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 of color that have experienced forced removal, detention, deportation, separation of families, and other forms of racial and state violence;

  • coordinate intergenerational, cross-community healing circles addressing the trauma of our shared histories.

How can you get involved?

Tsuru for Solidarity is built on relational organizing grounded in values of solidarity and liberation. Please join us! Read more about our priority areas and  ways to get involved.

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What's next?

Why are we here?

Strands of tsuru at fort sill with tag reading "no more U.S. Concentration Camps"

What is "tsuru"?

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.

Click here to learn more about how you can join in making tsuru>>

Yonsei and Dreamers hold up tsuru strands during healing ceremony in Fort Sill, Oklahoma protest
image credit: United We Dream
255,408 TSURU FOLDED | GOAL: 525,000

What have we done so far?

Tsuru for Solidarity has organized and participated in cross-community direct actions around the country to protest active and planned U.S. immigrant incarceration sites. 

Read more about our past actions here>>
Watch some of our work here>>

Support our work:

Our goal is to raise at least $125,000 in individual contributions — or one dollar for each person incarcerated during WWII, toward the overall goal of $270,000. We ask that 1,000 people donate at least $125 toward this goal.
All donations are tax-deductible. Alliance for Global Justice, which is our fiscal sponsor, is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax number 52-2094677.

Why is the Japanese American concentration camp history important today?

Poster of WWII era mother and child set in front of Dilley prison fence. Poster text reads: "Families belong together"

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Order 9066, authorizing the displacement and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast.

With this order, the U.S. government uprooted the Japanese community from their homes and businesses, and incarcerated them for years in concentration camps, termed “War Relocation Authority Centers.”
When we see the migrant children incarcerated today, we recognize ourselves and we say: #StopRepeatingHistory
Learn more about our history >>

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