Weekly Digest
March 10, 2020


COVID-19: JACL Statements and Cancellations in the Community

JACL Statements: 

Cancellations in the Community: 

  • JACS Consortium Advocacy Days (March 31-April2)
  • 53rd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (April 11-12 and 17-19)
  • Jerome/Rohwer Pilgrimage (April 16-19)
This list will be updated as more events and news comes out

American Psychological Association Awards Dr. Satsuki Ina with APA Presidential Citation

Dr. Satsuki Ina, a psychologist who has used her incarceration experience to help thousands of individuals cope with the challenges of mental health trauma, received a presidential citation on Sunday, March 8 from the American Psychological Association. 

Dr. Ina received the award after she participated in a panel discussion about the parallels between the Japanese American incarceration and the detention of immigrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Born in what was euphemistically referred to as the 'Tule Lake Segregation Center,' Dr. Ina’s own incarceration experience informed her work as a psychologist and her efforts to publish books, produce award-winning documentaries by bearing witness to the legacy of the unjust and forced relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast and into a series of camps without legal due process," said the citation, which was presented by Dr. Sandra Shullman, APA's president.
Dr. Ina is a leader of the group Tsuru for Solidarity, which cites the Japanese American incarceration as one of the main reasons to stop the current border detention policies, which have been shown to cause severe trauma for detained children. 
I was fortunate to moderate the panel is my role with the legal and regulatory affairs office of APA. Serena Davila, APA's who leads immigration reform efforts also participated, as did two psychologists who work closely with the Latin American immigrant community -- Dr. Alfonso Mercado of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Dr. Giselle Hass of Miami and San Jose, Costa Rica. Each participant spelled out the significant challenges of caring for a community of children wracked by stress, and how APA and other groups are fighting to improve conditions.
Also in attendance at the APA panel was Aura Matsumura Newlin, and Dr. Arthur Evans, the association's CEO who has also visited Heart Mountain. 
In the first photo, Dr Ina is with Dr. Sandra Shullman, APA president. In the second, she's with Dr. Evans, the CEO of APA, and Aura. 
Congratulations Satsuki!   
Shirley Ann Higuchi, President Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation 

Tsuru for Solidarity Washington, D.C. Fold-In

Hi everyone, 

Thank you so so much for coming out this past Saturday to support the DMV area Tsuru for Solidarity Fold-In! We folded more than 200 cranes on Saturday, and a special thanks to Geri Hirai, who brought 600 cranes that she folded to the event. The DMV area is off to a very strong start--we're already past the 800 crane mark! 

From the powerful words of Dr. Satsuki Ina sharing the parallels between the Japanese American incarceration during WWII and immigrant detention centers to a moving taiko performance by Kristen Koyama and Mark H. Rooney to the heartfelt land acknowledgment by Gaby Tayac of the Piscataway tribe, it was an inspirational night that we hope energized you to stay involved and engaged in Tsuru for Solidarity's work and encourage you to support their pilgrimage coming to DC in June. 
So, what's next? If you'd like to attend another fold-in, the GWU Asian American Student Association is hosting a fold-in this Thursday, March 12th from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Aura Newlin, a co-chair of Tsuru for Solidarity will be featured at the event to discuss the group's work. 
If you signed up for one of the committee areas on Saturday, we have also shared your contact information with the DC point of contact.  One of the biggest areas where we need assistance in finding volunteers to help out during the June pilgrimage. Tsuru for Solidarity is estimating that they need approximately 200 volunteers for the event to help out with everything from working registration and check in to guiding folks along the march route. We are hoping to get a good number of volunteers from the DMV area! If you're interested, please let me know. You can find out more about their June pilgrimage here
On behalf of the group coordinating DMV area Tsuru for Solidarity work, thanks again so much for your support!
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.
Nikki Yamashiro
JACL DC Chapter Co-President

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages' New Zine, "Community"

The Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages' group has published the first edition of their new zine, titled "Community"! This first issue looks at what JAMP is, recent pilgrimages, a calendar for 2020 pilgrimages, and artwork and poetry showcases by community members! You can read the full zine here! 


Registration is Now Open!

June 24 - 28 Las Vegas

2020 Convention

Registration for the 2020 JACL National Convention in Las Vegas is now open! You can register for national convention using the link below before April 1st for an Early-Bord Discount! You can also begin booking your rooms through Bally's Event Page below! We hope to see you in Las Vegas!


Call to Action - Save Funding for the JACS Grant!

For those who can't join JACSC in Washington, D.C., you can take part in our online call to action! From now through mid-March, you can use our online petition form to send messages directly to your representatives in Congress, urging them to request $3.1 million in appropriations for FY2021. Appropriation requests for the Department of the Interior are due March 25th, so urge your representatives now! You can fill out the form using the link below!


Tsuru for Solidarity National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps Registration Now Open! 




NPS Amache Special Resource Study - Responses Needed!

The National Park Service is looking for public comments on the possible preservation of the former Amache Incarceration Center in Colorado, also known as Granada. Comments are being taken now through May 31st online through the link below, as well as in person at special meetings being held in Colorado and California. This would be an important step in helping to preserve more former incarceration sites, including Manzanar, Tule Lake, and Honuliuli. You don't need to be a descendant or former incarceree of Amache to give input.

Meeting Locations and Times Can be Found Here. 

You can also mail in comments to:  

National Park Service
12795 West Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver CO, 80225-0287


Japanese American Veterans Association

2020 Scholarships 


Applications Due: March 25, 2020

The Japanese American Veterans Association announces its annual Memorial Scholarship Program for 2020. The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students. 

The scholarships include The Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($5,000) honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service;  the JAVA Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000), which is awarded in memory of JAVA’s founder, Colonel Sunao Phil Ishio, USAR,  his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio; the Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship ($2,000),  a tribute to Ms. Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, a longtime supporter of JAVA; as well as JAVA Memorial Scholarships ($1,500), honoring former JAVA veteran members and/or their family members. The 2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarships are:

Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship, in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS.Colonel Jimmie Kanaya Scholarship, in honor of Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, a three-war veteran – WW II, Korean and Vietnam.Mitsugi Kasai Scholarship, in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS veteran.Ben Kuroki Scholarship in honor of Sergeant Ben Kuroki, a gunner in the US Army Air Corps,505th Bombardment Group.Matsui Scholarship in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS veteran, and his wife Teru.Robert Nakamoto Scholarship, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto.Major Mike Okusa Scholarship in honor of Major Muneo Michael Okusa, MIS veteran, and founding member of JAVA.Betty Shima Scholarship, in honor of Betty Fujita Shima, lifelong partner of 442nd veteran, Terry Shima.Shirey Scholarship, in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442nd veteran and wife Maud Shirey.

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, Engineer Construction Battalion, or other United States military unit, including the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps.  Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2018 are eligible to apply.  Children of current JAVA members may also be eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2018. In the case of the Senator Inouye Memorial Scholarship, past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry (USAR),  are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation.

Applicants should first review published rules and forms.  Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to javascholarship222@gmail.com  with either “2020 Inouye Memorial Scholarship,” “2020 Founder’s Memorial Scholarship,”  "Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship," or “2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarship” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by early June 2020.  Awards will be presented at the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon on July 18, 2020. 

2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Overview here.2020 US Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.2020 Founder's Scholarship here.2020 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship here.2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.

Scholarship information can also be found on the JAVA website: https://java.wildapricot.org


Minoru Yasui Student Contest 2020
Righting a Wrong! Min Yasui and Redress!

Contest Prompt:

Reflecting on Minoru Yasui’s legacy during the Japanese American redress and reparations movement, create an action plan for a civil rights violation that the United States should redress today (to apologize for, to set right). 

Contest Website: https://sites.google.com/view/minyasuicontest2020/home

Exhibit Proposal due: March 15, 2020

Make Your Own Exhibit due: March 28, 2020

Minoru “Min” Yasui saw people treated unjustly in 1942 and he took action. On March 28th, Oregonians commemorate Min’s legacy of justice that began with his challenge of the curfew placed on Japanese Americans during World War II. From 1976 to 1984, Min Yasui served as the chair of the Japanese American Citizens League’s National Committee for Redress which fought for an apology from the United States government for the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. However, Min passed away before the passing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Though he did not live to see the government’s apology, Min’s legacy inspires us to take action today.

Make your own exhibit!

Create a Tri-Fold Poster, a photo exhibit, or a short film to capture your redress action plan! Your exhibit should relate an event, action, or violation that occurred in the history or recent past of the United States. 

$100.00 to $200.00 Award prizes.

Open to middle and high school students in Oregon and SW Washington

For more information email us: info@oregonnikkei.org

Minoru Yasui Day 

Saturday March 28, 2020

“What is done to the least of us, can be done to all of us” - Minoru Yasui

-Courtesy of Kurt Ikeda, Japanese American Museum of Oregon


JACL Legacy Fund Grant Applications

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.

Deadline: April 8, 2020


JACL National Scholarship Program

Thirty+ well-deserving students will receive National JACL Scholarships in 2020. In the last four years, we've given out over $316,000 to 129 students.

Freshman Deadline: March 2, 2020

Non-freshman Deadline: April 1, 2020


The 2020 Census is Coming Soon!

2020 Convention

Learn more about the 2020 Census and its important for your family / household here: 

The Census is hiring! More info here: https://2020census.gov/jobs


Advocacy Opportunity: Join the JACL in Supporting the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act! 

More than one million immigrants arrive at U.S. borders every year, many escaping violent or threatening situations in their home countries. 

Under Trump, immigrants arrive to U.S. detention centers that are just as damaging as the violence-prone countries many are fleeing. One investigator even found conditions at the nation’s largest Customs and Border Protection detention center “could be compared to torture facilities.”

U.S. Congress members, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) have sponsored a bill called the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, proposing changes to how the U.S. treats immigrants and ensuring transparent and responsible conduct around immigrants awaiting a court decision.

This legislation would implement a shift from detention to alternative housing arrangements for immigrants awaiting court decisions. Community-based supervision programs allow immigrants to live independently, and outside of detention centers.

This legislation will also address transparency in how the U.S. runs its detention centers, calling for regular inspections at detention facilities to ensure that the facility workers are respecting all rights of immigrants. 

Migrant families lawfully seeking asylum cannot continue to be abused! Congress must enact legislation to prevent further detainment in for-profit concentration camps. Join the JACL along with other sponsors, Daily Kos, Franciscan Action Network, Blue Future, and more by signing the petition!


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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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