JACL Pacific Southwest District Advocacy

Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the nation’s largest membership-based Asian American community organization with over 12,000 members in 112 chapters throughout the country. Over its 81 years of existence, JACL was instrumental in the protection of civil rights for Japanese Americans and other immigrant communities, especially during the incarceration of the community during World War II. In later years, in one of the largest and most famous campaigns in the history of the Japanese American community, JACL was a key player in the passage of the Civil  Liberties Act of 1988 which issued a Presidential apology to all Japanese American internees as well as a $20,000 payment in reparations. 


Little Tokyo Community Issues

JACL Pacific Southwest District advocates to build vibrant Little Tokyo for all generations and communities.  Our District advocates on a number of issues including the Los Angeles Metro Regional Connector, California High Speed Rail as well as many other relevant issues with community development and preservation of historic sites.


Other Public Policy Issues

JACL Address Hate in Orange County:

On March 16, 2011, the JACL Pacific Southwest District addressed the Yorba Linda City Council regarding a incident of hate which occurred in their city.

Immigration Reform:

works with local coalitions such as the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), and national groups such as Reform Immigration for America (RIFA) to address the broken US immigration system and allow for a path to citizenship and access for immigrant communities.

Access to Higher Education

works with student groups and nonprofit organizations to address the lack of socioeconomic and ethnic diversity within institutions of higher education.