Welcome to JACL Chicago

The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry.

Becoming a JACL member means joining the fight for social justice and equality.

With over 10,000 members and a history of leadership since 1929, JACL is the nations’ oldest, largest, Asian American civil rights organization.

Recent News

Announcing the 2018 Scholarship Winners!

JACL Chicago's scholarship program recognizes the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated a commitment to JACL’s mission of advancing social justice and promoting the legacy and cultural heritage of the Japanese American community. Congratulations to the...

Kansha Project Crane Campaign

Help bring the spirit of kansha to Manzanar through the 2018 Kansha Project Crane Campaign! Throughout the month of April, the Kansha Alumni Leadership Board will be folding one thousand origami cranes (senbazaru) that will be delivered to Manzanar cemetery as an...

Help Protect the Japanese American Confinement Sites Program

The Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant program (JACS) is a National Parks Service grant program that distributes funds nationally to preserve the important history of Japanese incarceration during WWII. In just 8 years JACS has provided nearly $3 million to...

Upcoming Events

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JACL Chicago Chapter Newsletter

The JACL Chicago Chapter publishes bi-monthly newsletters called the JACLer to keep members and the community up-to-date on the latest information.

If you’d like to receive an electronic copy of the JACLer, let us know by contacting info@jaclchicago.org. Please include your name and email address.