2015 National Convention

The 46th National JACL Convention will be held July 13–15, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose mission is to secure and safeguard the civil and human rights of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and all communities who are affected by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American Community.

 

JACL Responds to Wesley Clark’s Comments on “Radicalized” Muslims

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director pouchida@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs jmoy@jacl.org General Wesley Clark’s call for internment camps for “radicalized” Muslims is troubling. In 1988, the United States apologized to Japanese Americans for the injustice of summarily incarcerating our community during World War II. It...
 

JACL Appalled by Justice Clarence Thomas’ Remarks in Obergefell Opinion

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director pouchida@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) expresses outrage at Justice Clarence Thomas’ comments in his dissenting opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday. In his opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “The...
 

JACL’s Early Support for Marriage Equality Featured on NBC News

In 1994, JACL became the first non-LGBTQ organization after the ACLU to support marriage equality. JACL Regional Director Bill Yoshino was featured in an NBC News article chronicling JACL’s early support of LGBTQ rights. Click here to read the article on NBCNews.com!
 

JACL Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director pouchida@jacl.org JACL applauds the Supreme Court’s recognition of marriage equality today in the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges. In 1994, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was one of the first national organizations to endorse same-sex marriage. During its debate over twenty years...
 

JACL Statement on Family Detention

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director pouchida@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs jmoy@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) renews its call on the Department of Homeland Security to end its family detention program that has led to the building of detention facilities for women and children in...
 

Apply Now for JACL Fellowships in Washington, D.C.

JACL is now accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye and Norman Y. Mineta Fellowships, as well as for the Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship. Each paid Fellowship will last for a period of at least one year and is located in Washington, D.C. Completed applications (and letters of recommendation...
 

JACL Supports Affirmative Action

As the nation’s oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is deeply disturbed by recent attempts to dismantle affirmative action policies in higher education and opposes anti-affirmative action movements that use Asian Pacific Americans as their mascot. Last November, an organization called...
 

JACL Applauds Withdrawal of Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts from Auction

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, JACL Executive Director policy@jacl.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Japanese American Citizens League is pleased that over 450 artifacts crafted by Japanese Americans while unjustly incarcerated during World War II have been withdrawn from public auction. Priscilla Ouchida, JACL Executive Director, stated: “We sincerely hope...
 

2015 JACL/OCA Leadership Summit Recap

The 2015 JACL/OCA Leadership Summit successfully concluded on March 24, 2015, with twenty-six participants from across the nation visiting Congressional offices to advocate for education and immigration policies relevant to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Highlights of the summit included: meeting former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y....