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2012 Activity

September 18, 2012: KAPA holds a Meet & Greet with our endorsed candidates and Democratic Primary victors from Queens, Ron Kim & Nily Rozic.  During the 2012 Primaries, KAPA mobilized 22 volunteers who spent 170 hours door knocking and phonebanking to reach out to 2700 voters.  All 3 of KAPA’s endorsed candidates — Grace Meng, Ron Kim & Nily Rozic — won their races.

September 3-18, 2012: KAPA volunteers help to get out the vote for our endorsed candidates Ron Kim and Nily Rozic through phone banking and street canvassing.

September 3, 2012: KAPA announces its endorsement of Ron Kim in the 2012 Primary Election for the 40th New York State Assembly District and Nily Rozic in the 2012 Primary Election for the 25th New York State Assembly District. Mr. Kim received more than 75% of KAPA’s membership vote for Assembly District 40; Ms. Rozic received over 93% of the membership vote for Assembly District 25.

August 25, 2012: The KAPA Board issues its recommendation to endorse Nily Rozic in the primary elections for the 25th Assembly District and Ron Kim in the40th Assembly District.  Our recommendation includes links to candidates Ron Kim, Yen Chou, Martha Flores-Vazquez and Nily Rozic’s completed KAPA candidate questionnaires.

June 18-26, 2012: KAPA volunteers knock on over 1000 doors in the run-up to Primary Day to help get out the vote in support of our endorsed Congressional candidate Grace Meng.  Meng wins the June 26 Democratic Primary for the 6th Congressional District in NY.

June 14, 2012: KAPA announces its endorsement of Grace Meng for Congress. This endorsement is based on the preference expressed by KAPA members during its voting period that ended on June 12, 2012.  KAPA believes that Ms. Meng’s overall federal policy views, especially on the federal government’s overall budget priorities, are more consistent with KAPA’s policy positions and objectives. If elected, Ms. Meng would be the first Asian-American member of New York’s Congressional delegation.

June 9, 2012The KAPA Steering Committee issues to its membership its recommendation to endorse Grace Meng for the 2012 Democratic Primary Election for NY’s Sixth Congressional District.  The recommendation includes a side-to-side comparison of the candidates’ responses to KAPA’s candidate questionnaire and analysis of their legislative records.

May 28, 2012: KAPA sends out its Candidate Questionnaire to the Sixth Congressional District  primary candidates Elizabeth Crowley, Rory Lancman, Grace Meng, and Robert Mittmann.

May 24, 2012: KAPA co-sponsors OCA-NY’s 20th Birthday Salute for Private Danny Chen.  Proceeds from this artistic tribute and fundraiser, held at Pace High School, go towards mobilizing his family and community members to attend the court-martials and continued efforts to raise awareness on Danny’s case.

May 22, 2012: KAPA co-sponsors Revisiting Vincent: The Legacy of the Vincent Chin Case, 30 Years Later.  Held at NY Law School,  the event features a dramatic presentation of the Vincent Chin case composed of original trial transcripts, video interviews, and personal testimonies, and invites critical conversation among all New Yorkers.

April 10, 2012: KAPA Speaker Series: Dare to DREAM — What You Should Know About the NY DREAM Act.  The event was moderated by KAPA Board member Christina Chang and featured: Chung-Wha Hong, the Executive Director of the NY Immigration Coalition, David Kallick, Senior Fellow and Director of the Immigration Research Initiative at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Emily Park, an undocumented Queens College student and DREAM Fellow.  We discussed the NY DREAM Act, its potential impact on all New Yorkers, including undocumented students, its costs/benefits, and the campaign to get it passed in 2012.

March 18, 2012: KAPA sends out an Action Alert pushing for passing of New York State Dream legislation.  We ask supporters to contact Gov. Cuomo and other State legislators to demand that they include the NY DREAM Act, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provision, in the budget so that it can pass this year.

March 14, 2012: KAPA joins over 1000 New Yorkers in the Immigrants’ Day of Action in Albany. KAPA members spend the day marching, rallying and lobbying, making legislative visits to State Senators Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Queens) and Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), as well as Assembly Member Margaret Markey (AD 30).

March 12, 2012: KAPA Social Soju & Viewing Party: Linsanity — the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.  We talk about Linsanity and how, even as we’ve reveled in Jeremy Lin’s story and success, we’ve cringed too at the subtle and overt racism and stereotyping that has accompanied his meteoric rise.  We discuss the media and public’s framework for viewing and analyzing  an Asian American sports star.

February 15, 2012: Our KAPA Speaker Series: What Happened to Pvt. Danny Chen, features civil rights attorney and OCA-NY President, Liz OuYang, and Board member Esther Choi. We speak about the history of Danny’s case, OCA-NY’s tremendous advocacy efforts that led to a historic meeting with top Army officials at the Pentagon to discuss reforms, and the investigation that resulted in eight soldiers being charged in connection with his death. We talk too about next steps and how best to ensure the court martials be convened in the U.S. and not Afghanistan.

February 7, 2012: KAPA Co-Chair Bright Limm testifies at the Queens Public Hearing held by LATFOR, the state legislative task force charged with drafting NY State’s legislative and Congressional district lines. He focuses on LATFOR’s proposed Senate Districts 16 and 11, recommending that the proposed districts be modified to help keep the neighborhoods of Flushing, Bayside, Bayside Hills, and Oakland Gardens intact while also making both districts more compact and contiguous

January 31, 2012: KAPA joins other ACCORD member organizations in a press conference on the steps of City Hall to comment on LATFOR’s proposed district maps. The press conference receives extensive English and Korean-language coverage.

January 26, 2012: KAPA’s first planning meeting of 2012! We talk about KAPA’s history and mission, as well as our 2011 activity highlights and challenges.  Attendees share too their thoughts and ideas about our lobbying/advocacy priorities for 2012, including immigrants’ rights, civil rights, campaign finance reform, and community development.

January 11, 2012: KAPA 2012 Kick-Off Party!  KAPA friends and supporters gather at hotspot PS 450 to celebrate our 2011 accomplishments and gear up for an exciting New Year.  Photos here.


2011 Highlights


Dec. 15, 2011: KAPA Co-sponsors March & Vigil Pvt. Danny Chen. KAPA joins OCA-NY and other community groups in demanding justice and a thorough and transparent investigation into the death of Pvt. Chen, who died from noncombat injuries at an American Army base in Afghanistan.  The Army has admitted Pvt. Chen was subjected to physical abuse and ethnic slurs by superiors, but has given little information about its investigation to the Chens.

Dec. 12, 2011: KAPA Social Soju: “John Liu Campaign Finance Scandal and the Suspicion of Asian Money in American Politics.” We talked about whether Liu was being singled out for heightened scrutiny, debated if racism is the cause and what the federal investigation means for Liu’s mayoral ambitions.  People shared thoughts on how best to raise the community’s awareness of campaign finance laws and what steps, if any, need to be taken to protect and advance Asian American voting rights and participation in light of the ongoing scandal.  Photos here.

Nov.  18, 2011: KAPA Film Screening of 9500 Liberty and Meet the Director and Founder of the Coffee Party USA.  Over 60 attendees watch a a riveting documentary about the explosive battle that erupted over immigration policy in Prince William County when elected officials adopted a law requiring police officers to question anyone they had “probable cause” to suspect was an undocumented immigrant.  In addition to a spirited Q&A with Annabel Park, the Co-Director and Founder of the Coffee Party USA, KAPA Steering Committee member and researcher with Human Rights Watch, Grace Meng, shares stories about her recent fact-finding investigation to Alabama, home of the nation’s most destructive anti-immigrant law, and ways in which KAPA supporters could work to improve the national discourse on immigration.  Photos here.

Nov. 16, 2011: KAPA and other members of the ACCORD coalition hold a press conference to announce ACCORD’s endorsement of the “Unity Map” drafted by ACCORD member organization Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP), and the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ). The Unity Map is a joint proposal for new State Assembly and State Senate districts in NYC that reflect the changing demographics of the city and protect the voting rights of its Black, Latino, and Asian American communities. KAPA Co-Chair Bright Limm presents the Unity Map’s proposal for State Senate District 11.

Nov. 10, 2011: Together with other member organizations of the ACCORD coalition, KAPA meets with State Assembly Member Ed Braunstein (Assembly District 26) to discuss the Unity Map proposal for State Assembly Districts 26 and 27.

Oct. 18, 2011: KAPA, as part of the ACCORD coalition, meets with the Senate Co-Chair and Executive Director of LATFOR to discuss the coalition’s interest in keeping particular communities of interest together and to raise concerns about access and transparency in the preliminary public hearings process.

Oct. 14, 2011: As part of the ACCORD coalition, KAPA meets with State Assembly Member William Colton (Assembly District 47) to discuss the Unity Map proposal for State Assembly District 47.

Oct. 12, 2011: As part of the ACCORD coalition, KAPA meets with State Senator Tony Avella (Senate District 11) to discuss the Unity Map proposal for State Senate District 11.

Sept. 11, 2011: KAPA sends out an Action Alert urging its supporters to join our campaign to ban fracking by calling the White House.

Sept. 7, 2011: KAPA Co-Chair, Bright Limm, testifies at the first NYC public hearing of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) in support of keeping communities of interest together.

August  12, 2011: KAPA members vote on whether KAPA should collect and send letters, as well as create an online petition to Gov. Cuomo to help stop fracking.

August  5, 2011: KAPA Film Screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, GASLAND.  The film focuses on the controversial method of drilling for natural gas known as “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking,” which has been linked to drinking water contamination and other serious environmental hazards.  Given Gov. Cuomo’s recent decision to open NY State to gas drilling, the film is especially timely.

July 27, 2011: KAPA and ten other Asian American organizations announce, in a press conference, the first-ever coalition on redistricting and Asians Americans in New York.  The Asian American Community Coalition On Redistricting and Democracy (ACCORD) will focus on ensuring meaningful public input and protecting the Asian American community voice in the redistricting process.

July 20, 2011: KAPA Sends Letter to LATFOR. KAPA and four other Asian American community organizations send a letter to the legislative panel charged with redrawing our district lines, the NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (“LATFOR”).  We urge LATFOR to solicit meaningful input from communities and to pursue an open, accessible and responsive process of drawing district lines, as well as demand information regarding LATFOR’s criteria on drawing district lines, its timeline, the public hearing schedule and comment period.

July 20, 2011: KAPA Social Soju: Asian New Yorkers Seeking Power to Match Our Numbers. Featuring Steve Choi, Executive Director of MinKwon Center, and Sheebani Patel, Policy Coordinator of CACF, we discuss why our numbers have not translated into greater political clout or government funding for Asian social services organizations, the efforts of the 13% and Growing Coalition, and KAPA’s efforts to maximize our political influence in local elections.  Photos here.

June 19, 2011: KAPA Social Soju: Should Weiner Pull Out? We talk about whether the private lives of our elected officials matter or whether they should be held to a higher moral standard, as well as how the advent of social media may feed the narcissism / contribute to the downfall of the powerful.

June 19, 2011: KAPA Action Alert. As a co-sponsor of the ReshapeNY campaign, a broad-based coalition united to change the redistricting process in NY State, KAPA sends out an action alert urging  its supporters to contact legislators to let them know that redistricting reform is a priority that needs to be addressed before the end of session.

June 9, 2011: KAPA Email Alert celebrating NY State’s announcement that it will suspend its participation in S-Comm.  KAPA’s Steering Committee urges supporters to call and thank Gov. Cuomo for his leadership on this issue and to support the full termination of this program in NY and across the country.

June 9, 2011: Summer Soiree. KAPA co-hosts a happy hour for young Korean Americans to learn more about some of the socially conscious and active organizations, including KAPA, that both support and lead the Korean American community.

May 26, 2011: KAPA Phonebanking PartyKAPA volunteers phonebank to voters in Brooklyn (SD 22), informing them that their State Senator, Martin Golden, reneged on his campaign promise to timely support an independent redistricting process and urging them to call Sen. Golden to support Sen. Mike Gianaris’ bill to establish an independent redistricting commission.

May 17, 2011: KAPA Steering Committee Email Alert calling for New York to end its participation in Secure Communities (S-Comm), a misguided and controversial immigration enforcement program that has failed to meet its stated goal of targeting serious criminals for deportation, instead destroying families, undercutting community policing efforts, driving victims and witnesses of crime underground and imposing significant costs on localities.

May 17, 2011: KAPA Social Soju: What’s the Fracking Problem?  The End of NY’s Safe Water Supply? We talk about “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing), how it is endangering NYC’s water supply and why our government isn’t focusing instead on curbing America’s addiction to oil.

Apr. 21, 2011: KAPA Panel: Is There a Fix for Albany’s Dysfunction? Moderated by KAPA Co-Chair Bright Limm, panelists State Senator Tony Avella, Citizens Union’s Dick Dadey and Jesse Laymon from Citizen Action share their thoughts on redistricting and campaign finance reform in NY.  We talk about how gerrymandered voting districts perpetuate a system that protects incumbents, the corrupting influence of big money on politics and the need to change the source of campaign cash from wealthy special interests to small donations from ordinary citizens and matching public funds.  Photos here and here.

Apr. 8, 2011: KAPA Film Screening.  KAPA hosts a special screening of the timely new documentary, “Gerrymandering,” which focuses on how our two major political parties collude to draw district lines in a way that maintains the status quo and allows our politicians to pick their voters, instead of voters electing their representatives.

Mar. 20-21, 2011: V-Day NYC, Koreatown 2011: Until the Violence Stops. KAPA co-sponsors a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” with an all-Korean cast of NYC artists/activists to raise funds and spread awareness to end the violence against women & girls in our communities.

Mar. 17, 2011: KAPA Social Soju: My Tiger Mom, Myths & Realities. We discuss the Tiger Mom controversy, Korean parenting styles, how the Tiger Mom stereotype affects our community, how the way our parents raised us shapes who we are today, and why Amy Chua’s book has developed such popular mainstream interest.

Feb. 17, 2011: First Annual KAPA Membership Meeting: KAPA members and friends meet to discuss our issue priorities, organizational goals, and activities for 2011.  Photos here.


2010 Highlights


Dec. 14, 2010: End of Year Holiday Party: KAPA celebrates the end of a busy year with members and supporters, from our hard-hitting political and advocacy campaigns to our monthly informal Social Sojus. Photos here.

Nov. 23 & Dec. 7, 2010: KAPA Action Alert in support of the DREAM Act.  KAPA provides an update, information and a call to action on this proposed legislation that would provide undocumented young people who have grown up in this country a path to citizenship by attending college for two years or joining our armed forces.

Nov. 18, 2010: KAPA Social Soju: Post Election Good Times.  We celebrate the Election Day victory of State Senator Tony Avella, KAPA’s endorsed candidate, and also discuss the implications of the Tea Party movement.   

Nov. 02, 2010 (Election Day): KAPA mobilizes canvassing volunteers to get out the vote, conduct a last-minute round of Korean language phone-banking, and monitor polls on behalf of our endorsed candidate for State Senate District 11 candidate, Tony Avella.  After the polls close, KAPA joins the Senator-Elect and other supporters at his victory party. Voter analysis of Avella’s victory shows that three groups of voters – teachers, South Asian Americans, and Korean Americans – make the difference in this election.

Oct. 27, 2010: KAPA holds a Cocktails & Campaigns event featuring Tony Avella, our endorsed candidate for State Senate District 11 (NE Queens).  The event provides KAPA friends an opportunity to learn more about Avella’s platform and vision for Queens and NYC and officially kicks off KAPA’s get-out-the-vote effort for the Avella campaign.

Oct. 26, 2010: KAPA Phonebanking Party. KAPA volunteers phonebank in Korean and English to approximately 250 Korean American voters in Senate District 11 in Queens urging them to support Tony Avella’s campaign for State Senate.

Oct. 23, 2010: KAPA volunteers engage in door-to-door canvassing, knocking on over 300 doors, to help get-out-the-vote for Tony Avella on Election Day.

Oct. 27 – Nov. 02, 2010: KAPA gets out the vote for our endorsed candidate for State Senate District 11 candidate, Tony Avella. KAPA conducts media outreach, door-knocking, and phone-banking targeted at Korean language-only voters in the district and helps coordinate Asian American voter outreach from Avella’s campaign headquarters.

Oct. 27, 2010: KAPA holds a Cocktails & Campaigns event featuring Tony Avella, our endorsed candidate for State Senate District 11 (NE Queens). The event provides KAPA friends an opportunity to learn more about Avella’s platform and vision for Queens and NYC and officially kicks off KAPA’s get-out-the-vote effort for the Avella campaign.  Photos here.

Oct. 21, 2010: KAPA announces its endorsement of Tony Avella for State Senate. This endorsement is based on the preference expressed by KAPA members during a vote that took place from October 8 to October 13, 2010. KAPA members overwhelmingly voted to support Mr. Avella’s candidacy based on his record of reform and public integrity in the City Council, his stated support for comprehensive immigration reform, language access and immigrant status confidentiality, his articulation of clear and tangible proposals for ensuring state revenues to maintain essential social services and his commitment to maintaining and increasing affordable housing.

Oct. 08, 2010: The KAPA Steering Committee issues its recommendation to endorse Tony Avella for State Senate. The recommendation includes a side-to-side comparison of the candidates’ responses to KAPA’s candidate questionnaire and analysis of their legislative record.

Oct. 02, 2010: KAPA joins the One Nation March in Washington, D.C. to rally for jobs, justice for immigrants and education for all.

Sep. 21, 2010: KAPA sends out a DREAM Act Action Alert describing the legislation and urging calls to Congress in its support.

Sep. 16, 2010: KAPA Social Soju: Park51 to Pakistan: America’s War on Terror or War on Islam. We discuss the downtown mosque/community center controversy, whether the “War on Terror” makes us safer or put us in more danger and whether the U.S. is pursuing a policy of assimilation and integration or isolation and discrimination for immigrants.

Aug. 26, 2010: KAPA Social Soju: God & Gyopos: The Role of Church in the Korean American Community. KAPA friends share their perspectives on whether Korean churches further social justice in America and how the role of Korean churches is changing as our community becomes more multi-generational.

Jul. 30, 2010: KAPA Action Alert calling for the permanent repeal of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 following the injunction against the most controversial sections of the racial-profiling, anti-immigrant law. KAPA applauds also the dismissal of all charges against civil disobedience participants in New York, including three KAPA Steering Committee members.

Jul. 01, 2010: KAPA Social Soju: Talking about Immigration in America.  KAPA friends share our own immigrant histories and experiences, as well as thoughts on the current debate, how it affects the Korean American community, the possibility of finding common ground on the issue and how best to advocate for meaningful immigration reform.

Jun. 01, 2010: Four KAPA members, including 3 Steering Committee members, engage in a civil disobedience action intended to escalate pressure on the Obama administration and Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.  Over a three-week period, over 100 labor, community and faith leaders in NYC are arrested in civil disobedience actions.  Photos here.

Apr. 13, 2010: KAPA Speakeasy, “Deportation Without Consideration, the Story of Qing Wu,” featuring OCA-Pres. and civil rights attorney Liz Ouyang, discussing the broken immigration system that resulted in Qing being ordered deported, his detention and the inspired advocacy by OCA-NY that led to multiple front page headlines in the NY Times and his recent pardon by Gov. Paterson.  Photos here.

Mar. 21, 2010: KAPA members traveled to Washington, D.C. to join 200,000 people from across America to rally for immigration reform and economic justice for all Americans. Photos here.

Mar. 16, 2010: KAPA hosts a happy hour fundraiser attended by over 100 friends and supporters and donates almost $1000 to the NY Immigration Coalition to sponsor buses and riders to Washington, D.C. for the March 21st immigration reform march. Photos here.

Feb. 20, 2010: Once again, KAPA participates in the annual Jishin Balpgi (JSBG) festival (“Stepping on the Spirit of the Earth”) organized by Minkwon Center for Community Action.

2009 Highlights

Dec. 12, 2009: KAPA holds a kimchi-making class and fundraiser with Chef Youngsun Lee, formerly of Persimmon & Momofuko.  Attendees make two easy and fresh traditional kimchis, get a primer on how to make the best kimchi pancakes, and share a light Korean lunch together.  Photos here.

November 2009

KAPA joins immigrant advocacy organizations across the country in a national sign-on letter to President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Maj. Speaker Reid in support of immigrant inclusion in health reform and the following priorities: removing the five-year waiting period for legal immigrants in Medicaid, keeping access to the Exchange open to anyone who wants to pay their own money for health insurance, not imposing additional, harmful citizenship documentation and verification requirements for health programs and protecting the safety net health care system.

Nov. 30, 2009

KAPA Speakeasy with Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, Director of the Health Care Advocacy Project at Coalition for Asian Am. Children and Families (CACF).  We focus on the good, bad and ugly of health care reform: what didn’t make it into House bill that directly impacts immigrants/children and what we can do to make sure the Senate version includes provisions protecting these communities.


Sept. 30, 2009

KAPA Speakeasy featuring Chef Youngsun Lee, formerly of Persimmon and Momofuko, talking about the “slow food” movement and sourcing locally/cooking globally/eating sustainably, as well as the challenges of diverging from popular notions of Korean cuisine.

Aug. – Sept. 2009

KAPA volunteers get-out-the-vote for NYC Council candidate, S.J. Jung, by canvassing, leafleting, phone banking and opening/closing polls on Primary Day.

Aug. 26, 2009

KAPA Speakeasy with Jimmy Yan, General Counsel to the Manhattan Borough President, who was appointed to the revived Board of Education in June 2009.  Focus is on the renewal of mayoral control of NYC public schools and other education issues, particularly those impacting immigrant students.

July 28, 2009

KAPA hosts a Meet-and-Greet for its endorsed NYC Council candidate, S.J. Jung, at PS 450 in Manhattan.  The event provides community members an opportunity to learn more about Jung’s platform and vision for Flushing and New York City and how to get involved.  Photos here.

July 11-12, 2009

KAPA volunteers go door-to door collecting petition signatures for S.J. Jung’s campaign for City Council.

July 09, 2009

KAPA Co-Chair, Jennifer Kim, speaks at a fundraiser for NYC Council candidate S.J. Jung. The event is attended by over 450 members of the community, and also includes remarks delivered by Assemblyman José Peralta and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Queens Democratic leaders who have endorsed Mr. Jung.

June 27-28, 2009

KAPA volunteers fan out across Flushing to conduct door-to door and street outreach, collecting the petition signatures necessary to get S.J. Jung’s name on the Democratic ballot.

June 23, 2009

KAPA announces its endorsement of S.J. Jung for NY City Council, District 20. This endorsement is based on the preference expressed by KAPA members during a vote that took place from Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21, 2009. KAPA members overwhelmingly voted to support Mr. Jung’s candidacy. This endorsement reflects KAPA’s belief that Mr. Jung, with his background in grassroots activism, specific plans for District 20, and clear progressive ideals, is the candidate most committed to KAPA’s agenda of civil rights, immigrant rights and economic justice.

June 17, 2009

The KAPA Steering Committee issues its recommendation to endorse S.J. Jung for NY City Council, District 20. The recommendation includes a side-to-side comparison of the candidates’ responses to KAPA’s candidate questionnaire.

May 26, 2009

As part of its speakeasy series, KAPA hosts Bryan Lee, Voting Rights Coordinator at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). Discussion focuses on AALDEF’s national exit poll results, how the Asian American community voted during the 2009 Presidential Election and obstacles we continue to face to access the vote.

May 11, 2009

KAPA issues candidate questionnaires to all seven declared Democratic candidates in the race for NY City Council, District 20: John Choe, Yen Chou, S. J. Jung, Constantine Kavadas, Ron Kim, Isaac Sasson and James Wu. District 20 encompasses Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale, and part of Whitestone. Question topics range from affordable housing to small businesses assistance to education improvement.

March 24, 2009

KAPA kicks off its speakeasy series with guest speaker Jose Davila, Director of State Government Affairs at the NY Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Discussion focuses on the budget crisis and what it means for the most vulnerable members of our communities, as well as the efforts of One New York: Fighting for Fairness, a broad and diverse coalition of social agencies, community groups, and labor unions, that is fighting to ensure that the state budget is not balanced simply by cutting crucial educational, health, and human and social services to the neediest New Yorkers.

February 7, 2009

KAPA participates in the annual Jishin Balpgi festival (“Stepping on the Spirit of the Earth”) held in Manhattan and organized by YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community.

January 26, 2009

KAPA hosts a happy hour at Jadis to celebrate its 2008 accomplishments and to usher in the Year of the Ox. All door proceeds are donated to St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville, Iowa. The pastor of that church, Father Paul Ouderkirk, has gained national renown for his work with the mothers, children and families devastated by the massive immigration raid in Postville last year and has become a national voice calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

January 23, 2009

KAPA joins immigrant rights groups across the country to issue a national sign-on letter urging President Obama to prioritize and enact immigration reform during his first year in office. Immigration reform has been an issue priority for KAPA since its inception, with an estimated 1 in 5 Korean Americans being undocumented, thousands of promising immigrant youth unable to become fully contributing members of our society, and countless families cruelly separated by insurmountable immigration backlogs and draconian immigration enforcement

November 21, 2008

KAPA, in conjunction with NYC Asian Americans for Obama (NYC AAFO), South Asians for Obama (SAFO) and Filipinos for Obama (FFO), co-hosts an Obama presidential election celebration at Nightingale Lounge in the East Village.

November 01-04, 2008

KAPA volunteers engage in get-out-the-vote activities in the run-up to Election Day, including door knocking in Philadelphia and phonebanking to Korean Americans in the battleground state of Ohio.

October 18, 2008

KAPA volunteers go door-to-door in Philadelphia to get-out-the-vote for Obama. Working out of the Chinatown field office, they are joined by California Congressman Mike Honda, NYC Council member John Liu and Boston Council member Sam Yoon.

October 15, 2008

KAPA, in conjunction with NYC AAFO, SAFO and FFO, co-hosts a presidential debate watch party and fundraiser at Nightingale Lounge.

October 13, 2008

KAPA participates in a press conference in Flushing announcing the release of the Obama campaign’s “Blueprint for the Change We Need for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.”

October 12, 2008

KAPA volunteers travel to Philadelphia for get-out-the-vote activities, including door-to-door canvassing and leafletting, in support of Barack Obama.

October 07, 2008

KAPA, in conjunction with NYC AAFO, SAFO and FFO, co-hosts a presidential debate watch party and fundraiser at Nightingale Lounge in the East Village.

October 04-05, 2008

KAPA volunteers travel to Philadelphia’s Chinatown and Elkins Park, a Philadelphia suburb with a high concentration of Korean residents and businesses, to register new voters, canvass neighborhoods and pass out information leaflets about Barack Obama.

September 30, 2008

KAPA hosts a fundraiser, with all proceedings going to the Obama campaign, at Bamboo 52 in midtown.

September 26, 2008

KAPA, in conjunction with other Asian American activists and civic leaders, helps to coordinate a grassroots organizing meeting of Asian Americans in support of Barack Obama. The meeting is held at UNITE HERE’s offices in Manhattan.

September 21, 2008

Jennifer Kim, KAPA’s Co-Chair, speaks at the NY Asian Americans for Obama kick-off press conference at City Hall. The event features Asian American grassroots organizers, community leaders, and elected representatives like California State Comptroller John Chiang and New York City Council member John Liu.

September 08 , 2008

KAPA announces its endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President. This endorsement is based on the preference expressed by KAPA members during a vote that took place from Monday, August 25th to Thursday, August 28, 2008. After KAPA’s Steering Committee made the recommendation to endorse Senator Obama, KAPA members overwhelmingly supported him over his Republican challenger, Senator John McCain. This endorsement reflects KAPA’s belief that Sen. Obama is the candidate who better understands and can affect change on issues KAPA cares about like enacting fair and comprehensive immigration reform, ending the occupation in Iraq, increasing access to affordable health care, stopping foreclosures, and providing a path for low and moderate-income families to improve their lives.

August 25, 2008

The KAPA Steering Committee issues its recommendation to endorse Barack Obama for President. The recommendation includes a side by side comparison and executive summary of the positions held by Sens. John McCain and Obama on issues critical to our community such as the economy, the foreclosure crisis, immigration, healthcare and the Iraq War and American foreign policy.

July 20, 2008

Building on our prior successful joint efforts in 2007, KAPA organizes a picnic in Central Park with various Korean community organizations, including YKASEC, YWCA of Queens, YKAN, KAYF and KACF.

June 19, 2008

Moderated by KAPA Steering Committee member Soo Young Kim, KAPA hosts “Priced Out? The Future of Working Class and Immigrant New York City.” The event, which featured experts Jonathan Bowles, the Director of the Center for an Urban Future, Carl Hum, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas Sze Leong Yu, the Director of Housing for American Americans For Equality, examined the factors that have led to the growing income startification in NYC and increasingly uncertain futures for its immigrant and working-class households, as well as policies to expand the supply of affordable housing, encourage retention and development of promising new industries, and provide greater assistance to small businesses.

April 23, 2008

KAPA holds a roundtable discussion, “Media, Myths and the Asian American Voter: Who are Asian Americans REALLY voting for in the 2008 Presidential race and why?” Moderated by KAPA Steering Committee member Steve Choi, the event features panelists Glenn Magpantay, staff attorney at AALDEF, Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, and Anthony Ramirez, Metropolitan Reporter for the NY Times and past Vice-President of the Asian American Journalists Association (NY Chapter). KAPA circulates its candidate comparison of Clinton, Obama and McCain on the following issues: Iraq/Foreign Policy, Immigration, Mortgage & Economy, and Healthcare.

February 26, 2008

Happy Hour at Jadis – KAPA hosts a happy hour at Jadis, our favorite wine bar on the Lower East Side (42 Rivington Street).

February 16, 2008

Jishin Balpgi Festival – Once again, KAPA participates in the annual Jishin Balpgi (JSBG) festival (“Stepping on the Spirit of the Earth”) organized by YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community.

Decenber 01, 2007

KAPA hosts live-aired Iowa Heartland Presidential Forum viewing party which featured Democratic presidential candidates (Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Kucinich, and Obama) discussing important elections issues including: immigration, healthcare, jobs, the environment, and housing. Forum organizers included: Center for Community ChangeIowa Citizens for Community ImprovementNational Korean American Service & Education Consortium.

November 28 , 2007

KAPA hosts a happy hour at Gama in the East Village. Proceeds from this event were donated to the Youth Empowerment Project of YKASEC ( The Project focuses on Asian American youth in Flushing and seeks to educate them in social justice issues, in hopes of cultivating a heightened social awareness in our next generation of community leaders.

October 23, 2007

KAPA Co-Chair, Jennifer Kim speaks at the DREAM ACT Press Conference at City Hall – in conjunction with: American Jewish Committee, Columbia University Students, Cabrini Immigrant Services, Esperanza del Barrio/Suenos del Barrio, NYC Public High School Students and Teachers, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Mex-Ed, Make the Road New York, NYCPP, New York Immigration Coalition, New York University Students, New York State Youth Leadership Council, PSC CUNY, UNITE-HERE and YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community. KAPA also sends out a DREAM Act Action Alert.

October 21, 2007

Voter Registration Drive (second event) – KAPA, in conjunction with other Asian and Korean American community organizations, organized voter registration drive at the Korean Harvest and Folklore “Chusuk” Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Co-sponsoring organizations: AALDEF. AAFE, KALCA, KAPA, KAVC, YKASEC, YWCA-Queens, Columbia University’s APALSA and Asian American Alliance, and Fordham Law School’s APALSA.

October 6, 2007

Voter Registration Drive (first event) – KAPA, in collaboration with AAFE, AALDEF, KALCA, KAVC-NY, YKASEC and YWCA-Queens, conducts a voter registration drive at the Korea Day Parade in Manhattan.

August 23, 2007

KAPA hosts a happy hour at the White Rabbit in Manhattan. $450 in door proceeds are donated to the NY State Youth Leadership Council, a network of young immigrant advocates promoting the advancement of immigrant youth and the passage of the DREAM Act, legislation that provides a path to citizenship for college-bound, undocumented immigrant students who have lived most of their lives in the U.S. The event, co-sponsored by KALCA, KCS, YKAN, YKASEC and YWCA-Queens, also provides attendees an opportunity to learn more about organizations active in the Korean American community.

June 28, 2007

KAPA holds a panel discussion on national immigration reform at the Korean American Association of Greater New York in Manhattan. Moderated by KAPA Co-Chair Jim Baek, panelists Seung Jin Jung, President of YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community, and Avideh Moussavian, Director of Advocacy for the New York Immigration Coalition, discuss proposed immigration legislation, why the energy generated by the mass marches of 2006 failed to translate into passage of workable and progressive immigration reform, and prospects for future reform. The event is co-sponsored by KAAGNY, KACF, KALCA, KCS, NAPAWF-NY, Rainbow Center, YWCA-Queens and YKASEC.

May 5, 2007

KAPA sponsors a table at the CAPA festival in Union Square, Manhattan.

April 30 – May 1, 2007

KAPA steering committee members travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a national Asian Pacific American mobilization in support of just and humane immigration reform. With participants from more than 25 states, the two-day event includes community dialogues, legislative visits and a rally in the Capital. KAPA representatives participate in a legislative visit to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office.

April 29, 2007

KAPA, in conjunction with Asian American Alliance at Columbia University, holds a panel discussion “15 Years After the L.A. Civil Unrest, Lessons Learned” and documentary screening of “Wet Sand: Voices from L.A. Ten Years Later.” Moderated by KAPA Co-Chair Jennifer Kim, the event features panelists Pyong Gap Min, a professor of sociology at Queens College/CUNY Graduate Center and award-winning author of “Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles” and Tanya Hernandez, a professor in comparative race relations at Rutgers University Law School. Issues discussed include root causes of the unrest, government lack of responsiveness, critical issues currently confronting our communities and paths to community empowerment.

February 24, 2007

KAPA participates in the annual Jishin Balpgi Lunar New Year festival (“Stepping on the Spirit of the Earth”) in Flushing and Manhattan.

February 20, 2007

KAPA hosts a happy hour at Colors, the first worker-owned cooperative restaurant in NYC.

February 2-3, 2007

KAPA steering committee members attend a two-day organizational retreat in Westchester, NY.

November 16, 2006

KAPA holds a happy hour at Mebar in Manhattan. Guest speaker Ju Bum Cha, Advocacy Director at YKASEC – Empowering the Korean Community, talks about the DREAM Act and the “We Are America” picture postcard campaign.

August 24, 2006

KAPA sends out candidate questionnaires to: State Assembly 22 candidates Ellen Young, Julia Harrison, Terrence Park; State Assembly 25 candidates Rory Lanceman and Morshed Alam; and State Senate 13 candidates John Sabini and Hiram Monserrate.

June 15, 2006

KAPA hosts a wine tasting at Jadis, a wine bar located in the Lower East Side.

April 17, 2006

KAPA holds a general meeting at Junno’s in Manhattan. Guest speaker Chung Wha Hong, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, provides an overview of immigration reform efforts and update on proposed legislation.

April 10, 2006

KAPA participates in the A-10 NYC Mobilization Network for Immigrant Rights rally in front of City Hall.

March 29, 2006

KAPA holds its launch event at Maru in Manhattan. Guest speakers include New York City Councilman John Liu, the first Asian Pacific American to be elected to citywide office in New York, and Nanwon Kim, founding member and Chair of the Board of Directors of YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community.


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