Through its programs and resources, the Twin Cities chapter strives to: protect and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others; preserve and promote the cultural heritage and values of Japanese Americans in a multicultural society; participate in the development of understanding among all social and ethnic groups; and promote a sense of community among local people of Japanese ancestry.
The Education Committee provides community programs and exhibits on the Japanese American internment during World War II, Military Intelligence Service Language School, 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, and other aspects of the Japanese American experience. The committee also makes available to schools and community groups speakers, curriculum materials, books, teacher guides, videos and photographs. To read more about this ongoing endeavor, see the Project link below.
A scholarship program hosted by the chapter annually recognizes outstanding high school graduates. Click on the Scholarship Project link below for more info on this program.
Additional ongoing chapter activities supported by the General Fund include a a summer picnic, a golf tournament, a booth at the Festival of Nations, a quarterly newsletter, the Chrysanthemum Banquet, intergenerational dinners, youth-organized activities, and support of numerous educational, cultural and community efforts presented by other organizations.
The national JACL was founded in 1929 and is the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization. The JACL has worked to overturn more than 600 discriminatory laws and statutes and has been a leader in efforts to increase public awareness and understanding of racism. The organization is committed to securing and maintaining the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others victimized by injustice. JACL has 112 chapters nationwide, eight regional districts with more than 22,000 members from 23 states, and offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Visit our chapter website: www.tcjacl.org.