Weekly Digest
August 14, 2018
2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan
The Japanese Embassy is now accepting applications for the 2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan.

JACL Executive Director, David Inoue, was part of the 2018 delegation in March and describes the experience as "One in a lifetime. In spite of having been to Japan several times previously, there is no experience like attending the JALD program."
 
Applications must be submitted by email, fax, or mail to your local consular office by Friday, September 14, 2018 . Please see the link below for a list of consular offices in the United States. Applicants residing in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia should submit applications to the Embassy of Japan.
 
Individuals selected must be able to travel to Japan from March 1 – 9, 2019, and attend a mandatory orientation in Los Angeles on February 1 – 2, 2019.
 
For more information, please see the following:
NYMLI Comes to Seattle!
Seattle, WA - APIAVote’s Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute, sponsored by Comcast, came to the Puget Sound last Saturday where the Seattle JACL together with civic engagement partners ACRS, APACE, IAWW, ICHS, APIC of WA and more gathered for a day of learning and networking.

Hosted by Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), workshop participants, who think about politics for more than 5 minutes a day, met for an entire summer day of civic engagement training. APIAVote’s National Field Director Eric Salcedo, and immigration paralegal and DACA recipient Raymond Partolan, led the participants through voter mobilization strategies, national and local voting trends for those who love data and several opportunities for interactive and role playing activities. 

The day’s agenda included presentations ranging from base building in the AAPI community to do’s and don’ts for 501 c(3)’s to voter mobilization and election protection. Interactive and role playing activities included creating and telling your story of self, volunteer recruitment and canvassing your neighbors. This all came together at the end of the day for a discussion around Integrated Voter Engagement and participation in National Voter Registration Day on September 25.

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Comcast Helps more than Six Million with Internet Essentials Program
Comcast announced yesterday that its Internet Essentials program has "connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet". Internet Essentials is the largest broadband adoption program serving low-income families and seniors. The company is now expanding its program to low-income veterans.

JACL applauds Comcast for its success in helping to bring low-income seniors and families affordable internet. JACL chapters may also join as partners to help promote the program in their communities.
Japan Flood Friendship Fund  
Japan is still recovering from what is considered the worst weather disaster the country has faced in 36 years. The floods and landslides in western Japan in July have led to severe damage, most notably in the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures. Recovery has been made more challenging with the record heat wave over the entire country.

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and our friends at other U.S.-Japan related organizations offer heartfelt thoughts to all who are affected.USJC and JACL have established the Japan Flood Friendship Fund (JFFF) to aid those who are affected.

100% of your tax deductible contribution will go to relief efforts through our network of nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground.
If you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to the U.S.-Japan Council and mail to:

U.S.-Japan Council
Attn: Japan Flood Friendship Fund
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

If you have any inquiries or would like to partner with USJC, please write to JFFF@usjapancouncil.org or call 202-223-6843
Post Convention Survey
If you attended the convention, please take this Survey in order for us to create the best experience possible at the next JACL National Convention in Salt Lake City. It takes less than 15 minutes!
In Case You Missed It...
Mobilization Trainings - Norman Y. Mineta L eadership Institute
APIAVote hosts regional trainings as part of the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute. Participants will learn about effective voter mobilization and communications strategies, national and regional voting trends, engage in interactive workshops, and contribute in local planning.
Please RSVP and find more information  here .

Look out for these dates and regions coming up:

Raleigh/Durham, NC, September 8

Northern Virginia, VA, TBD