Media Alert

Media Alert

Press Conference - Ethnic Chambers of Commerce
Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bills


For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Contact:  Stephanie Cho, Interim Executive Director, (404) 585-8446,

On March 10th 2016, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta (Advancing Justice – Atlanta) will host a press conference at 12 PM on the sidewalk in between the State Capitol and the Central Presbyterian Church. Various ethnic Chambers of Commerce will express their opposition to two anti-immigrant measures currently under consideration in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Speakers at the conference will include:
  • Ms. Stephanie Cho, Executive Director of Advancing Justice – Atlanta
  • Mr. Dhirendra Shah of the Global Indian Business Council
  • Mr. Hyok Yi of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce GA-ATL
  • Mr. Willy Blanco of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.
SR 675 would make English the official language of Georgia, requiring state and local governments to communicate with Georgia residents in English only. This would place a burden on limited English proficient Georgia residents, affecting their ability to access government services. SB 6 would stigmatize individuals with deferred action status in the state with special “Driver’s Safety cards” that would be clearly marked with “No Lawful Status” and cannot be used for identification purposes. Affected individuals would have to carry around multiple forms of identification which is discriminatory, unnecessary, and places the burden of enforcement on small businesses around the state.

 “Tomorrow, the business community will stand up to oppose these mean-spirited and anti-immigrant measures,” says Stephanie Cho, Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s Executive Director. “These proposed policies are discriminatory and hurt our local and state economy.”

For more information about Asian Americans Advancing Justice, call 404-585-8446 or email

WHEN:   March 10th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Sidewalk outside Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Across from the Georgia Capitol)

The following Chambers of Commerce, businesses, and organizations hereby express their opposition to these anti-immigrant measures:

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The Global Indian Business Council (GIBC) is a non-profit corporation organized in the USA pursuant to the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code. GIBC envisions people of India working with the people of the USA and the world to facilitate economic development, with particular emphasis on India, and accesses to businesses, trade, and commerce opportunities and resources.

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The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (PACCGA) is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit corporation dedicated to the economic advancement of Philippine American businesses and professionals. The Chamber aims to promote bilateral trade, investment, and economic relations between the United States (particularly the State of Georgia) and the Philippines. It provides its members and community with services that would assist them in achieving their full business potential through networking opportunities, referrals, business resources, and business seminars. Aside from promoting entrepreneurship, PACCGA also has civic activities and projects as well, such as giving away youth scholarships and other fundraising events for the community.

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Korean American Chamber of Commerce GA-ATL (KACC Atlanta-Georgia) is dedicated to the economic development opportunities of Korean American businesses and professionals in Georgia. KACC Atlanta-Georgia aims to provide networking among Korean business, increase economic competitiveness of Korean American businesses, provide public and community services, and further the global reach of Korean American businesses.
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Business/ Organizations
All Nation Alliance Church
Anti-Defamation League
Arumdaun Church
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia
Athena's Warehouse
Atlanta Bethany United Methodist Church
Atlanta Dream Baptist Church
Atlanta Grace Full Gospel Church
Atlanta Grace of God Church
Atlanta Korean Enternal Life Church
Atlanta Namyang Church
Atlanta Pride
Atlanta Saints Presbyterian Church
Atlanta Stone Baptist Church
Behold Methodist Church
Bethany Presbyterian Church
Bethany Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
Bhutanese Association of Georgia
C&S Beauty
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA)
Canaan Presbyterian Church
Charis Circle
Chunghyun Presbyterian Church
Congressional Hunger Center
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church
Evergreen Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Fayetteville First Baptist Church
Full Gospel First Church Of Atlanta
Georgia Beauty Supply Association
Georgia Equality
Global Mission Methodist Church
Grace Point Ministries
Gwinnett Christian Terrace
Hana Presbyterian Church
Hanbit Presbyterian Church
Hanmaum Church
Hanmaum Presbyterian Church
Healing Circles, Inc.
Holy Spirit Church of Atlanta
Holy Stump Korean United Methodist Church
Hong Kong Supermarket
Hwetbul Presbyterian Church
Immanuel Full Gospel Church / Atlanta Full Gospel Church
Immanuel Korean Baptist Church
Immanuel Korean United Methodist Church
Immigration Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Inland Empire - Immigrant Youth Coalition
Japan America Society of Georgia
Jesus Hope Church
Jesus Love Church
Jiguchon Church
Johns Creek Korean Church
Joynus Care
Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta
Korean American Grocers Association
Korean Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Korean Church of Atlanta, UMC
Korean Church of Newnan
Korean Church of Norcross UMC
Korean Churches Council of Greater Atlanta
Korean Community Prebysterian Church of Atlanta
Korean Evangelica Holiness Church of Atlanta
Korean First Presbyterian Church (KFPC)
Korean Presbyterian Church of LaGrange
Korean United Methodist Church of Atlanta
Kuck Immigration Partners, LLC
Kwang Ya Presbyterian Church
Life Water Korean Methodist Church
Light and Love Church
Living Well Community Church
Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition
Macon Productions
MQVN Community Development Corporation
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
NAACP at Clayton State
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
New American Pathways
New Church of Atlanta
New Covenant Christian Church
New Days Church
New Presbyterian Church of Georgia
New Vision Korean Presbyterian Church
Non Resident Nepali National Coordination Council of USA USA
North Georgia Immigrant Justice
One-Twenty Church
Pan Asian Community Center
Project South
Promise Church of Atlanta
Racial Justice Action Center
Sae Soon Presbyterian Church
Saebit Church
Saehan Presbyterian Church
Saeroun Church
Sarang KUMC
Se Kwang Baptist Church
SE US Korean Chamber of Commerce
Siloam Korean Church of Atlanta
Southeast Immigrant Rights Network
Southern Korean Baptist Church
Sugar Hill UMC
Sugarloaf Korean Baptist Church
Sungyahk Covenant Presbyterian Church
Suwanee Crystal Church
Thai Association of Georgia
The Eastern Full Gospel Church
The Goodnews Garden Presbyterian Church
The Great Love Church
The Happy Alliance Church of Atlanta
The Judith Alexander Foundation
The Korean Presby. Church of Rome
The Light & Salt Presbyterian Church
The Lord's Community Church
The Salvation Army Atlanta International Corps
The Tree of Life Baptist Church
The Universe Baptist Church
To Be One Church
Vietnamese American Community of Georgia
Walking with God Presbyterian Church
Xi Kappa
Youn Law Group
Zion Korean United Methodist Church

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