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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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
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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

Koram Senior Housing's Waitlist Application Opening

코람 연장자 아파트
입주자 대기 신청 접수 안내

입주자 대기 신청서 배부 기간:

2017 년 10월 26일 (목) 부터 11월 22일 (수) / 오전 9시 - 오후 5시

입주자 대기 신청서 접수 기간:

2017년 11월 27일 (월) 부터 11월 28일 (화) / 오전 9시 - 오후 1시

입주자 대기 신청서 배부  접수처:

코람 아파트 매니저 사무실(4444 N. Harding Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 )

입주자격 요건:

  1. 신청자 또는 배우자 중 한 사람이 최소 62세 이상 또는 18세 이상 장애인
  2. 시민권자 또는 영주권자
  3. 가족 모두 소셜시큐리티 번호를 가지고 있어야 한다
  4. 가족의 연간 총소득이 1인 27,650불 이하,  2인인 경우 31,600 불 이하

**입주자 대기 신청서는 직접 오셔서 받아가시고,  접수도 코람아파트를 정해진 시간에 방문하셔서 직접 제출하셔야 합니다(우편  또는 팩스 접수 무효)

코람아파트 안내: 방 1개, 또는 스튜디오, 엘리베이터 시설, 거실, 새로 꾸민 부엌, 전기 스토브, 냉장고, 공동 세탁실, 카펫 바닥,  상주 서비스 코디네이터, 다양한 여가 활동과 프로그램, 파킹 랏 등 제공, 집세에 난방비 포함

섹션 8 노인아파트

지원: 연방 주택 및 도시 개발부(The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development)

운영기관하나 센터 (HANA Center)

공정주택거주기회선언문:  하나센터는 미 연방 주택 및 도시 개발부가 추구 하고 있는 거주 기회 평등의 원칙과 그 정신을 굳게 믿으며,  이 원칙을 전국적으로 실현하는 것을 목표로 하고 있습니다. 또한 하나 센터는 인종, 피부색, 종교, 성별, 장애, 가족 형편 및 출신 국가로 인한 거주 기회 차별을 삼가는 홍보 및 마케팅 프로그램을 장려 및 지원합니다.

 

 

 

Announcement: Koram Senior Housing's Waitlist Application is Opening. 

  • The application will be distributed between Thursday, October 26 through Wednesday, November 22nd between 9 am - 5 pm.
  • The application may be submitted between Monday, November 27 through Tuesday, November 28th between 9 am and 1 pm
  • The application can be picked up and dropped off at Koram Senior Housing (4444 N. Harding Ave Chicago, IL 60625)

Applicants must pick up the application at Koram Senior Housing and submit the application in person. Mail-in or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Koram Senior Housing Offers: 1 bedroom units, elevator access, cable television available, on-site laundry, recently updated kitchens, on-site senior service coordinator, community room, planned activities, heating included.

Section 8 Program Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant or applicant's spouse must be at least 62 years of age or with disabilities
  2. Meet citizenship/eligible immigration criteria
  3. Provide documentation of Social Security Number 
  4. Annual gross income of the household must be less than or equal to the income limits of ($27,650 for 1 person, $31,600 of 2 people)

Elderly Section 8 Housing

Rental assistance supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Income Limits apply.

Professionally Managed by the HANA Center

Equal Housing Opportunity Statement: We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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HANA Center Calls for a Clean DREAM Act by Christmas!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
 

CONTACTS: 
Nayoung Ha, HANA Center, 773.633.1270

Last night,  Speaker Paul Ryan told leaders of a Republican Study Committee that protections for immigrant youth would be included in the year-end spending bill.

On September 5th, Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, leaving 800,000 youth at risk, including thousands of Asian Americans. The DREAM Act will give an estimated 2.1 million immigrant youth the opportunity to work, go to school, and a pathway to citizenship.

Since the cancellation of DACA, HANA Center and it's national partners NAKASEC and Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles/Orange County, have been meeting with legislators on both sides of the aisle to urge them to support a clean DREAM Act, which supports immigrant youth while doing no harm to other members of the immigrant communities.

Jung Woo Kim, Korean Resource Center Membership Coordinator and DACAmented leader said, "A clean DREAM Act gives us our basic human rights. Is that too much for young people to ask for Christmas?"

"And, it is cruel and nonsensical to shield immigrant youth from deportation and then deport their parents. Immigrant youth, like all young people, need their parents who love them and support them to grow and live to their full potential," added Sumi Yi, NAKASEC Virginia's Community Organizer.

HANA Center and it's national partners, with the newly formed AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table, will hold a national AAPI DREAM Mobilization to Washington DC on November 15 & 16 to amplify AAPI voice and presence to urge Congress to pass a clean bipartisan bill to protect and support young immigrants who are the future of this country.  

HANA Center Denounces White House Immigration Principles as Un-American and Unacceptable

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2017

Contacts
Taneka Jennings, taneka@hanacenter.org
Nayoung Ha, nha@hanacenter.org

HANA Center Denounces White House Immigration Principles as Un-American and Unacceptable

HANA Center and our partners NAKASEC and the Korean Resource Center (KRC) are outraged by the White House’s release of immigration principles that are cruel, inhumane, anti-family, racist and counterproductive to any good faith efforts to protect our youth.  

When the Trump administration heartlessly cancelled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program on September 5th, destabilizing the lives of 800,000 young immigrant Americans, it called upon Congress to act towards a permanent legislative solution. Now, in exchange for what should be a simple act of relief for our young people, the Administration is calling for a boatload of anti-immigrant measures, including: funding for the construction of a wall and further militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border, hiring 10,000 immigration agents, denying federal grants to sanctuary cities, ramping up the E-Verify program, ending sponsorship of extended family members, rejecting asylum claims, and deporting unaccompanied minors seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. Upon rescission of the DACA Program, Trump stated, “I do not favor punishing children.” These actions, however, do just that.

We will not stand for this unconscionable agenda which exploits young people as bargaining chips for anti-immigrant measures that will deeply harm our families and communities. As a growing and diverse nation that strongly values family, the Trump administration’s agenda is Un-American and unacceptable.  

Over the last month, HANA Center, NAKASEC, and KRC have been meeting with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, all of whom have all expressed a deep desire to support our young people. We also know that 86% of Americans favor passing a clean DREAM Act.  While it is clear the Trump administration is not honoring our democracy by listening to the American people, we must continue to push Congress to work with us to do the right thing. The first step must be a bold rejection of this agenda.

NAKASEC, KRC and HANA Center remain strong in our commitment to organizing and advocating for a clean DREAM Act that is good for all members of our community. For the health and future of this country, our young people must be given the opportunity to thrive.


 

HANA Center's 40th Annual Health Fair

HANA Center's Health Fair connects the community with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to provide health screenings and preventive care at low cost, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. Health Fair will offer a number of services including mammogram, EKG, urinalysis, pap smear, and many others. 

Appointments are required. Please call HANA Center at 773-583-5501 to make an appointment. Parking is available for $4 at the hospital.

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