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. 

Latest News

  • JACL Condemns Proposed Early End to Counting for the Census
    For Immediate Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org, 202-607-7273 Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org In an announcement made on August 3, the Census Bureau discussed the remaining schedule for […]
  • Voter Engagement
    There are fewer than 100 days until the 2020 Presidential Election and with the mournful passing of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, we wanted to begin our efforts for […]
  • Use of Federal Agents in Portland
    JACL joins SEARAC, Other AAPI Orgs in Denouncing Use of Federal Agents in Portland  July 28, 2020 Japanese American Citizens League Executive Director David Inoue said, “We denounce the mobilization […]
  • 2020 Census
    If you haven’t already, now’s the time to fill out the 2020 census! Census takers will soon start going door-to-door across the country to interview homes that haven’t responded yet.  […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
Vote Forward

Help Portland JACL Get Out the Vote!

Join the Portland JACL Advocacy Committee on Saturday, October 17th at 1:30 PM for a virtual “Get Out The Vote” letter writing party. Portland JACL will be joining the nationwide effort to get more underrepresented voters to cast a ballot in the upcoming election.

Would you like to have your picture in the 2021 Portland JACL annual calendar?

Submit photos using this form or email them to sachi@pdxjacl.org adhering to the guidelines below. We can’t wait to see them! Make sure all submitted photos are:    

  • In .jpeg format.   
  • In black and white  
  • In landscape format
  • Dated with a short description
  • Submitted as “best quality” or “highest quality”
2020 Ballot Measure flyer

Oregon ballot information session with League of Women Voters

This event was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube.

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BLM Event

Black Lives Matter

And Why We Need to be Involved: A Nikkei Community Conversation 

This event was recorded and is now up on our Facebook.