VOX POPULI: Please support subsidy legislation JACS, HR 1931

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By FLOYD MORI

As most Japanese Americans know, the grant program for Japanese American containment sites was approved by Congress in 2006. The bill provided funds for the preservation of WWII encampments in of which 120,000 people of Japanese origin were unjustly imprisoned. It also helped preserve the history of Japanese Americans.

Since the current funding for the original bill will expire in the near future, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) introduced HR 1931, Japanese American Confinement Education Act, in the United States House of Representatives. A complementary bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

The bill would provide continued funding for the grant program that will allow additional work on the preservation of the camps. The bill will also provide segregated funds for educational programs that will help tell the story of Japanese Americans.

There are a number of co-sponsors of the bill, with the hope that more will be added.

The organizations supporting the bill are:

League of Japanese American Citizens (JACL)

National Council of Asian and Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation

Heart Mountain Foundation

Japanese National Museum of America (JANM)

JACS Consortium

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Fred T. Korematsu Institute

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates

Americans of the Asian Pacific Islands in Historic Preservation (APIAHIP)

Go For Broke National Education Center

Kizuna Little Tokyo Inc.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Full spectrum characteristics

Association for the Conservation of National Parks

Friends of Minidoka

Colorado Preservation

UCLA

(More may have been added since this list was compiled)

JACL Chapter Recommendations: Venice West LA, Seattle, Wasatch Front North, Twin Cities, Portland, Eden Township (Southeast California Bay), Philadelphia, Florin Sacramento Valley, San Diego, Albuquerque, Washington, DC (D ‘ others may have been added since this list was compiled)

All chapters of the JACL and civil rights or Asian American organizations are invited to endorse and support this bill.

If you or any of your friends and family are able to contact members of Congress or organizations to get support for this legislation, that would be very helpful. Letters of support can be sent to Congresswoman Matsui’s office in Washington, DC

Thank you for your help.

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Floyd Mori is former President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and former National Executive Director Emeritus of the Japanese American Citizens League.

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