In the month of March, the MinKwon Center and its youth have been very active in advocacy and organizing for the New York DREAM Act. With the goal of the bill's passage in the New York Senate, MinKwon launched an intensive call-in campaign. Along with other New York DREAM Act Coalition members , labor unions, and immigrants' rights advocates, MinKwon organized a rally and a press conference for the passage of the New York DREAM Act on March 17th. Various elected officials, including Assembly Members Ron Kim and Francisco Moya, City Councilmembers and State Senators were present, expressing their support.
However, on the same day, the vote on the New York DREAM Act failed by two votes. Yet, MinKwon and its New York DREAM Act Coalition allies did not given up. They continued their advocacy efforts on March 18th in Albany, holding elected officials accountable. MinKwon participated in the efforts for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to include the New York DREAM Act in the state budget through rallies and protests at City Hall, the New York Public Library, and the Governor's Office on 19th, 26th, and 27th respectively.
On March 29th, the MinKwon Center hosted a workshop on occupational safety and health at Asian American Women's Center. Held with support from Organizational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), MinKwon attorney Hana Kim presented on occupational safety and health while also providing information on worker's compensation, employers' responsibilities, and employees' rights.
On March 15th and the 29th, the MinKwon Center held a Citizenship Day Legal Clinic at Chinese American Planning Council (CPC). At the clinics, more than 40 community members received legal consultation and naturalization application assistance.
These clinics were made possible with support from the New Americans Campaign, helping MinKwon in reaching the immigrant community in New Jersey. MinKwon and its partner organizations plan to hold more clinics in the near future.
To sign up for a naturalization appointment, please contact Kevin Cho at the MinKwon Center (718-460-5600 / firstname.lastname@example.org)