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. We stand on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who suffered the atrocities and legacy of U.S. concentration camps during WWII and we say, “Stop Repeating History!”
Never Again is NOW. Our mission is to:
educate, advocate, and protest to close all U.S. concentration camps;
build solidarity with other communities that have experienced forced removal, detention, deportation and separation of families;
coordinate intergenerational, cross-community healing circles addressing the trauma of our shared histories.
TSURU means crane in Japanese, and symbolizes peace, compassion, hope and healing. In the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding (origami), it is a popular, easy-to-learn figure that children and adults of all abilities can create. The cranes we fold today are expressions of SOLIDARITY with children, families and communities that are under attack.
For stringing tsuru (cranes), we ask that tsuru be strung together, touching each other, with no loose thread or spaces between them. This is important, as it helps prevent the chain from tangling. If you would like to nest them inside each other, you may do so, but make sure they are not nested too tightly (otherwise the chain of tsuru cannot bend).
Funds are used for the out-of-pocket costs and expenses of organizing actions to call on the U.S. government to end family separation and to close the camps for migrant families and children – including travel costs for survivors and descendants of U.S. concentration camps, permits and other location-related costs, and event materials.
We are incredibly grateful for all your donations, support, and encouragement. Without it, our work would not be possible. Thank you!