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.


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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JACL Supports Net Neutrality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org   On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to dismantle the regulations currently in place to regulate net neutrality. While…

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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 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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