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. 

Georgia Runoff Campaign - Vote Forward

Help Portland JACL Get Out the Vote in Georgia!

Join the Portland JACL on Sunday, December 6 at 10:00 AM for a virtual “Get Out The Vote” letter writing party. Portland JACL will be joining the nationwide effort to encourage underrepresented voters in Georgia to cast a ballot in the upcoming Georgia run-off election.

You can join us by establishing an online account on votefwd.org. Even if you can’t join the virtual event on December 6, you can still participate by going to votefwd.org and adopting voters through one of their ‘social campaigns’.

Please complete the event sign-up form to request stamps and to RSVP.

2020 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship forms now available

The local Japanese-American Community Scholarship Application and Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple Art Award application forms are now available.

For more information, visit our scholarships page or email Scholarships@pdxjacl.org.

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 […]
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.