What an amazing year it has been since 50 Japanese Americans traveled to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas to protest child detention and to hang over 30,000 tsuru on the fence. At that moment our movement took flight!
In the past year we have organized to provide historical context and moral authority of Japanese Americans incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during WWII, to the current struggle to end detention in the U.S. We are working to build solidarity with directly impacted communities: immigrant, Black, indigenous, and other targeted groups while encouraging spaces for inter-generational healing from the trauma of our collective carceral histories and other forms of racialized violence.
We want to thank the thousands of people, from across so many communities, who supported our work in numerous and generous ways.
Join us as we mark the one year anniversary of Tsuru for Solidarity in our demand to stop repeating a history of injustice, pain, and trauma: Close the camps.
Due to the pandemic, we have postponed our national gathering and caravan planned for June 2020 in Washington D.C. – but our mission is now even more urgent and we are undeterred. At this moment we are seeing:
Intentional dismantling of protections for refugees and immigrants
Increasing cruelty to people who are detained in inhumane conditions, forced to remain incarcerated during a deadly pandemic
Escalation of anti-Asian racism and violence targeting our communities, fanned by the current administration and its surrogates
It is imperative for us to stand united and use our collective voices to express our opposition. To reflect this moment we have adopted a new message: Tsuru Rising!
Tsuru Rising! Event Schedule
The June 6th-7th online gathering is an invitation and roadmap to get more involved. We have planned an action packed weekend of community building, impactful conversations about solidarity and direct action, celebration of community, plus cross-community healing circles. The entire event is free online so that as many people as possible may come together.
Saturday, June 6th:
10am-12pm PDT | 1pm-3pm EDT
We will kick off our weekend with a solidarity rally to welcome our Tsuru for Solidarity community and friends. The program will educate and activate to close the camps. Dr. Satsuki Ina will be featured as the keynote speaker. Full lineup to be announced.
3pm-4pm PDT | 6pm-7pm EDT
After a break, we will gather in regional groups to reflect on the morning, connect with old and new friends, and learn about local actions to end immigrant detention. **Please visit the Registration tab to sign up for the regional group nearest you.**
4pm-6pm PDT | 7pm-9pm EDT
In the evening, we will end the first day by celebrating our work thus far, preparing for our future work, and honoring our elders and ancestors through art, music, and dance. We will also host a national healing ceremony, led by Buddhist clergy, for the healing of the nation and in remembrance of the 125,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants incarcerated during WWII and all people who have been detained or incarcerated in the U.S.
Sunday, June 7th:
10am Local Time Zones
On Sunday, our tsuru take flight. Across the country, small groups will gather in socially distant actions to demand that we close the camps and free immigrants in detention. We will live-stream these actions on our webpage and social media platforms.
We will also have options to participate virtually in letter writing campaigns and tsuru fold-ins. Tune in on Sunday morning to learn how you can engage.
Healing Circles for Change
3pm-5pm EDT & 3pm-5pm PDT
**Space is limited and registration required, please visit the Registration tab to sign up.**
Participating in Healing Circles for Change is an opportunity for people who have experienced, in all of its complexities, the collective, historic trauma of oppression. Healing Circles for Change is a sacred space and time where participants sit together in a circle, face to face with one another, holding the positive intention to create a safe place for each person to share their story.
Help us get ready for the protest! You can do the following:
Fold tsuru! Please continue to fold tsuru. Share a picture of yourself with your cranes along with your name (optional) and location. You can share on social media with #tsururising or by emailing your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These images will be used in a group video featuring tsuru.
Join a virtual fold in! You can find a list of upcoming events here.
Dance FandangObon! Join Quetzal and FandangObon by recording yourself dancing Bambutsu. Please upload your video by May 20th.
Record yourself in landscape/horizontal in 1080p/720p/HD.