Portland JACL

Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. A membership-driven national organization whose mission is to promote and uphold human and civil rights, and to promote and preserve the cultural heritage and values of Japanese Americans. 


2023 Japanese Community Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2023 Scholarship Recipients!

Looking for Volunteers

Portland JACL is an entirely volunteer run organization and we could always use more help. Just a couple of hours a month could support our mission of community, culture and civil rights. Looking for help with:

  • Web & Social Media
  • Newsletter
  • Development
  • Membership
  • Event tabling
  • Print calendar

Additionally, members are always welcome to join committees for advocacy, finance, and the newsletter. Meetings take place virtually.

Volunteering with Portland JACL is a great way to give back or to get engaged with the local Nikkei community. Email us at contact@pdxjacl.org or fill out our volunteer interest form. ありがとうThank you!

Portland JACL volunteers tabling at the Tiger Tiger 2023 event at Fernhill Park

Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway

Help celebrate our Oregon Nisei Veterans as Highway 35, the 41-mile scenic roadway from the Columbia River to Mt. Hood, is dedicated as the Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway

Funds for the highway signs and educational material about the historical importance of the Nisei Veterans of World War II must be privately raised.

Oreong Nisei Vets Highway Sign

Our Sponsors:

True World Foods logo
Uwajimaya logo
Washington County Uniserv
State Farm