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2021 SF JACL Board of Directors
Board of the SF JACL

Welcome to
JACL San Francisco

Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States.  The JACL champions issues affecting the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American communities and advocates for the civil and human rights of all Americans. The San Francisco Chapter has a storied history as one of the earliest to be formed and has been the home chapter to many national JACL leaders.

Red Japanese Wave Pattern

Civil Rights Advocacy

Japantow History Mural

Blue Japanese Wave Pattern


“May this memorial be a tribute to the indomitable spirit of a citizenry in World War II who remained steadfast in their faith in our democratic system” ~ Norman Mineta, U.S. Congressmember, Internee - Heart Mountain, at the dedication of the Japanese American Memorial in Washington, DC.


“Our country is made up of groups of immigrants who came here hoping for a better life. They created America.” ~ Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senator from Hawaii and first Asian American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.


Programs / Events

Highlighted Event

We are excited to announce two upcoming events in June. The Pride Flag raising in Japantown's Peace Plaza to celebrate Pride Month in San Francisco will be held June 4th. Also, our annual Fishing Derby is back on June 5th. See below for details.

No events at the moment


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our usual chapter programs were suspended. But we joined community efforts to promote personal health and safety. At the monthly COVID testing event organized by the Japantown Community Benefits District, Chapter board member Brian Shimomura (pictured) assisted community members in receiving personal alarms at the Japantown Peace Plaza.

Senior Alarms distributed in San Francisco Japantown
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