On May 13th, MinKwon Center and the Queens Housing Coalition (QHC) participated in a hearing for Queens Community Board 7 regarding the initial stage of the Willets Point West development plan. With a vote of 22 for and 18 against, the Community Board approved the zoning change to allow for development for a mall at the current CitiField parking lot. MinKwon Tenant Group Member Ms. Yoon also testified at the hearing. Ms. Yoon emphasized that the developers need to keep their initial promise of building affordable housing. In the meanwhile, MinKwon and QHC plan to continue mobilizing for more affordable housing.
On May 2nd, MinKwon Center Board President S.J. Jung participated in a press conference held by New York State Senator Tony Avella on the withdrawal of SB 681, legislation mandating English language signs. This law would have restricted business owners from having less than 50% of their signs in English. MinKwon has previously sent a letter to Senator Avella protesting this legislation, fearing its effect on immigrant small business owners.
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On May 2nd, MinKwon Center hosted the annual Spring Reception at the Robin Hood Foundation. With more than 150 supporters present, MinKwon staff presented on various campaigns that MinKwon worked over the course of the year, including our current work working with the Asian Pacific American community to fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
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