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Weekly Digest
September 8, 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


JACL Women in Leadership Webinar

From the JACL’s beginning to now, women have always played a vital part in Japanese American history. Join us for an evening where we’ll discuss the impact various JA women have had within the JACL and nationally as well as a candid conversation with women who currently hold leadership positions in JACL.


JACL Supports SPLC's Leadership in Anti-Hate Work 

Since 1971, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has worked as a nonprofit organization to provide legal services in civil rights and public services litigation. An important part of their role in fighting for civil rights is their work against extremist and hate organizations, not only in the courtroom, but also in their identification of these groups for other organizations including federal law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, it has become much too common for some to challenge the legitimacy of the SPLC’s work in identifying hate groups. 


2020 Legacy Fund Grant Winners Announced! 

The JACL Legacy Fund Grants Committee is pleased to announce funding recipients for the 2020 Legacy Fund program year. JACL Chapters and Districts are eligible to apply for a grant for a project or activity that is supportive of the National JACL Strategic Plan. The Legacy Fund was established at the JACL National Convention in 1990 through donations from numerous Japanese Americans who contributed their redress monies to support research and education that would help prevent such future injustices. 

Our thanks to the Legacy Fund Grants Committee for volunteering their time and expertise to the LFG Program: Sheldon Arakaki (PNW), James Craig (NCWNP), Jeanette Ishii (CCDC), Carol Kawamoto (PSW), Mika Kennedy (MDC), Janet Komoto (IDC), Teresa Maebori (EDC), Caitlin Takeda (NY/SC) and Committee Co-Chairs Toshi Abe (EDC) and Roberta Barton (CCDC). Thanks also to Patty Wada, NCWNP Regional Director, and Matthew Farrells, VP for Planning and Development, for your kind words, advice, and support of the LFG Program. Though not a committee member, we also wish to acknowledge Ron Katsuyama (Dayton JACL) for his expert statistical work with the committee’s scoring system.


Poston Virtual Pilgrimage: Oct. 3-4!

Contact:  Marlene Shigekawa, President



OCTOBER 3–4, 2020

The Poston Community Alliance Annual Pilgrimage will be held as an online event this year on October 3 and October 4. All activities will be free of charge.

Programs will feature opening remarks by Dennis Patch, Tribal Chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation, and a video on the Poston Incarceration Site, which provides Poston’s unique history and updates on past and present Alliance projects. Workshops will be provided followed with live Q & A sessions. Additional videos and films can be viewed “on demand” at www.postonpreservation.org. Special guest presenter will be Derek Mio, lead actor of the TV series The Terror: Infamy. Mio will present a reading of Marlene Shigekawa’s children’s book “Welcome Home Swallows”.

To register for this free online event and receive the virtual event link, go to https://poston-virtual-pilgrimmage.eventbrite.com

The Poston Community Alliance is a non-profit organization. The mission of the Poston Community Alliance is to preserve Poston’s incarceration history to strengthen and expand efforts in upholding social justice for all Americans, regardless of race, religion and ethnicity. Through multimedia educational outreach and the preservation of stories, artifacts and historic structures, Poston’s unique multicultural history, involving Japanese Americans and Native Americans, will be captured and saved.


Complete the 2020 Census Now!

The self-reporting deadline and in-person canvassing dealine for the 2020 Census are coming up soon! That doesn't leave much time leSo if you, your family, friends, or community members haven't completed the Census yet be sure to remind them! 


JACL Policy Updates




Recap: JACL Japan Chapter "Ask Me Anything" about Life in Japan

Last week, the JACL Japan Chapter hosted its first "Ask Me Anything" series on life in Japan! 
Here is the sneak peek video posted on the IG and Facebook pages: https://youtu.be/b8dN5wNa_tI

If you’re interested in watching the full video, please fill out this form and we can send the link: https://forms.gle/oytHuBNcmcH4nV2U7
Thanks for your support! 
JACL Japan Chapter Board 

57 Years of the March on Washington 

In 1963, a group of JACL members and staff marched for the civil and human rights of all. This year, while a smaller group, JACL joined AAJC, SALDEF, and thousands of others to commemorate 57 years since the first March on Washington, to continue the fight for Black lives, and call for police reform. You can watch the full lineup of amazing speakers and the march itself at: https://2020march.com/watch/


2020 Midori Kai Boutique


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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(415) 921-5225 | mbr@jacl.org

JACL DC Office
1629 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
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