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.


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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Digest: May 1

In this week’s Digest: 2018 National Convention #NoMuslimBanEver Rally in Front of SCOTUS May and June Screenings of The Ito Sisters South San Francisco Screening of And Then They Came for Us May 10th AN AMERICAN STORY Premiere at CAAMFest36 In Case You Missed It… Full Digest here.

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Secretary Zinke’s Comments Highlight the Need for Continued Funding of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants

For Immediate Release March 16, 2018 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org Like most Americans, JACL is dismayed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s attempt at humor, patronization, or combination of the two, when he addressed Hawaii Representative Colleen Hanabusa, a…

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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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