Resolution J1316-2013

Celebrating the 17th Anniversary of Korean Amercian Civic Empowerment



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


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION celebrating the 17th Anniversary of Korean Ameri-
can 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  Ameri-
cans 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 includ-
ing 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.  citi-
zens 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 tran-
smitted to Korean American Civic Empowerment.


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