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
Urge Your Representative to Sign Onto Bipartisan Letter Asking AG Barr to Condemn Anti-Asian Bias
Representatives Lieu, Chu, Woodall, and Olson have worked to draft a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Barr asking him to condemn acts of anti-Asian bias during the COVID-19 pandemic. These representatives have been working with their colleagues to bring awareness to issues that matter most to the AAPI community. The JACL has signed on as an organization in support of the letter. The drafters of the letter would appreciate help in asking individual members of Congress and their offices – both Republicans and Democrats - to sign on in support by July 3rd.
JACL Hopeful Upon Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
Last week the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. Thus far it is the most comprehensive effort to reform and reshape a justice system that has consistently failed. To date, there has been no justice for the Black lives lost to brutal and inhumane police tactics. This is why major systemic changes must be undertaken and this legislation is a step in the right direction.
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. In 24 hours, the event reached 800,000+ views as former Vice President Joe Biden and Trump Surrogate and former Guam governor Eddie Baza Calvo addressed issues like healthcare, diversity and immigration to the AAPI community."
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.
Tadaima Week 3 Programming and Amache Special Resources Study Meetings
The National Park Service (NPS) Amache Special Resource Study (SRS) team is excited to announce that we have been invited to conduct three virtual public meetings in partnership with TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, an online event hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) organization website. We are honored to be included in the virtual pilgrimage and look forward to engaging with the public on the special resource study that is underway. Each of the three 2-hour meetings will follow the same format, beginning with a short presentation to introduce the Amache special resource study process, followed by smaller breakout groups to gather thoughts and information on the sites’ potential for inclusion in the NPS system. Breakout group discussions will center on questions listed in the attached newsletter. The newsletter also provides background information on the special resource study process and possible outcomes.
The meetings will be held during the following dates and times:
Input from participants will be captured for the public record. If you would like to provide comments outside of the meetings you may do so by accessing the following site: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Amache
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!
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.
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! Census enumirators will start visiting houses that haven't filled it out in August, so make sure you fill it out today!