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September 2018 Newsletter
Hey folx, Sam here from NAKASEC. As you may remember, our community leaders and youth have been on a Journey to Justice where they biked 1,784 miles from Seattle to San Diego over the course of 36 days. All of this was done for #Citizenship4All 11 million undocumented immigrants and 35,000 intercountry adoptees. Though the bike tour is over (for now), our leaders are back in their bases and are excited to share what we've been up to for the month of September! Read more below :)
Congratulations Jonathan Paik, new Executive Director of KRC!
We are so proud that Jonathan Paik (aka: "J.P.") has been named the NEW Executive Director of the Korean Resource Center, NAKASEC's southern California Affiliate. We wish him nothing but the best, and we know that J.P. will take KRC and their communities to new heights as they organize towards social, racial, and economic justice!
Knowledge is power!
Scholarships and resources for undocumented students
At NAKASEC, we believe that access to education is a human right, regardless of immigration status. However, our current society is not up to speed with that truth- meaning undocumented young people face many obstacles when trying to obtain an education.

As we organize towards education for all, we have compiled a list of scholarships that undocumented students can take advantage of! These scholarships are offered on a yearly basis.

Also, attached here is a list of scholarships for undocumented students provided by "Affordable Colleges Online." Check it out!
We're getting engaged! (civically that is)
Ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, NAKASEC & Affiliates have been in full civic engagement mode! We are phone banking, canvassing, and registering voters non-stop to make sure that our communities are heard and have a seat at the table when it comes to issues that impact us!

Are you registered to vote? Voter laws are different in every state. Use this link to figure out the voter laws in your specific state and the deadline to register.
Keep Kids Out of Jail: Oppose Trump’s Attempts to Change the Flores Settlement Agreement
Since 1997, the Flores agreement has required children to be reunited with their family members without delay, protecting them from being indefinitely held in detention. Currently, under the court issued Flores Settlement, children cannot be held in detention for longer than 20 days, are held in the least restrictive conditions possible, and are provided due process.
The Trump administration is using the federal regulation process to propose new standards for children in detention. These standards, as outlined by the government, could lead to children being jailed indefinitely and under dangerous and inhumane conditions.  Additionally, the rule proposed to make it more difficult for children to be reunited with their parents or relatives.  
Children belong with their families, not in jail. The Trump Administration needs to hear loud and clear that our communities reject the administration’s attempt to jail children indefinitely and weaken protections that have been in place for decades thanks to a court agreement in the case of Flores v. Reno.  Anyone can submit a comment- please do so now using this link: The deadline for public comments is November 6th.   
From our Local Affiliates
As you may know, NAKASEC has affiliate organizations, Korean Resource Center of southern CA, HANA Center of greater Chicago, and our growing chapter in VA. Check out some highlights below from the amazing grassroots work that our local affiliates are doing!
"More Counselors, Less Cops" - over the summer, NAKASEC VA has been working to protect undocumented students and students of color from being criminalized by Student Resource Officers in Fairfax County Public Schools. With our allies, we were able to win some significant changes, including limiting the role of SROs to school safety (not discipline) and ensuring that students know their rights. For some immigrant students, an arrest is not just an arrest, but could also be a gateway to deportation. Read more in the press release attached here!
Our folks from HANA Center attended an action with GAPA ("Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability") in anticipation of the verdict of CPD officer Jason Van Dyke who fatally shot teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times ultimately killing him. On October 5, 2018, Van Dyke was found guilty of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. Read more here.
KAtCH - Celebrating ten years of uplifting Korean adoptees!
From September 28 to 30, NAKASEC and HANA Center joined the Korean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH) and the International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) for their 10th annual conference centering and highlighting the experiences of Korean adoptees.

Community leader and NAKASEC supporter Kristopher Larsen (bottom picture) led a panel at KAtCH about the situation of adoptees without citizenship. A Vietnamese American adoptee, Kristopher shared his personal story and analysis, and also discussed how adoptees and immigrants can come together to share a common vision of justice!
(Top 2 Photos courtesy of Allen Majors)
Before you go!
"If opponents of [affirmative action] are successful, lack of diversity will create a worse learning environment for Asian-American students like my son and damage a multiracial civil-rights coalition that could protect Asian-Americans from discrimination into the future."

Janelle Wong is a current Professor of Asian American studies at the University of Maryland. Professor Wong is also a committed member of NAKASEC who participated in our actions for the clean DREAM Act in DC last year. Check out this Chronicle of Higher Education article that Professor Wong wrote debunking the myth that Affirmative Action policies harm Asian American students!
(Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe, Getty Images)
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
Organizing Korean and Asian Americans to achieve racial, economic, and social justice.

Affiliated with Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles & Orange County) and Hana Center (Chicago)

Contact Us
VA Office: 4304 Evergreen Lane, Suite 104, Annandale, VA 22003 | (T) 703.256.2208 | (F) 703.256.2558
HANA Center: 4300 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 | (T) 773.583.5501 | (F) 773.583.7009
KRC: 900 S Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019 | (T) 323.937.3718 | (F) 323.937.3526

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