125,000 paper cranes to DC in June 2020 for Tsuru for Solidarity’s “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps”

Date: ​For release November 13, 2019

Press: ​Kathy Kojimoto (415) 572-3255; John Ota (415) 370-4497

General inquiries: ​tsuruforsolidarity@gmail.com

Japanese Americans from across the country will gather next spring in Washington, D.C. on June 5-7, 2020 for a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps.” We plan to bring 125,000 paper cranes, or ​tsuru​, as expressions of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities that are under attack today. The 125,000 cranes represent the members of our community who were rounded up and incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II, including both Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans.

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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.

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

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>>

How else can I get involved right now?

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

Why is the Japanese American concentration camp history important today?

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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