On Tuesday, March 29th, 2022, DC Chapter board members Julie Abo (Vice President), Janice Nakano Faden (Community Engagement & Civil Liberties Liaison), Bridget Keaveney (Member at Large) and John Tobe (Member at Large) joined JACL Policy Fellow Alex Shinkawa and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle Magalong for virtual legislative visits with the offices of Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md). Their visits come as a result of JACSC (Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium)‘s Week of Action, which officially kicked off on Monday, March 21st. This year’s meetings take place during congress’ district workweek (March 21st – 25th, 2022), which allows constituents and participating members the chance to meet with their members locally, either in person or virtually.
Participants of Tuesday’s meeting had the opportunity to advocate for the Japanese American Confinement Education (JACE) Act, which would not only extend the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Program by authorizing another $32 million dollars in funding, but also authorize an additional $10 million over 5 years to be used by Japanese American organizations to educate the public on the Japanese American incarceration experience, and emphasize the importance of historical preservation. The JACE Act is modeled after the recently passed Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943) which expanded the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education programming. The JACS Program (H.R. 1931) passed unanimously in the House on March 15, 2022 and now moves to the Senate (S988).
As a chapter, we not only support JACSC and the great work they do, but we also collectively ask that members of the Senate:
Call on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee for a hearing on the HR 1931 House bill.
Continue to fund the JACS program at a minimum $3.1 million for FY(Fiscal Year)2023.
To further support the JACS program, click the link below:
We thank Representatives Neguse and Buck and Senators Bennett and Hickenlooper for their leadership and support.
DC Chapter’s very own John Tobe had the pleasure of meeting Senator Hickenlooper at the National Japanese American Memorial on Friday, March 18th, 2022. Tobe graciously served as a representative on behalf of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF), JACL DC Chapter, and JACL National. We thank Senator Hickenlooper for his support of Amache and his co-sponsorship of S988.
Join the JACL DC Chapter for Virtual Mochitsuki 2021 on Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 PM EST! Bring family & friends to share online your favorite mochi recipes. Enjoy games, meet community members and play for prizes at this fun-filled event! You will receive a zoom link after you register.
Please join us for our second virtual/on-line Keiro Kai & Family Day on Sunday, September 26 at 4:00 PM EDT!
With the continued goal of community building, we will enjoy a getting to know you activity where you can share (or show & tell) a new skill or hobby learned within the last year and a half or bring an family artifact/heirloom and discuss the story or meaning for your family.
We will continue with some fun games of Trivia where you’ll be working in teams to answer the trivia questions. There will be prizes for the winning team (one prize per household)!
You can register on Eventbrite here. A zoom link will be sent to you a day or two prior to the event.
Hope to see you there! Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
As we begin to venture out again we would like to get together with our families, friends, colleagues and other interested people for a Hawaiian box lunch and discussion on two timely topics relevant to our Asian community on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:30 AM at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066.
Our guest speakers will be:
David Inoue, Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, will speak on the topic of the Asian Hate Crimes Law that was recently signed to address the increased violence against Asian Americans, what it means, and how it affects us.
Katie Defoe, Crime Prevention Specialist with the Fairfax County Police Department, will give tips on how Asian Americans can best protect themselves from both verbal and physical attacks when out in public settings. Many in our minority community (especially the elderly) are fearful nowadays to step outside their homes for fear of attacks.
Lunch will be ordered from Abunai, a modern Hawaiian poke shop located in the District. Choose from the following options (prices include taxes and gratuities):
Kahlua Pig and Cabbage Plate Lunch(braised shredded pork shoulder, red cabbage, onion and scallions), macaroni salad, and mixed green salad = $16.00
Shoyu Chicken Plate Lunch (chicken marinated in soy ginger garlic sauce with scallions), macaroni salad and mixed green salad = $16.00
Roasted Chicken Salad(roasted organic chicken breast with roasted peanuts, carrots, edamame, scallions, won ton chips, pineapple vinaigrette, over brown rice and mixed greens) = $16.00
Shrimp Poke Bowl(shrimp, scallions, cilantro, cucumbers, wasabi aioli, lemon zest and avocado over sushi rice and mixed greens) = $16.50
Our luncheon meeting will be held in the meeting room of the library which can accommodate 100, and will allow for social distancing for anyone who may be uncomfortable meeting indoors. If you can’t make lunch, come at 1:00 PM to hear the guest speakers.
To place your lunch order, please email email@example.com by July 18. You will receive directions on where to mail your check and your order will be placed.
On Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT, we will hold a virtual Meet and Greet welcoming the new Japanese Ambassador, Koji Tomita. Ambassador Tomita will be sharing goals for working with the Japanese American communities, provide an update on recent Japan-US events, and share some of his personal interests and experiences. You can register for this event at Eventbrite.
The 73rd Annual Memorial Day Service will be on May 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT. This program, begun by Kei Kobayashi in 1948, is the longest running memorial service held at Arlington National Cemetery. The theme, “Honoring the Legacy of Nisei Solders,” is in conjunction with the upcoming release of the “Go For Broke” stamp on June 3, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, a limited number of passes to the Memorial Day service will be available. Co-sponsors for this event include the Japanese American Veterans Association and the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation. You will be able to livestream this event on the JAVA Facebook.
The 23rd Annual and First Virtual Freedom Walk will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 beginning at 3:00 PM EDT (login begins at 2:45 PM). The program, Spotlighting Our Significance, will feature Nen Daiko, the Embassy of Japan, the Honorable Norman Mineta and more. Following the formal program will be break out sessions and discussions about the history and importance of the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II. Please register in advance, Meeting Registration – Zoom