For Immediate Release:
Contacts: Sookyung Oh, (267) 334. 5918, English, DaeJoong Yoon (213) 434. 4267, Korean, Kathy Chae (646) 761. 6027, Spanish
“Building America’s Future Together: Immigration Reform Now!”National Mobilization of Asian Pacific AmericansApril 30 – May 1, 2007 in Washington, DC During this critical moment of deliberations on an immigration reform bill, approximately 400 Asian Pacific Americans from 25 states across the country will gather in Washington, DC. Participants for this national two-day gathering are coming to send a clear message to Congress and the White House that today’s dysfunctional immigration system must be fixed. The rally on May 1st also marks the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and MayDay.
Planned events:April 30, 2007 COMMUNITY DIALOGUES 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Chinese Community Church, 500 I Street, NW
Featuring cultural performances, clips of “Sentenced Home,” “Whose Children Are These?” and “April 10, 2006,” discussion on how potential new immigration laws will impact APA communities, and a legislative briefing. May 1, 2007PRESS CONFERENCE 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Taft Memorial Park, Constitution Avenue between New Jersey Avenue & First Avenue, NW Featuring Floyd Mori (Japanese American Citizen’s League), Michael Lin (Organization of Chinese Americans), Reverend Yvonne YoungJa Koh from Colorado, and testimonies from individuals impacted by the broken immigration system. The event will be moderated by EunSook Lee (National Korean American Service & Education Consortium). RALLY12 p.m. – 1 p.m.Convening organizations: Asian American Justice Center, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA, AFL-CIO), Japanese American Citizens League, Korean American Resource & Cultural Center of Chicago, Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National Federation of Filipino American Associations, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Organization of Chinese Americans, South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, YKASEC-Empowering the Korean American Community of New York