SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

San Francisco | U.S. | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Immigrant Rights | Front Page

Fri Nov 27 2009 Korean-Americans Take Part in Action for Immigrants in SF and at Joe Wilson's DC Office
In Bi-Coastal Coordinated Action, Immigrants Demand Room at the Healthcare Reform Table As the traditional American Thanksgiving holiday drew near, immigrant rights groups held actions in San Francisco and Washington D.C. to expose the unjust treatment of immigrants in both congressional and senate healthcare bills.

“Hey hey, ho ho, the five year bar has go to go,” shouted Californians who came to demonstrate at Pelosi's San Francisco office from as far away as Los Angeles. In speeches, chants, and song, they urged Congress and the White House to repeal the five year waiting period for low-income legal immigrants to receive access to affordable health care. Korean-Americans made up the majority of participants and enlivened the event with traditional drumming and a circular march. They were joined by members of progressive Chinese and Spanish speaking communities.

At approximately the same hour in Washington D.C., a group of committed Asian Americans and Latinos confronted staff in the office of US Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina. Rep. Wilson has been a vocal opponent of government-subsidized health benefits to immigrants and is well-known for his outburst, "You lie!" during a speech by President Obama to a joint session of Congress. When a member of the delegation said that the congressman's policies are based on racism, one of Wilson's staff members retorted with an outburst of his own, saying "That's not true!" and turning his back on the group.

Summarizing the sentiment of the demonstrators, EunSook Lee, Executive Director of NAKASEC, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, stated: “... immigrants continue to become the scapegoats and, if not corrected, this will result in a poisoning of the health care debate and the blocking of the real progress Americans need.” NAKASEC was the key organizer of this week's bicoastal actions.

Read More | photo Photos: 1 | 2 | 3

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium

04/19/14 EBSN Working to Build Power Among Workers and Tenants in the East Bay   Health, Housing, and Public Services
04/19/14 Tax Day Protesters Oppose Sending Israeli Military $8 Million in U.S. Tax Dollars a Day   Anti-War | Government & Elections | Palestine | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/13/14 Court's Decision Clears the Way for More Private Money to Enter the Electoral System   Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Peninsula
04/13/14 Threatened Snowy Plovers Nest and Brood in Footprint of Proposed Hotel Complex   Environment & Forest Defense | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/13/14 Failing to Mitigate Impacts of Future Development, Marin Countywide Plan Ruled Unlawful   Environment & Forest Defense | North Bay / Marin
04/12/14 Community Members Hope to Be First "Frontline" County in California to Ban Fracking   Environment & Forest Defense | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/11/14 Mayor Enforces Rule Barring Unattended Recording Devices in Council Chambers   Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/08/14 UC Berkeley and Paul Jacobs Make First Cuts To Redwood Grove, Groundbreaking Held   Environment & Forest Defense | Education & Student Activism
04/04/14 Animal Rights Activists Say Chipotle Marketing Amounts to "Humane Washing" of Cruelty   Animal Liberation
04/04/14 IPCC Report Shows Appetite for Meat Is Harming Environment & Threat to a Livable Climate   Environment & Forest Defense | International | Animal Liberation
04/04/14 Fresno Ordinance Forces Homeless to Stay on the Move in Fear of Having Possessions Taken   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | Government & Elections