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. 


  • Sato School in Bethany
    Sato Elementary School opened in September 2017. The Bethany community was asked to submit names for the new Beaverton school and the overwhelming choice was to recognize the Japanese American family who began farming in […]
  • Black Lives Matter
    Board Member Message by Sachi Kaneko “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin […]
  • JACL Statement on H.R. 40
    JACL Executive Director, David Inoue, discusses JACL’s support of H.R. 40. H.R. 40 would create a commission to examine the institution of slavery, its legacy, and make recommendations to Congress for reparations, beginning a process […]
  • Portland JACL in solidarity with Black lives
    We, as the Portland JACL, send condolences to George Floyd’s family for his murder. We are saddened and outraged, yet we are not surprised. We recognize that the murder of Black and Brown people at the […]
2020 Scholarship Winners

Announcing the 2020 Japanese Community Scholarship Recipients

The COVID 19 pandemic has kept our community from so many of our yearly events and this year’s Japanese Community Graduation Banquet was amongst them. Despite the banquet being cancelled, we were still able to award the community scholarships to an exceptional group of seniors. Though we could not celebrate with them in person, we want to honor them for their hard-work, dedication and outstanding accomplishments.