Welcome to the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). JACL is a national membership organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans victimized by injustice.

JACL derives its effectiveness through its strategically located regional offices, which serve the needs of the organization’s members and help maintain the well-being of all Americans.

In addition to its national headquarters in San Francisco, the JACL has regional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

The Pacific Citizen, publishing news and information for and about the Asian American community since 1929, is a production of the JACL Los Angeles office.






Twin Cities JACL
Twin Cities JACL
Independent expert review recommends higher fees for Minnesota driver's license applications, half as many driving test locations.

31 recommendations are listed in the report Including several cost-and time- saving measures such as increasing online services, and streamlining processes.

Other proposed measures could reduce access to driver's licenses for many Minnesotans:

-Increasing the filing fee for driver's license applications
-Reducing driving exam stations from the current 93 to 40-50
-Increasing fees for retake exams

Read the full report:

And tell your representatives how these changes would impact you.
Twin Cities JACL
Twin Cities JACL
Reminder of today’s WH OPE and WHIAANHPI One Year Anniversary AA and NHPI Stakeholder Briefing with remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris and other White House leaders for AA and NHPI stakeholders to mark the Biden-Harris Administration’s one-year anniversary. The program will take place virtually TODAY, January 20th at 2:45 PM ET.

During this special call for AA and NHPI leaders across the country you will hear about what we’ve been able to accomplish together thus far and the work that remains ahead. You will also hear from Director of the Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior AA and NHPI Liaison Erika Moritsugu, WHIAANHPI Executive Director Krystal Ka’ai, and Special Assistant to the President at WH PPO, Linda Shim.

This event will be closed press and participants will need to pre-register at the below link.

If you’ve already registered, you are all set.

Please share this invitation far and wide and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Year in Review with Vice President Kamala Harris & AA and NHPI Stakeholders

Time: Today, January 20th, 2:45-3:15PM ET
Register here: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_7Ny63h9PTmqQUqPrwUiamA

Howard Ou (he/his)
The White House
Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement
202-881-7383 (texting not accessible) | howard.c.ou@who.eop.gov
Twin Cities JACL
Twin Cities JACL
Posted @withregram • Nichi Bei Foundation] 🌳CHANGING LANDSCAPES: Japanese American landscapes as portals to California history🌳

During the first week of November, the North American Japanese Gardens Association 2021 Conference was held at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Originally, the conference was scheduled for 2020, but due to the COVID pandemic, it was postponed until it was safer to hold a large gathering. Vaccination, masking and other policies were put in place to hold a conference as safely as possible. It definitely helped that many of the activities were outdoors in the garden, which included workshops, shaded tables and chairs.

Read the full article through the link in the bio 👉 https://lnk.bio/tjt0

#JapaneseAmerican #California #landscape #Japanesegarndens #COVID #SanDiego
Twin Cities JACL
Twin Cities JACL
Our very own Lisa Nakamura is speaking on this amazing sounding panel that highlights the intersections of Indigenous Sovgenity and Japanese American Incarceration.

Details about the event are from the organizers are below:

The Northern California Time of Remembrance committee (Japanese American Citizens League chapters of: Florin, Lodi, Placer County, and Sacramento) will host its annual day of remembrance program on Saturday, 12 February 2022, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

“BEYOND CONFINEMENT: Stories of Japanese American & Native American Resistance” is a continuation of the “Uncomfortable Conversations: Racism, Equity, and Belonging” dialogue introduced in 2021 in NCTOR’s attempt to address issues revolving around the Japanese American community’s relationship with racism, the African American experience, and the intersection of awareness and engagement. This year’s program brings the Native American experience into focus. The program will highlight personal experiences through storytelling and narration, as it focuses on the Japanese American experience and its parallels with those of Native Americans and their response to captivity, culture, perseverance, and respect.

Panelists include:
- Lisa Nakamura, clinical psychologist who serves on the leadership council for Tsuru for Solidarity;
- Annette Reed, member of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento;
- Lisa Nakamura, a clinical psychologist who serves on the leadership council for Tsuru for Solidarity;-Tahi (Taos Pueblo) Tribes; and
- Kiyo Sato, retired United States Air Force and public health nurse and author.

The panel will be moderated by Wendi Yamashita, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

There will be no charge for this year’s program, however donations will be accepted, and can be made via this link.

- Kiyo Sato, retired the United States Air Force and public health nurse and author.:


Please register by February 8, 2022.
Twin Cities JACL
Twin Cities JACL
Orpheum Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
JACL award-winning actor Christine Toy Johnson @ctoyj is performing in "Welcome From Away" at the @orpheumtheatreminneapolis

See it while you can!
Twin Cities JACL
Twin Cities JACL
As the Omicron variant surges, so do teachers’ stress levels. Staffing shortages and low student attendance are forcing some districts into remote learning. Whether teaching remotely or in person, Minnesota teachers of color describe a challenging start to 2022.