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 partner organizations across the nation, the KAGC hosts a national conference every July in Washington, D.C. The 2017 KAGC national conference drew over 600 community members representing 97 congressional districts across 24 states, including 200 undergraduate students. 18 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle joined the 2017 KAGC in celebration of their constituents'​ and the Korean American community's active civic engagement and in support of a robust U.S.-Korea alliance. In between the national conference, KAGC also supports local community leaders in developing and implementing voter registration and civic education programs on the grassroots level. Under its college program KAGC U, over 800 undergraduate students at 102 universities have participated in voter registration efforts and civic leadership training. For more information, see the 2017 annual report at http://bit.ly/2FhHNrk

Mission: To uplift the Korean American community through active civic engagement, build a stronger voice for the community, and serve as the bridge between the homeland and motherland.

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With another co-sponsor added to the Adoptee Citizenship Act, we've almost reached 100 supporters in Congress. Thank you...
12/18/2020

With another co-sponsor added to the Adoptee Citizenship Act, we've almost reached 100 supporters in Congress. Thank you Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger!

Adoptee Citizenship Act is a bipartisan, common-sense measure to provide automatic and retroactive citizenship to those adopted by American parent(s) from overseas and lack citizenship through no fault of their own.

Estimates hold that as many as 49,000 intercountry adoptees suffer from this crisis today. Visit http://AdopteeCitizenship.org and add YOUR name today to make this solution a reality.

More information can be found at National Alliance for Adoptee Equality.

“It’s an injustice that’s just never been corrected,” our colleague Joy Alessi of Adoptee Rights Campaign explains in th...
12/17/2020
‘You love this country, and it’s taken from you’: Adoption doesn’t guarantee US citizenship

“It’s an injustice that’s just never been corrected,” our colleague Joy Alessi of Adoptee Rights Campaign explains in this front-page story on USA Today. We ask you to give this article a read today for a deeper understanding on the citizenship crisis that intercountry adoptees face due to the failure of the system.

We thank the tireless work of our partners and colleagues who made this important piece possible. Though the Adoptee Citizenship Act has not been passed in this Congress, we are committed to continue raising awareness and trying to get this crisis resolved.

Thousands of adoptees who came into the U.S. legally as children found out they aren’t citizens. They face uncertainty and, at worst, deportation.

Together with U.S. Naval Academy Korean-American Midshipmen Association - KAMA, we are hosting an online workshop on the...
11/28/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: KAGC Workshop on Korean American Identity. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Together with U.S. Naval Academy Korean-American Midshipmen Association - KAMA, we are hosting an online workshop on the Korean American identity and civic engagement. We look forward to connecting with the Korean American midshipmen and cadets in the service academies in these challenging times! Our camaraderie stretches beyond the borders—together apart, for the greater good.

RSVP is required.

Online workshop on Korean American Identity and Civic Engagement, hosted by the Korean American Grassroots Conference and Korean American Midshipmen Association and sponsored by Mr. Thomas S. Kim

With 3 more co-sponsors added to the Adoptee Citizenship Act, we've almost reached 100 supporters in Congress. Thank you...
11/06/2020

With 3 more co-sponsors added to the Adoptee Citizenship Act, we've almost reached 100 supporters in Congress. Thank you Congressman Jim Cooper, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, and Representative Sharice Davids!

Adoptee Citizenship Act is a bipartisan, common-sense measure to provide automatic and retroactive citizenship to those adopted by American parent(s) from overseas and lack citizenship through no fault of their own. Estimates hold that as many as 49,000 intercountry adoptees suffer from this crisis today. Visit http://AdopteeCitizenship.org and add YOUR name today to make this solution a reality.

More information can be found at National Alliance for Adoptee Equality.

11/04/2020

Give us a virtual high five, if you voted today 🙏

11/02/2020

🗳 Election Day is tomorrow on Tuesday. If you have any questions or need assistance at the polling place, KAGC is here to help. Reach us at KAGC Voter Hotline at

🔸 (202) 450-4252
🔸 (202) 817-3841
🔸 [email protected]
🔸 Facebook Messenger

Hotline is live during business hours—and live throughout polling hours on Election Day. KAGC assists with any inquiries on voting, whether at the polling place or at home.

🗳 내일 화요일에 2020 본선거가 치러집니다. 선거 관련 각종 문의는 KAGC 유권자 핫라인을 통해 접수 가능합니다. 실시간 답변은 평일 오전 9시부터 오후 5시 (동부) 사이에 제공됩니다. 선거일에는 투표소 개장 시간 내내 핫라인이 가동됩니다.

There are dozens of Korean American candidates running for office in 2020 General Election — many of them incumbents. Ch...
11/01/2020
2020 본선거 출마 한인 후보자 소개 :: Korean American Candidates on the Ballot in 2020 General Election

There are dozens of Korean American candidates running for office in 2020 General Election — many of them incumbents. Check out who's on the ballot and if there is any running in your area ⬇️

올해 본선거에 출마한 한인 후보자는 수십 명에 달한다는 소식을 들어보셨나요? 이 중 다수는 재선에 도전하는 현직 의원들입니다. 화요일에 투표하시기 전에 어떤 후보가 있는지, 또 거주 지역에 출마한 한인 후보가 있는지 아래 링크에서 확인해보세요. ⬇️

Do you know how many Korean American candidates are on the ballot next week?

10/30/2020
⚠️ Alert on Mail-in Ballots ⚠️

Many voters are choosing to cast their ballot by mail this year. If you are, too, but have not yet returned your mail-in ballot by now, it is now advised that you return your mail-in ballot by visiting either:

🔸 BALLOT DROP BOX
🔸 LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE
🔸 POLLING PLACE

If you require further assistance, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252 or by email at [email protected].

팬데믹의 영향으로 다음주 화요일에 있을 2020 본선거에 참여하는 많은 유권자들은 우편투표제도를 사용하고 있습니다. 하지만, 아직 우편투표용지를 제출하지 않으셨다면 지금 시점에서 우편을 통해 발송하시지 말고, 다음의 세 가지 방법 중 하나를 사용하시기를 권고합니다. 전국 여러 주의 주 총무처장관, 선거제도 전문가 및 공직자들 또한 최근 같은 내용의 권고를 발표했습니다.

선거 관련 각종 문의는 KAGC 유권자 핫라인을 통해 접수 가능합니다. 전화 (202) 450-4252, 이메일 [email protected], 또는 페이스북 메시지를 통해 실시간으로 투표 참여 관련 지원을 받으실 수 있습니다. 실시간 답변은 평일 오전 9시부터 오후 5시 (동부) 사이에 제공됩니다. 선거일에는 투표소 개장 시간 내내 핫라인이 가동됩니다.

Yesterday, three members of Congress co-sponsored the Adoptee Citizenship Act. We thank Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Co...
10/21/2020

Yesterday, three members of Congress co-sponsored the Adoptee Citizenship Act. We thank Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Congressman Joe Morelle, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for their support. As of today, there are over 90 members of Congress supporting this bill.

Adoptee Citizenship Act is a bipartisan, common-sense measure to provide automatic and retroactive citizenship to those adopted by American parent(s) from overseas and lack citizenship through no fault of their own. Estimates hold that as many as 49,000 intercountry adoptees suffer from this crisis today.

Visit http://AdopteeCitizenship.org and add YOUR name today to bring more members of Congress on board to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act.

Follow National Alliance for Adoptee Equality for more information.

Yesterday, two members of Congress co-sponsored the Adoptee Citizenship Act. Thank you Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici an...
10/14/2020

Yesterday, two members of Congress co-sponsored the Adoptee Citizenship Act. Thank you Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Rep. Dwight Evans for the support.

Adoptee Citizenship Act is a bipartisan, common-sense measure to provide automatic and retroactive citizenship to those adopted by American parent(s) from overseas, whose citizenship status was never finalized. Estimates hold that as many as 49,000 intercountry adoptees suffer from this crisis today.

Visit http://AdopteeCitizenship.org and add YOUR name today to bring more members of Congress on board to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act.

Follow National Alliance for Adoptee Equality for more information.

26 co-sponsors were added to the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019. We thank all the Congress(wo)men for their support! Ad...
10/09/2020

26 co-sponsors were added to the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019. We thank all the Congress(wo)men for their support!

Adoptee Citizenship Act is a bipartisan, common-sense measure to provide automatic and retroactive citizenship to those adopted by American parent(s) from overseas, whose citizenship status was never finalized. Estimates hold that as many as 49,000 intercountry adoptees suffer from this crisis today.

Visit http://AdopteeCitizenship.org
and add YOUR name today to bring more members of Congress on board to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act.

Follow National Alliance for Adoptee Equality for more information.

10/08/2020

🗳 Voter registration deadlines are due this week if you plan to submit the registration by mail in Idaho, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Delaware. For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC Voter Hotline at (202) 450-4252 or by Facebook message.
In-person registrations are accepted by a later deadline in North Carolina.

🗳 아래의 주에서 유권자 등록용지를 우편으로 접수하실 계획이시라면, 접수 마감일이 임박했습니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 각종 문의는 KAGC 유권자 핫라인 (202) 450-4252 또는 페이스북 메신저를 통해 접수 가능합니다.

노스캐롤라이나에서는 직접 방문을 통해 유권자 등록을 하는 경우 마감일이 10월 31일입니다.

Did you know that there are 5 Korean Americans running for Congress this year? Check out who they are and what their dis...
10/06/2020
Korean American Elected Officials & Candidates: Federal - KAGC :: Korean American Grassroots Conference ::

Did you know that there are 5 Korean Americans running for Congress this year? Check out who they are and what their districts are like in this summary from last month. KAGC is publishing an overview of Korean American candidates for state and local offices soon, too.

올해 연방 의회에 출마한 한인 후보자는 무려 5명입니다. KAGC가 9월에 발간한 후보자 소개 및 각 후보의 지역구 설명을 확인해보세요. 주 정부 및 지방정부 선출직 출마 한인 후보들의 소개도 곧 발간됩니다.

이 글을 한글로 읽기 As the general election approaches, the Korean American Grassroots Conference would like to help all of our...

10/05/2020

🗳 Voter registration deadlines are due this week if you plan to submit the registration by mail in Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, and Missouri. For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC Voter Hotline at (202) 450-4252 or by Facebook message.

Online registrations are accepted by a later deadline in Illinois and Nevada, where same-day registrations are available on Election Day, too.

🗳 아래의 주에서 유권자 등록용지를 우편으로 접수하실 계획이시라면, 접수 마감일이 임박했습니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 각종 문의는 KAGC 유권자 핫라인 (202) 450-4252 또는 페이스북 메신저를 통해 접수 가능합니다.

일리노이와 네바다에서는 10월 중순까지 온라인 유권자 등록 접수가 가능하며, 선거일 당일에 유권자 등록 또한 가능합니다.

10/05/2020

🗳 Voter registration deadlines are due today if you plan to submit the registration by mail for Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC Voter Hotline at (202) 450-4252 or by Facebook message.

🗳 아래의 주에서 유권자 등록용지를 우편으로 접수하실 계획이시라면, 오늘까지 용지를 접수하셔야 합니다. (단, 하와이에서는 선거일 당일 현장 등록도 가능합니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 각종 문의는 KAGC 유권자 핫라인 (202) 450-4252 또는 페이스북 메신저를 통해 접수 가능합니다.

Questions on elections? Get help from KAGC! 투표참여를 위해 필요한 정보를 제공합니다!With the recent challenges in voting processes, it ca...
10/01/2020
KAGC Election Guide - KAGC :: Korean American Grassroots Conference ::

Questions on elections? Get help from KAGC!
투표참여를 위해 필요한 정보를 제공합니다!

With the recent challenges in voting processes, it can get confusing to prepare for the upcoming election. KAGC has launched an online election guide with information on voter registration, voting by mail, and casting a vote—and everything in between. All information is available in English and Korean.

The largest nationwide network of Korean American voters, KAGC is here to help you exercise your voting rights and make an informed choice.

09/14/2020
Primary Election: September 15th

🗳 On Tuesday, September 15th, primary elections are taking place in Delaware. Before casting your vote, please make sure to check the polling place, voting method, and recently implemented measures for the safety of in-person voters. For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252.
🗳 9월 15일 화요일, 델라웨어주에서는 예비선거가 치러집니다. 투표소 위치, 투표 방법, 그리고 유권자들의 안전을 위해 최근에 새로 추가된 관련 안내 사항을 확인하시어 소중한 한 표를 행사하시기 바랍니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 문의는 KAGC 사무국 전화 (202) 450-4252를 통해 도움을 받으실 수 있습니다.

09/08/2020
Primary Elections: September 8, 2020

🗳 On Tuesday, September 8th, primary elections are taking place in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Before casting your vote, please make sure to check the polling place, voting method, and recently implemented measures for the safety of in-person voters. For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252.
🗳 9월 8일 화요일, 뉴햄프셔주와 로드아일랜드주에서는 예비선거가 치러집니다. 투표소 위치, 투표 방법, 그리고 유권자들의 안전을 위해 최근에 새로 추가된 관련 안내 사항을 확인하시어 소중한 한 표를 행사하시기 바랍니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 문의는 KAGC 사무국 전화 (202) 450-4252를 통해 도움을 받으실 수 있습니다.

09/01/2020

🗳 On Tuesday, September 1st, primary elections are taking place in Massachusetts. Before casting your vote, please make sure to check the polling place, voting method, and recently implemented measures for the safety of in-person voters. In Massachusetts, a voter may only vote in the primary elections of the party he or she is affiliated with; those without any party affiliation is free to vote in the primary election of their choice.

For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252.

🗳 9월 1일 화요일, 매사추세츠주에서는 예비선거가 치러집니다. 투표소 위치, 투표 방법, 그리고 유권자들의 안전을 위해 최근에 새로 추가된 관련 안내 사항을 확인하시어 소중한 한 표를 행사하시기 바랍니다. 매사추세츠에서는 각 유권자가 가입된 정당의 예비선거에만 참여 가능하며, 정당에 소속되지 않은 유권자는 원하는 정당의 예비선거에 투표할 수 있습니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 문의는 KAGC 사무국 전화 (202) 450-4252를 통해 도움을 받으실 수 있습니다.

08/19/2020
Upcoming Voter Registration Deadline: August 22, 2020

🗳 Primary election voter registration deadlines are coming up this week for Massachusetts and Delaware. You can register online through these links below. For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252.

🗳 매사추세츠와 델라웨어에 예선선거 투표 유권자 등록이 이번 토요일에 마감됩니다. 아래 링크를 통해서 유권자 등록을 하실 수 있으며 투표 및 선거 관련 문의는 KAGC 사무국 전화 (202) 450-4252를 통해 도움을 받으실 수 있습니다.

📍 Massachusetts (매사추세츠): https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
📍 Delaware (델라웨어): https://ivote.de.gov/VoterView

On August 20, we are joined by Dr. Julie Kang, Director of Professional and Continuing Education at Seattle University a...
08/17/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: 2020 KAGC Congressional Fellowship: with Dr. Julie Kang . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

On August 20, we are joined by Dr. Julie Kang, Director of Professional and Continuing Education at Seattle University and former President of the Korean American Coalition - Washington from 2017 to 2019, one of KAGC's partner organizations. She will be sharing her experience as a Korean American community leader, and this will be our last virtual event of the summer.

Each meeting in this series requires registration, as capacity is limited. Register by noon on Thursday to join the meeting with the 2020 KAGC Congressional Fellows. See you soon 😀

Weekly meeting with 2020 KAGC Congressional Fellows with Dr. Julie Kang, Director of Professional & Continuing Education at Seattle University and Former President of Korean American Coalition - Washington State

08/10/2020
Upcoming Elections: August 11, 2020

🗳 On Tuesday, August 11th, primary elections will take place in the following six states. Before casting your vote, please make sure to check the polling place, voting method, and recently implemented measures for the safety of in-person voters. For those of you in Georgia and South Dakota, please beware that runoff elections take place in certain districts and municipalities only.

For any inquiries related to elections and voting, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252.

🗳 8월 11일 화요일, 다음의 여섯 개 주에서는 예비선거가 치러집니다. 투표소 위치, 투표 방법, 그리고 유권자들의 안전을 위해 최근에 새로 추가된 관련 안내 사항을 확인하시어 소중한 한 표를 행사하시기 바랍니다. 조지아와 사우스다코타에 예정된 결선투표는 (runoff election) 특정 지역구와 지자체에만 국한되어 있다는 점을 유의하시어 준비하시기 바랍니다. 투표 및 선거 관련 문의는 KAGC 사무국 전화 (202) 450-4252를 통해 도움을 받으실 수 있습니다.

Many states have recently decided to provide more access to mail voting (or absentee ballots). However, we would like to...
08/07/2020

Many states have recently decided to provide more access to mail voting (or absentee ballots). However, we would like to alert you about mailers from third-parties that look like materials provided by the government.

This week, up to 500,000 voters in Virginia received a vote-by-mail application from a non-profit organization that displayed inaccurate information. Mailers like this can also be misleading. Before filling it out, please make sure to:

⚠️ Check the sender and its address
⚠️ Check the recipient

Online registration is also available for absentee ballots in most states. For assistance, please reach KAGC by phone at (202) 450-4252.

This upcoming Thursday's special guest: Jane Kim, national political director for Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential camp...
08/07/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: 2020 KAGC Congressional Fellowship: with Jane Kim. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

This upcoming Thursday's special guest: Jane Kim, national political director for Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign and former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Register now for the rare opportunity to hear from her story of civil rights advocacy, community organizing, serving on the highest offices in San Francisco, and working in national politics. Capacity is limited, so hurry! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Weekly meeting with 2020 KAGC Congressional Fellows with Jane Kim, National & CA Political Director for Bernie 2020 and former San Francisco supervisor.

08/06/2020

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The landmark law that came of the blood, sweat, and tears of civil rights advocates has ensured all Americans' rights to vote, regardless of race and ethnicity.

Through its renewals, the Voting Rights Act has also significantly lowered the language barriers in voting booths. As we celebrate this occasion, we salute the sacrifices of civil rights leaders and affirm our commitment to active civic participation at every opportunity.

Born in Mexico, Ms. Timble was adopted in the U.S. But at 30 years of age, she found out that she could be deported—unbe...
08/04/2020
A Woman Without a Country: Adopted at Birth and Deportable at 30

Born in Mexico, Ms. Timble was adopted in the U.S. But at 30 years of age, she found out that she could be deported—unbeknownst to her, she was never naturalized.

Unfortunately this shocking struggle is shared by tens of thousands of intercountry adoptees who lived nearly all their lives as part of an American family and have not received U.S. citizenship through no fault of their own.

Find out more at the National Alliance for Adoptee Equality on the issue, a legislative solution, and how you can help!

She grew up thinking she was American. When she realized that she wasn’t, her quest to fix the problem put her at risk of deportation.

These states have primary elections tomorrow, August 4, 2020! If you live in these states, make your voices heard in the...
08/03/2020

These states have primary elections tomorrow, August 4, 2020! If you live in these states, make your voices heard in the primary elections!

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