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Weekly Digest
November 17, 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


Join our GivingTueday Series

Every other Tuesday in December:


Dec 01 | JACS Advocacy Day
Dec 15 | Help Grow Our Membership
Dec 29 | Join Our End-of-2020 Community Call


Tomorrow! 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. 


JACL/AARP Opinion Survey

As part of our partnership with AARP, we've collaborated to produce a survey that will help both of our organizations better understand our membership base, the Japanese American community, and larger Asian American community. This is an opinion survey on recent events, perspectives on aging, and engagement with the Japanese American community. All information will only in aggregate for research purposes. No individually identifiable information will be used for the data analysis. We want to emphasize that one does not need to be a JACL member nor Japanese American to complete the survey. 
The survey will take roughly 15 minutes to complete and must be done in a single sitting as respondents will not be able to stop, close their browser/computer, then come back to the same link to resume where they left off.  If someone decides to stop mid-way through the survey, and they close the browser (or if the browser refreshes while they are on pause), then they may have to re-start the entire survey from the beginning.  

As an incentive for your chapter, the chapter with the highest response rate relative to the number of members we have in our records at the end of the survey administration period, will receive a free registration to the next JACL National Convention. Of course, the chapter must be in good standing. For individuals completing the survey, we will conduct a random drawing of those who complete the survey for five Amazon gift cards worth $100 each. To participate in this random drawing, you have the option to enter your name and email address near the conclusion of the survey along with chapter membership.  Participants are under no obligation to provide this personally identifiable information if they do not wish to enter the drawing. We want to emphasize that the name/contact info will not be connected to the rest of the survey responses in order to maintain the anonymity of responses.


Tomorrow - The Story of Tokyo Rose


Setsuko's Secret: Friendships Forged in Times of Trial - December 5th

Date/Time: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 2pm PST/5pm EST

Shirley Ann Higuchi, author of the new book Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration, will be joined by two legends of Congress and the history of Heart Mountain, Wyoming -- Secretary Norman Mineta and Senator Alan Simpson -- as they discuss the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and its impact on their lives. Both Simpson and Mineta are prominently featured in the book. Led by David Ono, the evening anchor of ABC7 News in Los Angeles and an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, the panel will discuss the history of the Japanese American experience, the strong bond created by Mineta and Simpson over the years and how it shows how people with differing viewpoints can work together to create a better America, a message that has renewed relevance and urgency today. Please join us online on Saturday, December 5, 2pm Pacific Time/5pm Eastern Time. The event is hosted by the National Japanese American Citizens League and co-sponsored by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.


APAICS & NCAPA Resume Bank for Presidential Appointments

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) have opened our resume bank for AAPI candidates interested in a federal appointment. APAICS and NCAPA are working to ensure any administration has the widest pool of qualified, diverse public servants to choose from. The intent of this bank is to identify and flag qualified AAPI candidates to serve in a federal administration. We would like to promote this opportunity to our members and encourage you to submit your applications. We also ask you to please share with other AAPI community members who may be a good fit for an appointment. 

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

Applications will be read and reviewed on a rolling basis by the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Should your application be selected for further recommendation, we will follow up by contacting you. Please note: submissions do not guarantee an appointee position.

For more updates, please stay tuned with APAICS and NCAPA on our email listservs and social media. For any questions about the resume bank or the appointment process, please contact: resumes@apaics.org!


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JACL PSW District Virtual Fundraiser


Contra Costa JACL Financial Summary 


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.


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. 


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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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