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.


Japanese Americans to Speak Out Against Designation of Fort Sill to Detain Migrant Children

What: Japanese Americans to Speak Out Against Designation of Fort Sill to Detain Migrant Children When: 4:00 pm EDT, Thursday, June 20, 2019 Where: Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During WWII (Louisiana Ave. NW & D St. NW, Washington, D.C.) Washington, DC – Nancy Ukai, representing Tsuru for Solidarity, will be…

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JACL Opposes Expanded Incarceration of Children at Fort Sill

June 12, 2019 For Immediate Release David Inoue, Executive Directordinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairssbaker@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League is shocked and dismayed by the administration’s announcement that unaccompanied minors will be incarcerated at Fort Sill, a former World War II incarceration site. In 1942, Fort Sill imprisoned…

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Prepared Statement of David Inoue for CAIR Press Conference on Terrorist Attack on New Zealand Mosque

March 15, 2019 For Immediate Release David Inoue, Executive Directordinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240 Good morning, my name is David Inoue, and I am the executive director for the Japanese American Citizens League. We are the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in this country. It is with heavy heart that…

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