Oct 29, 2021
Undocumented and Unafraid: Student Advocates Speak Out for Immigration Reform
This episode of the Voices for Human Needs podcast features a panel discussion with young organizers and student advocates from the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (_NAKASEC_), in addition to the _Korean Resource Center_ (KRC), based in Los Angeles, California. On September 21, 2021, thousands of immigration advocates from across the country marched in Washington D.C. to welcome Congress back from their August recess at the “Welcome Back Congress – March for Citizenship, Care, and Climate.” This group of organizers, all of whom are DACA recipients and/or undocumented, discuss how they found the confidence to become more involved in the movement for immigration reform and securing a pathway to citizenship for themselves, and other undocumented communities.
Matthew Hernandez (KRC), Ferny Estrada (KRC), Hyunja Norman (_Woori Juntos_), and Hwangchan Yu (_Hana Center_) share more about the strength in intersectional organizing and making sure that all immigrant communities are represented in advocacy campaigns to finally secure a pathway to citizenship and permanent protections for undocumented immigrants. Rachel Koelzer, the Communications Manager at _NAKASEC_, also joins us and speaks to the benefits that a pathway to citizenship would have for the Asian immigrant community, specifically in being able to respond to increased incidents of hate and violence.
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To learn more about the work being done by our speakers and the organizations mentioned in this episode, please see below:
Take action with the #WeAreHome campaign: https://www.wearehome.us/.
Rachel Koelzer, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium: https://nakasec.org/
Matthew Hernandez and Ferny Estrada, The Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles: https://www.krcla.org/
Hyunja Norman, Woori Juntos Pennsylvania: https://wooricenterpa.org/
Hwangchan Yu, Hana Center in Chicago, Illinois: https://hanacenter.org/
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