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 Condemns Weekend Act of Terrorism Against Minnesota Mosque

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2017 Press Release Contact: Jeffrey Moy, Vice President for Public Affairs, jmoy@jacl.org David Inoue, Executive Director, dinoue@jacl.org The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) condemns the Saturday bombing of a Bloomington, Minnesota mosque as an act of terrorism and hate against a religious group. This is…

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JACL Supports Affirmative Action

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…

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