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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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JACL Kakehashi 2016-2017 Application Open Now!

Apply now for the 2016-2017 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…

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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…

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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!…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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JACL Now Accepting Applications for Kakehashi Project 2015-2016!

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director pouchida@jacl.org Craig Shimizu, Inouye Fellow japanprogram@jacl.org Apply now for the 2015-2016 Kakehashi Project! Up to 185 students will be selected to participate in this year’s Kakehashi Project, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Weekly Digest: July 6 – July 20, 2017

Featured in this week’s digest: JACL National Hosts Successful Convention 2017 JACL Legacy Fund Grants Program Awardees JACL Fellowships Deadline Extended to July 31st! ACA Repeal and Replace Fails in the Senate Apply now to be an APAICS Intern OCA Fall Internship Applications Now Available! How Federal Education Policy Affects…

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