KRC 25th Anniversary Dinner

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KRC Anniversary Dinner

date
Friday, November 14, 2008 - 6:30 PM
site
Holman United Methodist Church
3320 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
RSVP
Hee Joo Yoon
(323) 937-3718
www.krcla.org/give
HJ@krcla.org


Contents

Welcome

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Korean Resource Center’s 25th Anniversary Dinner. On behalf of the Korean Resource Center (KRC), I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to all the guests here tonight, host committee members, donors, and allies who supported this event. I especially thank all the KRC board members, staff, and supporters whose diligent work behind scenes and spirit made this event tonight possible.

The Korean Resource Center was founded 25 years ago, under the principles of “Live Rightly,” “Know Your Roots,” “Live with Strength & Dignity,” and “Live in Harmony.” With the support and dedication of many, we have followed a path centered on education, service, culture, health access, and immigrant rights. In particular, KRC has responded to the wave of anti-immigrant sentiment over the past decade and spread the message that the issue of immigration is directly related to a better future for America. And, we have been working in solidarity with other ethnic communities to advance a humane immigration reform agenda.

We will always remember 2008 as the year that KRC launched campaigns to protect our most vulnerable populations - low-income families, seniors, and children - in the midst of a major economic crisis. This year was also a year in which we undertook significant efforts to have our community participate in the civic process to have our voices heard on critical issues. And we are not stopping here. Please stay with us as we step forward towards America’s future along with all low-income, immigrant, and people of color communities.

Our wishes for a meaningful and enjoyable evening to all.

Dong Hyun Ahn

KRC Board President

Host Committee

Honorary Host Committee
Host Committee

Sponsors

Education
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • Korean American Cultural Troupe HanNuRi & Jang Koo Hak Dang
  • National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
  • Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW)
Service
  • Iron Workers of America
  • Korean Resource Center Board of Directors
  • Kil Joo Lee & Stephen Kurumada
  • Korean American Resource & Cultural Center
  • Levitt Pavilions Free Music Across America
  • Little Tokyo Service Center, CDC
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Philadelphia Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice
  • UCLA-KRC Community Health Consultation Center
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Region 8 Western

Standing Up for Justice Awardees

In celebration of the Korean Resource Center’s 25th anniversary, we honor three great community leaders with The Standing Up For Justice Award. With this award, we recognize their leadership in advancing community economic development, promoting the rights of low-income immigrants and workers, expanding social justice issues, and lifting up the quality of life for all Californians.

Speaker Karen Bass
California State Assembly
Maria Elena Durazo
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Bill Watanabe
Little Tokyo Service Center, CDC


Speaker Karen Bass

California State Assembly

Karen Bass has been a State Assembly Member representing L.A.’s 47th Assembly District since 2005. In May 2008, she made history when the L.A. Democrat became the 67th Speaker of the California State Assembly, catapulting a Democratic woman to the post for the first time in the state’s history. Along with the California political first, Speaker Bass makes national history as the first African American woman in the country to serve in this powerful state legislative role.

Bass has been a part of the leadership since her first term appointment to Majority Whip. In her second term, she was elevated to the post of Majority Floor Leader, making her the first woman to hold the post and the second African American to serve in the position. Bass, who served as the vice chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, commissioned a report to research the demographic profile of Black Californians including the basic social and economic conditions. The State of Black California report included a statewide organizing effort to involve the Black community in identifying their concerns and making legislative recommendations. As the chair of the CA Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care, she lead the effort to secure more than $82 million as well as to implement new laws to improve the state’s Foster Care System.

Since taking office, Speaker Bass has created state laws including providing Healthy Families Insurance Coverage to help prevent children from going without health insurance; a small business policy that removes red tape by preventing businesses from filling out duplicate certification forms for the city and state; and a measure that expands the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. She has also secured more than $2.3 million to help revitalize the historic Vision Theater in L.A.; and more than $600 million for L.A. Unified School District.

Committed to serving the 47th Assembly District (47AD), Bass created the People’s Council, which is made up of four Commissions (Education, Environment, Small Business and Health) in order for constituents to get involved in the political process. The Commissions also host events and activities in the district to provide information on key issues affecting 47AD residents.

Before Bass began her political career, she founded and ran Community Coalition. As executive director, she built a community based social justice organization in South L.A. to empower residents to get involved in making a difference. Today, the organization is considered a model to engage the community throughout the country. The Los Angelino grew up in the Venice/Fairfax area. She graduated from Hamilton High School, Cal State Dominguez Hills (BA – Health Sciences) and the University of Southern California School of Medicine (Physician Assistant Certificate).

The 47th Assembly District includes Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights, the Crenshaw District, Little Ethiopia and portions of Korea Town and South Los Angeles.

María Elena Durazo

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

María Elena Durazo was elected to serve as Executive Secretary-Treasurer on May 15, 2006. Through over 300 local unions, the L.A. County Federation of Labor represents over 800,000 workers in every key industry, including transportation/goods movement; entertainment/media; services including janitorial and hospitality; education and construction; public sector and retail, to name a few. The daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers,Maria Elena learned the importance of hard work and determination at a very young age. As a child, she traveled from Oregon to California with her parents and nine siblings to work in the fields.

Before leading the Federation, Maria Elena was elected as President and built the hotel workers union UNITE-HERE, Local 11, into one of the most active unions in L.A. County. In July 1996, Maria Elena became the first Latina elected to the Executive Board of HERE International Union. Her election to the Executive Board was followed by her 2001 election as General Vice-President of HERE International, a position that lead her to represent approximately 250,000 workers in the hospitality industry from the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. In 2003, Maria Elena became National Director of the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride, a national mobilization campaign initiated by HERE International to address the nation’s immigration laws. During that time (2000-2004) she also served on the national AFL-CIO’s Immigration Committee.

One of Maria Elena’s most significant achievements was her election in 2004 to serve as Executive Vice President of the newly formed UNITE-HERE International, leading her to represent more than 440,000 active members and more than 400,000 retirees throughout North America. As Executive Vice President of UNITE-HERE, she represented a diverse membership, comprised largely of immigrants and including high percentages of African -American, Latino, and Asian -American workers in sectors such as: apparel, textile, apparel, industrial laundries, hotels, casinos, foodservice, airport concessions, and restaurants.

Maria Elena has served on several commissions, including the L.A. City Commission on Airports where she was appointed by Mayor Bradley, followed by her appointment to the Parks and Recreation Committee by Mayor Riordan. She was also appointed to the California State Coastal Commission by former Speaker of the California State Assembly, Herb Wesson. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for Roots of Change, an organization which seeks to address multiple environmental, social, and economic problems by working collaboratively and systemically to transform California’s food system to one that is more sustainable. This year she also had the great honor of serving as Vice Chair to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and currently serves as a National Co-Chair for Sen. Barrack Obama’s Presidential Campaign.

A resident of Los Angeles, Maria Elena is the mother of two sons, Mario and Michael and the widow of Miguel Contreras, former L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Executive Secretary–Treasurer. Maria Elena is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and earned a law degree from the People’s College of Law in 1985.

Y. Bill Watanabe

Executive Director, Little Tokyo Service Center

Bill Watanabe, for the past 27 years, has been the Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), a multipurpose social welfare agency in the Little Tokyo district in downtown Los Angeles. Starting as a one-person office, Bill, together with the Board of Directors, has developed a comprehensive program of social services, housing and community development activities, with a combined staff of over 130 employees and hundreds of volunteers.

The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) provides such services as counseling, transportation, peer support groups, emergency assistance, health and consumer education, small business counseling, affordable housing, child care programs, and job training. In recent years, LTSC has:

  • Built or renovated 280 units of affordable housing for seniors and families in downtown L.A.
  • Revived an abandoned historic church into a visual arts center, and home to the nationally renowned East West Players
  • Renovated a 100 year-old restaurant and hotel building, contributing to the vitality of Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles
  • Instituted the LA Tofu Festival that annually draws tens of thousands of persons to downtown and raises funds for charitable causes
  • Helped over 100 Asian Americans seek life-saving bone-marrow matches, and recruited over 100,000 potential marrow donors

Bill received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State Northridge. In 1972, he made a career change and received his Masters in Social Work from UCLA and has since been an active member of the Asian Pacific community in Los Angeles.

Bill has been President of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON), the largest social service network in the Asian community, and is the founder of the Asian Pacific Community Fund which has awarded over $1 million in grants. He has also been President of the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, and has served on the Board of the California Association of Nonprofits and chaired the statewide Nonprofit Policy Council of California. Bill has served eight years on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and serves on the Advisory Board of the UCLA Center for Civil Society, and has concluded a term on the Union Bank Advisory Board for community reinvestment. He is also a co-founder and current Board member of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. He has also served on the national Board of Amnesty International USA, a world-wide human rights advocacy organization.

Locally, he has served for many years as the Board Chairman of the Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley, one of the largest Asian American Christian churches in the southland. Bill and his wife have a daughter, and they live in Silverlake near downtown Los Angeles. He enjoys trout fishing, trivia, and Star Trek.

Congratulatory Messages

Barbara Boxer

November 14, 2008

Korean Resource Center 900 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019

Dear Friends:

I send you my warmest greetings as you gather for "The Movement of People: Marking 25 Years of Education & Organizing" to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Korean Resource Center (KRC). Although I cannot be with you this evening, I hope you have a very special celebration.

KRC provides social, educational, and advocacy services to the low-income, limited English-speaking Korean community of Los Angeles. For 25 years, KRC has worked to educate the public on issues including immigration, healthcare, civic participation, housing, and community development. Their dedication has benefitted Korean Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and immigrant communities in Los Angeles and across the state of California.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize tonight's Standing Up for Justice awardees. The work you do on behalf of Korean Americans, immigrants and social justice is commendable. I thank you for your passion and commitment to the community.

Again, my best wishes for a wonderful celebration. I extend my congratulations to KRC and to all those who have supported their work over the past 25 years. I hope you enjoy much success in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer

United States Senator

Diane Watson

November 14, 2008

Korean Resource Center 900 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019

As Representative of the 33rd Congressional District, it is with great pleasure that I send my regards to those in attendance at celebrating the significant accomplishments of the Korean Resource Center (KRC) over the past 25 years. I extend my congratulations to all those who have participated in the work and growth over the years.

Located in my 33rd Congressional District, I am aware of the important work done by KRC to provide a variety of social, educational, cultural and advocacy services to the low-income, limited English-speaking Korean community of Los Angeles. Your dedication to social change and to seek fair policies have benefitted Korean Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and immigrant communities in Los Angeles, statewide in California, and nationally across the United States

The Korean Resource Center's 25-year history educating the public on the issues at stake, including immigration, healthcare, civic participation, housing, and community development, and developing deeper understanding and awareness about the people directly affected by current policies is articulated by tonight’s theme. I commend KRC for their tremendous contributions and leadership. I wish you great success in the future.

Sincerely,

Diane E. Watson

Member of Congress

Judy Chu

November 6, 2008

Korean Resource Center 900 S Crenshaw Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90019

Dear Friends,

I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of the Korean Resource Center's 25th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner, "The Movement of People: Celebrating 25 Years of Education and Organizing."

Since 1983, KRC has been empowering communities of immigrant and people of color, particularly Korean Americans, through advocacy, social services, education and community organizing. By 2007, KRC was assisting 6,160 clients through its social service programs alone, with untold others benefiting from the center's legal services, naturalization services, financial literacy and health access programs.

Besides providing everyday assistance through its various service programs, KRC has helped the Korean American community find its voice in the political process. Grassroots mobilizations by its members have helped KRC become a powerful advocate in major campaigns for equal rights and justice for immigrant, minority and working families.

On behalf of the California State Board of Equalization's Fourth District, I extend my best wishes for your continued success!

Sincerely,

JUDY CHU, Ph. D. Chair, California State Board of Equalization

Antonio Villaraigosa

November 14, 2008 Korean Resource Center 900 S. Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, it is with great pleasure that I send my regards to those in attendance tonight at the “The Movement of People: Marking 25 Years of Education & Organizing” to celebrate the significant accomplishments of the Korean Resource Center (KRC) over the past 25 years. I wholeheartedly extend my congratulations to the Korean Resource Center and to all those who have participated in their work and growth over the years.

I commend the important work done by KRC to provide a variety of social, educational, cultural and advocacy services to the low-income, limited English-speaking Korean community of Los Angeles. Their dedication to social change and to seek fair policies have benefited Korean Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and immigrant communities locally in Los Angeles, statewide in California, and nationally.

KRC’s 25-year history to educating the public on the issues at stake, including immigration, healthcare, civic participation, housing, and community development, and developing deeper understanding and awareness about the people directly affected by current policies is articulated by tonight’s theme.

I extend my best wishes for a memorable celebration and future success.

Very truly yours,

ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA Mayor

Herb Wesson

HERB J. WESSON, JR. COUNCILMEMBER, 10TH DISTRICT

KOREAN RESOURCE CENTER 25th Anniversary Awards Gala

On behalf of the residents of the 10th District, I am pleased to welcome you to the Korean Resource Center’s (KRC) 25th Anniversary, The Movement of People: Marking 25 Years of Education & Organizing. This evening is a great opportunity to celebrate the successes and advances KRC has attained and to salute all those who have participated in its work and growth over the years.

For 25 years, KRC has provided a myriad of social, educational, cultural and advocacy services to the low-income, limited English-speaking Korean community of Los Angeles. Its dedication to social change and fair policies have benefited Korean Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and immigrant communities locally in Los Angeles, statewide in California, and nationally. I commend KRC for its tremendous contributions and leadership.

I also extend congratulations to the Standing Up For Justice awardees, my good friends: Speaker Karen Bass, Assemblymember, 47th District; Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFLCIO and Bill Watanabe, Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center. Best wishes for a successful and memorable event.

Sincerely,

HERB J. WESSON, JR. Councilmember, 10th District

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