2019 Unite People’s Holiday Wreath Sale

Get ready for the Holidays and reduce your stress by pre-ordering winter greenery to decorate your home or office.

Let us help you decorate your home or business by ordering from our lovely selection of wreaths and holiday decorations. The proceeds help Unite People fund projects for the community.                                                                          

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Download the order form and mail it in.

The 2020 Japanese American Community Scholarship Application is now available. 


The Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple  –

2020 Traditional Japanese Art Award Scholarship application is now available.

High school students who have artistic talent in a Traditional Japanese Artform are encouraged to submit an application for the Traditional Japanese Art Award in addition to the Community Scholarship Application.



Fort Sill Internment Camp and the Wishes of Small Children

By Sachi Kaneko (sachi@pdxjacl.org)

July is the month of Tanabata a children’s festival where wishes are written on pieces of paper and fastened to stalks of bamboo to flutter freely in the wind. Most of these wishes are the sweet uncomplicated yearnings of children: health, world peace, happiness for their parents, brother, sister or community. Sweet and uncomplicated, but still very much needed.

            On June 11th, the Department of Health and Human Services announced their plan to use Fort Sill, a military base in Oklahoma, as a site to hold unaccompanied migrant children coming up from the Southern border. The plan for expansion was made after the Border Patrol announced they detained more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors in May alone- the highest number since 2006. There are currently 13,350 minors already in HHS custody.


2019 Graduation and Scholarship Banquet

By Chip Larouche

Portland and Gresham-Troutdale Chapters of JACL, along with nine other Japanese American organizations and churches, held the 72nd annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet on May 5, 2019 at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas, Oregon.  Seventeen High School Seniors from the greater Portland area were honored, and all of them received awards and/or scholarships totaling over $19,000.  The emcee was Chip Larouche, PNWDC Governor of JACL.  Also, in attendance was Consul General of Japan in Portland, Takashi Teraoka, who congratulated the seniors and wished them well.  There were over 185 people attending the banquet to support our community youth as they start their collegiate career. 


Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. Judy Chu Introduce NO BAN Act to Repeal Muslim Ban

                                                             April 16, 2019


On Wednesday, Sen. Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Chu (CA-27) announced the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (the “NO BAN Act”) to challenge the administration’s Muslim ban. The act would repeal all versions of the Muslim ban, amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to protect against religious discrimination, and prevent similar bans in the future.


Action Alert: Contact your Senators for JACS Funding

The President’s fiscal year 2020 budget again failed to include funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. Congress is currently preparing to work on their spending bills for the next year and we, as a member of the JACS Consortium, need to make sure they include JACS funding.


Senator Schatz (HI) is leading a letter in the Senate for funding of the JACS program for $2.905 million to the Appropriations committee. Contact your senators to ask them to sign on to Senator Schatz’s letter.

Deadline to sign on is Thursday, 4/18. The following senators have signed on so far: Harris, Wyden, Duckworth, Hirono, Cantwell, Merkley.

For a fact sheet about JACS Grant funding, please click here.

(From JACL National Weekly Digest: April 16, 2019)

Prepared Statement of David Inoue for CAIR Press Conference on Terrorist Attack on New Zealand Mosque

March 15, 2019

For Immediate Release

David Inoue, Executive Director
dinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240

Good morning, my name is David Inoue, and I am the executive director for the Japanese American Citizens League. We are the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in this country.

It is with heavy heart that I come here today to stand with our friends in the Muslim community. What happened in New Zealand is unfortunately becoming too common an occurrence. It is unthinkable that nearly 100 people have been killed or injured in coordinated attacks on two different mosques, sacred places of worship.