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Weekly Digest
May 5, 2020

We want to wish all our members and supporters a happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for the month of May! And since today is May 5, we want to wish everyone a happy Kodomo no Hi/Children's Day!


COVID-19 and JACL operations and resources

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


#GivingTuesdayNow - Donate to JACL Today

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a special day created by the folks at Giving Tuesday in response to the unprecedented issues arising from COVID-19. We are taking part in the campaign because we know how the epidemic has affected the Asian American community. We want to continue the fight against hatred and racism in these times while supporting and uplifting our community, especially with the beginning of APAHM this month! Please consider giving today to help support our community and help fight discrimination. 


Lessons From the Past: Yellow Peril in COVID-19 Times

As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're partnering with Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), South East Asian Resource Center (SEARAC), National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), and The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) on a webinar discussing Asian American mental health through both a historical lens and through the lens of the current pandemic.


JACL National Committee Deadlines

While JACL National Convention has been canceled for safety, specific committees will still be continuing the work of the organization for the coming year. The new deadlines for these committees will be June 16, 2020, and a special National Council meeting will be held on August 15, 2020, for the purpose of electing the National Board. These active committees include awards, nominations, and credentials. While CBLs and Resolutions will not take place for this year, there is still a process for putting for an "Initiative" which is outlined in the Constitution and Bylaws. Visit the Committees page below to download forms and view deadlines. 


"Asian Americans" Premiere on May 11 & 12 on PBS

Next Monday, May 11th, PBS will be premiering the first episodes of their 5 part documentary series on the history of Asian Americans. The documentary follows the personal stories of Asian Americans all the way from the first large wave of immigrants in the 1850s through the present day. You can learn more about the series here!


The Risk of Xenophobia, Guns, and Coronavirus 

Our Executive Director, David Inoue, sat down with The Brady Campaign Podcast to discuss the increasing number of Asian American gun buyers as a response to the rise of xenophobia due to COVID-19. You can listen to the full podcast below. 


JACL Mourns the Passing of Lillian Kimura

JACL is devastated by the loss of Lillian Kimura to COVID-19. Lillian was a true trailblazer in JACL as the first woman to be elected JACL National President. Her election did not come easily but was hard-fought and a result of years of advocacy led by her and others within the organization... Throughout her career, Kimura was a tireless advocate for civil rights through all of her work at the YWCA where she rose to the position of Associate Executive Director. The year of her election heralded JACL resolutions condemning sexual harassment, supporting family leave, and supporting a woman’s right to choose abortion. Over the next two years, JACL increasingly supported gay rights including the right to serve in the military, culminating in a 1994 resolution supporting gay marriage.


JACL Legacy Fund Grant Applications 

Deadline Extended!

Deadline Now: June 16, 2020

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 rbarton4106@comcast.net and tabe@jacl.org.

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.


JACL Policy Updates 

Here are some recent policy-related sign-ons for members to stay up to date on what the JACL is supporting on the national level

  1. Endorsement of Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2020
  2. [Lifeline] Broadband in COVID Stimulus Letter
  3. Letter demanding COVID-19 aid to undocumented students



NPS Awards $3.1 Million in JACS Grants

"The National Park Service is pleased to announce more than $3.1 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants that will fund preservation, restoration and education projects throughout the country. The 22 projects funded will help tell the stories of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens, imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the nation of Japan in 1941."


Payroll Protection Program Reopens 

From the SBA: "Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses." 

If you are looking to apply for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), you can do so through the JACL Credit Union. One of the perks of being a JACL Member is eligibility for the JACL Credit Union. If you want to learn more about membership in the JACL Credit Union or to apply for the PPP through JACL Credit Union, you can visit here! 

From our partners at NCAPA: "Our communities are facing unprecedented hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Created by the NCAPA COVID-19 Taskforce, these factsheets have been created to assist our communities in navigating through various resources available, including programs from recent federal stimulus legislation. These factsheets will be updated as new information becomes available. Translated versions coming soon."


If you want to learn more about the CARES Act or SBA's other programs, you can visit the SBA website Here!


"Hold These Truths" Available Online 

"'Hold These Truths,' which dramatizes the life of conscientious objector and incarceration defier Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi, can be streamed through May 3, 2020, for a donation of $35, which represents the production’s lowest ticket price. "Hold These Truths," by Jeanne Sakata*, directed by Desdemona Chiang, was filmed on stage at People’s Light, Malvern, PA. People's Light is required to remove the video after a certain date due to legal restrictions, but we recently secured permission to extend the expiration date from May 3 to May 10, 2020! There is no limit to the number of times you can access the film once you have purchased a "ticket" and been emailed the link and password."


Manzanar Virtual Pilgrimage Recordings


This past weekend, April 24, the San Jose JACL and the Manzanar Committee hosted virtual programming to continue the tradition of pilgrimages to former incarceration sites in light of the continuing stay at home orders due to COVID-19. You can view the different programs down below. 

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!


Heart Mountain Virtual Programming 

"In a continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we have closed the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center to the public until April 30. At that time, we will assess the situation and decide whether to reopen. Please visit our Coronavirus page to keep up with the latest announcements.

In the meantime, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation staff has begun a weekly schedule of new online content! This digital programming will continue through the duration of the Interpretive Center’s closure." - Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation


Tsuru for Solidarity and Detention Watch Network Day of Action - #Defundthehate

Tsuru for Solidarity is taking part in Detention Watch Network's Week of Action with a Day of Action planned for tomorrow, April 1. Tsuru and DWN are asking supporters to complete a Targeted Action Message, sending an email to your members of Congress asking them to #Defundthehate and protect immigrants in ICE custody from COVID-19. You can use the button below to take part and message your representatives. 


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! 


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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