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
Tsuru Rising Day of Action Recording
This past weekend, Tsuru for Solidarity hosted Tsuru Rising, a weekend of virtual action in place of the in-person pilgrimage that was meant to occur in Washington, D.C. Programming for the weekend included healing circles, panels, discussions on AAPI solidarity, online fold-ins, and a nationwide series of direct actions at different detention centers around the country. JACL members and staff were active in several programs throughout the weekend. You can watch the full recorded day of action below, and you can find more at Tsuruforsolidarity.org
Executive Director, David Inoue's Statement for Tsuru for Solidarity
We are here today because we have our story of when the law, the Constitution, the courts, our government failed the Japanese American community. During WWII 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most US Citizens, and many families with children were taken from their homes, their business, their lives, and sent to prison camps. No proof of a crime, not even suspicion, because our government lied about that. Said we were a threat, but they actually had studies that said we were not.
The Pacific Citizen's Annual Spring Campaign is back again! This year, members or subscribers who make a donation of $150 or more are entered into a drawing for some prizes including: A 750ml bottle of Mikami Vineyard Zinfandel, a Hello Kitty Tote from JANM, or a 1-year subscription to the Pacific Citizen! You can donate online below or mailing in the donation form from your physical copy of the PC!
APIAVote Virtual Presidential Town Hall June 27, 2020
From APIAVote: "Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has served as a forum for AAPIs to push for AAPI issues to be addressed and on the radar of campaigns and the media. In giving presidential candidates a space to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the town hall has become one of the few spaces geared specifically for candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs."
President's Advisory Commission on AAPI's Business Town Hall
The President's Advisory Commission on AAPI's will be hosting an AAPI Business Town Hall this week on Thursday, June 11. "The agenda will include important updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration on disaster relief funds and the Paycheck Protection Program. We will also hear updates from the Minority Business Development Agency and the International Trade Administration on resources and opportunities for small businesses."
The deadline for elections and nominations, awards, and credentials committees are due June 16, 2020, two weeks from today! If you haven't already completed and submitted your forms for any of these committees be sure to do so in the next two weeks!
Our Outrage for George Floyd's Murder is Not Enough
June 1, 2020
Officer Derek Chauvin, now being charged with murder and manslaughter, was not alone in George Floyd’s murder. Also complicit were officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and most visibly, Tou Thao, an Asian American officer who, instead of using his authority to stop Chauvin, chose to enable and protect his partner. The JACL denounces the actions of Officer Thao and stands with the Black community in demanding justice for George Floyd and all Black lives...
There can be no peace so long as our society and our government remain violent, both in physical action and policy, towards our own citizens. Our time to stand together is now. Black Lives Matter.
Legacy Fund Grants Committee Co-Chairs Roberta Barton and Toshi Abe announced that the application deadline for the Legacy Fund Grants Program has been reset to June 16, 2020. The adjustment was made in response to the recent cancellation of the JACL National Convention caused by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. An updated Application and Application Instruction documents are available on the JACL website at https://jacl.org/legacy-fund-grants.
All applications, including those submitted under the previous deadlines, will now be required to include a contingency plan (back-up plan) to address potential COVID-19 restrictions that could alter the project timeline and/or project format. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
JACL Chapters and Districts are eligible to apply for a grant to support a project or activity that is supportive of the National JACL Strategic Plan. Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded by the Legacy Fund Grants Committee to selected applicants. Funding for the program grants are provided by Legacy Fund revenues.
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.
Bystander Intervention Training hosted by AAJC and Hollaback!
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC and Hollaback! have partnered up for a free virtual training on bystander intervention to address heightened anti-Asian and anti-Asian American hate and xenophobia in the wake of COVID-19. Sign up for a time convenient for you! You can find dates and sign-ups here! (Scroll down for updated dates)
Complete the 2020 Census Now!
Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, you can still fill out your 2020 Census online and over the phone! Click the link below to visit the Census website to start!