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Welcome: Portland Chapter JACL, Join Us

Portland Chapter Membership Information

What is JACL?
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was founded in 1929 and is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States. JACL continues to be the primary voice for upholding civil rights of Japanese Americans, with strong advocacy programs at the national level and a network of local chapters across the country engaged in a wide range of activities. Recent national programs include: Monitoring anti-Asian violence.

 CHAPTER PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS:
2009
01.05Graduation Banquet Committee attends the kickoff meeting for the 2009 Graduation Banquet to be held May 3, 2009.
01.08Portland JACL Board is invited and attends the Portland State University event hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies entitled: Postwar Masters of the Japanese Print: The Reingold Collection.
01.11Portland JACL Board attends the kickoff of the Oregon Reads Program with the Book Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler, with keynote by Lawson Inada, the Poet Laureate of Oregon, which was held at the Beaverton Library.
01.13Portland JACL Board attends and co-sponsored the Kickoff of the Lake Oswego Library Oregon Reads Program with the Book Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler.
01.15Board Members attend Shinnenkai event at the residence of the Consul General of Japan in Portland.
03.09Graduation Banquet Committee attends planning meeting for the 2009 Graduation Banquet to be held May 3, 2009.
03.12.Jeff Selby and Kirk Tambara from the chapter board are invited to attend the Consul General of Japan's dinner for the Japanese American Young Leaders.
04.13Graduation Banquet Committee attends planning meeting for the 2009 Graduation Banquet to be held May 3, 2009.
07.30 - 08.02Portland Delegation attends the IDC-PNW Bi-District Conference in Ontario, Oregon.
10.01Portland Delegation attends the PNWDC District meeting and the follow-on celebration of Floyd Mori's 70th birthday party hosted by the district in Seattle, WA.
2010
03.20Portland JACL hosts the spring PNWDC meeting at Holladay Park Plaza.

Do I have to be of Japanese heritage to join?
No. Portland JACL is open to anyone who has an interest in civil rights and Japanese culture. Many of our Portland members have no ancestral ties to Japan. We are a very inclusive group.

Why should I join the Portland Chapter of JACL?
The Portland Chapter of JACL helps to support and maintain the Nikkei community and provides a voice for the community to speak out against discrimination and infringement of civil rights in Oregon. As a member of the Chapter, you can reconnect to the spirit, heritage, and culture of Japanese American life through a wide range of programs and activities. Some of the major program and activities the Chapter recently sponsored or participated in include:

CHAPTER SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OR PROJECTS:
2009
01.17Portland JACL co-sponsors Mochitsuki 2009 at the Portland Community College with the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Taiko. 2500 people attend the annual event of food, culture and entertainment.
01.31In celebration of the Oregon Reads program, the Minidoka Swing Band plays at the Tigard Library. The Portland Chapter also has a membership and information booth during the event.
02Portland JACL Board members attend and support the Chinese American Citizens Alliance fundraising dinner at Wong's King Restaurant.
02.04As part of the Oregon Reads Program, Mitzi Loftus, a Portland JACL member, does some storytelling about her experiences growing up during that time. Many Portland Board members also attend the event.
02.05Board members attend a lecture by Junko Ochi, Deputy Consul General of Japan in Portland, at Portland State University.
02.06Portland JACL Board attend a JAVA sponsored event honoring of Mrs. Tsuboi, a local Nikkei community elder who has done much philanthropic work nationally for the Japanese communities.
02.01Portland JACL president is invited and attends a dinner at the residence of the Consul General of Japan in Portland for key JA leaders in the Portland community.
02.11Portland JACL board members attend a storytelling event at the Lake Oswego Library as part of the Oregon Reads Program.
02.11Portland JACL board members attend the book signing of the Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler at the Lake Oswego High School.
02.17Portland JACL co-sponsors the farewell reception for Consul General Egawa, the outgoing Consul General of Japan in Portland. The event was held at City Hall in Portland.
02.18Joan Yasui Emerson gives a lecture at the Lake Oswego Country Club as part of the Oregon Reads Program. Portland Board members attend.
02.18Portland JACL Board attend and support the staged reading of the trial of Min Yasui, performed by a volunteer group of attorneys, including board member John Kodachi and long-time member Peggy Nagae.
02.19Portland JACL board members attend a lecture on Racism in Oregon at Portland State University.
02.21Portland JACL board members attend the Day of Remembrance event in Eugene, Oregon.
02.22Board members attended an event with storyteller Alton Chung on the topic Kodomo no Tameni as part of the Oregon Reads program.
02.23Portland JACL board members attend a panel discussion about Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler, an Oregon Reads program.
02.25Portland JACL board members attend a talk by Ken Yaguchi, a 442nd veteran who related his experiences during World War II, as part of the Oregon Reads program.
02.26Portland JACL delegation attends Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland State Univ, Basic Rights Oregon, and Veterans for Human Rights.
02.28Portland JACL co-sponsors the Japanese Market held at the City of Lake Oswego, a cultural event in concert with the Oregon Reads program.
03.05Chapter board members attend Dr. Linda Tamura talk at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie, one of the Oregon Reads program.
03.14Portland JACL sponsors a table at the ACLU of Oregon's annual fundraising dinner with keynote speaker Jim Hightower.
03.17JACL co-sponsors the farewell dinner for Deputy Consul General of Japan, Junko Ochi, at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
03.21Delegation from Portland JACL attends the PNWDC meeting in Fife, Washington.
03.26Portland JACL delegation attends the Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting.
03.26Portland JACL delegation goes to the State Capitol in Salem to testify in favor of adopting a resolution in support of a stamp for Nisei Veterans. Jeff Selby, Portland JACL President, personally testifies to the representatives of the Oregon House of the legislature.
04.11Portland JACL and community Scholarship committee interviewed 25 students for 15 scholarships that will be awarded on May 3rd.
04.11Portland Board members attend special "welcome back" program at the Japanese Garden at a special Japanese Community Day at the Garden.
04.16Portland JACL Board members attend a special reading by Dr. Linda Tamura and Lawson Inada, the Poet Laureate of Oregon, about the library at Topaz, part of the Oregon Reads Program at the Salem Library.
04.18Grand Finale of the Oregon Reads Program. Portland JACL is a co-sponsor of a daylong event at the Tigard Library called "Hearing Voices" which included storytellers from around the country, and various workshops and performances.
04.19Portland JACL Board members attend an event called Americans United which highlighted the civil rights issues with same sex marriage. This event was held at Portland State University.
04.22Portland JACL Board attends and sponsors a table at the Portland Taiko annual fundraising dinner at Wong's King Restaurant.
04.23Portland JACL Board members attend a special meeting of the Coalition Against Hate Crimes, featuring the Oregon Attorney General, John Kroger who spoke on "Defending Our Civil Rights."
05.03Portland JACL joins the Nikkei Community in celebrating the 62nd Annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet honoring 60 graduates and awarding 15 scholarships.
05.16Portland JACL sponsors a booth at the annual Richmond Elementary School spring festival. Richmond Elementary runs the Japanese Immersion Program in Portland. The Portland JACL youth group, Unite People, also had a separate booth and promoted scholarships and youth events.
05.16Some of the members of Unite People perform with the Minidoka Swing Band at Asian Fest at the Uwajimaya Supermarket complex.
05.25Portland JACL joins the Nikkei Community in honoring deceased community military members at special ceremonies at the Rose City and Lone Fir cemeteries.
05.28Portland JACL sponsors a teacher in-service workshop in Washougal & Evergreen School Districts. The workshop is facilitated by Dr. Linda Tamura, with Portland JACL providing the JACL Curriculum guides to the 25 teachers in attendance.
05.3Portland JACL President attends training at the Oregon Convention Center on Asian Non-Profit media.
06.03Portland JACL sponsors a table and attends the Japan-America Society of Oregon's annual banquet at the Benson Hotel. Keynote speaker was the Ambassador of Japan to the United States, the Honorable Ichiro Fujisaki.
06.05Board members attend the Rose Festival Queen's Luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel. Vice-President of the JACL youth group, Rachel Seeman, was a princess representing Grant High School.
06.06Board members attend the Rose Festival Queen's Coronation ceremony at Memorial Coliseum. Rachel Seeman was crowned as Queen of Rosaria.
06.11Portland JACL board members attend the "Say Hey Northwest" gathering at the Weiden & Kennedy Building. Say Hey is a networking event for new minorities to the Northwest.
06.19Board members attend the Unite People (Portland JACL Youth Group) end-of-year banquet where new officers are sworn in, including Co-Presidents Rachel Seeman, Natalie Rojas, and Jon Lee. Event was held at the Cherrywood Retirement Center.
06.25Portland JACL delegation attends Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland State University, Basic Rights Oregon, and Veterans for Human Rights.
06.25-28Portland JACL sends a delegation to the Minidoka Pilgrimage in Hunt, Idaho. Delegation also participates at the Civil Rights forum at College of Southern Idaho located in Twin Falls, Idaho.
06.26-28Portland JACL sends Mariko Newton and Daniel Griffith to the JACL youth conference in Minneapolis, MN.
07.02Board Members attend the Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial planning meeting at the office of the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
07.07Portland JACL Board members attend a meeting called by Portland Commissioner Nick Fish to talk about the program to feed the homeless near the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
07.22Portland JACL Board members attend a Department of Labor sponsored compliance assistance seminar at the Federal Building in downtown Portland.
08.06Portland JACL co-sponsor the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial service held at the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
08.16Portland JACL puts on the annual Nikkei Community Picnic at Oaks Park with over 450 people attending.
08.28Portland JACL Board members attend the Muslim Educational Trust fundraising dinner at Portland State University.
08.03Unite People, the Portland JACL youth group, volunteer to help with the information and food booths at the Rose Festival Air Show in Hillsboro, Oregon.
09.05Portland JACL co-sponsors a "street party" in Old Japan Town featuring the Minidoka Swing Band, dance competition, and great food.
9.12Portland JACL board members attend the breaking of the fast dinner with the Muslim Educational Trust. This event is the official end of the Ramadan, a 30-day fasting period in the Muslim faith.
09.24Portland JACL delegation attends Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland State Univ, Basic Rights Oregon, and Veterans for Human Rights.
09.27Portland JACL sponsors a booth at the Festival of Japan, put on by the Japan American Society of Oregon.
09.27Portland JACL is a table sponsor for the Oregon Nikkei Endowment annual fundraiser at Montgomery Park.
09.28President sends a letter of support for grant application by APANO to the Northwest Health Foundation.
09.03Portland JACL Board attends a welcome dinner for the new Consul General of Japan in Portland, Takamichi Okabe, at the Noble House Restaurant.
10.04Members of Unite People, the Portland JACL youth group, man the hydration booth for the Portland Marathon.
10.07Portland JACL board members attend a luncheon sponsored by the Executive Director of the Portland Japanese Garden to talk about future expansion of the garden.
10.07Portland JACL board members attend courtesy calls with the new Consul General of Japan, Takamichi Okabe.
10.08Portland JACL board members attend the Oregon Nikkei Legacy center opening of the Exhibit entitled "The Naito Brothers."
10.21Portland JACL board members attend the Backstage to Hanamichi Kabuki presentation at the Winningstad Theatre in conjunction with the Japan-America Society of Oregon.
11.05Portland JACL board invited to the Consul General of Japan's residence for a dinner to discuss coalition building with the Consulate and other Nikkei organizations.
11.11Portland JACL board members attend the "Say Hey Northwest" gathering at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Say Hey is a networking event for new minorities to the Northwest.
12.04Portland JACL board and the Co-Chairs of the Portland JACL youth group, Unite People, are invited to celebrate the birthday of the Emperor of Japan, hosted by the Consul General at the Portland Hilton Hotel
12.19Unite People, the Portland JACL youth group, put on a Holiday Dance at the Multnomah Athletic Club as a fund raising event as well as a recruiting tool. There were 60 students who attended this event.
12.23Portland JACL delegation attends Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland State University, Basic Rights Oregon, and Veterans for Human Rights.
12.23Portland JACL delegation attends the raising of the Japanese Flag at City Hall, Portland, in honor of the Emperor of Japan. Mayor, City Council and key community leaders were in attendance.
2010
01.04Portland JACL chairs the Graduation Banquet planning meeting.
01.13Portland delegation attends a Portland Japanese Garden briefing by Stephen Bloom, the Executive Director, who explained the future expansion plans for the garden.
01.14Portland delegation attends the Shinnenkai event at the residence of the Consul General of Japan.
01.24Portland JACL board attends a special presentation of the Minidoka Swing Band at the Main Portland Library which was followed by a civil rights panel discussion.
01.28Portland JACL delegation attends Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland State University, Basic Rights Oregon, and Veterans for Human Rights.
01.03Portland delegation attends the opening of the Nisei Veterans photo exhibit at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.
01.03Portland JACL co-hosts the 2010 Mochitsuki at the Scottish Rite Center. Unite People, the Portland JACL youth group provide loading and unloading services, and security services as a fundraiser toward their planned trip to the Chicago JACL Convention.
02.01Portland JACL chairs the Graduation Banquet planning meeting.
02.08Portland JACL delegation attends the Mochitsuki wrap-up planning meeting.
02.13Portland JACL delegation attends the National Board meeting in San Francisco.
02.19Portland JACL board attends a meeting on Wage Theft, sponsored by SEIU.
02.21Portland JACL sponsors the Day of Remembrance event at Portland State University, entitled: Fighting for Civil Rights: The Japanese-American and Latino Experience.
02.22Portland JACL board attends the fundraising dinner of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance at Wong's King restaurant.
02.26Portland JACL contingent attends the North Marion High School Diversity Celebration Fair.
03.01Portland JACL representatives attend a planning meeting for Mochitsuki 2011.
03.03Portland JACL delegation joins up with a delegation from the Japan American Society of Oregon to attend a Blazers-Pacers game at the Rose Garden that was celebrating Asian Pacific Islander night.
03.06Portland JACL board members attend the ACLU of Oregon's Liberty Dinner, an annual awards dinner that was keynoted by Kate Clinton.
03.08Portland JACL chairs the Graduation Banquet planning meeting.
03.13Portland JACL holds run-off competition for the Chapter's Min Yasui Oratorical speech contest between Rachel Seeman and Christina Arrington.
03.13Portland board members attend the APANO conference held at Mount Angel, Oregon
03.13Portland JACL board attends a Muslim Education Trust dinner featuring a keynote by Lawson Inada, Poet Laureate of Oregon.
03.15Portland delegation attends a meeting at the Consulate-General of Japan to discuss the creation of a Nikkei Community Website Calendar.
03.25Portland JACL delegation attends Coalition Against Hate Crimes meeting which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland State University, Basic Rights Oregon, and Veterans for Human Rights.

With membership in JACL, you are also eligible for these important benefits:

1CalmNot a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
2 Dignity Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
3 Ability The incredible architects, for instance, buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
4 Grace People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
5 Order No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
6 Sacrifice Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?
7 Tenderness Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.
8 Training The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.
9The MediaThey showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.
10The ConscienceWhen the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves & left quietly.