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Weekly Digest
December 22, 2020


COVID-19 and JACL operations and resources

JACL Holiday Hours: Please note JACL offices will be closed from 12/25/2020 through 1/4/2021 in observance of the holidays. We look forward to serving you in the New Year!

JACL's physical offices remain closed. Staff continue to do the work of the organization remotely.  Please direct all phone calls to our Washington, D.C. Office at (202) 223-1240 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. Otherwise, we will all be available via email. All staff emails can be found HERE. You can also check our website, jacl.org, for updates and COVID-19 resources. You can view our resources page here. 

Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all in person again soon. 

- JACL National Staff


GivingTuesday - End of Year Members Call with special guest, George Takei!

Just for JACL Members, join our special end-of-year event to say sayonara to 2020 with:

  • George Takei activism chat with the National Youth Student Council
  • JACE Act thank you to members of Congress
  • Remarks from Executive Director, David Inoue
  • Meet old friends and new ones in Zoom break out rooms

Let’s end this crazy year strong, refreshed, and united for the next!


Representative Clay Higgins Fails to Understand the Gravity of Claiming a Loss of Constitutional Rights

On Friday, December 11, Representative Clay Higgins (LA-3) posted to his Facebook page a comparison of Japanese American WWII incarceration to the alleged disenfranchisement of Trump supporters in the recent elections. The Japanese American Citizens League condemns any attempts to equate the legitimate loss of constitutional rights of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII to the recent election results, in which all registered voters had the opportunity to cast their votes and be counted, resulting in the election of President-Elect Biden.

In his Facebook post, Representative Higgins asks, “if you were a Japanese American in WWII… would you just concede? Would you kneel?” in an apparent act of sedition. For Japanese Americans, there were absolutely no cases of treason or espionage that might have justified their mass incarceration.


JACL National Announces the 2021 Scholarship Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announced that the 2021 National Scholarship and Awards Program is now underway.  The JACL annually offers approximately 30 college scholarships for students who are incoming college freshmen, undergraduates and graduates, and those specializing in law and the creative/performing arts. There are also financial aid scholarships for those demonstrating a need for financial assistance.  

Scholarship Program guidelines, instructions, and applications have been posted on the JACL website, www.jacl.org, and can be accessed by clicking the “Youth” tab on the menu bar. You may also click the button below “To Learn More or Apply Click Here.”

Starting this year, the application forms for the scholarship program will be completely online. Freshman applications must be submitted directly by the applicant to National JACL through the online form no later than March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time (HST).  

Applications for the non-freshman scholarship categories (undergraduate, graduate, law, creative/performing arts, and financial aid) are also to be sent directly by the applicant to National JACL through the online form no later than April 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time (HST).  

For more information on the National JACL Scholarship Program, contact Scholarship Program Manager Matthew Weisbly at scholarships@jacl.org.


Japanese American Confinement Education Act Updates!

With the approval of the FY2021 budget by Congress earlier this week, the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant was included again in the final numbers, with an approved $3.155M approved for the coming grant cycle. You can view the full language of the approval here, found at the bottom of page 28.

As we celebrate another year of funding for the program we also look towards the future of the JACS program and the expansion of the teaching of Japanese American history through the Japanese American Confinement Education (JACE) Act! You can still take part in our Advocacy Action Alert asking Congressional Representatives to support the JACE Act! Click the link below to email your representative today! For more information surrounding the legislation, you can click here!


JACL Organizational Sign Ons




Watch Antisemitism, Anti-Hate and the Need for Education now on YouTube!


Help find a Bone Marrow Match for Kazumi!


APAICS & NCAPA Resume Bank for Presidential Appointments

For more information about the appointment process, types of appointments, and what to expect, please visit the Partnership for Public Service’s “Ready to Serve” website: https://presidentialtransition.org/readytoserve/

Please review the previous Plum Books to research listings of former appointee positions, departments, agencies, and desired bureaus to inform your application.

Access the resume bank submission form here: bit.ly/AAPIResBank


Seattle JACL: Uprooting anti-Blackness in the Japanese American Community Series

This free series is geared toward youth, open to all, and created through an intergenerational committee of API activists, including our moderator Dr. Kyle Kinoshita.

Japanese American youth: What needs to happen in our community so that we can be powerful accomplices in the movement for Black lives? How can we ensure that our cries for “Never Again is Now!” are rooted in collective BIPOC action—not simply in the self-interests of non-Black Nikkei or API's? Join us for these much-needed learning sessions where we’ll be “cleaning our own house” and examining our history (such as the creation of the "model minority" myth and Black/Asian solidarity). By coming together to learn and connect, we want to give you the anti-racist tools you need to navigate the world today, and to lay the foundation for a future we all believe in.


Join Us in Support of H.R. 40

JACL Executive Director, David Inoue, discusses JACL’s support of H.R. 40. H.R. 40 would create a commission to examine the institution of slavery, its legacy, and make recommendations to Congress for reparations, beginning a process of repairing and restoring after centuries of enslavement. Click the image above to watch the full video statement. 


Hate Crime Resources 

We've updated our Hate Crimes Page to include more information and reporting options for members of the community as hate crimes increase as a result of COVID-19. You can visit the updated page here. 


Follow JACL on:


JACL Headquarters
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94115
(415) 921-5225 | mbr@jacl.org

JACL DC Office
1629 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 223-1240 | policy@jacl.org

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