JACL Continues LGBTQ Support at 2015 Convention

Mike Masaoka Honored at 2015 Convention

JACL Receives NEH Grant for Teacher Training

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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 Comments on the Coarsening of Political Speech
 

JACL Comments on the Coarsening of Political Speech

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director, pouchida@jacl.org Bill Yoshino, Midwest Regional Director, byoshino@jacl.org During the early 1990s, Japanese Americans and Asian Americans were targeted and became unwitting victims in the wake of a spate of “Japan-bashing,” resulting from an economic downturn coupled with a strengthening Japanese economy and their...
JACL Responds to Wesley Clark’s Comments on “Radicalized” Muslims
 

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
 

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
 

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

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

JACL is currently accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship and 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. For questions, please email policy@jacl.org, or call 202-223-1240. JACL is seeking one Inouye Fellow and two Masaoka Congressional Fellows...
JACL Supports Affirmative Action
 

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...