Chicago Nikkei to D.C. to Close the Camps!

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Chicago Nikkei and allies are getting on the bus (and driving and flying) to Washington D.C. June 5-6 for Tsuru for Solidarity’s National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps. Our goal is to bring 60+ people from Chicago and the Midwest to raise our voices and connect with this national Japanese American movement. We’re raising funds to provide financial assistance for  anyone for whom the cost would be a barrier. 

Tsuru for Solidarity is a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. Tsuru for Solidarity stands on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who suffered great injustices in U.S. concentration camps during WWII to say, "Stop Repeating History!"

The pilgrimage from June 5-6 is expected to be the largest gathering of Japanese Americans since WWII, and will include educational programming, congressional visits, intergenerational healing circles, and a march and rally to demand the closing of American concentration camps and an end to racist, inhumane immigration policies. We will string 125,000 paper cranes, representing "wings of hope" for each of the Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II and bring them with us to Washington D.C.. 

Local efforts to get Chicago area Nikkei and allies to D.C. are supported by the Japanese American Citizens League - Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Christ Church of Chicago, and Nikkei Uprising. 

If you're interested in going from Chicago to Washington D.C. for the pilgrimage in June, please email

We estimate the cost for bus travel, lodging, and registration for intergenerational healing circles and educational programming over the weekend will be up to around $500 per person. The money raised here will provide financial assistance for those in the Chicago area who need it.

To donate offline, please make checks out to JACL Chicago with Tsuru for Solidarity in the memo line. Please mail check to JACL Chicago at 5415 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640. 


As a thank you for donations $20 and above, we have Chicago tsuru pins, stickers, and magnets designed by Cori Lin! All shipping is being done by volunteers, and you can expect to receive your reward within 2 weeks.

Donate $20-34 and receive one item of your choice

Donate $35-49 and receive two items of your choice

Donate $50+ and receive all three items

After donating, you will receive an acknowledgement email with a link for a form for you to fill out so we can send you your gift!

Posted by Japanese American Citizens League (Chicago Chapter)