Social Justice

JACL has a long history of advocating for policies that protect and promote the welfare of Japanese Americans, Asian Americans, and other communities.  This history of social justice includes the repeal of the Cable Act during the 1930s, which caused Americans to lose their citizenship if they married an Issei, to the Redress campaign in the 1980s, which provided remedies for the injustice of the internment during World War II.

JACL’s advocacy has included participation in transformational events in American history such as joining in an amicus brief in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and supporting the 1965 Immigration Law, which equalized immigration quotas for Asian countries, providing a pathway to America for many Asians in the years that followed.

Today, the JACL continues its rich history of civil rights advocacy by initiating action or by monitoring important issues in partnership with other major civil rights organizations.

Hate Crimes

If you need crisis support you may contact the Crisis Text Line by sending the text “HOME” to 741741. For more information about this resource, visit State Hate Crime Laws: 45 states and the District of Columbia have statutes criminalizing various types of bias motived violence or intimidation. See a chart…

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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 Sarah Baker, Vice President of Public Affairs   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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Executive Order Continues Inhumane Treatment of Children

June 19, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, David Inoue, Executive Director, Earlier this week, in opposition to the family separations, George Takei stated, “At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents.” It is…

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