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Su Chong Yun, a senior Korean member of the Woori Juntos community, shares his personal story to his fellow community about not having access to Korean translated materials to apply for Medicare in Houston, on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Asking to be Heard

As the legislative clock ticks, Houston language advocates angle for a committee hearing

The window is closing for Woori Juntos in its pursuit of legislation to improve language access to state health programs.

Hyunja Norman, executive director of Woori Juntos, pauses to go over a game plan with her group before their first lawmaker meeting at the state Capitol in Austin on Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Advocacy Day on March 9, 2023. Norman points to each person, reminding them of talking points and to share their personal experiences navigating language barriers.
(Right) Isabel Longoria, current director of Annieís List Texas training and engagement fund and with 10 years of legislative, district, campaign, non-profit, and governance experience, listens to (Left) Myung Kim, a Korean Woori Juntos community member, practices telling her personal story to her legislator in Houston, on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Attendees of Woori Juntos advocacy event learn about how to tell their personal story to legislative effectively in Houston, on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Hyunja Norman, director of Woori Juntos and a longtime language access advocate, cheers as senior members of the Korean Woori Juntos community practice telling their personal testimony to legislators in Houston, on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Su Chong Yu, member of the Woori Juntos Korean community, listens to Isabel Longoriaís words about using a personal story as a communication tactic in Houston, on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

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