Press Release

Black and AAPI Immigrants Build Towards Deep Solidarity and Collective Power

From Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, undocumented young people, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and community leaders from the Black and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant communities convened in the greater Los Angeles area for a three-day long conference. This conference, titled Woori Ujima, woori meaning “our” in Korean and ujima meaning “collective work and responsibility” in Swahili, was spearheaded by the UndocuBlack Network and NAKASEC & Affiliates, KRC and Hana Center. The conference was held in Los Angeles, which was the location where the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest took place, also called Los Angeles Uprising in recognition of its nature as protest against police brutality against black people - specifically the beating of Rodney King, as well as a history of violence and repression against people of color.

Calling for an Immediate and Safe Return of Separated Children

On Friday, June 22, 2018, KRC mobilized 60 Asian Americans from Los Angeles Koreatown and various Orange County cities to the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. The contingent joined the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, CHIRLA, alongside other partner organizations for a rally and press conference to denounce the Trump administration’s cruel separation and detention of families seeking refuge in the United States. This event kicks off a weekend of demonstrations occurring in the region as outrage spreads.

Orange County coalition unites for California values, against Trump-inspired vote in Los Alamitos

On Monday April 16, Los Alamitos Community United (LACU) and a broad coalition of faith, immigrant, civil rights, and youth groups united to promote California values and celebrate diversity in the face unconstitutional and hateful attacks from Trump-inspired hate groups. Although the Los Alamitos City Council voted 4-1 on an ordinance seeking to exempt the city from state law that limits local and state resources from being used for federal immigration enforcement, yesterday's rally was about youth, community, and how we countered the hate and xenophobia of a few with the love and energy over 100 community members from Orange County.

KRC Board Kiljoo Lee Awarded "Women of the Year"

On Thursday, April 5th, at a luncheon in Echo Park, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored a group of inspiring women from communities in the 28th Congressional District. Rep. Schiff issued the following statement regarding awardee Kiljoo Lee Kurumada, a founding board member of KRC: "I rise today in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year, we pay special tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by our nation’s women. It is an honor to pay homage to outstanding women who are making a difference in my Congressional District. I would like to recognize a remarkable woman, Kiljoo Lee Kurumada of La Crescenta, California."

Fullerton Shows Up for its Immigrant Communities

FULLERTON, CA - On the night of April 3rd, 2018, Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn and Council Member Jennifer Fitzgerald requested the City of Fullerton consider supporting the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit against the State of California regarding the California Values Act (SB 54), also known as the 'sanctuary state' bill, alongside the City of Alamitos, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and others. The Korean Resource Center (KRC) and partners made a call to action for Fullerton residents and allies to attend the City Council meeting to let the City Council Members know that immigrant communities will rise together against their acts of discrimination, and won.

AAPI Youth Demand In-Person Meeting with Sen. Schumer

AAPI community members visited Senator Schumer’s office to ask for a stronger commitment to passing a clean DREAM Act this year in his role as Democratic Minority Leader. Upon entering Schumer’s office, the community members commenced a “Sing-In” with holiday themed protest songs to demonstrate a sense of urgency to Senator Schumer. Following the “Sing-In,” two senior staff from the Senator’s office met with the AAPI contingent and provided a space for them to voice their concerns.

200 Immigrants Converge on Capitol Hill for Civil Disobedience

Nearly 5,000 undocumented young people, immigrant rights advocates, and faith leaders congregated today at 12:00 PM at the Upper Senate Park for a rally in support of a clean DREAM Act and permanent solution for Temporary Protected Status. Events included: stories from directly impacted people, calls to action by members of Congress, and a civil disobedience on the steps of Capitol Hill resulting in the arrest of Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Luis Gutierrez and 182 individuals, five from NAKASEC.