Building empowered communities
Due to the recent feedback from the 2018 election guide and the increasing attack on immigrants, KWC, KAAGP and KACC saw the need for and were encouraged to form a new organization, Korean Americans for Civic Participation. Given the current political environment, increased Korean and Asian American civic participation is critical for our community.
For 2019, KACP plans to register 500 new Korean American voters. The growing Korean American population in the local area compels us to make sure we register new voters and provide them with appropriate in-language materials and education. KACP will translate and distribute 5,000 voter guides to educate the community of the election candidates and issues. We will reach current and new voters by phone and door canvassing before the primary and general election. KACP will create and distribute How to Vote cards and provide 10 workshops to educate the Korean community before the elections. Our organization will mobilize a mass Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort to ensure registered Korean American voters get to the polls to make their voices heard. To make this campaign successful, we will recruit volunteers for all of these areas and additional election day assistance.
For the 2018 mid-term elections, members of KACP translated the Committee of 70s nonpartisan voter guide which included candidate information and distributed 2,000 copies at Korean American small businesses, markets, churches, temples and community events. The first Korean language voter guide available in greater Philadelphia, community members were excited to receive information about the election and the candidates. Additionally, the current anti-immigrant sentiment is of create concern to the Korean American community.
After Trump’s election, the three organizations began to receive concerned calls from community members, which led them to co-organize a Know Your Rights (KYR) workshop in early 2017. Over 50 community members attended this workshop, where in-language KYR brochures and wallet cards were distributed. Korean American attorneys helped lead the workshop and stayed afterwards to address individual community member concerns.