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Events

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2022 JACL National Convention

“Strengthening Our Community Through Action”

Hybrid in Las Vegas and Online – August 3rd through 7th, 2022

Let’s unite and reunite, in-person and virtually, to take action for our community!

After having to cancel the 2020 Convention due to COVID-19, the 2022 Convention’s theme is “Strengthening Our Community Through Action”, which also builds upon last year’s theme of “Communities Forged Under Fire”. This year’s convention will take place at the same time and place as our partner organization, OCA-Asian Pacific American AdvocatesWe plan to meet in-person with digital content for attendees to tune in from anywhere!

What to Look Forward to in 2022:

  • Enjoy our first convention back in-person!

  • Full access to four days of programming

  • Expanded workshop and mixer opportunities

  • Attend in-person or online!

Honoring Our Nisei Veterans

NCWNP District is once again sponsoring a virtual event honoring the courage and sacrifices of our veterans past and present.  We invite you to this year’s event to be held on May 29th SUNDAY at 1 pm PDT.

We are pleased to welcome Robert Horsting back to share his insight gleaned from oral history collected from Nisei veterans that is part of a collaborative effort for Shane Sato’s second-volume coffee table book of Nisei Veterans photographs: Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy.  Always the skilled storyteller,  Robert will share a few stories in the book as well as a documentary on Shane’s passion to capture the essence of their valor thru his photography.

“I want people to remember what they did when they had everything against them.  Hopefully, the next generation will be able to look at what these men did and talk about that.” – Shane Sato

Please join us – the RSVP link in the attached flyer. Deadline for sign-up is May 27th.  This is a FREE limited space event. Donations welcome. Download Flyer.

League of CA Cities LGBTQ Caucus

The annual all-day conference is being held Thursday, September 23, 2021. Activities include LGBTQ sponsored workshop, General Meeting and Taco Bout A Party Dinner. Click Title for more info.

Video Available for Nisei Veterans Virtual Memorial Day Service Event on May 25 2020

For those of you who missed the Virtual Memorial Day Event remembering the service and sacrifices of our Nisei veterans, a video is available. Click the post title to view links.

Link to Full Playlist

1. Opening Segment: https://youtu.be/J5lZ3xNQzv0
2. Message from Mayor Yves Bonjean: https://youtu.be/F0XSrhsiVBA
3. Keynote Speaker Marielle Tsukamoto: https://youtu.be/prf8n34MByk
4. Message from Shinye Gima: https://youtu.be/V5jTbjLyeHg
5. Closing of First Half: https://youtu.be/T6fG62QQ-nY
6. Back to Bruyeres & Pamela Young: https://youtu.be/IKPC_Dm2SeA
7. 100th Battalion Reenactment Group: https://youtu.be/_eV5cPgUVIE
8. Go For Broke National Education Committee: https://youtu.be/rUn6BdMZeag
9. Dream Big! & Keith Horikawa: https://youtu.be/sK4h0cf8bfY
10. Go For Broke Music Video & Kaze Jones: https://youtu.be/om1Lgt5rIzM
11. Yosh Nakamura & Closing Acknowledgements: https://youtu.be/XKTZogQk128

The memorial ceremony was presented by Master of Ceremonies, Steve Okamoto (San Mateo JACL). Rev. Henry Adams of San Mateo Buddhist Church provided the beautiful invocation that he explained as being something that embraces all religious backgrounds. The keynote speaker was Marielle Tsukamoto (Sacramento, CA), who reflected on her visit to Bruyeres. Dr. Shinye Gima (MIS vet – Honolulu) who gave a touching reflection on Memorial Day in the time of Covid-19. Todd Mizuriha (Portland, OR) performed both the National Anthem and Taps.

The memorial ceremony was followed by an educational program.

Topics:

  • Topics:
  • BCo/100Btn/442RCT Re-enactment Group from Japan Video and Message with Hidenori Koda (Maizuru, JP)
  • Video and Message from Go For Broke National Education Center
  • Excerpts from JN Production’s “Dream Big! – A Post War Success Story: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII”
  • A message from Col. Keith Horikawa, Former Commander of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, US Army Reserve (Honolulu, HI)
  • Music Video and Interview with LA-based musician DC Kaze Jones (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Closing Reflections by Yoshio (Yosh) Nakamura, Regimental Combat Team Veteran, (Los Angeles, CA)

A big thank you to Susan Yuen for splitting up the recordings into consumable and clear sections and for making all of the above possible.

Virtual Book Talk with John Tateishi

Virtual Book Talk with John Tateishi
Hosted by Berkeley JACL
May 23 / 1-2:30PM PDT
Email berkeleyjacl@gmail.com for Zoom info.
Buy book at Heyday Books with a 30% discount before 5/31.
Use code jaclberkeley at checkout

John Tateishi will be discussing his new book “REDRESS The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign of Japanese American Reparations”.

Tsuru for Solidarity

Information and “Mini-Fold-in” November 23, 2019. (view in browser)

Next year’s pilgrimage will be historic for people of Japanese ancestry to heal our own intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by policies of hatred and fear so reminiscent of our past. Representing wings of hope, we will bring 125,000 paper cranes to hang on the White House fence, one for each Japanese American and Japanese Latin American incarcerated in American concentration camps during WWII.

We will bring tsuru from across the country, beat our taiko drums, and raise our voices to demand that this administration STOP REPEATING HISTORY!

Please join us to learn more about Tsuru Fold-Ins, Caravan for Justice, Petition to Close the Camps, Healing Circles for Change, JA Memorial Gathering, and local and regional protest actions.

Event Co-Sponsors so far: Parkview Presbyterian Church, Florin JACL-Sacrament Valley, Placer JACL, CAIR-Sacramento Valley/Central California, Campaign for Immigrant Detention Reform (CIDR), Jewish Action NorCal, National Lawyers Guild Sacramento, NorCal RESIST, Sacramento Buddhist Church

Please RSVP by Nov. 20th: Josh Kaizuka at jkaizuka@sbcglobal.net

For folding and stringing instructions for the Tsuru (paper cranes) click HERE

We look forward to seeing you there!
Satsuki Ina, Kathy Kojimoto, Christine Umeda, Marielle Tsukamoto,
Jesse Okutsu, Josh Kaizuka

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Sebastopol World Friends

Sister City Friendship Dinner – Where Sushi Meets Borsch

Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Enmanji Buddhist Temple Memorial Hall 1200 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol

Join us for this special evening celebrating Sebastopol’s sister city relationships with Takeo, Japan and Chyhyryn, Ukraine.  Delicious food from Ukraine and Japan.  Cultural entertainment by the Burevisnyky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Sonoma County Taiko!

Proceeds from this year’s silent auction will be donated to Takeo World Friends for their rebuilding effort after the recent flooding disaster, which severely damaged the houses and businesses of many of our friends in Takeo.

Open to the public. Suggested donations: $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Information and questions:
Sebastopol World Friends Website

Email Sebastopol World Friends

Facebook Event

707-347-9339

National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps

Community members are invited to an informational gathering with the Bay Area team of the Tsuru for Solidarity Project to learn about a ‘National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps’ scheduled for June 5-7, 2020..  Tsuru for Solidarity is a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are experiencing injustice and oppression.
Event information
October 26, 2019
San Francisco Buddhist Church
1881 Pine St
10 am – 12 noon
Please come to meet members of the Bay Area Tsuru for Solidarity Team to learn more about who we are and how you can join our effort in preparation for the“National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” in Washington, D.C. on June 5-7, 2020.
This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal our own intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by policies of hatred and fear so reminiscent of our past. Representing wings of hope, we will bring 125,000 paper cranes to hang on the White House fence, one for each Japanese American and Japanese Latin American incarcerated in American concentration camps during WWII.
We will bring tsuru from across the country,  beat our taiko drums, and raise our voices to demand that this administration STOP REPEATING HISTORY!
Please join us to learn more about Tsuru Fold-Ins, Caravan for Justice, Petition to Close the Camps, Healing Circles for Change, JA Memorial Gathering, and local and regional protest actions.
Please RSVP by Oct. 23rd to attend this informational meeting by contacting Satsuki Ina at satsukina44@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
Satsuki Ina, Kathy Kojimoto, Kim Miyoshi,
Chizu Omori, Emiko Omori, Nancy Ukai