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Weekly Digest
November 10, 2020


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


November 14 JACL National Board Meeting

On November 14, 2020, the JACL National Board will be hosting its quarterly board meeting. This meeting will be the first open meeting for the newly elected National Board for the coming biennium. The board meeting will be open to all, but you must RSVP in order to join. Details on joining the meeting and other information necessary will be sent out following registration. 


100% Mixed 100% Nikkei - History and Experiences of Mixed Race Nikkei Webinar

Wednesday November 18, 2020

4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET

The Japanese American community is one of the few to have a continually growing majority mixed population in the United States. With more members of the community growing up mixed race, experiences, and ties to their Nikkei identity and community are changing in new ways. However, this has not come without discrimination and ostracizing from others in the community. Understanding the history and experiences of mixed race Nikkei is vital to the understanding of what it means to be Japanese American now and in the future. Our webinar will include a presentation on the history of mixed race Nikkei from Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks followed by a panel discussion featuring Matthew Weisbly, Christine Munteanu, Vini Taguchi, Sarah Baker, and Mariko Rooks. The event will end with breakout discussions for participants to discuss their own experiences in and around the community. We look forward to you joining us for a thoughtful discussion!

Sponsored by AARP and Comcast NBC Universal. 


Contra Costa JACL Financial Summary 


JACL PSW District Virtual Fundraiser


Pacific Citizen Holiday Issue Ad Buys Available Now!


Japanese American Veterans Association  2020 Veterans Day Program

Wednesday, November 11, 2019, 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 am PST / 9:00 am HST 

Distinguished Speaker

RDML Andrew Sugimoto 

U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Intelligence 


Rhianna Taniguchi, NJAMF Board Member & ANG Veteran

Howard High, USA, JAVA

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the program will be livestreamed via Facebook. Viewers can go to the JAVA website at JAVA-US.org and watch from JAVA’s Facebook page or click on the Veterans Day Program webpage. Members, friends and interested persons are encouraged to watch the program online via Facebook rather than attending in person.

JAVA’s Veterans Day Program has been selected by the Veterans Day National Committee, which is a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as one of the “Veterans Day observances throughout the country that represents a fitting tribute to America’s heroes.”  You can find the listing of all 2020 Veterans Day Regional Sites on the Department of Veterans Affairs at https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/docs/2020-Veterans-Day-Regional-Sites.pdf.


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.


JACL Organizational Sign Ons




JACL Chicago is Hiring!

The Chicago Chapter of the JACL is looking for two part-time positions to be filled!

Office Manager:  JACL Chicago is currently seeking a part-time office manager to help with day-to-day operations, finances, and communications. The position, which is paid hourly, has a minimum of 10 hours/week, with an average of 15 hours/week. The position supports JACL Chicago Board Members and Committee Chairs, works closely with the Program Manager, and ultimately reports to the JACL Chicago President.

Program Manager: JACL Chicago is currently seeking a part-time Program Manager to provide support to our student/youth facing programs. The position has a minimum of 10 hours/week, with an average of 15 hours/week while JACL holds virtual programs. When JACL Chicago is able to return to in-person programming, this position could increase in hours. The Program Manager works closely with the Office Manager and reports to the Chicago JACL President while supporting various projects and Board committees.


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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