Korean American Grassroots Conference - KAGC

Korean American Grassroots Conference - KAGC The largest nationwide network of Korean American voters, KAGC is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to uplifting our community through active civic engagement, and in turn, contribute to U.S.-Korea relations.

The largest nation-wide network of Korean American voters, KAGC leads initiatives on voter registration, civic education, community mobilization, as well as raising awareness of critical community issues among members of the U.S. Congress, in order to build a stronger voice for the Korean American community, as well as becoming the bridge between our homeland and motherland. With over 30 community

The largest nation-wide network of Korean American voters, KAGC leads initiatives on voter registration, civic education, community mobilization, as well as raising awareness of critical community issues among members of the U.S. Congress, in order to build a stronger voice for the Korean American community, as well as becoming the bridge between our homeland and motherland. With over 30 community

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From the last in-person college student summit, Rachel Yi of UT Austin said her biggest takeaway was "learning to come t...
12/22/2021

From the last in-person college student summit, Rachel Yi of UT Austin said her biggest takeaway was "learning to come together as a community and make our voices heard." Yvette Han, too, resolved to continue "encouraging the Korean student body to participate in campus discussions." Almost two years since the, both Rachel and Yvette have indeed continued their engagement and helped others around them, too.

We hope to share with more students such experiences through the rare opportunity of working together with Korean American from across the U.S.

The 2022 KAGC National Conference is our first in-person event in two years and a great opportunities for all of our community members. College students, however, are offered extended benefits! Hurry โ€” this is the last week to register ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

From the last in-person college student summit, Rachel Yi of UT Austin said her biggest takeaway was "learning to come together as a community and make our voices heard." Yvette Han, too, resolved to continue "encouraging the Korean student body to participate in campus discussions." Almost two years since the, both Rachel and Yvette have indeed continued their engagement and helped others around them, too.

We hope to share with more students such experiences through the rare opportunity of working together with Korean American from across the U.S.

The 2022 KAGC National Conference is our first in-person event in two years and a great opportunities for all of our community members. College students, however, are offered extended benefits! Hurry โ€” this is the last week to register ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Thank you Senator Chris Murphy for supporting the Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act โ€” a measure that will la...
12/18/2021

Thank you Senator Chris Murphy for supporting the Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act โ€” a measure that will lay grounds for humanitarian reunions for families torn apart by the Korean War in the U.S. and North Korea.

Led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Rep. Grace Meng, the bill seeks to also direct the Department of State to explore options for such family reunions through the special envoy for North Korean human rights and in consultation with the Korean American community.

The House counterpart of the Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act has already been passed in July with resounding bipartisan support, along with a separate House resolution supporting its goals. We appreciate the support of members of Congress, as well as the years-long effort of our community members who have raised awareness of this heartbreaking issue.

Thank you Senator Chris Murphy for supporting the Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act โ€” a measure that will lay grounds for humanitarian reunions for families torn apart by the Korean War in the U.S. and North Korea.

Led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Rep. Grace Meng, the bill seeks to also direct the Department of State to explore options for such family reunions through the special envoy for North Korean human rights and in consultation with the Korean American community.

The House counterpart of the Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act has already been passed in July with resounding bipartisan support, along with a separate House resolution supporting its goals. We appreciate the support of members of Congress, as well as the years-long effort of our community members who have raised awareness of this heartbreaking issue.

Before Su began working as a field deputy on the Los Angeles City Council, she attended the 2017 KAGC National Conferenc...
12/17/2021

Before Su began working as a field deputy on the Los Angeles City Council, she attended the 2017 KAGC National Conference and volunteered for the 2019 KAGC National Conference.

Su had struggled with the intersection of her Korean and American identities throughout her childhood, but after attending, she shared with us that the National Conference gave her โ€œso much courage to speak up for social and political issues that need to be heard,โ€ even without a background in politics or government.

โ€œOver three days, through several program for students like me to experience D.C. and raising awareness of Korean American issues to members of Congress from my state face-to-face, I found a sense of direction and supportive community.โ€

Donโ€™t forget to register for the 2022 KAGC National Conference at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Spots are filling up, so donโ€™t miss your chance!

And read more about Suโ€™s story on our Medium page: https://kagrassroots.medium.com/kagc-alumni-spotlight-soo-lee-55d80e74c9d0

Before Su began working as a field deputy on the Los Angeles City Council, she attended the 2017 KAGC National Conference and volunteered for the 2019 KAGC National Conference.

Su had struggled with the intersection of her Korean and American identities throughout her childhood, but after attending, she shared with us that the National Conference gave her โ€œso much courage to speak up for social and political issues that need to be heard,โ€ even without a background in politics or government.

โ€œOver three days, through several program for students like me to experience D.C. and raising awareness of Korean American issues to members of Congress from my state face-to-face, I found a sense of direction and supportive community.โ€

Donโ€™t forget to register for the 2022 KAGC National Conference at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Spots are filling up, so donโ€™t miss your chance!

And read more about Suโ€™s story on our Medium page: https://kagrassroots.medium.com/kagc-alumni-spotlight-soo-lee-55d80e74c9d0

โ€œI am thankful for this opportunity to connect with so many young Korean Americans from across the nation. It was refres...
12/14/2021

โ€œI am thankful for this opportunity to connect with so many young Korean Americans from across the nation. It was refreshing to see so many bright, motivated people my age who care about our community!โ€ shared Ketzia from Mt. Holyoke College in 2019, who went on to work in the office of Rep. Gregory Meeks, the current chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as a KAGC Congressional Fellow.

She added: โ€œI returned home feeling inspired and excited about how I could apply all that I learned at this conference to my community at home and at school.โ€ We hope more students can find a springboard like Ketiza did in the opportunities we offer.

Register today to join the 2022 KAGC National Conference at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Registration closes on December 26th, 2021. College students are eligible for extended benefits like registration fee waiver and up to $500 in travel reimbursement for the upcoming national conference.

โ€œI am thankful for this opportunity to connect with so many young Korean Americans from across the nation. It was refreshing to see so many bright, motivated people my age who care about our community!โ€ shared Ketzia from Mt. Holyoke College in 2019, who went on to work in the office of Rep. Gregory Meeks, the current chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as a KAGC Congressional Fellow.

She added: โ€œI returned home feeling inspired and excited about how I could apply all that I learned at this conference to my community at home and at school.โ€ We hope more students can find a springboard like Ketiza did in the opportunities we offer.

Register today to join the 2022 KAGC National Conference at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Registration closes on December 26th, 2021. College students are eligible for extended benefits like registration fee waiver and up to $500 in travel reimbursement for the upcoming national conference.

12/14/2021
Senator Markey Remarks for 2018 KAGC National Conference

โ€œIt is important that together we make our communities even better places to live through policies and laws that make them stronger, safer, and more inclusive,โ€ said Senator Edward J. Markey in his video address to the 2018 KAGC National Conference.

As the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Senator Markey has long supported stronger U.S.-Korea partnerships and the civic engagement effort of our community.

Join us at the 2022 KAGC National Conference to help our collective efforts continue. You too can not only hear from policymakers directly, but also directly impacts in speaking with them. Register today at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

There are three days for our National Conference on January 11-13th: Education Day, Action Day, and Reflection Day. Acti...
12/11/2021
Impacts of the 2018 KAGC National Conference

There are three days for our National Conference on January 11-13th: Education Day, Action Day, and Reflection Day. Action Day is the day when our participants head to Capitol Hill and speak with Members of Congress and Hills staffers about Korean American policy priorities.

A 2018 KAGC National Conference participant said, "It felt empowering to be a part of such a large-scale gathering, to realize that while we may have come from different experiences and backgrounds, we share a common goal as Korean Americans to utilize our voices and cast light on the various issues that affect our community."

Will you join us to be a part of this grassroots conference to encourage Members of Congress to take action for our Korean American community?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register today at https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

โ€œAs a Korean American who aims to battle injustices, I am ecstatic to be involved with KAGC. It helped cultivate my aspi...
12/09/2021

โ€œAs a Korean American who aims to battle injustices, I am ecstatic to be involved with KAGC. It helped cultivate my aspirations for public service and public policy as avenues for change. I admire KAGCโ€™s work in educating the Korean American community on critical issues and elucidating the power of civic engagement.โ€ -Ryan Bae, Georgetown University, 2019 KAGC U Leadership Summit

Will you join us and students like Ryan to discuss critical policy issues that impact the Korean American community?

Last day to register for our national conference in Washington, DC is December 26th, 2021.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Register today at https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

โ€œAs a Korean American who aims to battle injustices, I am ecstatic to be involved with KAGC. It helped cultivate my aspirations for public service and public policy as avenues for change. I admire KAGCโ€™s work in educating the Korean American community on critical issues and elucidating the power of civic engagement.โ€ -Ryan Bae, Georgetown University, 2019 KAGC U Leadership Summit

12/09/2021
Remarks by Ambassador Mark Lippert at 2016 KAGC National Conference

Over the years, the KAGC National Conference has been joined by those at the forefront of bolstering U.S.-Korea relations. Today, we look back to 2018 when then-Ambassador Mark Lippert shared with us his remarks to celebrate the civic engagement of the Korean American community from the grassroots up.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register today at https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ and help us uplift our community together for the greater good of us all.

Undergraduate students may be waived of the admissions fee and eligible for reimbursement on travel expenses up to $500. Registration closes on December 26th, 2021.

โ€œI now have great pride as a Korean American, and want to encourage all the other minorities to SPEAK UP, for your voice...
12/07/2021

โ€œI now have great pride as a Korean American, and want to encourage all the other minorities to SPEAK UP, for your voices are more significant than you think!โ€ reflected Sarah who joined one of our conferences as a student at the University of Michigan.

The 2022 KAGC National Conference is open to all those interested in uplifting our community. No previous experience is required โ€” only a willingness to learn and help all of our voices get heard, counted, and reflected.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register today at https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Sarah also said: โ€œspending three insanely busy days with KAGC, I learned an unforgettable lesson: small actions can have great impacts.โ€

Undergraduate students may be waived of the admissions fee and eligible for reimbursement on travel expenses up to $500. Registration closes on December 26th, 2021.

โ€œI now have great pride as a Korean American, and want to encourage all the other minorities to SPEAK UP, for your voices are more significant than you think!โ€ reflected Sarah who joined one of our conferences as a student at the University of Michigan.

The 2022 KAGC National Conference is open to all those interested in uplifting our community. No previous experience is required โ€” only a willingness to learn and help all of our voices get heard, counted, and reflected.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register today at https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Sarah also said: โ€œspending three insanely busy days with KAGC, I learned an unforgettable lesson: small actions can have great impacts.โ€

Undergraduate students may be waived of the admissions fee and eligible for reimbursement on travel expenses up to $500. Registration closes on December 26th, 2021.

Speaking to members of Congress may sound like an intimidating idea, but you will be surprised how accessible and impact...
12/06/2021

Speaking to members of Congress may sound like an intimidating idea, but you will be surprised how accessible and impactful it is โ€” just like thousands of our students and community members found out for themselves over the years.

Join us on January 11-13th for an opportunity to tell policymakers the story of our community. We and the hundreds of others at the conference will join you.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register today at https://KAGC.us/register ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Don't miss this opportunity. Registration closes on December 26th, 2021.

Undergraduate students may be waived of the admissions fee and eligible for reimbursement on travel expenses up to $500.

On the first day of the 116th Congress I heard from local students visiting Washington DC with the Korean American Grassroots Conference. Thank you for your vital work advocating for civic engagement and priorities important to the Korean American community!

12/01/2021

๐Ÿšจ Now on January 11th to 13th: 2022 KAGC National Conference

Register today for the ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ž๐—”๐—š๐—– ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ The largest annual gathering of Korean American voters is a great opportunity to learn how you can make impacts for our community through civic engagement, in the company of hundreds of community members of all ages groups and across the U.S.

College students are eligible for extended benefits. Registration is open until December 26th, but hurryโ€”in-person attendance for 2022 is limited at 150.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visit https://KAGC.us/register for more information

11/30/2021

The mission of uplifting our community through active civic engagement benefits all of us, not just a few organizations and individuals. Thanks to the continued support of those who see the greater good in the work of KAGC, our programs have been made possible over the years.

Generosity of our community members and grassroots supporters like you has made this important work possible.

To support the rapid growth and expansion of these initiatives, we need to raise $30,000 by the end of 2021. As the end of the year nears, we hope you will consider making a contribution to our missionโ€”one that uplifts all of us by empowering each of us.

์ ๊ทน์ ์ธ ์‹œ๋ฏผ์ฐธ์—ฌ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ์ปค๋ฎค๋‹ˆํ‹ฐ์˜ ๊ถŒ์ต์„ ์˜นํ˜ธํ•˜๊ณ  ์ •์น˜๋ ฅ ์‹ ์žฅ์„ ๋„๋ชจํ•˜๋ ค๋Š” ์ผ์€ ์†Œ์ˆ˜์˜ ๋‹จ์ฒด๋‚˜ ๊ฐœ์ธ๋งŒ์„ ์œ„ํ•œ ์ผ์ด ์•„๋‹™๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. KAGC์˜ ํ™œ๋™์˜ ๊ณต์ต์„ฑ์— ๊ณต๊ฐํ•˜์‹œ๋Š” ๋ถ„๋“ค์˜ ๊พธ์ค€ํ•œ ์„ฑ์› ๋•๋ถ„์— KAGC์˜ ํ”„๋กœ๊ทธ๋žจ์ด ์ˆ˜๋…„๊ฐ„ ๋ฐœ์ „๊ณผ ํ™•์žฅ์„ ์ด์–ด๋‚˜๊ฐˆ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์ด ํ’€๋ฟŒ๋ฆฌ์—์„œ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ํ›„์›ํ•ด์ฃผ์‹œ๋Š” ๋™ํฌ๋ถ„๋“ค์˜ ์„ฑ์›์ด ์ด๋Ÿฌํ•œ ์ค‘์š”ํ•œ ์„ฑ๊ณผ๋กœ ์ด์–ด์กŒ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

KAGC ํ™œ๋™์˜ ๋น ๋ฅธ ์„ฑ์žฅ๊ณผ ํ™•์žฅ์„ ์ง€์›ํ•˜๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด, ์˜ฌํ•ด๋Š” ์—ฐ๋ง๊นŒ์ง€ $30,000๋ชจ๊ธˆ์„ ๋ชฉํ‘œ๋กœ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์—ฐ๋ง์ด ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์˜ค๋Š” ์ด๋•Œ, KAGC์˜ ํ™œ๋™์— ํ›„์›ํ•ด์ฃผ์‹œ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ถ€ํƒ๋“œ๋ฆฝ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

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At the end of the 2020 KAGC U Leadership Summit, we asked our students what they took away from the experience. Sydney, ...
11/29/2021

At the end of the 2020 KAGC U Leadership Summit, we asked our students what they took away from the experience. Sydney, Ciara, and Juyoon responded: "We want to empower our fellow Korean + A/PIA women to be more civically engaged and outspoken โ€” because if we don't, who will?" ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ We cannot agree more.

At the end of the 2020 KAGC U Leadership Summit, we asked our students what they took away from the experience. Sydney, Ciara, and Juyoon responded: "We want to empower our fellow Korean + A/PIA women to be more civically engaged and outspoken โ€” because if we don't, who will?" ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ We cannot agree more.

All of us at the Korean American Grassroots Conference give thank to you โ€” for your continued support ๐Ÿ™ We wish you and ...
11/25/2021

All of us at the Korean American Grassroots Conference give thank to you โ€” for your continued support ๐Ÿ™ We wish you and your loved ones happy holidays full of warmth and love. Thank you!

All of us at the Korean American Grassroots Conference give thank to you โ€” for your continued support ๐Ÿ™ We wish you and your loved ones happy holidays full of warmth and love. Thank you!

The recently released 2021 House Compensation and Diversity Study shows that only 5.4% of the House staff accounts for A...
11/24/2021
Demographics and Diversity at the House of Representatives

The recently released 2021 House Compensation and Diversity Study shows that only 5.4% of the House staff accounts for Asian American. The bigger problem is, however, only half of the staff participated in the study.

Improving diversity and representation begins with taking an accurate look at the current state. We have called for a mandatory study for years to address this issue, and earlier this year, worked with Congressman Joaquin Castro to submit a provision in the appropriations bill that passed the House.

We have a long way to go, but we look forward to working with staff and members of Congress to expand and ensure diversity in public service.

The following interactive dashboards summarize demographic and diversity data from the 2021 House Compensation and Diversity Study.

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Korean owned deli across the street. If you go out the hotel front door and look left next to the fire station you can get breakfast there. They will be open from 7:30am and know that we will be coming. Please spread the word to other attendees who may be worried about getting breakfast in the morning before we head to the capital.