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どうもありがとうございます Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Thank you!

We accomplished so much this year and have a lot that we’re looking forward to In 2024. We couldn’t do It without you.

Child & Family Detention:

in May, Tsuru joined youth survivors of child detention from Florida to stand with local Black and Black immigrant community groups in North Carolina for a Mother’s Day action. Tsuru members also led Healing Circles that included local activists and elder and youth survivors. As a coalition, we have delayed opening of the child detention site In Greensboro for seven months, successfully delaying the transfer of children there!

We also organized our first advocacy week in Washington DC to demand an end to child detention. We met with 14 members of Congress including key leaders of the tri-caucus and with representatives of the Biden administration.

“It’s outrageous that the government is writing Incident Reports on children in detention for showing signs of trauma and then using the reports to step them up into juvenile prisons. This is an expansion of the school to prison pipeline and destroying the lives of children. We know child detention from our own history. We’re not having it.” — Keiko Kubo, Co-chair

Police Prisons Detention:

With the ICE Out of CA Coalition, we worked to pass the HOME Act, which would end transfers between CA Department of Corrections and ICE. We had an exciting day of legislative visits (see our delegation above!). The bill successfully passed the Senate floor with a supermajority; unfortunately, Gov. Newsom vetoed it.

We’re continuing our efforts to secure a pardon for Lam Le from Gov Newsom, which would protect him from the deportation to Vietnam and separate him from his community here at home.

Finally, we are working with the Shut Down NWDC led by La Resistencia to close down the sole ICE detention facility in the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to getting more Involved In this fight In 2024.

“I feel an even stronger motivation to continue our work towards an abolitionist future. [We had a] difficult but generative conversation about what abolition means to us. It was a profound moment for me, that helped me realize how disagreements can be healthy…as we navigate the complexities of our shared vision. “ –Yoshino Goto, PPD Member

Redress & Reparations:

Fostering agreement within the Japanese American community is crucial as we rally support for Black reparations, Black liberation, and collective freedom. Our practical goals involve building a strong grassroots base and cultivating leadership within our campaign. Our overarching belief is grounded in pragmatism.

We assert that securing legislative and substantive reparations for Black Americans is a strategic win. We argue that reparations drive systemic and structural changes, leading to a tangible redistribution of wealth across America. Alongside this, we advocate for the preservation and accurate telling of Black history as an essential element in our collective cultural heritage.

“For the organizers of the Japanese American redress and reparations movement, they have said that their movement for reparations can not and does not end until Black people and all oppressed people get reparations. And we will do this in solidarity and for collective liberation!” — Emily Akpan, Co-chair

Healing Justice:

We launched our Healing Justice Campaign in 2023. We offered many healing circles, including: circles for the Asian American Leaders Table in response to Anti-Asian Violence, for ‘The Past is Not the Past’ event on Yonsei Identity, for community leaders in Greensboro after we co-led a protest against their new child detention site, and for community members after an anti-Asian incident that took place while we were at the Wing Luke Museum.

We also partnered with Maui Medical Healers Hui and sent a contingent of eight Tsuru leaders to support fire survivors returning to their homes for the first time in Lahaina. We then led a three-day Healing Circle and Trauma Resiliency Training for 25 community leaders on Maui and will be returning in 2024 to continue the partnership.

“It was astounding the devastation in Maui and yet the community leaders wanted to learn new trauma healing skills to help their people. It was amazing to see their strength, determination, and honesty. Its hard when you are experiencing trauma to be able to give and they were at our training to do just that.” — Satsuki Ina, Co-chair

If you want to get more involved in Tsuru in 2024, visit tsuruforsolidarity.org/get-involved

You can also make an end of year contribution. We have a matching $25,000 grant through the end of the year. We appreciate your support!

Donate at tsuruforsolidarity.org/give

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