Aware of our responsibilities as the oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, JACL strives to promote a world that honors diversity by respecting values of fairness, equality and social justice.


The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.

National Level see

  • Social Justice — Anti-Hate Resources, Legacy Fund Grants Program (grants to support a project or activity that is supportive of the National JACL Strategic Plan), Media portrayals (eradicate negative stereotyping of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and work to create more positive roles for AAPIs), support for H.R.40, Issues (immigration, Muslim ban, indefinite detention, marriage equality)
  • Educational Programs — regarding Japanese American historical experience and the lesson of the WWII incarceration
  • Youth Programs — Internships and Fellowships, Scholarships, National Youth/Student Council, Young Professionals Caucus, JACL Kakehashi Project (trips to Japan), Bridging Communities, Leadership Development
  • Pacific Citizen — a semi-monthly publication
  • Weekly Digest — email updates
  • Annual National Conventions
  • National JACL Credit Union

District Level (Pacific Southwest District) see

  • Community advocacy (example: Little Tokyo community advocacy)
  • Coalition building (example: coalition with Council on American-Islamic Relations)
  • Quarterly District Meetings
  • Annual Awards Luncheon

Chapter Level

  • Monthly Guest Speaker or Activity for the community
  • Annual Fundraiser Dance
  • Annual Scholarship Award(s)
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Young Adults Group
  • Participation in Community Activities

JACL National Convention

July 31-Aug 4, 2019, Salt Lake City,UT

GLA members attending were from left: Kurt Ikeda (then GLA Co-President), Kanji Sahara, M. Kadogawa, Andrew Gruhn

JACL National Convention

July 31-August 4, 2019, Salt Lake City, UT

Andrew Gruhn is about to speak in favor of Resolution 3 at the Convention.

Andrew is presently Vice President, Young Adults Group.

See RAFU article.
See Andrew's report.

Layne Sakamoto

Presently GLA treasurer, was a Kakehashi participant in 2014.

See attached report by Layne of the Kakehashi trip.

See Layne's report.