NAKASEC & Affiliates Call on Congress to Support and Protect Our Young People!

미주한인봉사교육단체협의회 (미교협)와
가입단체 민족학교 
(캘리포니아주), 그리고
하나센터 (일리노이주)는 미 연방 상원에 
상정된 드림법안을 환영한다.

2017년 8월 20일 미 연방 상원 린지 그램
(공화당-사우스캐롤라이나)의원 과 딕 덜빈 
(민주당-일리노이주)의원은 공동으로 서류미비
청소년들에게 시민권 신청 자격을 부여 하는 
드림 법안을 상정 했다. 상정된 드림법안은
자격이 되는 청년들에게 임시 영주권을
부여하고 궁극적으로는 시민권 부여의 기회를 제공한다. 미연방 하원에서도 유사한
드림법안이 곧 상정될 것이다. 드림액이 법으로 제정 된다면 130,000 여명의 아시안 아메리칸 청소년 포함 1백 5십 여만 명의 서류미비 이민 청소년들이 영주권을 신청 할 수 있게 된다.

최근 3주 전 택사주의 법무장관을 중심으로 남부 주들이 공동으로 트럼프 행정부에게 청소년 
추방유예(DACA) 프로그램을 2017년 9월 5일 까지 중단하지 않으면 추방유예프로그램 폐지를 위한 법정 소송을 한다고 발표한 상황에서
연방 상원에 상정된 드림법안은 이민자 
청소년과 이민자 커뮤니티에 반가운 소식이다.

2012년 8월 15일 부터 실행된 추방유예
프로그램에 현재 800,000 여 명의 서류미비 
청소년들이 혜택을 받으며, 추방의 공포에서
벗어나 그들의 재능과 능력을 미국 사회에
기여 하고 있다.  

미교협과 가입단체들은 트럼프 행정부와
미연방의회가 서류미비 청소년들을 보호하고
그들의 소중한 꿈을 실현 하는데 큰 도움을 주는 추방 유예 프로그램을 보호하고, 하루 빨리
드림액을법으로 제정 할 것을 강력히 촉구한다.

 

 

NAKASEC & Affiliates Call on Congress to Support and Protect Our Young People!

Yesterday, Senators Durbin (D-IL), Graham
(R-SC), Schumer (D-NY) and Flake (R-AZ) reintroduced the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) into the United States Senate. The DREAM Act will grant conditional residency for undocumented young people and provide them with a pathway towards citizenship. It is expected the bill will also be re-introduced into the House of Representatives shortly.

About three weeks ago, the Texas attorney general with nine other states threatened to sue the government if DACA is not rescinded by September 5th. Ending the DACA program will throw the lives of almost 800,000 young people into chaos, stealing their ability to work, provide for their families and live without fear from deportation, and study. This is unacceptable and Congress must act now to ensure DACA is maintained and protected. 

The re-introduction of the DREAM Act is a beacon of light during these dark times and, with our young people, we must fight for the best and most inclusive version of this bill. There are an estimated 130,000 DACA eligible Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. We urge our Members of Congress to both protect DACA and pass the DREAM Act immediately so that our young people can live without fear and with dignity. 

July 2017 Newsletter

MEET JIREH AND ISAAC

Four-year old Jireh and her two-year old brother Isaac have been coming to HANA Center's Early Childhood Center for about a year. Their mother Sooyoun attests that HANA Center has been a wonderful place for her children, helping them achieve important academic and developmental milestones. HANA's program is affordable and enables Sooyoun to run a small business with her husband and provide for their family.

In Illinois, about 130,000 families rely on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to enroll their children in enriching programs like HANA's Early Childhood Center. Budget cuts seriously threaten access to CCAP and other vital supports for working families.

Illinois State Budget

Over two years have passed, and Illinois still does not have a state budget. Call your State Senator and Representative today at 1-855-334-6885. Tell them that we need a full-year budget with adequate, permanent revenue that will restore access to the child care assistance program for 30,000 Illinois families and ensure all Illinois families have the opportunity for a brighter future.

Protect Medicaid and US Health Care

Under the US Senate's recently proposed "TrumpCare" bill, 22 million Americans will lose health care by 2026, including 1 in 2 Illinois children. Call your US Congress(wo)men today at 1-866-877-3303and urge them to oppose changes to Medicaid or health care, which would cause irreparable harm to our families and communities!

Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility

Since eligibility for financial support for low-income families was drastically cut in 2015, 30,000 Illinois families have become ineligible for child care assistance. This year, HB3213 was introduced and passed through the Illinois General Assembly.  If signed by the Governor, this legislation would restore access to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) for over 5,000 children whose parents are enrolled in non-TANF education and training programs. Sign up for our newsletters to stay informed about the progress of HB3213 and other important legislation impacting our communities.

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

CITIZENSHIP AND GUARDIANSHIP WORKSHOPS

HANA Center partners with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services to provide Citizenship and Guardianship Workshops. Volunteer lawyers and translators come to Hana Center to assist families seeking legal advice and services. Like us on Facebook to learn about upcoming workshop dates and times!

Chicago Dyke March 2017

Our community drumming group joined Chicago Dyke March Collective to celebrate dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. We invite anyone interested in joining our community drumming group to contact our Youth Organizer Yujin.

Swedish Covenant Hospital Summer Blast

Members of the HANA's Youth Empowerment Program spent their Saturday sharing the tradition of pungmul drumming at the Swedish Covenant Hospital Summer Social - where they performed for the community, introduced children to pungmul, and registered voters.

Hana Center Hosts Senator Dick Durbin's Briefing Following His Visit to South Korea

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin held a discussion at Hana Center with the members of the Chicago-area Korean community regarding his recent visit to South Korea.
 
Senator Durbin traveled to South Korea last week where he became the first member of Congress to meet with newly-elected President Moon Jae-in and other key officials. They discussed regional issues and the relationship between the United States and South Korea. 

Thank You!

2017 Gala Thank You.jpg

Thank you for joining us at Hana Center's inaugural benefit dinner! It was a huge success and exceeded our expectations.

With over 350 sponsors, donors, and community members in attendance, we celebrated our recent merger and our unique vision for integrating empowering social services, education, culture, and community organizing to advance human rights. We cannot thank you enough for your support and leadership. We look forward to continuing to partner together with you in this important work!

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page.

Hana Center Condemns "New" Muslim & Refugee Ban Executive Order

March 8, 2017
Nayoung Ha
Organizing Director
nha@hanacenter.org
(773) 583-5501

Hana Center Condemns "New" Muslim & Refugee Ban Executive Order

Chicago, IL--Hana Center and our national partners, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and the Korean Resource Center (KRC), condemn the Trump administration's continued attack on our refugee and Muslim sisters and brothers.


Make no mistake. The new executive order, Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States, does not change the fact that this is a misguided policy that is motivated by fear. By casting immigrants and refugees as terrorists, President Trump is undermining the basic tenets of American democracy, and fomenting a culture of hate which leads to violence such as the murder of Indian American Srinivas Kuchibholta in Kansas last week. A longtime friend of Hana Center and leader of the Arab American Action Network Hatem Abudayyeh remarked, "The ban also sets its sights on Arabs and Muslims already here in the U.S., criminalizing us as the local face of the 'enemy abroad,' and making us targets of racism and hate."

The revised executive order will be effective on March 16, 2017. The travel ban still impacts individuals from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban will not apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) and removes the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. Yet all refugees will be banned for a 120-day period. 


We welcome refugees from all countries seeking safety and freedom for themselves and their families in the United States. As Asian Americans, we will not be silent. We must speak out to defend all communities. Today, as we mark the power of women on International Women's Day, join Hana Center, NAKASEC, and KRC and sign up to become a Community Fighter at www.nakasec.org/rights.

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The Hana Center is an affiliate of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC).  NAKASEC is the national network of the Hana Center (Chicago), Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles & Orange County), and NAKASEC Virginia (Annandale).

Chicago Korean American groups form unified organization to boost social services and organizing, push back against White House policies

February 8, 2017
Inhe Choi
Executive Director
inhe@hanacenter.org
(773) 583-5501

Hana Center will serve more than 15,000 community members on Chicago's North Side and the Northwest Suburbs

CHICAGO (February 8, 2017) - As immigrant communities in Chicago and across the country organize against the new White House administration's anti-immigrant policy initiatives, two major organizations in the Korean American community announced today they have merged into one large organization to more effectively serve Chicago-area immigrants and community members.

Korean American Community Services (KACS) and Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) have merged to form the Hana Center.

The organization will have a combined annual budget of more than $2.5 million, 43 staff members, and will serve an estimated 15,000 Korean, Asian, Latino, and multiethnic youth and immigrants.

The Hana Center, which will be headquartered at 4300 N. California in Chicago's North Side Horner Park community, will offer wide-ranging programs including childcare, youth empowerment for teens and college students, mental health counseling, job placement, health care access, and subsidized senior housing. It will also be the community's organizing and advocacy organization, advancing policies at every level of government to improve the quality of life and safety of immigrants.

Both organizations have a long history of serving the Korean American community, estimated at more than 80,000 people in the Chicago area, as well as Latinos and a range of other immigrant populations.

KACS, the oldest and largest Korean American Social Service agency, faithfully served the community for more than four decades; and KRCC was a key driver of advocacy and organizing in the community since its founding in 1995 by a group of low-income, recent immigrant youth.

"By merging with KACS to become this new, strong organization, the Hana Center, we can grow our base and our capacity to protect the rights of immigrant communities and drive a pro-immigrant policy agenda that keeps our families safe and healthy," said KRCC Executive Director Inhe Choi, who will now serve as Hana Center's inaugural Executive Director. "These two organizations have long worked in concert to serve our community. We are proud to unite and stand stronger than ever in this moment."

"Hana means One in Korean and our vision for the name of the new organization is to convey and demonstrate unity," said Arnold Park, Hana's board president. The launch of the new organization is funded in part by foundations including the Chicago Community Trust, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros Foundation, the Chicago Foundation for Women and the Woods Fund of Chicago.

"The Hana Center will represent the diverse interests of all people, including women, youth, immigrants, people of color, the poor, the elderly, LGBTQ+, and adoptees from our combined organizations," said Inchul Choi, who has served as Executive Director of KACS since 2007. "By combining our resources, we can accomplish more for our community together than we can by ourselves."  This merger is Choi's legacy project as he moves on to independent consulting.

The new organization officially opened its doors to the community on February 1, and will hold an open house and celebratory reception on March 3 at 10AM.

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The Hana Center is an affiliate of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC).  NAKASEC is the national network of the Hana Center (Chicago), Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles & Orange County), and NAKASEC Virginia (Annandale).