About the Idaho Falls Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
Our local chapter got its first president in 1940. Originally organized as the "Southeastern Idaho Chapter", we were comprised of Pocatello, Blackfoot, Firth, Shelley, Idaho Falls, Rigby, Rexburg and any small towns that were in between. Lots of changes have taken place since the beginning of our chapter and we are very excited to embrace the future while learning from our past.
News from our small community here in Idaho has been shouted across the nation by Pacific Citizen. We have been featured in many issues of the paper, and as a member of the national JACL you get this publication delivered to your door. You can view past issues in the archive and even learn more about the JACL at their website, Pacific Citizen.
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History of the Japanese American Citizens League
Founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community.
The JACL and the Japanese American community are continuously affected by changes in the political environment and in demographics. Our society continues to be impacted by the events of September 11, 2001, which created a worldwide climate of uncertainty and insecurity where we must reconcile the proper balance between issues of national security and our civil liberties. We are also affected by the changing demographics of race, ethnicity and age.
Looking to our future, the JACL constantly assesses the effectiveness of its role in Japanese American, Asian Pacific American and civil rights communities, and what infrastructure is necessary to effectively support our mission and efficiently achieve our goals. Today, with inter-racial and multi-ethnic marriages changing the face of the Japanese American community, the JACL faces additional challenges in looking to its future and to the future of the Japanese American community.