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JACL Works to Pass Marriage Equality Ballot Initiatives

[Update November 7, 2012]

Ballot initiatives in Washington, Maine, and Maryland have legalized same-sex marriage; Minnesota has voted down the amendment to define marriage as being a union solely between a man and a woman.

(Original Digest Article, Week of October 8-12)

Seattle, WA- On the ballot in the state of Washington this year is Referendum 74, a measure which will grant marriage rights for same-sex couples. A bill legalizing same-sex marriage was passed by state lawmakers in Olympia and signed into law by outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire in February. The law was slated to take effect earlier in the year, but implementation was delayed by gay marriage opponents, who submitted more than double the required number of signatures to trigger a statewide vote in November. Some feel that the Marriage Equality law will force a church to conduct a religious ceremony for which their religion does not condone; however, under the new law churches would not be "forced" to conduct a religious ceremony outside of their faith tradition. If voters approve Referendum 74, affirming the new law, Washington could be the first state where same-sex marriage was approved at the ballot box. Similar ballot measures are up for the vote in Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota.

The Seattle Chapter of JACL has supported the campaign in Washington since November 2011, when board members voted unanimously to endorse the Washington United for Marriage organization, a coalition comprised of individuals, businesses, unions, churches, and civil rights organizations. The Seattle Chapter aided in the effort by publicizing through its social media networks and newsletter, even gathering prominent members of the Asian American and Faith communities to appear and be quoted in media ads, publications, and news conferences. The Seattle Chapter was invited to speak at the Why Marriage Matters Washington event to summarize the JACL's efforts to educate the public on same sex marriage. In order to lend further support to Why Marriage Matters Washington, Seattle JACL was able to enlist other members of PNWDC to sign endorsement forms for the campaign, including The Spokane, Puyallup Valley, Portland OR chapters and the PNWDC. The Seattle Chapter plans to continue its work to support this campaign with a variety of activities including submitting op eds, placing ads in prominent Seattle Asian American newspapers, and publicizing through its social media and newsletter platforms.

As Bill Tashima, President of Seattle JACL states, "We believe that like the Issei when the Alien Land laws were repealed and like the Nisei when WWII Redress and an apology from the government was issued, the freedom to marry in Washington will permit our gay and lesbian friends, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins, and neighbors to be complete and whole as citizens of our state." JACL strongly encourages members to support the measure in Washington and the similar measures in Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota.

 

JACL Response to The New York Times' "The How of an Internment, but Not All the Whys"

December 20, 2011
Washington, D.C.  - On December 10 The New York Times' published Edward Rothstein's review of the new Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center, called "The How of an Internment, but Not All the Whys."  After describing the internment camp site, Rothstein suggests that the United States had reason to suspect that interned Japanese Americans were connected to Japanese enemy forces.  The JACL is alarmed that these insinuations have been published in a major news outlet after decades of research have proved just the opposite.  The JACL has written letter to the Executive Editor of The New York Times calling for responsible, fact-based reporting on the history of the Japanese American internment.
Click here to read the JACL's letter to The New York Times' Executive Editor.

JACL Now Accepting Applications for Congressional Internships

December 19, 2011
Washington, D.C.  - JACL is seeking young leaders for the John Moy & Southwest Airlines Congressional Internship program.  Interns will be placed in congressional members' offices on Capitol Hill for eight weeks during winter and spring 2012. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Click here to find more information and the application.

Action Alert:  National Defense Authorization Act

December 16, 2011

Washington, D.C.  - Last week , the House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  This bill will gives the president the authority to order the military to detain American citizens suspected of ties to terrorist organizations without charge or trial.  President Obama has announced that he no longer plans to veto NDAA.  The JACL encourages members and supporters of civil liberties to send an email to President Obama asking him to reconsider a veto and reaffirm his commitment to the American people.
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JACL Condemns Advertisers' Reactions to All American Muslim

December 14, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL condemns the Islamaphobic fervor that has surrounded the TLC television program All American Muslim.  In particular, the JACL deplores the craven decisions of several companies to pull their advertising from the program due to pressure from anti-Muslim groups.
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JACL Announces 2012 Scholarship Program

November 16, 2011
San Francisco, CA -- The National JACL has kicked off its Scholarship Program for the
2012 academic year. The JACL offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000
in scholarships. Awards are available in the following categories: Freshman, Undergraduate, Graduate, Law, Creative & Performing Arts, and Financial Aid.
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NY/SC Hosts Third Youth Leadership Summit

November 10, 2011
Chicago, IL -- The JACL National Youth/Student Council (NY/SC) held its third Youth Leadership Summit in Chicago, sponsored by State Farm ® and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the JACL. The Youth Leadership Summit program aims to build a network of JACL youth leaders who understand local, regional and national Asian Pacific American issues, and have the skills necessary to become effective advocates for their community. More than 30 local and regional participants attended the program.
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Poston as a National Historic Site

November 9, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee met this afternoon in Washington, D.C. to consider the Poston Elementary School, Unit 1, as a National Historic Landmark.  Poston was one of the ten main concentration camps in which Japanese Americans and their families were incarcerated during World War II.  The Committee voted unanimously to recommend the site for National Historic Landmark designation. 
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"Passing the Legacy Down" Sneak Preview Available!

October 26, 2011

Passing the Legacy Down Trailer from Marissa Kitazawa on Vimeo.

San Francisco, CA -- The JACL announced that a new video, "Bridging Communities, Passing the Legacy Down" will be released this December.  The video documents the Bridging Communities Program conducted in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, and which brought Asian American and American Muslim high school students together to learn with and from one another.
The video, which was directed and produced by Marissa Kitazawa and Alex Margolin, takes viewers to Manzanar, Tule Lake and Minidoka and captures some of the highlights and lessons experienced by the students as they walked the grounds where former incarcerees were once confined.
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National JACL Extends Best Wishes to Helen Kawagoe and Hopes for a Speedy Recovery

October 21, 2011
San Francisco, CA -- The JACL just recently learned that Helen Kawagoe, past National JACL President, suffered a stroke on September 18, 2011.  The JACL extends its best wishes to Helen for a speedy recovery and hopes that she will soon be back to full health and vitality.
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JACL Applauds Passage of Senate Resolution Addressing Chinese Exclusion Laws

October 11, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL  applauds the passage of Senate Resolution 201, which addresses the discriminatory laws against the Chinese in America, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The prime sponsor was Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).  Co-sponsor was Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has been a champion of civil rights and a friend of the Asian American community.  The Senators worked together to show the truth of a sad historical record and to make things right.
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JACL Holds Fifth DC Gala

October 3, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL held its fifth annual Gala event in Washington, D.C. on September 29, 2011.  The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta served as Honorary Chairman of the Gala.  Secretary Mineta welcomed Gala attendees as did David Kawamoto, National JACL President, and the Honorable Ichiro Fujisaki (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America).  The emcee was Denise Nakano, a news anchor for NBC in Philadelphia.
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Unlike Bachmann, JACL Praises Immigration Act of 1965

September 14, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- During the most recent Republican Presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann stated that the immigration system “worked very, very well up until the mid-1960s.”  Bachmann is referring to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, legislation that the JACL vigorously supported by providing testimony in Congress.
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Asian Pacific American Reflect on September 11th

September 7, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- Join the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) this Sunday, September 11 to remember and reflect upon the loss of lives and events that have occurred since September 11, 2001. 
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JACL Joins with Not In Our Town to Combat Violence Against Immigrants

September 6, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL is partnering with Not In Our Town to join communities across the country who are using a new PBS documentary to find ways to prevent hate crimes and anti-immigrant violence. "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness" tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, the film provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence.
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JACL Announces New District Governors

July 29, 2011
San Francisco, CA -- The JACL announces two new district governors elected to serve the JACL: David Unruhe was elected Governor of the Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District, and Stephanie Nitahara is replacing Michio Murakishi as the Midwest District Governor.
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JACL Holds Successful 42nd National Convention

July 14, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL held a successful 42nd National Convention at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California from July 7 to 10. The Pacific Southwest District (PSW), under the guidance of convention chair Gary Mayeda, hosted this year's inaugural annual convention.
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JACL Announces Gala Honorary Chairman

July 5, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL announces that the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta will serve as Honorary Chairman of its annual Gala.  The JACL Gala was started five years ago and will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
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JACL's Bridging Communities Program Visits Tule Lake

June 28, 2011
San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Bridging Communities Program of the JACL, recently took high school students on a three-day trek to Tule Lake, where 18,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.
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JACL Announces 2011 Masaoka Fellow

June 23, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL is pleased to announce Mackenzie Kiyomi Walker as the 2011 JACL Mike M. Masaoka Fellow. Starting this fall, Mackenzie will begin her assignment serving in the office of Congresswoman Judy Chu.
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JACL Concludes Successful Collegiate Leadership Conference

June 15, 2011
Washington, D.C. - The JACL held its third annual Collegiate  Leadership Conference in the nation’s capital from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.  Fourteen Asian Pacific American campus leaders from colleges around the country attended an intensive three-day program that introduced them to legislative issues affecting the Asian Pacific American (APA) community and the role APA civil rights organizations play in affecting public policy. The conferece would not be possible without the generous support of Southwest Airlines and UPS.
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JACL Mourns Passing of Etsu Mineta Masaoka

June 3, 2011
Washington, D.C. - The JACL deeply mourns the passing of Etsu Mineta Masaoka, a dedicated member of the JACL. She passed away yesterday. Etsu devoted her life to the causes that were important to her husband, Mike Masaoka, and to her. Our deepest condolences go out to the Mineta, Masaoka, and Amano families.
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JACL Environmental Justice Youth Summit in New Orleans

June 2, 2011
Washington, D.C. - This past weekend, the JACL National Youth Student Council (NY/SC) engaged in an intensive two day Environmental Justice Youth Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NY/SC is comprised of student and young professional representatives who hail from various regions of the United States.     
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JACL Announces John Moy & Southwest Airilnes Congressional Internship Program

May 27, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is very pleased to announce the John Moy & Southwest Airlines Congressional Internship program. Through the generous donation of John Moy, a long time supporter and member of JACL, and roundtrip tickets provided by JACL's official airline, Southwest Airlines, the JACL Washington D.C. office will be accepting applications to select two interns to start this summer or fall for a duration of two months.

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JACL Responds to Acting Solicitor General's Comments

May 25, 2011
Washington, D.C. - .  The JACL applauds Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal for his admission of misconduct by his predecessor, Charles Fahy, an appointee of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, regarding Japanese Americans during World War II.  Katyal stated that Fahy had deliberately hidden a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence which concluded that the Japanese Americans did not pose a military threat and there was no evidence that they were disloyal. 
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JACL Disappointed with Failed Cloture Vote for Professor Goodwin Liu

May 19, 2011
Washington, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate voted along party lines to block President Obama's judicial nominee for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Professor Goodwin Liu. The JACL is extremely disapopinted in the decision of the Senate's failed cloture vote of 52-43.
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JACL National Executive Director to Step Down

April 22, 2011
Washington, DC - At the National Board Meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) held last weekend in San Francisco, Floyd Mori announced his retirement from the position of National Executive Director for the JACL.  Mori served as interim National Executive Director in late 2006 when ill health forced John Tateishi to leave the post.  Mori was appointed as Tateishi's replacement in January 2007.  His plans are to leave before the end of the year.
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JACL and Direct Relief International Hold Press Conference in Sacremento

March 30, 2011
Sacramento, CA - On March 24 the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and  Direct Relief International, in promoting their relief efforts for the people of Japan affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, participated in a press conference with Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) state legislators and others at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
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Asian American Organizations Denounce Hearings Targeting Muslims

March 10, 2011
Statement by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and OCA.
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Representative Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, convened a hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community." As organizations representing Japanese, South Asian, Chinese, and other Asian American constituents around the United States, we have grave concerns with the tenor and scope of the hearing. As we had anticipated, the hearing did not produce any significant contributions to the crucial issue of national security. Rather, they continued to scapegoat a single religious community.
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JACL Dismayed by Shooting of Two Sikh Men in California

March 9, 2011
Elk Grove, CA -- The JACL is dismayed by the despicable March 4th shooting and possible hate crime in Elk Grove against two elderly Sikh gentlemen, Surinder Singh, who died from his injuries, and Gurmej Atwal. We call on the Elk Grove Police Department and the City of Elk Grove to place the highest priority on investigating this heinous crime and fully prosecuting the perpetrators, including calling on State and Federal support as needed.
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JACL Appalled by Limbaugh's Mockery of President Hu Jintao

January 22, 2011
Washington, D.C. - The JACL is appalled by Rush Limbaugh’s racial mockery of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s speech on January 19.  Limbaugh’s mimicry of President Hu’s speech perpetuates an ugly practice of using Asians and Asian Pacific Americans as fodder for jokes by caricaturing them in mindless, one-dimensional stereotypes.  The JACL deplores Limbaugh’s racial mockery and his unrepentant reaction to calls for an apology.
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JACL Statement on Congresswoman Giffords' Shooting in Arizona

January 8, 2011
Washington, D.C. - The JACL and its members stand with those who mourn the tragic shooting today that targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and fatally injured several people who were exercising their duty as citizens to become more informed about the legislative issues of the day. This senseless act of violence is contrary to all the values of freedom and civility that this great country espouses.
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JACL Responds to Net Neutrality Order

December 21, 2010
The JACL has carefully followed and actively participated in net neutrality discussions for more than a year.  We have been particularly concerned that underserved minority communities have adequate access to enhance their future through the Internet.  As such, our engagement in this issue is to ensure that the proposed policies would not unintentionally hurt consumers and businesses in the end.  
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JACL Statement on DREAM Act and DADT Legislation

December 21, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The JACL is disappointed by the obstruction of the DREAM Act by the U.S. Senate last Saturday. There are approximately 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school, many of them being Asian American. If passed, the DREAM Act would have allowed these deserving students to continue their education in college or join the military to pave a way to citizenship.
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Landmark Agreement between Comcast & NCBU and Leading Asian American Organizations

December 16, 2010
Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Comcast and NBC Universal (NBCU) reached a historic agreement with leading Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations including Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), East West Players (EWP), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), OCA and Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA). Comcast and NCBU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to increase the inclusion of Asian Americans in media and also within their corporations in five key areas: corporate governance; employment/workforce recruitment & retention; procurement; programming; and philanthropy and community investments.
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JACL Receives $30,000 Grant from the UPS Foundation

December 9, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The JACL received a $30,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used towards the Collegiate Leadership Conference, JACL Campus Outreach program, and the Japanese American Student Internship Program.
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Southwest Airlines Named Official Airline of the JACL

December 3, 2010
San Francisco - The JACL announced Southwest Airlines as the official airline
of the JACL. "We are very grateful to have Southwest Airlines become the official airline of the JACL. We appreciate their generosity in providing support to the JACL," said David Kawamoto, National JACL President. "With the airline's help, our delegates will be able to provide a better service to our youth programs."
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JACL NY/SC Concludes First National Youth Summit

November 23, 2010
San Francisco - The JACL National Youth/Student Council (NY/SC) successfully hosted its first Youth Summit this past weekend at the JACL National Headquarters. The summit comprised of 28 participants from across the country who were diverse in ethnic and multi-racial backgrounds, generational
status, age, and familiarity with JACL.
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Swastika on Sacramento Kings Mural Denounced by Florin and Sacramento JACL

October 7, 2010
Sacramento, CA -- A hateful Nazi swastika twice defaced NBA player Omri Casspi's picture on a downtown Sacramento Kings mural on September 8th and 16th and twice met with widespread local condemnation, including from the local Sacramento and Florin Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Chapters. Omri Casspi is the popular first Israeli NBA player who debuted with the Sacramento Kings in 2009 and is of the Jewish faith.
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Congressional Gold Medal Bill Signed by the President

October 6, 2010
Washington DC -- Yesterday, President Obama officially signed S. 1055 which will grant the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, collectively, to the U.S. Army's 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service for their extraordinary accomplishments in World War II. The men in these units, comprised almost entirely of persons of Japanese ancestry, fought with uncommon bravery and valor against our nation's enemies on the battlefields in Europe and Asia, even while many of their parents and kin were held in internment camps.
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JACL Response to Rep. Sanchez's Remarks

October 4, 2010
The JACL is deeply concerned by the racial overtones in recent remarks made by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).  During an interview last week on Univision, Rep. Sanchez said that the Vietnamese and the Republicans are trying to take away the congressional seat she holds and that her opponent, a Vietnamese American, is anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic.
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JACL Pleased at Selection of Pete Rouse

October 1, 2010
Washington, DCThe Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, announced that it is pleased with the selection by President Obama of Pete Rouse as White House Chief of Staff to replace outgoing Rahm Emanuel.
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JACL Urges Confirmation of Judge Chen and Professor Liu

September 24, 2010
Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Judge Edward Chen and Professor Goodwin Liu were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and now await Senate confirmation for federal judgeships. Both Chen and Liu have been delayed in the confirmation process, as President Obama had to re-nominate them earlier this month on September 13. The JACL strongly urges the Senate to confirm Chen and Liu before the elections.
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JACL Applauds Passage of S 1055 Gold Medal Bill

September 23, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The JACL applauds the passage of S 1055, the Gold Medal Bill, which passed the House of Representatives today. The JACL acknowledges the leadership and work of Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Adam Schiff in passage of the bill. This bill recognizes the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service with the nation's highest civilian honor by the United States Congress.
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JACL Concludes Gala Awards Dinner

September 17, 2010
Washington, D.C - The JACL concluded its Gala Awards Dinner last night honoring "Women Champions." JACL National President David Kawamoto and National Executive Director Floyd Mori presented awards to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Etsu Mineta Masaoka, Christine Toy Johnson, and Roxana Saberi, and corporate partner and sponsor Eli Lilly.
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JACL Welcomes New Masaoka Fellow

September 10, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The JACL is pleased to welcome Misha Tsukerman of San Francisco, California, to the Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship. He will serve as the new Masaoka Fellow, working in the office of the Honorable Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii for the next seven months.
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JACL Statement on the New York City Islamic Community Center and Mosque

September 2, 2010
The JACL strives to ensure that civil liberties are upheld for Asian Americans and others who are targeted by acts of injustice and intolerance. The JACL supports the rights of Muslims to practice Islam and of the Cordoba Initiative to build on the location it has selected. In the face of war and the tragedy of September 11th it is too easy to place blame on others and allow intolerance to prevail. We must do better than to leave Muslim Americans with the impression that intolerance has no definite end. We must begin by not re-interpreting our emotions over September 11th but instead, by affirming the ideals that have defined our democracy.
Click here to read more. Click here to read an Op-Ed piece by JACL National Director Floyd Mori.

Dedication Held for the Go For Broke Exhibit at Ellis Island

August 10, 2010
New York CityThe dedication ceremony for the exhibit, "Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts," was held at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on August 8, 2010. The exhibit was created by the Japanese American Wartime History Project with Eric Saul as curator.  Tribute was paid to the veterans of World War II, several of whom were in attendance.
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JACL Praises Ruling Overturning California's Proposition 8

August 5, 2010
San Francisco - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) praised yesterday's ruling that overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage.   U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the California voter-approved ban violated due process and the equal protection clause under the U.S. Constitution.
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US Senate Passes S. 1055 - Congressional Gold Medal Bill

August 4, 2010
Washington, D.C. - Monday night, the U.S Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill S. 1055 which will grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  The Senate also passed the amendment to include the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) to the bill.  The final process to officially pass S. 1055 is for it to return to the House of Representatives to pass the amended version for it to be signed by the President.
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JACL Summer Interns in D.C.

July 30, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The summer intern season has ended for college student interns from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who were assigned to the JACL.  As July wraps up, so does the work of the interns, Bruce Kung, Rebecca Tien, and Bonny Tsang, who are completing their assignments at the JACL Washington, D.C. office.  The students were positioned in the JACL through the EPA to work on environmental issues.
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Federal Judge Blocks Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070

July 29, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The JACL is pleased to announce that a federal court has blocked the most controversial parts of the Arizona Immigration legislation, SB 1070. This ruling was issued in a  Department of Justice lawsuit against Arizona, which was heard by the Court on the same day as a lawsuit brought by 24 organizations and individuals, including JACL, who are represented by a coalition of civil rights organizations including the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.
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JACL Celebrates Unveiling of Secretary Mineta's Portrait

July 28, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The JACL congratulates former Congressman and Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, whose portrait is now part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in the Nation’s capital. With a growing number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders in government today, it is with the greatest privilege that the JACL honors Secretary Norman Mineta, who was one of the first wave of great AAPI leaders in government and has opened many doors for the AAPI community.
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JACL, OCA and APIAVote Visit Gulf Coast Communities Affected by Oil Spill

July 14, 2010
Washington, D.C. - From July 7-10, 2010, leaders from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), OCA, and APIAVote visited the Gulf Coast to gather first-hand accounts of how the Asian American community is being affected by the BP oil spill. The explosion on Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling rig, has threatened the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in the Gulf region. The Southeast Asian American community in particular, an estimated 80 percent of whom are involved in the seafood industry, has been heavily impacted.
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JACL Congratulates Nicole Gaddie and INC

July 13, 2010
Chicago, IL - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was privileged to honor the Intercollegiate Nikkei Council with the 2010 Youth Vision Award, as well as Nicole Horiuchi Gaddie as the Minoru Yasui Oratorical Winner at its 41st Biennial National Convention, "Embracing Change," at the Swissotel in Chicago.
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JACL Calls on Law Enforcement to Fully Investigate Beating in New Jersey

July 8, 2010
Old Bridge, NJ - Divyendu Sinha and his sons were out for a walk when they were attacked by a group of teenage boys outside their home in Old Bridge, New Jersey.  Divyendu, a 49 year-old scientist, died on Monday, three days following the attack. The JACL has contacted the Middlesex County prosecutor's office urging them to fully investigate the crime. 
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JACL Concludes National Convention in Chicago

July 4, 2010
Chicago, IL -The 41st Biennial National Convention of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has concluded at the Swissotel in Chicago.  The JACL, which was established in 1929, had the convention theme of "Embracing Change" and will change to an annual convention format beginning in 2011 with the convention to be held in Los Angeles. 
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JACL Joins Lawsuit Against Arizona Law

May 17, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) joined with other national civil rights groups in filing a lawsuit against the implementation of SB 1070, the recently signed Arizona law that authorizes local law enforcement officers to detain those who may be suspected to be in this country without legal authorization.  This lawsuit challenges the new Arizona law that was recently passed through the Arizona State Legislature and signed into law by Arizona Governor Brewer.
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JACL Receives National Park Service Grant

May 14, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the grant award recipients for the Fiscal Year 2010 Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.  NPS has awarded 23 grants totaling $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret historic locations where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. 
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JACL Expresses Concern over Arizona Immigrant Law

April 23, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) expresses deep concern that Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed into law today a measure that would allow law enforcement officers to detain anybody "if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants."  Restrictive and punitive immigration laws against Asians were the prime reason for the JACL to be organized in 1929.  Since that time, the JACL has fought for fair immigration laws that did not discriminate against one specific group of people.

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Winner of 2010 JACL Oratorical Competition to Win Trip to Japan

April 19, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has announced that the winner of this year's Minoru Yasui Oratorical Competition will receive two round trip tickets to Japan.  All Nippon Airways (ANA) has donated flight and hotel arrangements.

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JACL Asks School Nickname to be Changed from "Oriental"

April 5, 2010
Chicago, IL - The JACL has sent a letter to officials at East High School in Akron, Ohio, after learning that the school uses the term "Orientals" as its school nickname. The JACL is astonished and troubled that a school would use such a derogatory term, and urged the leadership of East High School to change its nickname.

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JACL Accepting Masaoka Fellowship Applications

March 5, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is currently accepting applications from candidates who are interested in the Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship, which is a JACL program where a student learns first hand about public policy.  The Masaoka fellow serves in the Washington, D.C. office of a U.S. Senator or a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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JACL Mourns the Passing of Dorothy Height

April 20, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) mourns the passing of Dorothy I. Height, a national icon in the civil and women's rights movement. At the time of her passing Ms. Height remained active as the President of the Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights, the premier civil rights coalition in the nation, which includes over 200 major civil rights organizations. The JACL is a charter member of the coalition and Floyd Mori, JACL's National Executive Director serves on its Executive Committee. 
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JACL Marches for America in Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- On Sunday, March 21, the JACL joined a massive crowd of 200,000 strong in the March for America to demand Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) from President Obama and Congress in 2010.
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The Health Care Bill and the Asian American Community

March 23, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, applauds the House of Representatives and the White House Administration for passing the Senate version of the health care bill along with the reconciliation bill late Sunday night.
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JACL Responds to Texas Board of Education

March 19, 2010
In response to the Texas Board of Education action to amend its curriculum to include information on the World War II detention of Germans and Italians by the United States, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) believes it is vitally important to clarify the record about the significant differences between the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the treatment of German and Italian Americans.
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JACL Responds to Sen. Graham's "Sake and Suicide" Comments

March 18, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- In an interview for a South Carolina radio station, Senator Graham suggested that the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had the House Democrats “all liquored up on sake” to make a “suicide run” to pass health care legislation. The JACL has issued a statement urging Sen. Graham to refrain from using such inflammatory rhetoric in the future.
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JACL Issues Statement on National Broadband Plan

March 18, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- In February of 2009, as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress tasked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the creation of a National Broadband Plan.  Today, the JACL was pleased to see the completion of this Plan after a year of hard work and dedication by the Commission.
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JACL Connects with College Students

March 12, 2010
Chicago, IL -- Over the past two weekends, JACL staff presented workshops at two major college conferences on the East Coast. On February 27, Bill Yoshino and JACL Ford Program Fellow Christine Munteanu led a workshop on “Anti-Asian Sentiment” at the 5 College Pan Asian Network Conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Yoshino and Patty Wada presented the same workshop at the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference (ECAASU) at the University of Pennsylvania the following weekend on March 6.
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JACL and OCA Leadership Conference Held in D.C.

March 11, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and OCA National (OCA), the two largest Asian American civil and human rights organizations in the nation, held their annual joint Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.  Participants were JACL and OCA leaders from across the United States who met to learn about leadership skills and the legislative process in the nation’s capital.  The conference is sponsored by State Farm.  Leslie Moe-Kaiser and Art Ruiz of State Farm were in attendance and made presentations.
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JACL Announces New District Governors

March 4, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The JACL announces the following new governors:  Toshi Abe of the Eastern District Council (EDC); Sharon Ishii Jordan of the Midwest District Council (MDC); Chip Larouche of the Pacific Northwest District Council (PNW); and Kerry Kaneichi of the Pacific Southwest District Council (PSW) in California.  They are replacing outgoing governors, Kristine Minami (EDC), Leilani Savitt (MDC), Elaine Akagi (PNW), and Alayne Yonemoto (PSW).
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JACL Announces Active Choice Health Plan

March 3, 2010
San Francisco, CA -- The JACL Active Choice health insurance plan, an affordable option created specifically to fit the needs of students and young professionals ages 18-29, includes: prescription coverage, medical coverage, accidental death coverage, national coverage, worldwide coverage, and personalized service.
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JACL Troubled by "Compton Cookout"

March 3, 2010
Chicago, IL -- The JACL responded with outrage at recent events at UCSD that began when students organized a "Compton Cookout" party to mock Black History Month.  The JACL has enumerated a series of steps the university must take to address racial tensions at the school, including the need to "engage the student community in a series of diversity efforts calculated to engender multiracial understanding and cohesion."
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JACL Responds to Today Show's "Japadog" feature

March 2, 2010
Chicago, IL -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) sent a letter to Jim Bell, the Executive Producer of the "Today" show, after receiving several complaints about a segment highlighting a Vancouver hot dog stand called "Japadog."
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National JACL Board Appoints David Lin as V.P.

February 24, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, announces that David Lin has been appointed to the JACL National Board of Directors as Vice President of Membership.  David is a life member of the JACL and a Millennium Club member.  He has worked closely with the JACL in developing a strong corporate partnership with AT&T. 
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JACL Applauds Nomination of Goodwin H. Liu

February 24, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, is pleased with President Barack Obama's nomination of University of California Berkeley School of Law Associate Dean and Professor Goodwin H. Liu's nomination to serve on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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Camp Preservation Projects Included in 2011 Budget

February 17, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, has been advocating for camp preservation projects which would help to teach the public about the incarceration of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II. In addition to the $3 million for camp grants funding, the President's FY 2011 budget includes a number of other funding initiatives which are of particular interest to the JACL and the Japanese American community. 
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Jack Tobe Joins the DC JACL Chapter Board

February 15, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- Attendees at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) DC Chapter Mochitsuki event in December 2009 were greeted warmly by an impressive young teenager who was very attentive and helpful.  Jack Tobe, at thirteen years of age, has lots of experience with service and has just become the youngest member of the Board of the DC Chapter of the JACL.  He was installed at the Chapter Installation Luncheon in January 2010. 
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A Day of Action for the Day of Remembrance

February 18, 2010
February 19th is the Day of Remembrance, on which Executive Order 9066 was signed in 1942 and resulted in the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans to concentration camps. The 100th Battalion Infantry, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service tell a unique American story of patriotism and bravery during World War II. Congress has the opportunity to award these heroes the highest civilian medal in the country called the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. With the Day of Remembrance around the corner, we ask you to write your Senators and forward this Action Alert onto friends, especially in target states, on or around February 19, 2010.  

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JACL Pleased with Grant from UPS Foundation

January 19, 2010

Washington, D.C.—The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, is pleased to announce that the JACL has been the recipient of a grant of $30,000 from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS).

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JACL Criticizes Statement by Ohio Lieutenant Governor

January 13, 2010

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) objected to a statement by Ohio lieutenant governor, Lee Fisher, that criticized Japan for placing barriers on American car sales in a Japanese incentive program similar to the “cash for clunkers” program in the United States. 

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JACL Announces the Minoru Yasui Oratorical Competition

January 12, 2010

JACL chapters are being asked to identify high school students, age 16 years or older, or full time undergraduate college students who will compete at a JACL district council competition with the winner advancing to the finals at the national convention, which will be held on July 2.

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JACL Announces Proposed Date of 2010 JACL Gala

January 13, 2010

Washington, D.C.—The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, announces its proposed date of Thursday, September 16, 2010, for its next Annual National JACL Gala Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Washington D.C. Leadership Summit February 3-4

January 7, 2010

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Japanese American Citizens League announces the Washington D.C Leadership Summit, February 3-4, 2010 at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St, NW, Washington, D.C. Speakers and topics will focus on an overview and update from the National Park Service, tips on fundraising, goals for Fiscal Year 2011, and presentations from former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and retired U.S. Senator Alan Simpson. 

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JACL Responds to Toby Keith Incident

December 23, 2009

At a recent appearance at the Nobel Peace Prize after party in Oslo, American country singer Toby Keith made a racist gesture while on stage during a performance of “Rapper’s Delight.”  His behavior has drawn criticism from the Asian American community, yet Mr. Keith still has not acknowledged the offensive nature of his gesture nor issued an apology.  The Japanese American Citizens League joins other organizations in condemning Mr. Keith’s actions, and demands that he acknowledge and apologize for his racist behavior.

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Wat Misaka Honored by the New York Knicks

December 23, 2009

New York, NY  -  Wat Misaka, who was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1947, was recently honored by the Knicks basketball franchise at a presentation during a game at Madison Square Garden.  Misaka was the first non-white person to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA which was then known as the Basketball Association of America or BAA).

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JACL DC Fellows Complete Assignments

December 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Two Fellows from California recently completed their assignments with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).  Scott Sakakihara, the 2009 JACL Masaoka Fellow and a Harvard Law School Graduate, and Shirley Tang, the 2009 JACL Inouye Fellow who graduated from the University of California at Davis, served the JACL during the past year.  Scott worked in the office of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and later in the White House.  Shirley worked in the JACL’s Washington D.C. Office.

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Southern California Edison Sponsors Fellowship for JACL

December 15, 2009

Los Angeles -- With generous support from Southern California Edison, The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) welcomes a new member to the Pacific Southwest District office. The new 2009-2010 Mike Honda Fellow, Kristin Fukushima, joined JACL in October.  The position will continue and expand JACL's efforts to advocate for civil rights and community preservation through empowerment and activism.

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JACL Mourns Passing of Art Koga

December 7, 2009

San Francisco - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, mourns the passing of Art Koga, formerly a member of the National JACL Board of Directors.  Members of the JACL were saddened to hear of the untimely death of Art Koga on December 4, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Mr. Koga was ill with what seemed to be a cold, took a turn for the worse, and passed away very suddenly.

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JACL Assists Japan Embassy in Doll Presentation

December 2, 2009

Washington, D.C.  – The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the United States, assisted the Embassy of Japan in the presentation of a new doll donated to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S. or Mormon) Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center. The Japanese doll has been placed on one of the Christmas trees adorning the Visitors Center throughout the holiday season.

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JACL Applauds Historic Senate Confirmation of Jacqueline Nguyen

December 1, 2009

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Jacqueline Nguyen as a federal district judge in the Central District of California by a vote of 97 to 0. The Japanese American Citizens League, the largest and oldest civil and human rights organization in the nation, applauds the U.S. Senate and congratulates Judge Nguyen for this historic confirmation, as she is the first Vietnamese-American woman to serve as a federal district court judge in the United States. 

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JACL and Healthcare Reform

December 1, 2009

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) strongly supports comprehensive health care reform and commends Congress on their tireless efforts these past months. Affordability and access to health care for all are main concerns for the JACL. Health care should be a right, not a privilege in America. The JACL looks forward to having historic heath care legislation signed by the President in the near future.

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JACL Mourns Passing of Nao Takasugi

November 24, 2009
San Francisco, CA The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, mourns the passing of Nao Takasugi, JACL member and political leader, and offers condolences to his family.
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JACL Congratulates Kiran Ahuja

November 16, 2009
Washington, D.C. – The Japanese American Citizens League, the largest and oldest civil and human rights organization in the nation, applauds Kiran Ahuja on her appointment by President Barack Obama as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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JACL Condemns Racist Comments of Fox News Guest

November 13, 2009
Bill Yoshino, Midwest Regional Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, has sent a letter to Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News Channel, condemning the disgraceful behavior of one of the network’s guests, Bo Dietl.  As a guest on Don Ismus’ radio show, Bo made disparaging, racist comments against Asian Americans as part of a rant on Katie Couric’s appearance.  In the letter, Yoshino writes, “By continually inviting Dietl as a guest, Fox News gives credence to his childish behavior and the racist, hateful views he demonstrates."
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UPDATE (11/30/09): Kevin Magee, Fox Business Network's Executive Vice President, has responded to the JACL's concerns regarding Dietl's remarks. While maintaining that Dietl was a guest of Imu's show and not an employee of Fox, Magee stated that Dietl "has been spoken to about your concerns and has been asked not to engage in such activity in the future."

JACL Meets with Paramount Pictures Executives

November 12, 2009
Los Angeles, CA  – The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, was represented at a meeting with Paramount Pictures by Floyd Mori, National Executive Director, and Craig Ishii, Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest District.  Paramount Pictures President and CEO, Adam Goodman had invited Mori to meet to discuss problems of racial stereotyping and racial casting by Paramount.  Bill Imada, CEO of the IW Group (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), and Guy Aoki, co-founder of MAANA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans), also attended the meeting that included Paramount executives, Sharon Keyser and Katie Martinelli.  The meeting was a result of a letter Mori wrote to Goodman condemning the negative stereotype portrayed in the Paramount movie, The Goods:  Live Hard, Sell Hard.
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JACL Expresses Condolences and Sadness on Fort Hood Incident

November 6, 2009
Washington, D.C. --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the United States, joins the nation in expressing sincere condolences to the families and colleagues of those slain and injured yesterday at Ft. Hood, Texas.  The JACL community is saddened that brave and patriotic soldiers were sacrificed in such a defenseless manner.  The JACL strongly condemns this senseless taking of innocent lives regardless of the motivation. 
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Japanese Americans Gather at Ambassador's Residence

November 5, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation, was well represented at a recent Japanese American focused event held at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan in Washington, D.C.  Although the Honorable Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America, was called away to Japan in preparation for President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Japan, guests were greeted by the Ambassador’s wife, Mrs. Yoriko Fujisaki. 
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JACL Announces Success in Camp Preservation Funding

November 3, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is proud to announce that the fiscal 2010 Department of Interior appropriations bill included funding for several World War II Concentration Camp preservation projects. Preservation of these historic camps in which Japanese Americans were incarcerated without due process has been a top priority of the JACL. The JACL Washington D.C. Office has worked closely with Senators Inouye and Feinstein as well as Congressman Honda in assuring the inclusion of camp preservation elements in the 2010 Fiscal Budget. President Obama signed the bill into law on October 30, 2009.
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JACL Victory on Hate Crimes Bill

October 22, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Late this afternoon, the Senate approved the FY 2010 Department of Defense Authorization Conference Report, which contains the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, by a vote of 68-28. The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has vigorously fought for this victory for over ten years and commends the leadership of both chambers of Congress on this momentous triumph.
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JACL NY/SC Calls for Halt of Power Line through Minidoka

October 14, 2009
Washington, D.C.
- The National Youth/Student Council of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL NY/SC), the youth arm of the oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil and human rights organization in the United States, calls upon Secretary Ken Salazar of the United States Department of Interior and members of Congress to revise plans for a power line which would run through the Minidoka National Historic Site in Idaho.
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White House Initiative on AAPI's Reestablished

October 14, 2009

Washington, D.C - President Barack Obama, at a special White House Ceremony, signed an Executive Order to reestablish the President’s Advisory Commission and White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).  This was first established by President Bill Clinton ten years ago.  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, joined with other groups from within the AAPI community in praising this action.
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JACL Announces New Inouye Fellow

October 2, 2009

Washinton, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), announces Jean Shiraki as the new JACL Daniel K. Inouye Fellow, named after the esteemed Hawaii Senator. She begins her fellowship, funded by Eli Lilly, at the JACL office in Washington, D.C in September. The position focuses mainly on health care, and she will work with other Asian American organizations to raise more health awareness and work towards closing the disparities.

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JACL Praises CSU's Decision to Grant Honorary Degrees

September 25, 2009

San Francisco -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) praised the California State University Board of Trustees for its decision to grant honorary bachelor’s degrees to Japanese Americans who were enrolled at CSU campuses, but forced to leave school due to Executive Order 9066.

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National JACL Holds Successful Gala

September 18, 2009

Washington, D.C. - The third annual Gala Awards Dinner of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The JACL paid special tribute to Japanese American veterans who served in the armed forces during World War II and the Korean War. The organizations recognized were:  The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) which was started by World War II veterans, The Japanese American Korean War Veterans (JAKWR) which honors veterans of the Korean War, The Go for Broke National Education Center which keeps alive the history of the Japanese Americans, and The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) which is heavily involved with honoring the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) with a proposed center at the Presidio in San Francisco.

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Paramount Apologizes to the JACL

August 21, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - The JACL welcomed Paramount Pictures' apology for "racially demeaning language" in its recently released film, The Goods. JACL National Director, Floyd Mori, stated: “We are encouraged that Paramount recognized its error in using a racial slur and violence against Asian Americans as comedy."

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Honorees Named for JACL Gala in September

August 5, 2009
Washington, D.C.– JACL will honor Senator Daniel K. Akaka at its third annual National JACL Gala Awards Dinner to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2009 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.  Other honorees include the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), the Japanese American Korean War Veterans (JAKWV), the Go For Broke National Education Center and the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS).

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JACL Announces Completion of Survey

August 4, 2009
San Francisco, CA– The JACL announced the completion of a survey which was funded by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland.  The survey asked members to respond to a number of questions which will be helpful in planning for the future of the JACL.  The project was undertaken by Dana Nakano, a PhD candidate at the University of California at Irvine.

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JACLers at JALD Summit Held in San Francisco

July 30, 2009
San Francisco, CA – The JACL had a strong presence at the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Summit held July 17-19 in San Francisco.  The affair was a reunion of Japanese American leaders who have traveled to Japan to increase their knowledge of and involvement in U.S.-Japan relations.   The JALD, funded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, each year selects 10-15 Japanese Americans active in their community for an “insider’s look” of Japan, where they meet with leaders in business, government, culture and education.  Nine delegations have made the trip to Japan, with alumni now totaling 122. 

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National Park Service Announces Grants

July 24, 2009
San Francisco, CA --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation, congratulates grant recipients which were announced by the National Park Service.  The nineteen new grants which total $960,000 are to help preserve and interpret many of the historic locations where more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced removal of these men, women and children, most of them American citizens, of Japanese ancestry.

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JACL and Volunteers Assist in Service Project at the National Japanese American Memorial

July 14, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- On April 21, 2009 President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, ushering in a new era of service and volunteering for our nation. Over the weekend, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) hosted a service project in collaboration with the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation to inspire summer interns in the Washington, D.C. area to rise to the challenge of community and national service.

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JACL and USAN Sign Agreement

July 13, 2009
Washington, D.C. – The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) have signed a Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation, Promotion and Exchange of links and information between their two organizations and communities in the interests of the entire Azerbaijani-American, as well as Turkic-American, and Japanese-American, as well as Asian-American, communities. 

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JACL Saddened at Passing of Todd Sato

June 30, 2009
Los Angeles, CA  -- Members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) expressed sadness and dismay at the untimely passing of Todd Sato, a young JACL leader who died this past weekend of heart failure at the age of 29. Todd suffered from heart problems throughout his life and recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary as a heart transplant survivor. 
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JACL Supports America's Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009

July 15, 2009
Washington, D.C. – On July 14, 2009, the Chairmen of the three committees of the House with jurisdiction over health policy (Energy & Commerce, Education & Labor, and Ways & Means) introduced America’s Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009, an act that would curtail escalating healthcare costs and provide quality and affordable healthcare to all Americans. The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, applauds and supports the introduction of America’s Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009.
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Sotomayor Gets it Right!

July 15, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) applauds Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for her comments that the massive incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II was a mistake and that detention solely based on race is wrong.  The JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation and is marking its 80th anniversary this year.  The JACL has long been a critic of the Executive Order 9066, which authorized military areas from which individuals could be removed leading to the forced removal of Japanese Americans from their homes on the west coast.  The JACL was the principal proponent of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which gave an apology and a redress payment to all surviving internees, which in essence admitted that it was wrong and apologized for that action.
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JACL Thanks Congressmen Mike Honda and Norman Dicks

July 8, 2009
Washington, D.C. --  Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) is being recognized and thanked by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, for his role in increasing the House Budget amount for P.L. 109-441.  The JACL also thanks Congressman Norman Dicks (D-WA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the House Committee on Appropriations, for his support.
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JACL Dismayed at U.S. Holocaust Museum Shooting

June 11, 2009
Washington, D.C. --  Members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) are dismayed and appalled at the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum which resulted in the death of a courageous museum security guard.
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A Busy Week in Washington, D.C.

June 5, 2009
Washington, D.C. – The National JACL staff in the various offices continues to have much to do in administering the programs of the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization.  Plans are being finalized for the National JACL Youth Conference and the Collegiate Leadership Conference, and plans are underway for the JACL Gala.  Fundraising is an ongoing effort.   
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Asian American Studies Scholars Pass Away

May 28, 2009
San Francisco, CA --The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation, joins with others in mourning the loss of two scholars who were instrumental in developing Asian American Studies programs, Ronald Takaki and Him Mark Lai.  They were pioneers in paving the way for Asian Pacific American inclusion and recognition in college curriculums.
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JACL Mourns Passing of Nisei Pioneers

May 28, 2009
Washington, D.C. --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) mourns the passing of Nisei pioneers who have given much to the Japanese American community.  The Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans who were born in the United States) were instrumental in organizing the JACL in 1929.  There were three recent deaths in the Washington, D.C. area of Nisei leaders.
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JACL Names 2009 Masaoka Fellow

May 27, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has awarded the 2009 JACL Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship to Scott Sakakihara, who has started work in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI) where he will serve for approximately four months.  He was previously an intern in the office of Congressman Pete Stark, his own Congressman from the Bay Area in California.   He has also been an intern with the California Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. 
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JACL Announces JACL Inouye Fellowship Recipient

May 15, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, announces that Shirley Tang is the latest recipient of the JACL Daniel K. Inouye Fellow.  She began her fellowship in April in the JACL's Washington, D.C. office.  Much of her work will be focused in the area of health, and she will work with other Asian American organizations.  The fellowship is named in honor of the Senior Senator from Hawaii and is funded by Eli Lilly.
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JACL Applauds Passage of HR 347, Gold Medal Bill

May 14, 2009
Washington, D.C. --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) applauds the passage of HR 347, introduced by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), which grants the congressional gold medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, United States Army, in recognition of their dedicated military service during World War II.
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JACL Receives Grant from APIAHF

May 12, 2009
San Francisco, CA – The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, is the recipient of a grant from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF/the Health Forum).  APIAHF is an advocacy organization whose mission is to enable Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.  Health care reform and health disparities are critical civil rights issues of today.

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JACL Pleased With Release of Journalist

May 11, 2009

Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announced that it is pleased at the news that American journalist Roxana Saberi has been released from prison in Iran.   She has been held since January 2009 on charges of espionage. The JACL, which is the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, is one of the groups which came out in support of Saberi, an American citizen of Japanese and Iranian descent.  The United States government and human rights groups had called for her release and due process.

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JACL Opposes Texas Voter Legislation

May 8, 2009

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announced its opposition to a bill in the Texas legislature, S.B. 362, that would impose strict identification requirements for voting.  In addition to a voter registration certificate, voters would also need identification such as a driver’s license.   

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JACL Urges Congress To Continue Educational Funding To Benefit Disadvantaged Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

May 2, 2009

Washington, D.C. –  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, joins the National Education Association (NEA) and others in calling upon Congress to continue funding of a program which provides grants to colleges and universities that serve large numbers of low income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONAL JACL PROJECT

April 29, 2009

The JACL has received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, for a project and study which is being called:  “Japanese Americans: Immigration through Acculturation? Applications for Immigrant Communities.”  The project is being handled primarily by Dana Nakano and Tim Koide.  Dana is a Ph D candidate at the University of California at Irvine and a former JACL Masaoka Fellow who worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Mike Honda.  Tim is the National JACL Membership Coordinator.

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JACL NY/SC Announces Commencement of JACL National Youth Conference This Summer

April 4, 2009

The National Youth/Student Council of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL NY/SC), the youth body of the oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil and human rights organization in the country, is pleased to announce that all youth and students are invited to attend the 2009 JACL National Youth Conference.

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JACL APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF HATE CRIMES BILL

April 29, 2009

Washington, D.C. --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for their vote of passage of the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Hate Crimes Prevention Act which was  passed with a bipartisan vote of 249-175.  The Act enables the Department of Justice to assist the efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes based on race, ethnic background, and religion, and expands the definition of hate crimes to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.

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JACL SUPPORTS INOUYE BILL FOR A FEDERAL STUDY

April 28, 2009

Washington, D.C. --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announces its support of the bill introduced by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) to have the Secretary of the Interior conduct a study to determine if internment camp sites in Hawaii are eligible to be listed as historic sites under the National Park System.

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Federal Hate Crimes Legislation Needs Your Support

April 27, 2009

On April 2, 2009, H.R. 1913: Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (LLEHCPA), sponsored by Democratic Representative John Conyers of Michigan, was introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee. The bill has been voted out of committee and is expected for a vote before the House as early as Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

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JACL urges thorough investigation in attack of Asian students at

Franklin & Marshall College

April 24, 2009

The Japanese American Citizens League today urged law enforcement authorities in Lancaster, PA to conduct a thorough investigation that will lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible for a racial attack on three Asian students at Franklin & Marshall College. 

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JACL Announces Collegiate Leadership Program

April 15, 2009

The JACL is now accepting applications for its new JACL Collegiate Washington, D.C. Leadership Conference to be held on June 19-22, 2009.  The program, which is patterned after the JACL/OCA Washington, DC Leadership Conference, is limited to Asian American college students who are in their freshman, sophomore or junior year in school. 

APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 15, 2009

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APA Leaders Meeting with White House Staff

April 14, 2009

Washington, D.C. --  The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was included among the groups within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community whose leaders met in the West Wing of the White House on April 14, 2009, to discuss with White House Staff the future of the White House Initiative on AAPI’s. 

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JACL Asks Support For Veterans Commemorative Stamp

April 8, 2009

Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, is asking its members and friends to write letters of support for the Japanese American (Nisei) WWII Veterans Commemorative Stamp proposed to the United States Postal Service.
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National Park Service Announces Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program

April 6, 2009

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Japanese American Confinement Sites grant applications are now available for the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

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2010 Census Needs JACL Participation

April 6, 2009

As members of the largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States, many other organizations as well as federal agencies look to the JACL for avenues of outreach to our communities.  There are many ways to get involved at the chapter level, local level and state level to ensure that we have as accurate of a count as possible.

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The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Laments Binghamton Tragedy

April 4, 2009
Washington, D.C.-The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life on Friday that took place at a center in Binghamton, N.Y. dedicated to helping to improve the lives of newcomers to America.  Our condolences go out to the victims, their families and the community.

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JACL Calls For Project: Community San Francisco Participants

April 1, 2009
San Francisco, CA - Project: Community is coming to San Francisco. First held in Los Angeles based on Little Tokyo, Project: Community San Francisco is a high school summer program aimed at educating and empowering the youth voice in San Francisco’s Japantown. Program participants will gain insight and understanding into how and why a community is formed, how it functions, and how it evolves to meet the needs of its ever‐changing landscape. The program will take place from June 30th to August 4th.
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JACL Supports “Redress Now” For Japanese Latin Americans

April 2, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation, reiterates its support of Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans who suffered from Wartime Relocation and Internment during World War II.  Floyd Mori, National Executive Director of the JACL, said:  "Our organization is working with those involved and supporting this effort to bring justice to Japanese Latin Americans."
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JACL Critical of Iowa School District Action Against Lori Phanachone

April 1, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Lori Phanachone, an honors student at Storm Lake High School in Iowa was suspended for three days earlier this year and threatened with other disciplinary sanctions because she refused to take an English proficiency test despite ranking seventh in her senior class with a 3.98 GPA.  The English Language Development Assessment test is administered annually to students already labeled as English Language Learners (ELL).
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