The Power of Words was covered in a couple of recent articles in both the Rafu Shimpo and the Pacific Citizen. Check out these articles!
Rafu Shimpo – JACL Council Votes to ‘Accurately Implement’ Resolution on Camp Terminology
Pacific Citizen – Resolution to Accurately Implement 2010 Power of Words Resolution Passes
Pacific Citizen – WWII JA Vets Weigh in on Power of Words Movement
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Congratulations to the JACL National Council on passing the emergency resolution on the accurate implementation of the Power of Words. It has been a great weekend with lots if work that has been done. We thank all of the chapters and delegates that had signed on in support of the resolution. A partial list of sponsors and endorsers can be downloaded here.
Please email JACLPowerofwords@gmail.com if you are interested in contributing to the Power if Words campaign. We need all of you help and assistance to move this forward. Get involved!
Sign on in support of the emergency resolution to ensure the accurate implementation of the Power of Words! Download a copy of the emergency resolution here. If you are a JACL chapter president, voting delegate or concerned community member, please sign onto the resolution. Please bring a hard copy of the signed resolution with you to convention or you may email a signed and scanned document to JACLPowerOfWords@gmail.com. Your support is greatly appreciated.
It is our hope not to diminish the hard work that has already been done but through the spirit of input and collaboration that we grow and strengthen this document and the movement as a whole.
Here are the main points and areas that we hope to strengthen and collaborate on.
1. Fully utilize the all of the recommended terms as written in the approved resolution. A few terms including American concentration camp, incarceration camps and illegal detention centers are not utilized in the draft handbook as recommended terminology.
2. Omit the use of quotation marks around euphemisms and misnomers as an acceptable and encouraged practice.
3. And finally and most importantly, allow for a full and inclusive review of the handbook including review by knowledgeable experts, historians, academics, community activist, other JA organizations and other interested parties.
We are looking for your support, as well as your chapter and the district support on this resolution. We would greatly appreciate it if any chapter presidents and/or voting delegate would be willing to sign onto this resolution.
National JACL and the National Education Committee need your thoughts and input on the draft Power of Words Handbook. Download a copy of the handbook.
Memo from David Kawamoto, National JACL President:
Accompanying this memorandum is a draft copy of the JACL’s Power of Word handbook. At our 2010 National Convention, the National JACL Council passed a resolution which in significant part called for the JACL entities to point out the U.S. Government’s euphemisms in regards to the World War II incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry, and to use more accurate descriptions of the events and facilities of that era.
Please join me in thanking the National JACL Education Committee for spending considerable volunteer time and effort in putting together the handbook. Their continuing efforts on behalf of our organization are significant and appreciated.
As indicated above, this handbook is a draft. Please review its content with your chapters and have your delegates or designees bring any recommended corrections to the 2011 National JACL Convention business session.
Thank you so much for your attention to this matter and thank you for your commitment to all things JACL. Please feel free to contact me with any matters of mutual concern.