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History of Tsuru for Solidarity

by Emiko Omori | 16 min

A video history of Tsuru for Solidarity, starting with the origins of folding tsuru as protest and in solidarity with immigrants incarcerated at South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas. Emiko Omori also documents Tsuru for Solidarity in action at the Texas State Capitol with the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and in protest at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.   

Tsuru for Solidarity and Densho Day of Remembrance, Day of Action

1 min  | by Enrico

This video contains footage from the Tsuru for Solidarity & Densho Day of Remembrance, Day of Action on Feb. 23, 2020. The event was held outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, and was attended by over 400 people. Poems, songs, drumming and speeches were all shared to remember the horrors caused by the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, and to draw attention to the fact that Never Again Is Now.


Japanese Americans say Close the Camps at Yuba County ICE Detention Center | 2 min

On January 11, 2020, joined by local allies, Tsuru for Solidarity led a protest at the Yuba County ICE Detention Center to protest the inhumane conditions and detention of people seeking asylum. Join us on June 5-7, 2020 in Washington, DC, at the Pilgrimage to Close the Camps, when our community will converge to call on our representatives to end the racist policies against immigrants.

Activism at Fort Sill 

by Alan Kondo | 6 min

Video short covering the June 22nd and July 20th Fort Sill protests against the planned incarceration of 1,400 children, as well as a report on the policy outcomes from our community organizing work. Tsuru for Solidarity joined local and national organizations on the ground in Oklahoma to protest Fort Sill as part of the fight to #CloseTheCamps 

July 20th Fort Sill Protest

by Evan Kodani | 4 min

Video recap of the July 20th direct action at Fort Sill. Tsuru for Solidarity organized with 25 Buddhist priests to perform a memorial ceremony at Fort Sill for those who were killed behind its walls. Communities came together to remember loved ones and to speak out against the past and present use of Fort Sill as a site of state violence against indigenous and immigrant communities. 

June 22nd Fort Sill Protest - Lawton, Oklahoma

by Alan Kondo | 19 min

Coverage of Tsuru for Solidarity’s original protest at Fort Sill, a proposed incarceration site for 1,400 immigrant children. Fort Sill was previously a WWII prison camp for 700 Japanese immigrants, an Apache POW camp, and a boarding school forcing indigenous children away from their families and culture. On June 22nd, 2019, Japanese American camp survivors shared their own incarceration experiences and joined with local community organizers to speak out against the repetition of history. 

Protest at South Texas Family Residential Center - Dilley, Texas

by Konrad Aderer | 15 min

The Tsuru For Solidarity movement began with a national call for paper cranes to hang at the South Texas Family Residential Center, in solidarity with the mothers and children incarcerated there. Japanese American former child detainees and their descendants joined with Grassroots Leadership, Laredo Immigrant Alliance, and others to call for an end to the mass incarceration of children and families. 

Jizo with tsuru 

by Lauren Sumida | 1 min

In Buddhism, Jizo statues protect travelers and children, as well as the souls of children who have passed away. They are commonly found at roads and borders. This animated short was inspired by the protective spirit of Jizo and the work of activists and Buddhist priests who organized at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to protest the planned incarceration of 1,400 immigrant children.

paper plane | paper crane journey 

by Lauren Sumida | 1 min

For our Dilley protest, we asked communities across the country to fold and send paper cranes (tsuru) as a symbol of solidarity. We received 30,000 paper cranes to hang on the fences at Dilley. This animation was created to support in the call for paper cranes to represent Japanese Americans’ stories and solidarity with immigrant communities today.


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