Weekly Digest
November 20, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday
From the JACL Board and Staff, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday this week.

We will be kicking off the Annual Giving Campaign with Giving Tuesday next week, November 27.

Facebook and Paypal are partnering to match the first $7 million in donations received through Facebook Donations beginning at 8:00AM EST/ 5:00AM PST. Sorry for you late risers on the West Coast, but this will give you a good reason to wake up early. The matches will be made on a first come first served basis and once the $7 million is exhausted, the match will end. Individuals may donate up to $20,000 to be matched.

Please consider including JACL in your Giving Tuesday donations and make an early donation on Tuesday, November 27 to get the Facebook match.

We do want to respect your privacy and recognize that donations through Facebook may be a concern. If you would like to make a donation directly to JACL without the Facebook match, you may do so at any time through our donation page linked below.
Federal Judge Blocks Asylum Ban

On Monday night, a federal judge temporarily blocked the administration's asylum ban. In clear violation of U.S. law, the Trump administration signed a proclamation on November 9 denying the right to seek asylum to migrants who entered the country outside of an official port of entry. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union filed this asylum lawsuit on behalf of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, an immigrant advocacy organization, challenging the ban and alleging that the administration had overstepped its authority.

Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco issued a nationwide restraining order last night on the enforcement of the administration's proclamation, saying that it violated federal law on eligibility for asylum. This order will remain until December 19, when the court will hear arguments for a permanent order.

House of Representatives Passes Rep. Hanabusa's Bill to Establish Historic Sites in Hawaii
On November 13, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R.5706 t o establish the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the Honouliuli National Historic Site in the State of Hawai'i. The legislation separates Pearl Harbor from the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and establishes it as the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. The legislation also establishes the Honouliuli National Historic Site. Honouliuli is a lesser known site of Japanese American incarceration during WWII where 2,000 Japanese and Japanese American men from the Hawaiian islands were imprisoned. Both sites are pivotal to the history of our country and World War II, and particularly for the Japanese American community. Together, Pearl Harbor and Honouliuli tell the story of the Japanese American experience in Hawaii. JACL is especially grateful to Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI-1) for sponsoring this bill. The bill has been referred to the Senate.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation Highlights Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites
In its 2018 campaign for preservation of historic sites, the Cultural Landscape Foundation has included the ten Japanese American incarceration camps among the threatened sites. They highlight the importance of continued funding of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants and expanded preservation work for all sites. The following is from their website about the overall program.

Inspired by our nation’s motto, e pluribus unum, “out of many, one,” Landslide 2018: Grounds for Democracy highlights threatened cultural landscapes throughout the nation that are key to remembering, contextualizing, and interpreting the struggles for civil and human rights in the United States. In keeping with TCLF’s prior annual thematic reports about at-risk landscapes, the sites were nominated by individuals or groups advocating for their stewardship.

JACL Condemns Proposed Changes
to Public Charge Definition
Take Action: Submit a Comment!
"The Department of Homeland Security published its proposal to alter the public charge classification for immigrants to the United States opening up the 60 day public comment period. Public charge is the classification of some immigrants who utilize public benefits such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income. The proposed rules will dramatically alter definition of Public Charge to include utilization programs such as Medicaid/Medicare, the Housing Choice Voucher program, and food assistance programs."

"The administration has likely proposed these changes for the potential cost savings that will result from reduced utilization of services. However, the decision by immigrants to not seek benefits fundamental to survival can have deeper impacts over time. Delaying health care access due to fears it may impact citizenship opportunities could result in devastating health problems for the individual and their family, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations such as children or the elderly. Limiting access to basic health care such as vaccines could have negative impacts beyond the individual, putting populations at higher risk for communicable disease. Discouraging access to healthcare, housing, and food benefits for a family is inhumane and yet another low blow for this country to impose upon our immigrant communities.These policy proposals continue a legacy of anti-immigrant policies that have long existed in contrast to the lofty ideals of our nation."  See Full Statement from JACL Here

Submit a Comment about the proposed change by December 10th !

Before the “public charge” rule can be finalized, the administration is required by law to review and respond to every unique public comment they receive about the proposed regulation. Tell them why everyone should have access to public services and how the proposed change would impact you.
Apply now to the Kakehashi program!
Deadline to apply: November 25
Japanese Americans and Asian Americans aged 18-25 are encouraged to apply to the Kakehashi program. If selected, participants will go on a free trip to Tokyo and one other Japanese city, where they will learn about Japanese culture and U.S.-Japan relations. This is a great opportunity for Nikkei to learn about their heritage and meet Japanese people in many sectors of society. Priority will be given to those with a demonstrated interest in issues affecting the Japanese American and Asian American community.

If you would like to be a supervisor on this trip, please apply here by December 4.
And Then They Came for Us Broadcast TV premiere

This documentary by Abby Ginzburg and Ken Schneider, featuring George Takei and other Nisei, will premiere on KQED (Channel 9 in the Bay Area) on December 7 at 8pm.

The documentary has been widely shared throughout the JACL community and remains available to chapters interested in holding local events.

Local News
Boise Valley JACL member Micki Kawakami received AARP Idaho's 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service. Instead of receiving a personal award, she chose to have the award given as a $1,000 donation to Metro Community Services.

In addition to serving as a past president for the Boise Valley JACL chapter and as Intermountain District governor, Kawakami has volunteered with many community organizations, such as Idaho Senior Games, Special Olympics, Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, the Wassmuth Human Rights Center, Densho Garden, and Friends of Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium.

Congratulations Micki Kawakami!
The PNW held its fall-quarter district meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Chehalis, WA. Reports from district officials and members of national committees were shared along with chapter summaries. Events related to the district were announced. All chapters were represented including Suzanne Ishii-Regan from the Alaska Chapter through a teleconference call.

Pictured are Eileen Yamada Lamphere (Puyallup Valley), Jess Jaunich (PNW incoming Youth Rep),Tammy Le (PNW outgoing Youth Rep), Terry Nishikawa (Gresham-Troutdale), Sheldon Arakaki (Seattle), Chip Larouche (Portland), Setsy Larouche (Portland), Stan Shikuma (Seattle), Bob Nakamura (Olympia), Bill Tashima (Seattle)
National Park Service seeking interns
The National Park Service is hiring interns for the Community Volunteer Ambassador program to work at national parks around the country, including the Manzanar National Historic Site, for a year. Participants will receive a stipend and health insurance. Learn more and apply here .
Join JACL-DC for their annual Mochitsuki!
DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2018
TIME : 12-2:30 PM
LOCATION : Thomas Wooton High School, 2100 Wooton Parkway, Rockville, MD

Featuring bento, fresh mochi, handmade crafts, and a raffle!

Join the JACL National Youth/Student Council!
The mission of the National Youth/Student Council is to build a national network that engages the next generation through community organizing to create positive change for the API community.

JACL is Hiring!
JACL National is hiring a new business manager to be placed immediately at the San Francisco headquarters with the possible option of long term placement in Washington, DC.

See HERE for more information about the business manager position.