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In September, the MinKwon Center continued to work for justice in our communities.  We've had a busy month of turning out the vote, organizing for rent reform, and planning our 30th anniversary gala.  Read on for more details.

We're less than one month away from our 30th anniversary gala.  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Come out and celebrate with us!
The MinKwon Center's 30th anniversary gala will be on Thursday, October 23, 2014 here in Flushing. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate our 30 years of community action.  This year's theme is our motto: live righteously, know your roots, and live in harmony.  Together, as a community, we'll look to the past for inspiration, celebrate the current moment, and envision our future.

Each year, the MinKwon Center honors the tremendous contributions of individuals and organizations whose activism and philosophy have contributed significantly to our community.  Here are two that we are honoring this year -- Eliseo Medina and Capital One Bank.

Standing Up for Justice: Eliseo Medina

Described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most successful labor organizers in the country," Eliseo Medina is the Immigration & Latino Civic Engagement Initiative Chair at Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Eliseo has been leading the union's efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation's economy, secures equal labor- and civil-rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship.

The issue of immigration reform is very personal to Eliseo. When he was 10-years-old, he came to the United States from Mexico with his mother and siblings to join their father, who was an immigrant farm worker.  Eliseo led the effort to unite the unions of the Change to Win federation and AFL-CIO around a comprehensive framework for immigration reform.  Serving as a leading voice in Washington, frequently testifying before Congress, Eliseo has also helped to build a strong, diverse coalition of community and national partners that have intensified the call for reform and cultivated necessary political capital to hold elected leaders accountable.

Last year, Eliseo launched "Fast for Families" in National Mall, highlighting the struggles of families affected intimately by our broken immigration system.  Eliseo is married and the proud father of four children and one grandchild.

Standing Up for Justice: Capital One

The Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland,  Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The MinKwon Center honors Capital One because of its commitment to our communities across the country.  Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all.  To learn more, visit the website here.

Time & Date

6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 23, 2014

Place

Dae Dong Manor
150-24 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
(click here for directions)
Celebrate with us!

In the month of September

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