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Congratulations Class of 2016


On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the 69th Annual Japanese American Community Graduation Banquet was held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon.  Eleven sponsoring organizations (including the Gresham-Troutdale Chapter and Portland JACL) worked together to honor our graduating high school seniors.  The keynote speaker was Ariko Iso, who is currently the head football athletic trainer at Oregon State University.  Prior to her position at Oregon State University, she was on the staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers for nine years.  Newly arrived Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama congratulated the students on their academic success and wished them good luck in their future endeavors.  The 16 graduates all received the book Touching the Stones and scholarships and awards totaling over $22,000.

Voter Registrations for New Citizens

On May 9th,  Portland JACL began supporting voter registration of new citizens at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services building where about 150 immigrants become new citizens every week at swearing in ceremonies held weekly.  APANO is the lead organization in this volunteer effort.VoterRegistration2 Above: Pictured are:  Lee, Dean Price and Yian Saechao from APANO and Setsy Larouche from Portland JACL

Inspiring Action and Igniting Justice

A symposium to honor the life and legacy of Minoru Yasui, the only Oregonian to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was held on April 23, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Portland, Oregon. Karen Narasaki, who was appointed by President Obama to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2014 was the keynote speaker.   The event featured expert panelist at three different workshops, one entitled “Cross Cultural – Activisim”, another entitled “Education – Roots to Results, and the third was entitled “Law and Social Change.”  The symposium was opened by Peggy Nagae, the lead attorney for Min Yasui’s Coram Nobis case with the attendees being treated to a speech by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).  The symposium was organized by Oregon Nikkei Endowment (O.N.E.) and the Min Yasui Tribute Committee with Portland JACL acting as Sustaining Sponsor for the all day event.WydenPortland2
Photo: L to R.  Rich Iwasaki, Setsy Larouche, Chip Larouche, Senator Ron Wyden, Lynn Longfellow, and Peggy Nagae.  Photo by Scott Guptill

Congratulations 2016 Portland JACL Board

Chip Larouche (l), National JACL Vice President, Planning & Development, swears in the new Board of Directors of PortlandJACL on January 24, 2016, at Chinese Village restaurant, Portland,Oregon. Board members include (l to r) Setsy Sadamoto Larouche, Chris Lee, Heidi Tolentino, Dr. Connie Masuoka, Jean Yamamoto, Susan Leedham, and new Portland JACL President, Marleen Ikeda Wallingford.Photo by Reflections Photography  

Congratulations Japanese Community Scholarship Recipients

ScholarshipGrads2016-2The 2016 Annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet was held at the Multnomah Athletic Club on Sunday, May 7th, 2016.


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Reception for New Justice

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Pictured above are (L to R) Sho Dozono, Justice Lynn Nakamoto, Jan Carson of ACLU Oregon and Marleen Wallingford, President of Portland JACL Photo by Reflections Photography.

Portland JACL held a reception recently for Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto who was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court as an associate Justice on January 25th in Salem, Oregon.  Justice Nakamoto was appointed to the court of appeals in 2011 by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski before being recently appointed by Governor Kate Brown as the first Japanese American to serve on Oregon’s highest court.

Lynn Nakamoto was a managing shareholder at Markowitz Herbold, a Portland law firm focusing on business litigation for more than 20 years, where she gained valuable experience in litigating appeals.

She was also the vice chair of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners in 2001 and chair of the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee in 2006.  From 1985 to 1987, she worked at Bronx Legal Services in New York City.

Justice Nakamoto was the Portland JACL Chapter President in 1996-1997 and the Chapter is very proud to have one of its active members now sitting on the bench of Oregon’s Supreme Court.