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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Oaks Park: (South Park under the large striped tent)
Noon – 5:00PM
Join us for an afternoon of food and fun! The picnic is sponsored by organizations of the Nikkei community to celebrate our ethnic heritage.
Please RSVP by Friday, August 8, 2013
Please contact Connie Masuoka (503-243-291) if you have questions or to confirm
You can use the form below to RSVP and indicate your contribution for the Picnic.
Explain how the Japanese American experience, or your own experiences in working with the community, has shaped your life.
My Japanese American experience began at birth with my parents and grandparents being Japanese American and my Ji-chan, first generation Isei. I was brought up to respect my elders and was close to my Ba-chan who lived with us. She taught me from an early age to listen to my parents, study hard, play hard in sports, respect others and to do the very best I could in everything I did. While probably not unique to being Japanese American, it represented what my grandparents and parents worked for; respect, caring for others and the need to excel.
Chip Larouche (l), National JACL Vice President, Planning &Development, swears in the new Board of Directors of PortlandJACL on January 12, 2014, at Chinese Village restaurant, Portland,Oregon. Board members include (l to r) Marlene Wong, Kirk Tambara, Jean Yamamoto, Setsy Larouche, Lynn Longfellow, Connie Masuoka, Susan Leedham, and Chris Lee.Photo by Rich Iwasaki
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Dr. Connie Masuoka was awarded the prestigious Gladys McCoy Award granted to those who have exemplified the life of late county chair Gladys McCoy, an advocate for human and civil rights, children and families, the environment and education.
Above: Dr. Connie Masuoka celebrates with friends after her receiving the Gladys McCoy Award for Citizen Involvement on April 16th.
Dr. Masuoka volunteers free dental services to the homeless and people in need. She has led the Japanese American Citizens League, the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, which advocates for civil rights and civil liberties protections, and educates people about the history of Japanese Americans, as well as the youth group Unite People.
Keep Oregon Free from Discrimination
The Portland JACL has become co-sponsors of efforts by Basic Rights Oregon to fight discrimination against gay and lesbians. The Oregon Family Council is working to qualify an initiative that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people based on their sexual orientation.
The ballot title for IP 52 is up for review by the Oregon Supreme Court. A decision will be made in late April or early May.
This measure weakens our current anti-discrimination laws so that corporations and commercial businesses can discriminate against gay and lesbian couples because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on race, religion, or sexual orientation is discrimination. Religious beliefs don’t entitle any of us to discriminate against others. Freedom means freedom for everyone.