June 5th - 7th

JOIN THE
PILGRIMAGE TO
CLOSE THE CAMPS

Washington, DC

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The National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps is the chance to join thousands of Japanese Americans and other communities for programs, protest, and healing together.
Click here for detailed updates and information for each pilgrimage component. 

Caravan to Close the Camps – last week of May, 2020 (exact dates coming soon)
Building on our mission statement to build solidarity among allied communities and to support the march and rally, a multi-community Caravan to Close the Camps with a focus on young activists and artists will depart from Little Tokyo, Los Angeles the last week of May (exact dates coming soon). The caravan will travel across the country, stopping at former Japanese American incarceration sites, current detention sites, and historically important community and cultural sites of allied communities and will culminate in a large, multi-community protest in Texas.
Three additional Caravans will depart from Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. They will stop and stage a protest at the Berks Family Residential Center in Philadelphia. All four Caravans will converge in D.C. for the National Protest to Close the Camps.
**Caravan schedules coming soon**
 

Congressional Education Visits, Friday, June 5

While we are in D.C., we will fly our tsuru to our representatives in Congress to educate them about the connections between our own World War II incarceration and present-day immigrant detention facilities and inhumane immigration policies. If you’re interested in participating in Congressional Education visits you should indicate your interest in your registration (participation is free). Congressional Education visits will also require an online orientation in advance of June and a meeting at the Crystal Gateway Marriott at 7am on Friday, June 5th. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Congressional Education visits, but don’t want to commit yet, please register which will alert the Congressional Education Committee to follow up with you.

 

Opening Ceremony & Solidarity Reception, Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June  6

On Friday and Saturday nights, we will be gathering for engaging evenings of speakers, performers, and community building. Friday evening includes refreshments and Saturday evening includes dinner. Registration for these events is required. 

Up to date information on performers and speakers will be available on our website.

 


National Protest to Close the Camps, Saturday,  June 6 

The capstone of our program in D.C. is our protest rally and march. We will start at the Sylvan Theater at the base of the Washington Monument for a rally to lift up our voices to demand humane immigration policies and an end to immigrant detention practices. We will be led by hundreds of our survivors, along with representatives of frontline communities, on a march to Lafayette Square. From there, across the street from the White House, we will present 125,000 tsuru, representing those who were incarcerated during WWII and 80,000 mariposa, representing those who are currently in U.S. detention. Our rally and march will be accompanied by one hundred taiko drummers and drummers from allied communities.

The National Protest to Close the Camps is free and open to the public. Please meet us at the Sylvan Theater on June 6th at 9am. We would appreciate it if you register to let us know you’re coming, but it is not required. 


Healing Circles for Change, Saturday,  June 6

Healing intergenerational trauma has become an embedded element of Tsuru work. In all of our work, we believe in bringing together indigenous, undocumented, Black, brown, Jewish, refugee, Arab/Muslim communities and more; communities that are in the shocks and aftershocks of violence, communities that have been historically pitted against one another to consolidate power. Trained facilitators will lead cross-community, intergenerational Healing Circles for Change where a safe space will be created for participants in small groups to share their stories, strengthen ties across communities, and forge commitment to stand together in the face of oppression. A more detailed description is here

The Healing Circles for Change team will follow up with everyone who registers about participating in the Healing Circles. Space is limited.

 

Day

Time

Event

Location

Registration Required?

Thursday, June 4th

6pm 

Crane Prep

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Friday, June 5th 

9am-4pm

Congressional Education Visits

Depart from Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Friday, June 5th

9am-4pm

Volunteer+ Training 

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Friday, June 5th

6pm-9pm

Opening Ceremony

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Cost

Saturday, June 6th

9am-2pm

National Protest to Close the Camps

Start: Sylvan Theater

 

End: Lafayette Square

Optional–Free

Saturday, June 6th

4pm-6pm

Healing Circles for Change

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Saturday, June 6th

6:30pm-10pm

Solidarity Reception

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Cost

  • Hotel: Thank you for your overwhelming response! We currently have a limited number of hotel rooms available at our discounted rate of $139/night for Friday and Saturday at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Rooms can be booked here or by calling 1-800-228-9290 and asking about the “Tsuru for Solidarity” group booking. We are currently negotiating a new contract with the Marriott to increase the size of our discounted room block and to respond to the demand for weeknight accommodations. Please check back here for an update. We appreciate your patience.
  • Flights: The Crystal Gateway Marriott provides free shuttle service to and from Reagan National airport (DCA). 
  • Ground Transportation: All registrants will receive a prepaid SmarTrip Card for travel from the Crystal Gateway Marriott to the protest via the DC Metro. A small number of seats on buses will be available for people with limited mobility. We will follow up with registrants who indicate their need for a ride.
Paper: You can find a paper registration form here.  Please print it out and mail it to: JACL Chicago / c/o Lisa Doi / 5415 N. CLark St, / Chicago, IL 60640 All paper registrations must be completed in full and include full payment in order to be processed Pricing: 
General Registration Survivors, Children, Students*
Early Bird (February 12th-March 4th)  $165 $65
Regular (March 4th-Until registration fills)  $175 $75
*Survivors are Nikkei who were incarcerated in the US, Hawaii, Canada, or Latin America during World War II, including those incarcerated as children and babies.  Children/students include elementary, high school, college, and all students enrolled full time. 
  • Waitlist: If registration sells out, we will maintain a waitlist and notify those on the waitlist as spots open up. The last day that we will open spots from the waitlist is May 5th. 
If you are unable to register: Please join us on Saturday, June 6th for the March & Rally! This is free and open to all. 
  • Financial Support: We are offering a limited number of travel support to those who were incarcerated (in the US, Hawaii, Canada, or Latin America) during World War II, including those who were incarcerated as children, and to others who might need financial support. A request for  financial support is included in the registration. 
Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We will follow up with anyone who indicates a need for financial support. 
The National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps is the chance to join thousands of Japanese Americans and other communities for programs, protest, and healing together.
Click here for detailed updates and information for each pilgrimage component. 

Caravan to Close the Camps – last week of May, 2020 (exact dates coming soon)

Building on our mission statement to build solidarity among allied communities and to support the march and rally, a multi-community Caravan to Close the Camps with a focus on young activists and artists will depart from Little Tokyo, Los Angeles the last week of May (exact dates coming soon). The caravan will travel across the country, stopping at former Japanese American incarceration sites, current detention sites, and historically important community and cultural sites of allied communities and will culminate in a large, multi-community protest in Texas.

Three additional Caravans will depart from Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. They will stop and stage a protest at the Berks Family Residential Center in Philadelphia. All four Caravans will converge in D.C. for the National Protest to Close the Camps.

**Caravan schedules coming soon**

 

Congressional Education Visits, Friday, June 5

While we are in D.C., we will fly our tsuru to our representatives in Congress to educate them about the connections between our own World War II incarceration and present-day immigrant detention facilities and inhumane immigration policies. If you’re interested in participating in Congressional Education visits you should indicate your interest in your registration (participation is free). Congressional Education visits will also require an online orientation in advance of June and a meeting at the Crystal Gateway Marriott at 7am on Friday, June 5th. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Congressional Education visits, but don’t want to commit yet, please register which will alert the Congressional Education Committee to follow up with you.

 

Opening Ceremony & Solidarity Reception, Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June  6

On Friday and Saturday nights, we will be gathering for engaging evenings of speakers, performers, and community building. Friday evening includes refreshments and Saturday evening includes dinner. Registration for these events is required. 

National Protest to Close the Camps, Saturday,  June 6 

The capstone of our program in D.C. is our protest rally and march. We will start at the Sylvan Theater at the base of the Washington Monument for a rally to lift up our voices to demand humane immigration policies and an end to immigrant detention practices. We will be led by hundreds of our survivors, along with representatives of frontline communities, on a march to Lafayette Square. From there, across the street from the White House, we will present 125,000 tsuru, representing those who were incarcerated during WWII and 80,000 mariposa, representing those who are currently in U.S. detention. Our rally and march will be accompanied by one hundred taiko drummers and drummers from allied communities.

The National Protest to Close the Camps is free and open to the public. Please meet us at the Sylvan Theater on June 6th at 9am. We would appreciate it if you register to let us know you’re coming, but it is not required.

 

Healing Circles for Change, Saturday,  June 6

Healing intergenerational trauma has become an embedded element of Tsuru work. In all of our work, we believe in bringing together indigenous, undocumented, Black, brown, Jewish, refugee, Arab/Muslim communities and more; communities that are in the shocks and aftershocks of violence, communities that have been historically pitted against one another to consolidate power. Trained facilitators will lead cross-community, intergenerational Healing Circles for Change where a safe space will be created for participants in small groups to share their stories, strengthen ties across communities, and forge commitment to stand together in the face of oppression. A more detailed description is here

The Healing Circles for Change team will follow up with everyone who registers about participating in the Healing Circles. Space is limited.

 

Day

Time

Event

Location

Registration Required?

Thursday, June 4th

6pm 

Crane Prep

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Friday, June 5th 

9am-4pm

Congressional Education Visits

Depart from Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Friday, June 5th

9am-4pm

Volunteer+ Training 

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Friday, June 5th

6pm-9pm

Opening Ceremony

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Cost

Saturday, June 6th

9am-2pm

National Protest to Close the Camps

Start: Sylvan Theater

 

End: Lafayette Square

Optional–Free

Saturday, June 6th

4pm-6pm

Healing Circles for Change

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Free

Saturday, June 6th

6:30pm-10pm

Solidarity Reception

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Yes–Cost

  • Hotel: Thank you for your overwhelming response! We currently have a limited number of hotel rooms available at our discounted rate of $139/night for Friday and Saturday at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Rooms can be booked here or by calling 1-800-228-9290 and asking about the “Tsuru for Solidarity” group booking. We are currently negotiating a new contract with the Marriott to increase the size of our discounted room block and to respond to the demand for weeknight accommodations. Please check back here for an update. We appreciate your patience.
  • Flights: The Crystal Gateway Marriott provides free shuttle service to and from Reagan National airport (DCA). 
  • Ground Transportation: All registrants will receive a prepaid SmarTrip Card for travel from the Crystal Gateway Marriott to the protest via the DC Metro. A small number of seats on buses will be available for people with limited mobility. We will follow up with registrants who indicate their need for a ride.

Online: You can register online here.

Paper: You can find a paper registration form here.  Please print it out and mail it to:
JACL Chicago / c/o Lisa Doi / 5415 N. CLark St, / Chicago, IL 60640

All paper registrations must be completed in full and include full payment in order to be processed

Pricing: 

 General RegistrationSurvivors, Children, Students*
Early Bird (February 12th-March 4th) $165$65
Regular (March 4th-Until registration fills) $175$75
 

*Survivors are Nikkei who were incarcerated in the US, Hawaii, Canada, or Latin America during World War II, including those incarcerated as children and babies. 

Children/students include elementary, high school, college, and all students enrolled full time. 

  • Waitlist: If registration sells out, we will maintain a waitlist and notify those on the waitlist as spots open up. The last day that we will open spots from the waitlist is May 5th. 

If you are unable to register: Please join us on Saturday, June 6th for the March & Rally! This is free and open to all. 

  • Financial Support: We are offering a limited number of travel support to those who were incarcerated (in the US, Hawaii, Canada, or Latin America) during World War II, including those who were incarcerated as children, and to others who might need financial support. A request for  financial support is included in the registration. 

Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We will follow up with anyone who indicates a need for financial support. 

“We expect this to be the largest gathering of Nikkei since World War II, when we were forcibly removed from our homes and incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps.”

-Mike Ishii, co-leader of Tsuru for Solidarity

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Plan for the National Protest to Close the Camps:

Saturday, June 6th, 9 am: We will start at the Sylvan Theater at the base of the Washington Monument for a rally to lift up our voices to demand humane immigration policies and an end to immigrant detention practices.
We will be led by hundreds of our survivors, along with representatives of frontline communities, on a march to Lafayette Square.
From there, across the street from the White House, we will present 125,000 tsuru,  representing those who were incarcerated during WWII and 80,000 mariposa, representing those who are currently in U.S. detention.
Our rally and march will be accompanied by one hundred taiko drummers and drummers from allied communities. 
The National Protest to Close the Camps is free and open to the public. Please meet us at the Sylvan Theater on June 6th at 9am. We would appreciate it if you register to let us know you’re coming, but it is not required. 

About us 

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.