JACL Condemns Proposed Changes to Public Charge Definition

Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org Washington, DC – Today the Department of Homeland Security published its proposal to alter the public charge classification for immigrants to the United States opening up the 60 day public comment period. Public charge is the…

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Digest: October 9

This week’s Digest: Congratulations to Stephanie Nitahara and Kizuna! Congratulations to Toshiko Hasegawa on her appointment as Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs JACL Conducts Teacher Training in Idaho Falls APA Heritage Foundation Honors JACL & OCA Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Announces…

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Digest: October 3

This week’s Digest: JACL Stands with Survivors of Sexual Violence Stockton JACL 90th Anniversary Allegiance Northern California Youth Summit Kakehashi December 2018 Trip Check out the COMPLETE DIGEST.

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JACL Urges Support and Compassion to Survivors of Sexual Violence

September 28, 2018 Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org Washington, DC – In her testimony yesterday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford provided a vivid, powerful, and harrowing account of her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. Many of us cannot imagine the…

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Digest: September 18

This week’s Digest: JACL Joins Walkout from Senate Hearing Kakehashi December 2018 Trip JACL Votes JACL National Board Meeting in DC CALL TO ACTION! Contact Your Members of Congress JACL is Hiring! Nikkei-mashou! In Case You Missed It… See Full Digest here.

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JACL Joins Walkout from Senate Hearing

Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org Washington, DC – Today, the Japanese American Citizens League joined advocates representing the broad civil rights community, faith leaders, and most importantly parents and children, to protest the government’s continuing inhumane policy of separating and imprisoning…

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Apply Now: JACL Kakehashi December 2018

Applications for the December 2018 Trip are now being accepted. Dates: December 12-20, 2018 At this time Kakehashi is only open to individuals with Japanese ancestry, if there are any changes to this policy, updates will be posted to this page. A separate application will be opened at a later…

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Staff Announcements: JACL Hiring

JACL business manager, Matt Walters has moved to Japan which leaves a huge hole in JACL’s staffing. Matt has managed the business functions for the organization admirably, particularly in the area of financial management, and will be greatly missed. While Matt will be continuing to assist with financial management until…

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Asian Pacific American Media Coalition congratulates Warner Bros and director Jon M. Chu on #1 movie CRAZY RICH ASIANS, which heralds new opportunities for Asian Americans

  For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel M. Mayeda, dmayeda@lpsla.com<mailto:dmayeda@lpsla.com>, 310.413.3504 Warner Bros’ CRAZY RICH ASIANS debuted at #1 at the box office last weekend, trouncing its competition and becoming the highest grossing rom com in three years with a five-day bow of $35.3 million.  A huge 38% of the audience…

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JACL Calls for Community Healing in Wake of Rep. Scott’s Racist Comments

Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday it was reported that outside of Detroit polling precincts Rep. Bettie Cook Scott referred to her opponent State Rep. Stephanie Chang as a “ching-chong” and told one of Rep. Chang’s immigrant volunteers…

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Hiring: Manzanar Intern

JACL is hiring an intern to serve at  Manzanar (California). Please see description of the site and tasks below. To apply, please submit your resume with a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the program and how you will be able to contribute to the internship given your experience,…

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JACL Responds to Host Convention Hotel Use of Racial Slur on Member’s Receipt

July 27, 2018 Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org Sarah Baker, Vice President of Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org   After a positive conclusion to the 2018 JACL Convention: Redress, Resistance, and Reconciliation, the themes of our convention were immediately put to the test. Upon checkout, a convention attendee who had problems…

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U.S.-Japan Organizations Establish Japan Flood Friendship Fund

July 12, 2018 Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League dinoue@jacl.org, +1-202-223-1240 Shiori Okazaki, Director of Communications, U.S.-Japan Council press@usjapancouncil.org +1-202-223-6843 WASHINGTON, DC, July 12, 2018 – Japan is currently experiencing what is considered the worst weather disaster the country has faced in 36 years. The floods…

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Senator Graham Needs a Refresher on Japanese American Wartime Incarceration

June 15, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org In a floor debate Tuesday, June 12, Senator Lindsey Graham, in opposing Senator Rand Paul’s Sixth Amendment Preservation Act, defended the removal of the right to a lawyer for those imprisoned…

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JACL Deplores the Government’s Use of Hirabayashi as Justification in Guantanamo Case

June 14, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org In the government’s response to a petition from Ammar al Baluchi, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and suspect from the 9/11 attack, the government apparently quoted from the Hirabayashi supreme court…

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Secretary Zinke Fails to Understand How to Appropriately Address Fellow Americans

May 30, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org In an interview with Breitbart News Daily broadcasted on Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke doubled down on his defense of addressing United States Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in Japanese. Secretary Zinke seems…

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National Park Service Youth Legacy Project

JACL is hiring summer interns to serve at each of three possible locations Manzanar (California), Minidoka (Idaho), and Klondike (Seattle). Please see descriptions of each site and tasks for each site below. To apply, please submit your resume with a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the program and…

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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.…

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JACL Mourns Passing Of John Yasumoto: A Visionary Leader in JA Community

February 21, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffery Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org John Yasumoto’s leadership in the JACL extends back over 60 years. In 1958 John was the membership vice president for the San Francisco chapter. As he struggled to recruit new members,…

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FY2019 Budget Proposal Eliminates Funding for Japanese American History Preservation

February 15, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffery Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue , Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The President’s budget proposal unveiled this week includes the elimination of funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grants Program. The JACS Grant program, authorized in 2006, has provided…

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State of the Union Continues Attacks on Immigrants

January 31, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffery Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue , Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org Although stated in measured tones, there is no mistaking the continued attack on immigrants from President Trump. The President prefaced his remarks about immigration by painting a picture of immigrants as pouring…

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Digest January 23, 2018

Check out our weekly digest here. In this week’s digest: Tuna Canyon Detention Center Coalition Standing Its Ground CATO Institute Issues Report On Curbs To Immigration Kansha Project application is available! US-Japan Council Scholarship Opportunity CAPAL Internship and Scholarship Opportunity Apply Now! JACL/OCA Leadership Summit

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Digest: January 16

In this week’s Digest: Apply Now! JACL/OCA Leadership Summit Discussing Sexism, Sexual Assault and Violence in the JA Community Architecture of Internment: The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration Free Admission to JANM: 13th Annual Museums Free-for-All JACL Opposes Request to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census See the full digest…

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JACL Condemns use of Japanese American Mass Incarceration in Defending Student Accused of Sexual Misconduct

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2018 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 was shocked to learn of Minnesota attorney Ryan Pacyga’s reference to the Japanese American incarceration experience in reference to his client, University of…

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Digest: January 9

In this week’s Digest: JACL Supports Fair Housing Election Announcement from JACL Nominations Committee National Day of Remembrance Directory NY/SC Newsletter Vol. 2 Mobilization Trainings “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience” The JA Community Foundation Grant Cycle Census Webinar See the Full…

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Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017

December 20, 2017 – On the anniversary of the Korematsu Supreme Court decision, Senator Tammy Duckworth and Senator Mazie Hirono introduced S.2250 the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017. The legislation seeks to prevent human rights violations like the Japanese American Incarceration from happening again. Co-sponsors include Senators Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Dianne…

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JACL Digest Dec. 19

This week’s Digest: Senators Duckworth and Hirono Announce Legislation: Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017 The Leadership Conference Education Fund Issues Report: Misinformation Nation: The Threat to America’s Federal Data and Civil Rights Specific Experiences of Transgender Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders APAMC Network Report Card Press Coverage…

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JACL Digest Dec. 12

This Week’s Digest: JACL Mourns the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee Kakehashi Group Leaves for Japan – Apply for Spring 2018 Seattle and Olympia JACL Attend 2018 Legislative APIC Agenda Prep Session In Case You Missed It News and Announcements See the full Digest here.

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JACL Digest Dec. 5

This Week’s Digest: DREAM Act and #NoMuslimBanEver Apply to Walmart’s Community Grant Program Disney/ABC Event for Screenwriters in Burbank, CA  National JACL Scholarship Program  Apply for the Kakehashi Program  Upcoming News and Announcements Check out the full Digest here.

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JACL Digest Nov. 28

In this week’s Digest: Giving Tuesday Today! JACL and 18 Million Rising Launch Petition to Remove Tastelessly Marketed Japanese American Historical Items JACL Honors Navajo Code Talkers and Denounces the President’s Insensitive Words Portland JACL: News Conference in Front of City Hall Seattle Leadership Seminar Series Brings Learning and Networking…

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Sign The Petition To Stop eBay and Amazon From Profiting Off of Japanese American History

Yesterday on Cyber Monday, JACL and 18 Million Rising launched a petition urging internet retailers Amazon and eBay to remove insensitively marketed items suggesting Japanese American prison camp art as “A Great Decoration for Home/Office.” JACL and 18 Million Rising previously worked to press Walmart to remove similarly offensively marketed items from…

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JACL Digest Nov. 21

This Week’s Digest:  JACL Kicks off End of Year Giving Campaign #GivingTuesday on Facebook JACL Participates in AAPI Day of Action for a Clean DREAM Act Asian American Civil Rights Organizations Condemn FCC Actions Hurting Vital Program National JACL Announces 2018 Scholarship Program Update: Fred Korematsu Day in New York…

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JACL Digest Nov. 14

This week’s Digest: JACL Responds to Walmart Outrage  NY/SC Holds Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Event Asian Americans Gather in DC to Demand a Clean DREAM Act Update from Seattle and Puyallup Valley Chapter AARP Events In Case You Missed It Upcoming News & Announcements See the full Digest here.

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JACL Digest Nov. 7

This week’s digest: JACL Responds to Anti-Asian Behavior in World Series Games ‘Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience’ – Exhibit to Hawaii Register Now: AARP Online Caregiving Fair with Richard Lui Upcoming News & Announcements See the full Digest here.

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JACL Disappointed By Level of Discipline of Racist Gesture: Statement from JACL National President

Update: JACL requested a formal meeting with the commissioner. That letter can be found here. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2017 Statement by Gary Mayeda, National President, gmayeda@jacl.org Commissioner Manfred’s decision is to suspend Mr. Gurriel for 5 games in 2018. That starts March 29, 2018. Why does that just not…

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JACL Digest Oct. 31

This week’s Digest: JACL Responds Anti-Asian Behavior in World Series Go For Broke Movie Screening Book Written by Floyd Mori Recently Republished Lincoln High School to Honor Sadao S. Munemori Pacific Northwest District Council Meeting and Bi-Annual Elections Upcoming News & Announcements See full Digest here.

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JACL Response to Major League Baseball Disciplinary Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org, 202-607-7273 JACL applauds the swiftness and degree of punishment as well as the unanimity of Major League Baseball, the Commissioner Manfred, both World Series teams’ leadership, and the…

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JACL Condemns Racist Gesture by Houston Astros Baseball Player During World Series Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org, 202-607-7273 Friday night, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel, hit a home run off of Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. Mr. Gurriel followed his home run with a racist gesture…

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JACL Digest Oct. 24

In this week’s digest: Fred T. Korematsu Day Hearing in NYC JACL Holds Quarterly Board Meeting: Update from Exec. Director No Muslim Ban Ever Rally and Holly Yasui Seattle JACL Partners with Community to Organize Candidate Forum Upcoming News & Announcements See here for the full digest.

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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.

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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.

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Rabbi Remembers Japanese American Legacy And Encourages Cross-Cultural Action

Rabbi  Jonathan Biatch addressed his congregation on Rosh Hashanah and spoke of his former teacher and friend, Janice Kobata Zoeger. Rabbi Biatch spoke lovingly of Ms. Zoeger’s story as well as the Japanese American story; and the importance of cross-cultural dialogue and unity in today’s political climate. He spoke specifically…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 Disappointed by Decision to End DACA

September 5th, 2017 The Japanese American Citizens League is deeply disappointed by the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has supported nearly 800,000 young immigrants, or Dreamers, who have worked hard to fit the program’s strict requirements. As a nation we have…

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JACL Joins AAPI Coalition in Support of DACA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2017 Press Release Contact: David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League joined NCAPA and several other Asian American organizations for a press conference in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Executive Director David Inoue made the following statement: As Americans,…

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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…

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JACL Condemns Weekend Hate Rallies in Charlottesville and Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 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) joins with the overwhelming majority of Americans who denounce the racism, bigotry, and violence that resulted in three deaths this weekend in…

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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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Action Alert: Call Your Senator to Protect Our Care

Action Alert: Call Your Senator to Protect Our Care Contact: Stephanie Nitahara, JACL Interim Executive Director, snitahara@jacl.org Jeffrey Moy, JACL Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org Dear JACL Members, Urge your Senator TODAY to vote NO on the Senate Bill to repeal the ACA. For more information, please visit APIAHF’s website. Sample script:…

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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 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 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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Digest: September 11

This week’s Digest: Remembering 9/11 Apply for December Kakehashi Trip JACL Votes Tule Lake Committee Files to Stop Airport Sale And Then They Came For Us Screenings in CA In Case You Missed It… See full Digest here.

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