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 Mourns Loss
    On Tuesday evening at least eight people were killed and one wounded in a series of mass shootings that took place at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. While the shootings, […]
  • Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act
    It’s time to put an end to voter suppression. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would begin to root out racially-driven voting barriers. Tell your representative to act now. The John […]
  • Support Reparations for Black Americans by Amanda Shannahan
    As a Japanese American, I am familiar with the concept of reparations. After my grandmother passed, I inherited the framed letter of apology acknowledging the injustices done to her and […]
  • DOR 2021 + Resource List
    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 […]
  • Graduating High School Students Scholarship Applications Due March 5
    Students who are members or have parents who are members of one of the sponsoring Nikkei organizations by November 14, 2020 are eligible to apply for a 2021 scholarship: Buddhist […]
  • Support HR 40 by writing a letter of support to tsuru forsolidarity@gmail.com
    What is HR 40? House Resolution 40, or Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, is federal legislation currently in the House of Representatives. This piece of […]
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.

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.

Resource list to continue learning.

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.