Tsuru Folding Workshop
Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Tsuru Folding Workshop

Tsuru Folding Workshop

Join us at the JACCC in the Kizuna Office (5th Floor) to fold paper cranes.

Why are we folding tsuru?

Tsuru for Solidarity was an initiative launched in advance of the March 2019 protest at the Dilley Detention Facility in Crystal City, TX, the largest detention center in the United States, where thousands of asylum seekers are incarcerated. During WWII, Crystal City was a concentration camp for Japanese Americans and Japanese Latinx Americans.

The goal of the original Tsuru for Solidarity was to fold 1,000 cranes. Organizers received over 20,000 tsuru from around the United States. Currently, efforts to fold 125,000 paper cranes to be displayed at a larger action in Washington, D.C. are underway and we’d love your help meeting that goal!

Tsuru for Solidarity is calling on leaders to stop the cruel and inhuman immigration policies of the Trump Administration and plans to hang the cranes on the fence of the White House. Come down to the JACCC in Little Tokyo, be in good company and conversation, and help build this symbolic show of support and resistance.

Notes on accessibility and parking:

The building is wheelchair accessible with an elevator and accessible, gendered bathrooms. Please come as fragrance-free as possible in order to accommodate those with chemical sensitivities. Parking is available on the other side of the Japanese Village Plaza at Joe’s parking ramp (or lot) on 1st St.

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Tsuru Folding Workshop
Aug
17
2:00 PM14:00

Tsuru Folding Workshop

Why are we folding tsuru?

Tsuru for Solidarity was an initiative launched in advance of the March 2019 protest at the Dilley Detention Facility in Crystal City, TX, the largest detention center in the United States, where thousands of asylum seekers are incarcerated. During WWII, Crystal City was a concentration camp for Japanese Americans and Japanese Latinx Americans.

The goal of the original Tsuru for Solidarity was to fold 1,000 cranes. Organizers received over 20,000 tsuru from around the United States. Currently, efforts to fold 125,000 paper cranes to be displayed at a larger action in Washington, D.C. are underway and we’d love your help meeting that goal!

Tsuru for Solidarity is calling on leaders to stop the cruel and inhuman immigration policies of the Trump Administration and plans to hang the cranes on the fence of the White House. Come down to the Far East Lounge in Little Tokyo, be in good company and conversation, and help build this symbolic show of support and resistance.

Notes on accessibility and parking:

The building is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible restroom that’s shared with the Far Bar. Please come as fragrance-free as possible in order to accommodate those with chemical sensitivities. Parking is available across the street at Joe’s parking ramp (or lot) or around the corner at the Judge Aiso parking lot or garage.


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Nikkei Progressives Fundraising Meeting
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Nikkei Progressives Fundraising Meeting

Come join us at the Far East Lounge in Little Tokyo to strategize and plan two different fundraising activities hosted by Nikkei Progressives. We’ll be working out details of an upcoming concert that aims to raise money for efforts to help asylum seekers that have recently been released from detention. We’ll also be talking about fundraising for the “Backpack Project,” an initiative to provide asylum seekers in Southern California with essentials and supplies upon their release from government detention centers.

We hope to see you there!

Notes on accessibility and parking:

The building is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible restroom that’s shared with the Far Bar. Please come as fragrance-free as possible in order to accommodate those with chemical sensitivities.

Parking is available across the street at Joe’s parking ramp (or lot) or around the corner at the Judge Aiso parking lot or garage.

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Nikkei Progressives Brunch

On June 27, over 700 people gathered in Little Tokyo to protest the use of Fort Sill as a detention center for children and to demand an end to the separation of families! Nikkei Progressives was inspired to see so many people and to be part of a 13-organization coalition of Little Tokyo and Japanese American community groups.

Many of you were there, eager to take some kind of action and many new people signed up with Nikkei Progressives. Join us at a Nikkei Progressive brunch (at the JACCC on the 5th floor) to learn how you can get involved. We will provide a light breakfast so please RSVP by July 11, Thursday. Use this link: https://forms.gle/JMajyMrrQRnVnsX6A

  • Find out more about Nikkei Progressives

  • See the video on the Fort Sill action on June 22 by Alan Kondo and learn about the action on July 20

  • Hear about the Crystal City Pilgrimage on October 31 to November 2 and the Action at Dilley Detention Center and the Tsuru for Solidarity Action in May, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Share your ideas

  • Join a committee to help with:

Fundraising Concert and Auction (raise money for bonds and supplies)

Tsuru for Solidarity Support (tsuru making and education) with the Little Tokyo and Japanese American community coalition

Community Outreach at Obons (petition and letterwriting)

Nikkei Progressives holds quarterly brunches as a time to get to know each other over food and to share ideas and plans. There is a lot to do and all of us can contribute in some way - we look forward to seeing all of you!

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"our lost years." A New American Film, written and directed by Lane Nishikawa.
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

"our lost years." A New American Film, written and directed by Lane Nishikawa.

Aritani Theatre 244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

General Admission $15, JACCC memmbers $10, Students $10. Tickets are available at jaccc.org or call the box office at (213) 680-3700.

our lost years 

Filmmaker Lane Nishikawa’s documentary feature film on the internment of the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942 and the 30th anniversary of H.R. 442, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Lane traveled to seven cities, interviewing internees, their children and grandchildren, politicians, community leaders, lawyers, and activists. OUR LOST YEARS takes the audience on a personal, comprehensive, behind-the-scenes journey, exploring the emotional and psychological impact of the evacuation and incarceration, the insurmountable ten-year battle for redress and reparations with its bitter sweet triumph, and the newfound legacy of a battered community becoming a voice of justice for all people.

Here is the link to the trailer: https://youtu.be/uoVop_jCRDM

Proceeds will benefit the Go For Broke National Education Center and Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress.

Featuring: NORMAN Y. MINETA, MICHAEL M. HONDA, JOHN J. TATEISHI, S. FLOYD MORI, JOSE KEICHI FUENTES, ROBERT P. ITO, KENNETH K. INOUYE, DALE MINAMI, MITCHELL T. MAKI, KAREN KOREMATSU. HANIF MOHEBI, KANJI SAHARA, AMANDA SUSSKIND. STEVE NAKAJO, ROSALYN TONAI, KATHY N. MASAOKA, ALAN NISHIO, JIM H. MATSUOKA, MARI MATSUMOTO, PHIL SHIGEKUNI, JOHN ESAKI, DOUGLAS URATA, LESLIE ITO, MARLENE SHIGEKAWA, ELIZABETH YAMADA, SETSUO IWASHITA, RUTH VOORHIES, NELLIE NOGUCHI, JOE YASUTAKE & GEORGE OMI.

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SUPPORT FOR MIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS
Jun
15
2:30 PM14:30

SUPPORT FOR MIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

JACCC 244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, 90012

5th floor, Cultural Room

Please join Nikkei Progressives in discussing ways we can support migrants and asylum seekers – many of whom are released from detention with just the clothes on their backs, and no financial resources or basic supplies.

Help us plan for the Crystal City Pilgrimage October 31-Nov. 3 which will highlight the WW incarceration of Japanese Latin Americans and draw links with detention and family separation today.

We need your creativity and energy!




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May
12
3:00 PM15:00

 Nikkei Progressives Report Back From Texas

Location: 341FSN (341 1st E. Los Angeles, CA 90012)

Enjoy Refreshments and Music, Video and Photos

Speakers include: Sharon Yamato, Martha Nakagawa, Tony Osumi (and family) and others. Nikkei Progressive will share a statement from NP member Sean Miura.  The Immigration Committee of Nikkei Progressive will give an update on the Quilt Project called "Families Belong Together" and organizing plans for a November pilgrimage to Crystal City and Dilley, Texas Detention Center.  Learn about what the current work being done around Immigrant Rights and how you can get involved.

Please RSVP by May 9.  YES, we do know it is Mother's Day and we hope that you will be honoring all the mothers in your lives.  We scheduled the program for mid- afternoon so we can all have time to spend with family.  Hope you can join us for the short program and stay for refreshments! 

This program is part of the "Centering the Masses" produced by Visual Communications (For more about other events, see vcmedia.org/centerthemass).  We thank them for the including us in their programming and we also thank Little Tokyo Service Center for providing the space in Little Tokyo for organizations and programs that these.





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May
5
11:00 AM11:00

NP Tsuru Folding at the JACCC's Fiesta Matsuri

Location: JACCC 244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Stop by the Nikkei Progressives booth on Sunday, May 5th at Fiesta Matsuri where we’ll be folding tsuru (paper cranes) to be displayed at a protest in November at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX.
We will also have squares for the Families Belong Together Quilt that can be decorated and colored in.

Fiesta Matsuri will be immersing families in the vibrant traditions of Día de los niños and Kodomo no hi through art, dance, and song. Enjoy a free day of workshops and performances for the whole family. For more information on JACCC’s Fiesta Matsuri, head to http://www.jaccc.org/fiestamatsuri

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