JACL Digest Oct. 17

This week’s digest includes: No Muslim Ban Ever Rally and March Tomorrow! JACL Attends No Muslim Ever Rally In San Francisco Former Executive Director of JACL and CEO of APAICS Announces Retirement The JACL Remembers Portland Lawyer Terry Yamada Upcoming News & Announcements   See the digest here.

Continue reading

JACL Digest Oct. 10

This week’s digest includes: Tule Lake Action Alert Fort Snelling Hosts ‘Then and Now’ Nisei Photo Exhibit Seattle JACL Partners with the Seattle Opera on “An American Dream” 75th Remembrance of the Puyallup Assembly Center Upcoming News & Announcements See the digest here.

Continue reading

JACL Digest October 3

This week’s digest includes; Still Accepting 2017-2018 Kakehashi Program Applications! Tule Lake Action Alert Fort Snelling Hosts ‘Then and Now’ Nisei Photo Exhibit Daniel James Brown to Publish Book on Japanese-Americans Upcoming News & Announcements Please see it here.

Continue reading

JACL Continues Opposition to Newly Issued Immigration Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The JACL continues to oppose the Muslim country travel ban. The addition of three more nations to the Muslim country ban list does not alter the inherent flaws…

Continue reading

Now Accepting Applications for the JACL Kakehashi Program 2017-2018

Apply now for the 2017-2018 JACL Kakehashi Program! Up to 200 participants will be selected to participate in this year’s JACL Kakehashi Program, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the JACL Kakehashi Program is…

Continue reading

JACL Digest: September 19

Included in this week’s digest: JACL Submits Amicus Brief to SCOTUS to Oppose Muslim Travel Ban Korematsu, Hirabayashi, and Yasui Families Submit Amicus Brief to Supreme Court to Oppose Muslim Travel Ban NAPABA Leads 62 APA Bar Associations in Supreme Court Amicus Brief Challenging President’s Revised Muslim and Refugee Ban JACL Continues…

Continue reading

JACL Submits Amicus Brief To SCOTUS In Opposition To Muslim Travel Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org Over 70 years ago, the Japanese American Citizens League was compelled to submit amicus curiae briefs in the Hirabayashi, Yasui, and Korematsu cases to defend Japanese Americans convicted…

Continue reading

JACL Digest: Sep 13, 2017

Featured in this week’s digest:

  • Introduction from Executive Director
  • JACL and The Dream Act
  • Supporting Hurricane Harvey Victims
  • Announcing 2017-2018 Mineta and Inouye Fellows
  • 75th Anniversary of Puyallup Assembly Center
  •  JACL Condemns Pardon of Joe Arapaio
  • Charlottesville Response
  •  Local Spotlight: Seattle
  • Upcoming News & Announcements

View in full here.

JACL Condemns Trump Pardon of Joe Arpaio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League condemns the pardoning of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio. Mr. Arpaio abused the power of his position to blatantly engage in racial…

Continue reading

2017 National Convention – Final Resolutions and Photos now available for download

Thank you for joining us at the 48th National JACL Convention July 6–9, 2017 Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert St, Washington, DC 20008 Post Convention Please complete our post-convention attendee survey: 2017 National Convention Feedback Survey Following are links to photos taken at the 2017 Convention: National Council Sessions Courtesy…

Continue reading

JACL Condemns Weekend Act of Terrorism Against Minnesota Mosque

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) condemns the Saturday bombing of a Bloomington, Minnesota mosque as an act of terrorism and hate against a religious group. This is…

Continue reading

JACL Supports the Rights of Transgender Individuals to Serve Openly in the Military

For Immediate Release: Press Release July 26, 2017 Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is deeply dismayed by the announcement by President Trump that transgender people will be barred from serving in our military in any…

Continue reading

JACL Discouraged by Supreme Court Decision

JACL Discouraged by Supreme Court Decision Contact: Stephanie Nitahara, Interim Executive Director, snitahara@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, Vice President of Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) continues to oppose the administration’s discriminatory travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries and is discouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow…

Continue reading

JACL Announces National Convention

The Japanese American Citizens League will host the 48th Annual National Convention, “Our Story: Resilience, Remembrance, Resolve,” in Washington D.C. from July 6 -9. In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which forced 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into incarceration camps…

Continue reading

JACL Continues Opposition to Executive Orders on Immigration

Contact: Jeffrey Moy, JACL Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org William Yoshino, JACL Interim Executive Director, byoshino@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) continues to oppose executive orders that are based on racism and xenophobia. Yesterday, the White House issued an “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry…

Continue reading

JACL Condemns Recent Threats Against the Jewish Community

Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, JACL Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org William Yoshino, JACL Interim Executive Director, byoshino@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) condemns the recent threats to the Jewish community, including threats targeting community centers and the vandalism of cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Over 100…

Continue reading

JACL Strongly Objects to Recent Executive Orders on Immigration

Contact: Bill Yoshino, JACL Interim Executive Director, byoshino@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, JACL Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) vehemently objects to the recent executive orders related to immigration. Whether they concern building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, threatening to increase deportations by the granting…

Continue reading

JACL Comments on Carl Higbie Statements

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Bill Yoshino, Interim Executive Director, byoshino@jacl.org During an interview on FOX News, Carl Higbie, co-chair and spokesperson for the Great America PAC for Donald Trump, discussed the possibility of creating a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries by saying “…We did it in World War II with…

Continue reading

JACL Statement on Recent Fox News Segment

Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, JACL Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org Bill Yoshino, Interim Executive Director, byoshino@jacl.org Washington, D.C. – The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is disturbed by a recent segment during The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News that employed a number of offensive stereotypes regarding Asian Pacific Americans. In…

Continue reading

JACL Mourns Passing of Congressman Mark Takai

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Bill Yoshino, Interim Executive Director, byoshino@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, JACL Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org JACL mourns the passing of Congressman Mark Takai. We are grateful for Rep. Takai’s support for issues affecting the Asian American Pacific Islander communities. In 2015, during the 50th anniversary commemoration of…

Continue reading

JACL National Fellowships Deadline Extended

Application Deadline extended to Monday, August 1, 2016. Daniel K. Inouye and Norman Y. Mineta Fellowships Inouye and Mineta Fellows will work out of the JACL National office in Washington D.C. and be responsible for the following: Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.…

Continue reading

JACL Appoints Interim Executive Director and Interim Associate Director

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org Dear JACL Members, Friends and Supporters, The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announces the appointment of Bill Yoshino as Interim Executive Director as well as the appointment of Stephanie Nitahara as Interim Associate Director, effective as of Thursday, June…

Continue reading

JACL Admonishes Proposal to Patrol Muslim Neighborhoods

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director, pouchida@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) condemns the proposal by a prominent presidential candidate where it was stated that law enforcement should “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” The deadly and heinous attacks in Brussels clearly demonstrate the concern…

Continue reading

2016 National Convention

Join us for the 47th National JACL Convention Monday, July 11, 2016–Thursday, July 14, 2016 Monte Carlo Hotel 3770 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89109 Sponsored by: Getting Ready Online registration is closed (or by mail). For each person registered, $25 will go towards funding the National Student Youth Council!…

Continue reading

JACL Statement on Liang Decision

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), the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, has always stood with those working to create institutional change. In the case of the tragic death of Akai…

Continue reading

Day of Remembrance – Real History, Real People: A Reflection by JACL Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director, pouchida@jacl.org Washington, D.C. – Manzanar. Tule Lake. Topaz. Granada. Rohwer. Jerome. Most people would see these words and not know their meaning. For Japanese Americans, these places are seared into their collective consciousness. These are the places where my family was imprisoned during…

Continue reading

JACL Stands with Asian American Leaders to Rally Against Anti-Muslim Hate

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director, pouchida@jacl.org Washington, D.C. – Over sixty leaders from the Asian American community gathered today at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington, D.C., to counter recent political rhetoric and express support for Muslim, Sikh, Arab, and South Asian American communities. The…

Continue reading

JACL Condemns Dangerous Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director, pouchida@jacl.org Jeff Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) condemns the dangerous and irresponsible Islamophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric being used to vilify and demonize Muslim and Arab communities. Several public figures have stoked simmering fears around national…

Continue reading

JACL Applauds Posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom Recognition for Minoru Yasui

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director pouchida@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) applauds President Obama for awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Minoru “Min” Yasui for his dedication in fighting for civil and human rights. Yasui challenged the constitutionality of a military curfew order during…

Continue reading

“Good Luck Soup Interactive” Launches October 6th!

Savannah, GA – The “Good Luck Soup Interactive,” an interactive documentary and participatory storytelling project, documents the experience of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians before, during and after WWII Internment Camps, launches October 6th. The virtual community and interactive website will allow Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians the ability to…

Continue reading

JACL Statement on Allegiance

PRESS RELEASE: Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director, pouchida@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org As the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is proud of our legacy, the important contributions of our leaders, and the unique opportunity we have to…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee

In 1965, JACL members joined fellow activists in Selma, Alabama to participate in the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches that led to the passage of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. This act, which outlaws various forms of discrimination in voter registration and at the polls, was prompted in…

Continue reading

JACL NY/SC Hosts Youth Summit “A Seat at the Table: Having a Voice in the Discussion on Racism in America”

Washington D.C. – On Saturday November 8th, a number of students and young professionals took part in a youth summit hosted by the JACL National Youth/Student Council (JACL NY/SC) held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Themed “A Seat at the Table: Having a Voice in the Discussion on Racism…

Continue reading