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January 2020, Volume 70, Issue 1

February 16 – Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee offers its annual Day of Remembrance Fundraiser featuring a premier presentation of a new play, Baseball Saved Us, based on a book by Ken Mochizuki, and four local taiko groups: Inochi Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, SU Hidaka Taiko, UW Taiko Kai. At Pigott Auditorium on Seattle University campus on Sunday, February 16. Doors open at 12:00 pm. For information: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/

February 20 – Olympia Legislative Day of Remembrance will be held in the State Capitol building on Thursday, February 20, at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. This event hosted annually by Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos and Senator Bob Hasegawa. Camp Survivors and Nisei Veterans are honored guests. Contact Seattle JACL if you need a ride: info@seattlejacl.org or call (253) 256-2204 and leave a message.

February 20-23 – Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) will be showing films at Northwest Film Forum and other sites over the weekend. Check the website for films, venues, dates and times: https://seattleaaff.org/2020/

February 23 – Tsuru for Solidarity-Seattle, Densho, and Seattle JACL host a Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Sunday, February 23 from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at NWDC commemorates the 78th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that incarcerated 125,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees are confined in similar concentration camps. They are subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, threats of deportation, and countless indignities. Survivors and descendants of Japanese American WWII incarceration will stand united with all those who have suffered the atrocities of U.S. concentration camps, past and present, to say, “Stop Repeating History!” This message will be amplified by the beats of taiko drums and carried on the wings of thousands of tsuru, origami cranes symbolizing peace, compassion, hope, and healing. For more information, email: tsuruseattle@gmail.com

March 2 – The National JACL Scholarship and Awards Program offers scholarships to students who are entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, in the creative & performing arts, and those with financial need.  All scholarships are one-time awards. The JACL has been helping students achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards Program since 1946.  The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. For applications and more information, see: https://jacl.org/jacl-national-scholarship-program/

March 6 – Seattle Chapter JACL Scholarship deadline for applications is March 6. Applications are now available online. Each year, Seattle JACL offers six scholarships for high school students entering college, students currently enrolled in college, and those entering or currently enrolled in a graduate program. See individual Scholarship applications for eligibility requirements: http://seattlejacl.org/programs/scholarships/