Membership & Support

Join the Japanese American Citizens League Today!

With over 10,000 members and a history of leadership since 1929, JACL is the nations’ oldest, largest, Asian American civil rights organization. Becoming a JACL member means joining in the fight for social justice and equality. We encourage those of any ethnic group to become a member.

More members mean more power to advocate for your communities while connecting with a wide-range of local programs and activities. These local programs help educate and inform our members, preserve our cultural heritage and provide scholarship and leadership opportunities for youth.

Join or Renew by:

Filling out the JACL Chicago Membership Form


Online at JACL National’s website

In addition to supporting our programs, your membership also includes:

Subscription to the National JACL Pacific Citizen
A bi-weekly newspaper providing up-to-date information on issues pertaining to the Japanese American community

Subscription to the Chicago Chapter JACLer
A bi-monthly newsletter with information regarding chapter news, events and activities

Leadership Opportunities
Eligible for internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities

Scholarship Eligibility
Apply to over $60,000 annually in national JACL scholarships and nearly $30,000 in Chicago JACL scholarships (open to all ethnic groups)

Rental Car Discount
Receive a card entitling you to a 15% discount on Hertz car rentals

JACL Credit Union
Eligibility for use of JACL’s national credit union


In addition to our primary mission, we also develop and implement local programs to educate and inform our members, preserve our cultural heritage and provide scholarships and leadership opportunities for youth.