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9/14 Los Angeles: DREAM Fast Vigil - Day 1

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    DREAM Fast Vigil September 13, 2004 (Monday) DAY 1 From: Jane E. Chung jane@nakasec.org Program Associate National Korean American Service & Education
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 14, 2004
      DREAM Fast Vigil
      September 13, 2004 (Monday)

      DAY 1

      From: Jane E. Chung
      Program Associate
      National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
      Tel: 323/937-3703

      [Los Angeles] At the corner of Jefferson Street and Hoover Boulevard,
      with the University of Southern California as the backdrop, over 40 supporters,
      allies, students, and community leaders gathered for a press conference to
      kick off the DREAM Fast Vigil Campaign.

      Moderated by EunSook Lee of the National Korean American Service & Education
      Consortium (NAKASEC), speakers included Dae Joong Yoon, Korean Resource
      Center, Angelica Salas from Coalition for the Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
      (CHIRLA), Ben Monterrosso of Service Employees International Union, Moises
      Escalante of the Interfaith Committee for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and
      Byron Perez a member of CHIRLA Wise Up!, and an impacted student.

      Media outlets that covered the press conference were Univision, Telemundo,
      Hankyoreh Daily, the Korean Daily, the Korea Times, Radio Seoul, and KBS LA.

      The DREAM Fast Vigil Campaign was initiated by the Coalition for the Humane
      Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Korean Resource Center, and the National
      Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and endorsed by 19
      organizations based in California. It is coordinated nationally by the United We
      DREAM Campaign and the New American Opportunity Campaign with Oregon, Maryland,
      and New York engaging in similar fast actions.

      The key purpose in this campaign is to highlight the urgency and the need for
      accountability around the DREAM Act and the Student Adjustment Act,
      bi-partisan legislations, which would allow undocumented immigrant students the chance
      to pursue higher education and obtain legal status. Despite the overwhelming
      grassroots activity on the local and national levels around these student
      legalization legislations for the past two years, there has been no significant
      movement in Congress since October 2003, when the DREAM Act passed the Senate
      Judiciary Committee.

      To re-affirm our confidence and the importance of these bills, a core group
      of fasters will be fasting for a two-week period. They will be joined by
      others who have committed to fasting for 24-hours, 48-hours, or for a full week.
      Others who have expressed interest but could not fast on-site have pledged
      off-site fasting with similar time periods.

      Following the press conference, the fasters received a medical check, wrote
      personal letters to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and President
      Bush, and distributed flyers to the heavy traffic of students that passed through
      the site. It was also the time to begin building bonds amongst the fasters.
      Throughout the day, the fasters drank fresh fruit juices and water and sought
      peaceful times reading magazine and playing board games.

      As the fasters wait for “Day 2” of the campaign, community members and
      allies are continuously pouring in their support to keep up their spirit of the
      DREAM Act and the Student Adjustment Act alive.

      Current list of organizational endorsers:
      ActionLA, ArtsCorpsLA, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC),
      Californians for Justice, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Committee of
      Human Rights for Undocumented Immigrants, Hermandad Mexicana, Immigrant Workers
      Freedom Ride – Los Angels Coalition, Korean Immigrant Workers Advocate (KIWA),
      M.E.Ch.A de USC, Multi-ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON),
      Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), National Immigrant Solidarity Network,
      Service Employee International Union (SEIU), South Asian Network (SAN), Students’
      Coalition Union, UNITE HERE Local 11, United University Church, Young Koreans
      United of Los Angeles (YKU of LA).

      Current list of individual endorsers:
      Maureen Santinan, Cynthia Castillo, Dr. Kee Whan Ha

      What to expect on Day 2
      September 14, 2004 (Tuesday) – Cultural Arts Day
      Fasters will engage in arts and crafts activities to highlight the urgency
      and importance of the DREAM Act and the Student Adjustment Act. The products of
      their work will be used throughout the 2-week fast campaign as key visuals to
      educate the general public on the student legalization legislations.

      Fasters Needed for Los Angeles DREAM Fast Vigil 9/13-25!

      ActionLA and National Immigrant Solidarity Network had endorsed the fast and
      will provide faster for the DREAM Fast Vigil, we are encourage APALA members
      to support as well!

      Suggest fast date:
      Sept 16th, 2004: 24 Hr. General Supporter Day
      Sept 21st, 2004: 24 Hr. Labor Supporter Day Fast and Immigrant Convention 9
      AM - 12 PM at Korea Town
      Sept 23rd, 2004: March and Vigil Day

      For more information, or to get involved, please call us at (213) 201-4449 or
      email harroyo@...

      Lee Siu Hin
      National Immigrant Solidarity Network

      National Immigrant Solidarity Network
      No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!
      webpage: http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org
      New York: (212)330-8172
      Los Angeles: (213)403-0131

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      Coalition, National Immigrant Solidarity Network and US-Mexico Border Actions
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      1013 Mission St. #6
      South Pasadena CA 91030
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