On April 23, 2013, the New York State Senate passed a resolution celebrating the Korean American Civic Empowerment’s (KACE) 17th anniversary and honoring its contributions to the Korean and Asian American communities in New York.

This resolution, drafted by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky from Queens on April 19th, was adopted unanimously on April 23rd. New York State Senate has encouraged the activities of local organizations by adopting resolutions in their honor. However, this is the first occasion where a resolution was adopted for a Korean American organization. Also, unlike resolutions for other organization, this resolution was adopted through the sponsorship of all 63 senators unanimously. This resolution encourages the Korean Americans’ participation in the local community and serves to prove the Korean Americans’ increase in political power.

The resolution congratulates KACE’s 17th anniversary, and recognizes its achievements such as registering over 25,000 Korean Americans to vote, assisting over 1,200 Korean American voters every year, and taking leadership of causes that concern the Korean and Asian American communities.

The full text of the resolution is attached below.


J1316-2013: Celebrating the 17th Anniversary of Korean American Civic Empowerment

J1316-2013 Actions

  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

J1316-2013 Text

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION celebrating the 17th Anniversary of Korean American Civic Empowerment

 WHEREAS,  In  2013,  Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) celebrates  its 17th year of service to the Asian community in Queens; and

 WHEREAS, KACE has been an advocate for voting rights of Asian Americans and works to mobilize, increase accessibility to polls, and educate the community on how to exercise their voting rights; and

 WHEREAS, Since 1996, through its year-round voter registration drives,  KACE  has  registered more than 25,000 new Korean voters in New York and New Jersey, and assists more than 1,200 voters annually in a variety of ways; and

 WHEREAS,  KACE  conducts  get-out-the-vote campaigns, exit polling and  poll monitoring, has a voter hot-line,  conducts  voter  data  analysis,  redistricting for  Asian  Americans, and conducted Census 2000 and 2010

 with the US Census Bureau; and

 WHEREAS, Formerly known as the Korean American Voters’ Council (KAVC),  a non-partisan, not-for-profit community-based organization  established  in  1996,  worked to empower the Korean American community by advocating  voting rights; and

 WHEREAS, Since 2006, the organization has been providing innovative Internship and training opportunities to the younger generation including Grassroots Internship  and  Activist  Training  Programs  which  are

 designed to educate participants about grassroots activism, outreach and  organizing, lobbying, using media and social networking; and

 WHEREAS, In April 2012, KAVC changed its name to Korean American Civic  Empowerment to better reflect its expanded programs which now include  Encouraging diverse civic engagement and participation among Korean  Americans by organizing and supporting them to become responsible and  Respectable community members; and

 WHEREAS, In addition to its voter efforts, KACE advocates for issues  At the local, state and federal levels to address community concerns and  Interests such as the NYC Small Business Survival Act, NJ Dry Cleaning

 Business advocacy and the US HEAP application assistance program; and

 WHEREAS, KACE organizes events to mobilize and strengthen the Korean  American community’s solidarity with Korea, and educates and informs the  Korean American community and other ethnic, religious and cultural

 Communities about Korea by inviting elected officials to visit Korea,  Providing programs or information regarding the issues that Korea faces  And increasing awareness of Korea and its culture among the U.S. citizens and community; now, therefore, be it

 RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to  celebrate the 17th Anniversary of Korean American Civic Empowerment  and  to recognize its years of service to the Korean American community as it

 seeks to  empower, engage and create involved and concerned citizens of  the Queens community and beyond; and be it further

 RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to Korean American Civic Empowerment.


The following link is to an article covering this resolution.

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