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.
In 1994, JACL became the first non-LGBTQ organization after the ACLU to support marriage equality. JACL Regional Director Bill Yoshino was featured in an NBC News article chronicling JACL’s early support of LGBTQ rights. Click here to read the article on NBCNews.com!
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…
The JACL sent a letter to the Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia questioning their inadequate response to a bias incident involving racialized and Islamophobic bullying that took place on a Duluth Middle School school bus. A young Sikh boy was taunted and verbally harassed by his bus mates, who…
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is deeply troubled by the grand jury’s failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, MO this past August. We support those who are working tirelessly to reform a broken system. Though profoundly disturbing, the results…
September 22, 2014: Fox News aired an episode of Cashin’ In that included a segment on profiling, during which guest panelist Jonathan Hoenig stated, “The last war this country won, we put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, we dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So, yes, profiling would be at…