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. 


Portland JACL Donation Drive

We’re partnering with Brown Hope’s Solidarity Squad this winter to collect donations for an upcoming holiday event.

Families in our community are in need of laundry detergent and other household cleaning supplies, like dish soap, Clorox wipes, all-purpose cleaner, etc.  Will you consider making a donation?

Scholarship recipients 2021

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the Japanese Community and Henjyoji Art Award recipients!

Learn more about them


Stamp dedication for Nikkei vets

Oregon Japanese American World War II Veterans’ Stamp Dedication

Portland JACL joined other local organizations in the unveiling of this US Postal Service stamp. The program included former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski as Honorary Chair. Tributes included four generations of Japanese Americans and feature vignettes of Oregon Nisei military service portrayed by Oregon Asian Americans.

Watch the event recording here: vimeo.com/543729988

DOR 2021 Redress and Reparations

Portland JACL 2021 Day of Remembrance Event

On February 20, we partnered with Vancouver NAACP to put on the virtual event Day of Remembrance 2021 “Redress and Reparations: Yesterday and Today”. If you weren’t able to attend live, you can watch the event recording.

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