Press Release July 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director
Bellevue, WA- The Japanese American Citizens League National Council met at the 43rd National Convention to establish the direction of the organization for 2013-14. A key action taken by the Council was the ratification of a Power of Words Handbook, a 14-page resource that includes recommended terminology for discussing and describing the Japanese American experience during World War II.
The following resolutions were also adopted by the National Council:
- A resolution affirming JACL's support for the pursuit of justice and equality for the Wards Cove cannery workers (H.R. 4275, Congressman Jim McDermott's "Justice for Wards Cove Workers Act"). The resolution urges courts to restore access to remedies under the 1991 Civil Rights Act, and to return the burden of proof to the employer in discrimination cases.
- A resolution to establish a JACL award in honor of Governor Ralph L. Carr to recognize individuals who have acted courageously to protect civil rights.
- A resolution affirming JACL's support of access to Medicaid coverage for Micronesians in Hawaii. The resolution requests the Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Governor of the State of Hawaii, and the Honorable David Louie, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii, to withdraw the appeal of Korab v. McManaman currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States.
- A resolution affirming JACL's support of restoration of federal health benefits for Micronesians living in the United States pursuant to the "Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012" (S. 2474) introduced by United States Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye.
- A resolution affirming JACL's support of the creation of a permanent memorial at Tanforan Assembly Center, using language consistent with Power of Words Handbook.
The National Council voted to amend the constitution and bylaws to change the title of "National Director" to "Executive Director." A proposed amendment that would have added three monthly membership categories (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) was voted down.