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.