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JACL Statement on Capital Insurrection

For Immediate Release

David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org and Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org.

Today we have seen the culmination of months of seditious rhetoric from the President and his supporters. For too long white supremacy and hate have gone unchecked in our nation; there can be no other word for what has happened today with the storming of the Capitol than treason. These heinous acts, encouraged and supported by our President, should not go unpunished – Congress must immediately begin the process of impeachment and removal of the President of the United States for acts of sedition.

On this day, Congress was supposed to certify the electoral college votes, confirming President-Elect Biden as the next President of the United States. Instead, right-wing terrorists desecrated the Capitol with violence and menacing intent. Law enforcement was not prepared for this situation and their restraint today is in stark contrast to the abhorrent treatment of Black Lives Matter protestors during the summer. What we have seen today at our Nation’s Capitol is not only an affront to our democracy, but it sends a clear message to our fellow Americans and the rest of the world that the United States truly does not value Black lives. This is the epitome of white privilege.

JACL emphasizes the importance and the power of words and calls upon the media to report on the situation accurately. These are not protestors; these are violent white supremacist terrorists. To refer to them as protestors denigrates those who engage in legitimate peaceful protest. Social media networks must also crack down on hate groups that have been using these outlets to openly plan the violent acts that have unfolded today.

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December Newsletter Delayed

The December issue of the Portland JACL newsletter was mailed on December 1. Unfortunately people have just been getting the newsletter on December 28. We are still mailing paper newsletters this month so this was not the official start of our e-newletter. Don’t forget to let us know if you would like to continue to receive the newsletter in the mail with a suggested annual donation of $25 to cover the cost of printing and mailing. You can let us know at PO Box 86310; Portland, Or 97286 or you can go to “Contact Us” on this website.

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Mochitsuki

Everyday for the month of January, the activity scheduled for the day will be available on the Mochitsuki website at mochipdx.org. You can access the video anytime after it is posted. Our only live program will be the music and panel discussion with Elena Moon Park on January 31st at 1 p.m.

January

1 Hatsumode Shrine/Temple Vist by Konko Church and Henjyogi Temple

2 Koto Performance by Oregon Koto Kai

3 New Year’s Card Making by Japanese Women Portland

4 Organic New Onion and Potato Miso Soup from Scratch by Chef Nakao

5 How to Play Go by Portland Go Club

6 Trivia Game: Oshogatsu-Japanese New Year by PSU Institute for Asian Studies

7 Ikebana Flower Arrangement by Ikebana International-Portland Chapter

8 How to Celebrate New Year in Japan by Portland Kimono club

9 Storytelling by Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo

10 Why MOCHI for the New Year? by Takohachi

11 How to Make a 5-Minute Microwave Mochi by Cooking with Mazzy

12 Hariko: Japanese Head Bobber Toys by Lynn Geis

13 Trivia Game: OSECHI-Japanese New Year’s Food by PSU-Institute for Asian Studies

14 Way of the Staff by Rose City Shindokai

15 Tea Ceremony by Nikkei Fujinkai

16 Story Reading: “Thank You Very Mochi” by Paul Matsushima

17 Kids Practice Calligraphy by SORA shodo

18 Ways to Eat Mochi by Konko Church

19 Origami: How to Fold a Kagami Mochi

20 Trivia Game: MOCHI by PSU-Institute of Asian Studies

21 Oshushishushishushi and Okinawa Elsa Fold Dance by International School

22 How to Choose and Cook Tasty Rice by Consular Office of Japan in Portland

23 Taiko Performance by Portland Taiko

24 Children’s Flower Arranging by Wild Children’s Flowers

25 Gyoza (dumplings) by Cooking with Mazzy

26 Sapporo Snow Festival by Portland Sapporo Sister City Association

27 Trivia Game: What is Mochitsuki? by PSU-Institute for Asian Studies

28 Mochi and Art by Japanese American Museum of Oregon

29 Large Brush Calligraphy by SORA shodo

30 Mochi Pounding by Utsukikai

31 History of Portland Mochitsuki

Live musical performance and panel discussion with Elena Moon Park at 1 p.m.