Weekly Digest
November 27, 2018
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JACL Opposes the Nomination of Kathy Kraninger to Lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
JACL joined over 100 other organizations on a letter to Senate leadership in opposition to Kathy Kraninger's nomination as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kraninger was a key architect and administrator of the family separation policy at the southern border. If you need a reminder of the damage done by the family separation policy, see this recent news story by 60 Minutes .

The letter states, "Ms. Kraninger played a central role in administering the inhumane and un-American policy of separating thousands of children from their parents—for some, perhaps permanently—along our southwest border. Rather than being simply a disastrous policy of the past, the humanitarian crisis resulting from the separation of families continues to this day. The Administration officials responsible for implementing the tragedy unfolding deserve to be punished, not promoted." 

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.
National JACL Announces 2019 Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019
San Francisco - JACL announces its National Scholarship and Awards Program for the 2019 academic year. Each year, the JACL offers approximately 30 college scholarships for students who are incoming college freshmen, undergraduates and graduates, and those specializing in law and the creative/performing arts. There are also student aid scholarships for those in need of financial assistance in this era of rising tuition costs. 

Scholarship Program information, instructions and applications can be found here .

Freshman applications must be submitted directly by the applicant to their local JACL chapter, with a postmark no later than March 1, 2019. Freshman applicants may obtain the mailing address of their chapter scholarship chairperson by contacting Membership Assistant Tomiko Ismail at tismail@jacl.org or by calling the Membership Department at (415) 921-5225, extension 26. 
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.

Department of Justice webinar on responding to hate crimes
DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
TIME : 2-3 PM EST

DOJ's Community Relations Service (CRS) offers support and information to community groups working to improve response to hate crimes and bias incidents.

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.