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Tsuru for Solidarity

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!”

Tsuru for Solidarity

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!”

"Americans turned their backs on us as we disappeared. Nobody marched for us, nobody protested, but today we bring our voices, our drums, our tsuru spirit to speak out against unjust mass incarceration."

Satsuki Ina, Co-Chair Tsuru for Solidarity

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
“There comes a moment when you realize that nobody tried to stop the round-up and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII- and you will not participate in the repetition of that mistake. So, conscience must guide us to move with a valid action against this current violence. We must be the allies that our community needed.”

Mike Ishii, Co-Chair Tsuru for Solidarity

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

Our Campaigns

Tsuru for Solidarity organizes and participates in cross-community direct actions around the country to protest active and planned U.S. immigrant incarceration sites, fight for persecuted communities, and organize toward liberation.

>Read more about our current and past actions.

Get Involved!

Tsuru for Solidarity is built on relational organizing grounded in values of solidarity and liberation. Please join us!

>Read about ways to volunteer with Tsuru for Solidarity

Get Involved!

Tsuru for Solidarity is built on relational organizing grounded in values of solidarity and liberation. Please join us!

>Read about ways to volunteer with Tsuru for Solidarity
"'Never Again' is right now. It's happening all around us, every day. We must be vigilant in showing up and demanding that sites like Fort Sill be shut down. No one showed up for Japanese American families like mine in 1942, but we can and we must show up for immigrant children and families today.”

Tom Ikeda,
Densho Director, Tsuru for Solidarity Steering Committee member

Support Our Work

Never Again is NOW. 
Please mail checks to: 
Community Initiatives / “Tsuru for Solidarity – 6455” 1000 Broadway, Suite #480 Oakland, CA 94607
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.