JACL National and 113 Organizations Support JACS

Washington D.C.- JACL National led a letter to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum urging them to support the continued funding the Japanese American Confinement Site Program. JACL National received 113 other organization’s support on this letter.

The letter was sent to the committee in hopes the appropriations committee will fund. More on JACS and JACL’s organizing efforts can be found here.

Download the letter here.

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March 14, 2018

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

The Japanese American Citizens League and Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation and 112 additional undersigned organizations urge you to continue FY 2019 funding of the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant Program and the Underrepresented Communities Competitive Grants under the Historic Preservation Fund.

Since first appropriations were made in 2009, the JACS program has supported 186 projects with over $23 million in matched funding. The program has enjoyed broad bipartisan support for its important role in re-telling and preserving the Japanese American experience through the various confinement sites and related institutions.

It has been over 75 years since Japanese Americans were first incarcerated without due process, and yet there remain Americans who are unaware of this chapter in our nation’s history. The JACS program is instrumental to expanding the knowledge of this chapter in our history and the eventual redemption of our nation in offering a formal apology and redress. Further recognizing this year as the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, it is especially important to affirm the importance of funding the continued preservation and telling of this story.

Continued funding of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Program will ensure this important piece of American history is preserved.

Since 2014, the NPS has awarded over $1 million in grants to diversify the nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The Underrepresented Communities Grant Program support projects that include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. The Underrepresented Communities Grants Programs has been integral in supporting state and local governments as well as community organizations prepare nominations of properties representing Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, women and LGBTQ Americans.

Continued funding of the Underrepresented Communities Competitive Grant Program will support the preservation of what are often are most forgotten pieces of history.

As you consider FY2019 funding levels, we hope that you will continue the broad bi-partisan support for these two programs that are vitally important to preserving our great American history.


Japanese American Citizens League

Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation

National Organizations

Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Amache Club – Denver Central Optimists Club

American Civil Liberties Union

Anti-Defamation League

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian American Psychological Association

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)

Berkeley JACL

Center for Asian American Media

Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism-California State University, San Bernardino

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Defending Rights & Dissent


Friends of Minidoka

Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation


Jakara Movement

Japanese American Confinement Site Consortium

Japanese American National Museum

Laotian American National Alliance

Muslim Advocates


National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians

National Council of Jewish Women

National Immigration Law Center

National Japanese American Historical Society

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Organization for Women

National Veterans Network

OCA-Asian Americans

People For the American Way

Poston Community Alliance

Progressive Congress Action Fund

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

The Sikh Coalition

Tule Lake Committee, Inc.

Local Organizations

071 Wasatch Front North JACL Chapter

Alaska Chapter, JACL

Amache Historical Society II

Asian American Bar Association of New York

Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA Silicon Valley)

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida

Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS)

Berkeley JACL

Boise Valley JACL

Bridging Communities

C.A.C.A. Portland Lodge

CAIR San Francisco Bay Area


California Asian Pacific American Bar Association

California Preservation Foundation

Chicago Japanese American Historical Society

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA)

Council On American-Islamic Relations Minnesota chapter

Eden Township JACL

Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

Florin JACL – Sacramento Valley

Florin JACL-SV Next Generation

Full Spectrum Features

Guam Preservation Trust

Hoosier Chapter – JACL

Idaho Falls Japanese American Citizens League

JACL Chicago Chapter

JACL Philadelphia

JACL San Jose Chapter

Japanese American Association of Colorado

Japanese American Citizens League, Arizona Chapter

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Japanese American Service Committee

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii


Korean American Bar Association of Northern California

Little Manila Foundation

Little Tokyo Historical Society


Mt. Olympus JACL

NAPABA Hawaii Chapter

National Tongan American Society

Olympia Chapter, JACL

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego

Portland JACL

Sacramento Chapter, JACL

Salt Lake Chapter – Japanese American Citizens League

San Benito County JACL

San Diego Chapter, Japanese American Citizens League

San Francisco Heritage

San Francisco Heritage / Haas-Lilienthal House

San Mateo Chapter, JACL

Seattle JACL

Sequoia JACL

South Asian Bar Association of Northern California

The ABAS Law Foundation

Tulare County JACL

Twin Cities JACL

University of Denver Amache Project

Utah API Democratic Caucus

Utah Multicultural Civic Council

Vigilant Love

Visual Communications Media

Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL

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