(Summer of 1995)
In response to the anti-immigrant wave sweeping the nation, NAKASEC initiated “Justice For Immigrants” campaign as a vehicle to organize the diverse immigrant communities. This nationwide campaign succeeded in placing two full-page advertisements in the Washington Post; countering anti-immigrant arguments and calling on Congress and the President to oppose anti-immigrant proposals.
Through dollar-a-person street tabling, we reached over 30,000 Korean Americans and immigrants. The campaign raised over $55,000 were raised from over 300 organizations and thousands of individuals. This campaign also enabled NAKASEC and its affiliates to address the urgent need of the Korean American community to better understand impact of the welfare and immigration policies. For the first time, the Korean American community mobilized and sent thousands of letters to elected officials and participated in grassroots action campaigns. In this way, Korean Americans learned, first hand, about the policy-making process and the difference that grassroots activism can make in that process.