizenshipWorks Walk Through

하나센터에서 여러분 스스로 시민권 신청을 하실 수 있도록 도와드리는 한국어 교육 비디오를 만들었습니다! 시민권을 신청하실 수 있는 자격이 되시는 분은 하나센터로 꼭 문의하셔서 시민권을 신청하세요! 하나센터 (773-583-5501)

HANA Center created a tutorial in Korean about @citzworks, a free online service that helps you apply for citizenship! Please contact HANA Center 773-583-5501 or at info@hanacenter.org with any questions!

Workshop on Rising Up to Promote Gender Equality in Our Communities

HANA Center will be co-hosting a workshop focused on addressing sexual violence in the workplace, with an interactive dialogue about gender justice in our communities. This is part of a 3-part series of listening sessions with the goal of building up a cohort of active community members working to end sexual violence in the workplace and everywhere else! This event is in partnership with Healing to Action, Apna Ghar, KAN-WIN, and UIC's School of Public Health.

Please email info@hanacenter.org to RSVP and with any childcare or interpretation/translation needs.

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Closing the Gap in Health Equity: HANA November Newsletter

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Closing the Gap in Health Equity

On Saturday, October 14th, HANA Center hosted our 40th Annual Health Fair at Swedish Covenant Hospital. More than 80 healthcare professionals volunteered to provide 559 in-language health screenings and free and reduced-cost services to 138 Korean American community members from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Among those who received care were undocumented community members and a woman in her late 40's who received her first pap smear. HANA invites you to partner with us to support our year-round delivery of health education, screenings, and referrals.

Join us in achieving health equity by making sure affordable health care is a reality for all! Urge your Senators and Representative not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. #SaveOurHealthcare

October Highlights

Support for a Clean DREAM Act

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We continue to meet with elected officials to urge Congress to support a clean DREAM Act for 3.3 million young people, their families and communities. Thank you to Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Congress(wo)men Luis Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley, Brad Schneider, and Raja Krishnamoorthi for supporting a clean DREAM Act! 

Job Fair with Bee Line

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HANA partnered with Bee Line to host a Job Fair complete with on-the-spot interviews. As a result of the fair, we were able to place community members with jobs in one day! To learn about job opportunities or partner with HANA as an employer, please contact Jennifer Brown at jbrown@hanacenter.org.

Adoptee Rights Advocacy

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HANA leaders met with representatives from Korea Adoption Services to share about our work with the Adoptee Rights Campaign and to advocate for passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which would grant automatic citizenship to 18,000 Korean Adoptees. Support the Adoptee Rights Campaign by purchasing a t-shirt!

Drumming Up Power with CCA

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A collaboration between HANA Center, Chicago Cultural Alliance, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, and Southside Together Organizing for Power, Drumming Up Power brought together young people and families from all across the city to build community and create a powerful alliance through drumming together! Visit our Facebook page for more photos.

 

HANA Center Calls On Congress To Do Their Job

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2017
 

CONTACTS: 
Nayoung Ha, HANA Center, nha@hanacenter.org

HANA Center Calls On Congress To Do Their Job

Yesterday, President Trump met with Senate Republicans and they decided against attaching the DREAM Act or any DACA fix to the year-end spending bill. When Trump ended the DACA program, he put the onus on Congress to deliver a solution. It is becoming clear that they do not want to protect our young people. This is morally bankrupt and unacceptable.

What kind of government throws away its young people and its future? The U.S. Congress has a responsibility to provide a legislative solution for the 800,000 young Americans whose lives have been destabilized by the ending of the DACA program. The clock is ticking, and every day that Congress does not act, nearly 1,000 undocumented youth previously covered by DACA will lose their protected status.

We remind all Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle that it is their job to represent the will of the American people. 80% of Americans support a permanent solution for our young people. HANA Center, NAKASEC, and the Korean Resource Center demand that a clean DREAM Act is passed NOW, by the end of this year, and not one minute later. Our youth cannot and should not wait one more day.

MAYOR MCNAMARA, DREAMERS, LOCAL LEADERS CALL ON REP. ADAM KINZINGER TO PASS THE DREAM ACT

For Immediate Release   Contact: Nicky Vogt, nicole@npstrategygroup.com
November 2, 2017   

Rockford, IL Mayor McNamara, Dreamers, Local Leaders Call on Rep. Adam Kinzinger to Pass the Dream Act

A recording of today’s call is available here
 


Rockford, IL  – Today, Rockford, IL Mayor Tom McNamara joined local Dreamers and leaders to discuss why a legislative solution for Dreamers is so urgent for Illinois and America, and to call on Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) to pass the Dream Act. In Illinois, there are more than 42,000 DACA recipients whose futures and opportunities to fully contribute to their communities are threatened by President Trump’s decision to end the popular and successful DACA program. In Representative Kinzinger’s district alone, there are over 1,000 DACA-eligible residents, and the annual GDP loss from removing DACA workers would amount to approximately $37.7 million in the district. The Center for American Progress estimates that Illinois has 96,000 Dream Act-eligible individuals in the workforce and would see annual state GDP gains between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion from passage of the Dream Act.

This call comes as tens of thousands of Dreamers will lose DACA because of an arbitrary deadline created by the Trump administration for 154,000 Dreamers to renew their status. If Congress can’t pass the Dream Act, then it must be included in the bill that funds the government in December. A recording of today’s call is available here.

Rockford, IL Mayor Thomas P. McNamara, said, “Rockford has a rich history of immigrants with a long and proud legacy of building this community from the ground up. Their contributions to our community are strong, and I’m concerned that the Trump Administration’s recent action will impede the progress we have made. I’m urging our members of Congress to collaborate on a legislative solution that provides a clear path to citizenship.”

German, DACA-recipient and Rockford, IL resident, said, “The lives and future of Dreamers is something that should not be politicized. I am the father of three young U.S. Citizen children, which means that my family needs the Dream Act to stay together. Congress needs to pass the Dream Act as soon as possible so that I can continue to work, pay my taxes, and meet my financial obligations – like making payments on my home in Rockford.”

Christian, DACA-recipient and Rockford, IL resident, said, “I came to the U.S. at age 11.  I love the U.S. and want to build my future here.  DACA opened a lot of doors for me and gave me a purpose that I had lost. I am now working full time, supporting myself, driving, and going to college part time. I want to earn a degree where I can help people. With the end of DACA, I feel like the life support that DACA offered has been taken away and a DNR has been signed for me and so many others. I want to be part of this beautiful country, and I ask my Representative Adam Kinzinger to support a clean Dream Act so that I can contribute to a better future for my town, my county, my state, and this country that I love."

Luke Hwang, DACA-mented leader, HANA Center, said,  “Along with so many other young adults with DACA across the nation, I fear we will perpetually live in limbo. DACA enabled me to pursue a PhD in chemistry and gave me a new sense of hope and empowerment. Please fairly protect us and nurture us, so we can continue to give back to this great country we call home.”

Josephine Minor, League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford, said,  “The LWVGR and LWVIL and the LWVUS are all asking Congress to pass a clean Dream Act. LWVGR believes that DACA recipients are an integral and productive part of our community. They are our neighbors, our students, our children, and they know no other country than the USA. They have done nothing wrong. It is unconscionable that they should fear deportation to an unknown country.”

Reverend Nayoung Ha, Organizing Director, HANA Center, said, “More than 150 faith leaders in Illinois have signed on the letter, Faith for Dream to urge IL Congressional Delegation to support a clean Dream Act. IL is home to 42,000 DACA recipients; they are our friends, our neighbors, we worship among them, they are our brothers and sisters, and we are their keepers. Our faith unambiguously commands us to defend the dignity of human beings: of immigrants, of refugees and of all vulnerable populations. As faith leaders, we commit to struggle alongside them and defend them. As a legislator we call on Congressman Kinzinger to do the same.

“We urge Congressman Kinzinger to support or co-sponsor a clean Dream Act. Dream Act covers almost 400,000 more young people than RAC Act. Also under RAC Act a young person has to go to school until completion of degree or work for four consecutive years to qualify to become a lawful permanent resident. Many DACAmented young people are low income so have to take time off from school to work and then go back to school when they can afford it. The RAC Act does not allow this kind of flexibility, but the Dream Act does. This is why we need Congressman Kinzinger to support a clean Dream ACT in addition to RAC Act."

Fred Tsao, Senior Policy Counsel, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said, “ICIRR and our over 100 member organizations are once again pushing for the immediate passage of a clean version of the DREAM Act, which will finally give some immigrants a pathway to citizenship. Without it, immigrants who had been protected by DACA could face deportation. We are calling on Rep Kinzinger and all members of Congress to keep families together and allow immigrants to thrive.”

Dr. Vernese Edghill-Walden, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer, Northern Illinois University, said, “Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees, Acting President Freeman and senior leadership continue to support our undocumented and DACA students. We continue to encourage congress to find a legislative solution to best support our students.”

Ms. Sandy Lopez, Advisor for DREAM Action NIU and Assistant to the Director of the NIU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, said, “The loss of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will impact NIU student’s ability to pay for higher education as they do not qualify for federal or state funding and cannot apply for government loans. It will also impede undocumented students from enrolling at NIU and other institutions of higher education. DREAM ACTION NIU, a NIU student organization, is actively advocating for this legislative solution.”

National AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table Commit to the Swift Passage of a clean DREAM Act

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2017

National AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table Commit to the Swift Passage of a clean DREAM Act

Washington, D.C. — More than 18 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant advocacy, labor, civil rights, community health, service provider, and undocumented youth groups announced today the formation of an organizing collective to push for the swift passage of a clean DREAM Act.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting 800,000 DACA recipients, including over 30,000 Asian Americans, at risk for deportation. Since then, organizations have come together in the formation of the National AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table.

The mission statement of the National AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table reads:

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Immigrant Rights Organizing Table was formed by a coalition of AAPI immigrant advocacy, labor, civil rights, community health, service provider and undocumented youth groups to collaborate and advocate for the swift passage of a clean DREAM Act.

By saying the bill must be “clean,” we mean that the DREAM Act should be passed without the attachment of any other provisions that would further negatively impact our immigration system. We oppose provisions that would enhance enforcement measures such as increasing the number of immigration agents, expanding the grounds of deportability or inadmissibility such as additional criminal bars, persecuting jurisdictions with policies that limit entanglement with ICE, and expanding the number of detention beds; add restrictive changes to our visa system; and further limit immigrants’ access to public benefits.

 Together, we seek to mobilize AAPI communities and leverage our collective power to move elected officials and to lift up the voices and leadership of undocumented AAPIs and all AAPI communities in public immigration debates.  We plan to meet these goals through collaborative legislative advocacy and direct actions, community organizing, story collection, collective work in traditional and social media and information sharing and strategizing.

 The AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table will be convening a 2-day mobilization on November 15-16, 2017 in Washington D.C. For more information, RSVP at bit.ly/aapicleandream or visit aapidream.org.

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18MillionRising
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO
ASPIRE
HANA Center
Korean Resource Center
NAKASEC
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates Greater Seattle
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
The Office of Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym
UPLIFT

Contact:
Becky Belcore

Co-Director,NAKASEC
becky@nakasec.org

Megan Essaheb
Assistant Director, Immigration and Immigrants’ Rights
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
messaheb@advancingjustice-aajc.org