Report on the participation in the 114th Congress Opening Ceremony and grassroots training activity

As the Congress held its opening ceremony from January 6th-7th, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) paid a visit to the Congress and pursued grassroots lobbying activity and delivered important issues that are relevant to the Korean American community. A total of 20 participants, including KACE staff, high school students from NY and NJ, college students, and full-time graduate students attended the event in an attempt to provide a stepping stone to politically empower the Korean American society by increasing the awareness of the Korean American community among the members of the Congress. The event also provided a valuable opportunity for Korean American high school students and undergraduates to get a first-hand experience of the grassroots lobbying activity.

Grassroots Activity for the 114th Congress

 

For the 114th Congress, KACE visited 22 offices of Congress members in NY and NJ areas and those who supported the H.Res.121 and H.R.1812, and introduced its grassroots lobbying activity and delivered 5 key issues that impact the Korean American community at large.

 

  • Comprehensive immigration policy for humanitarian concerns
  • Reintroducing and supporting the resolution that was proposed in the 113th Congress; H.R.1812 / S.2663 – expansion of the visa capacity for the high skilled Korean Nationals
  • Strong US-Korea Alliance
  • Increasing awareness of the humanitarian family reunion between citizens of US and North Korea
  • Saving trilateral alliance among US, Korea and Japan; requesting for formal acknowledgement of historical truth with regard to the Comfort Women and territorial ownership of Dok-do Island; strengthening the role of US in the issue

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Congressman Gerald Connolly Chair of Korea Caucus

Visited the offices of the Congress members in NY and NJ and in districts with a high Korean American population, and delivered the policy priorities to the legislative correspondents.

 

KACE had in-person meetings with congressmen Mike Honda (CA, D), Charles Rangel (NY,  D), Bill Pascrell (NJ, D), Gerald Connolly (VA, D), and Peter Roskam (IL, R), and had meetings with the corresponding legislative assistants of congressmen and congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (IL, D), Elijah Cummings (MD, D), Gregory Meeks (NY, D), Steve Israel (NY, D), Grace Meng (NY, D), Judy Chu (CA, D), Albio Sires (NJ, D), John Culberson (TX, R), Ed Royce (CA, R), Chris Smith (NJ, R), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL, R), Joseph Crowley (NY, D), Kathleen Rice (NY, D), José E. Serrano (NY, D), and Eliot Engel (NY, D).

 

In addition, KACE met with the legislative assistants of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY, D) and Cory Booker (NJ, D).

 

In all, KACE held meetings with a total of 22 Representatives and Senators.

 

 

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Meeting with Dongchan Kim (president of KACE), KACE staff, and Immigration/Commerce Assistant and Diplomatic Assistant of Congressman Elijah Cummings

 

Congressman Peter Roskam, who proposed H.R 1812 in the previous term, presented his willingness to reintroduce the bill, and many congressmen and legislative correspondents expressed words of encouragement to KACE for its efforts on promoting civic empowerment for the Korean American community. Additionally, KACE delivered the reports on Korean American distribution and 2014 midterm election analysis, along with the 114th Congress policy priorities to the media correspondents in Washington D.C. The visits and meetings with the members of the Congress are expected to be of great help to Korean American community’s grassroots activities and to the future of KAGC.

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Dongsuk Kim (Executive director of KACE) is having a meeting with Congressman Peter Roskam (IL, R) and asking him to support Partner with Korea Act; Bill to expand the visa capacity for high skilled Korean nationals for the 114th Congress

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Congressman Bill Pascrell, expressing words of gratitude for the support of the Korean American community in his district

 

 

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KACE staff, college students, and graduate students with Congressman Mike Honda (CA, D)

 

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