Tsuru Folding Workshop (October 26)
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Tsuru Folding Workshop (October 26)

Come to our next fold in to fold tsuru for solidarity and discuss Nikkei Progressives' upcoming work in solidarity with migrants.

1pm-4pm
Saturday, October 26th
Toshizo Watanabe Exhibition Center (1st floor of the JACCC)

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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 room is on the first floor and there are no stairs to access the space. Restrooms are located on upper levels, accessible by elevator. Please avoid wearing scents or fragrances to be mindful of those with chemical and scent sensitivities. Most of the event will be seated at tables.

The closest parking lot is Joe’s on 2nd street which is adjacent to the JACCC plaza. Validation is not provided by the event

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Nikkei Progressives at FandangObon!
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Nikkei Progressives at FandangObon!

We will be tabling at FandangObon 2019! Join us and fold some tsuru and learn more about our work!

October 6, 2019
1pm - 5pm
FREE! Music + Dancing + Eating!

More info below and at this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674530856014214/

Accessibility info:

Event is outdoors. There will be limited seating and amplified sound. Single gender restrooms will be available in the JACCC building, accessible by elevator.

The 7th annual FandangObon (FO) Project is a family festival at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC, the historic cultural crossroads of Boyle Heights and Bronzeville. Hundreds of folks of all ages and cultures will celebrate connections to each other and mother earth. Everyone is welcome to attend!

FandangObon Festival & Market
October 6, 2019
1pm - 5pm
FREE! Music + Dancing + Eating!

Great Leap, Inc.’s FO convenes into one circle the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Vera Cruz, Mexico rooted in African, Mexican and indigenous music; Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances in remembrance of ancestors; and West African dance and drums of Nigeria and New Guinea.

Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal, Grammy-award winning band along with other artists activists, have helped spread the Fandango throughout the U.S.. Great Leap’s Nobuko Miyamoto has composed contemporary Obon pieces danced by over 10,000 people yearly at Obon Festivals in So Cal. Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble and Le Ballet Dembaya take West African dance into schools and communities throughout LA.

Community Partners include:
- Great Leap, Inc.
- Quetzal
- Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC
- Artivist Entertainment
- Sustainable Little Tokyo

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