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 Calls for Better Hate Crime Tracking and Response

Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs Washington, DC – Last week the FBI released its hate crimes data for 2017. The numbers demonstrate a disturbing and consistent upward trend. In 2017 there were 7,175 bias crimes, which targeted 8,493 victims based on their…

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JACL Calls for Community Healing in Wake of Rep. Scott’s Racist Comments

Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director, 202-223-1240 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday it was reported that outside of Detroit polling precincts Rep. Bettie Cook Scott referred to her opponent State Rep. Stephanie Chang as a “ching-chong” and told one of Rep. Chang’s immigrant volunteers…

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Hate Crimes

If you need crisis support you may contact the Crisis Text Line by sending the text “HOME” to 741741. For more information about this resource, visit State Hate Crime Laws: 45 states and the District of Columbia have statutes criminalizing various types of bias motived violence or intimidation. See a chart…

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JACL Responds to Host Convention Hotel Use of Racial Slur on Member’s Receipt

July 27, 2018 Press Release David Inoue, Executive Director Sarah Baker, Vice President of Public Affairs   After a positive conclusion to the 2018 JACL Convention: Redress, Resistance, and Reconciliation, the themes of our convention were immediately put to the test. Upon checkout, a convention attendee who had problems…

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