Together, we rise.

Tsuru Rising:
Virtual Protest to Close the Camps
Join us on June 6 & 7.

“Now is a time when physical distancing is required, yet social solidarity is so needed.”

Duncan Ryuken Williams, Tsuru for Solidarity Steering Committee Member

The Virtual Protest will be right here on this page. If you can see this video, you can participate in the online event.

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Conference Schedule:

Saturday - June 6th.

10am – 12pm PDT | 1pm -3pm EDT

Tsuru Rising Rally

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 and center conversation around solidarity against racial and state violence in this moment. Senator Mazie Hirono will be featured as the keynote speaker followed by speakers and panels.

3pm – 4pm PDT | 6pm -7pm EDT

Regional Gatherings

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. The meetings will also offer a space to discuss process for building Asian solidarity with Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.

4pm – 6pm PDT | 7pm – 9pm EDT

Kimochi Night

In the evening, we will end the first day with a Buddhist healing ceremony “for the healing of the nation,” and a full celebration of the work through multicultural voices honoring our elders and ancestors through art, music, spoken word and dance.

Sunday - June 7th.

7am – 11am PDT | 10am – 2pm EDT

Direct Actions & Online Fold-Ins

Gather online for our virtual fold-ins and letter writing campaign as we watch small groups gather in socially distant on-the-ground actions to demand that we close the camps and free immigrants in detention. 

3pm – 5pm EDT & 3-5pm PDT

Healing Circles for Change

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.

You can read a full description of Healing Circles for Change here. 

**Healing Circle registration is now closed.**

Keynote Speakers & Hosts:
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Full Schedule

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Times below are in PDT

10:00 AM — Welcome with Host Lori Matsukawa

10:05 AM — Land Acknowledgement

10:10 AM — Buddhist Ceremony w. Rev. Kobata, San Francisco Buddhist Church

10:15 AM — Keynote Speaker: Senator Mazie Hirono

10:30 AM — Solidarity & State Violence

  • Moderator: Satsuki Ina, Co-Chair, Tsuru for Solidarity
  • Rev. Sheri Dickerson, Executive Director Black Lives Matter Oklahoma
  • Neidi Dominguez, Senior Advisor, Mijente
  • Nana Gyamfi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Maru Mora Vilalpando, Co-Founder, La Resistencia
  • Silky Shah, Executive Director, Detention Watch Network
  • Mary Topaum, Director, American Indian Movement Indian Territory

11:15 AM — Nikkei Reflections on Solidarity

11:25 AM– Closing with Host Lori Matsukawa & Tsuru for Solidarity Co-Chairs

Before we reconvene for the evening, you have the opportunity for smaller discussions with others near you. Please register in advance so you can be assigned to your regional group. This hour-long session will be a chance to connect, reflect on the morning, and learn more about how to engage locally. 

 

**Registration is required! Register by Monday, June 1 @ 5pm PDT. Register at tsuruforsolidarity.org/tsururising**

Times below are in PDT

4:00 PM — Welcome with Hosts Alan Muraoka & Leslie Ishii

4:10 PM — Hoop Dancing Ceremony

4:20 PM — Poetry Reading with San Francisco Poet Laureates Janice Mirikitani (2000-2002) & devorah major (2002-2004)

4:30 PM — Buddhist Ceremony led by Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams along with ministers from the US and Mexico

4:50 PM — Tsuru-min Taiko led by Courtney Ozaki & Stan Shikuma along with taiko players from around the world

4:55 PM — Musical Performance by Quetzal

5:00 PM — Thank You & Acknowledgements from Erin Shigaki & Joy Shigaki

5:10 PM — Remembering Hiroshi Kashiwagi  by Soji Kashiwagi

5:15  PM — In Memorium: COVID-19 featuring Grateful 4

5:25 PM — Musical Performance by Kishi Bashi

5:35 PM — Tsuru Video

5:45 PM — FandangObon with Nobuko Miyamoto

5:55 PM — Closing with Hosts Alan Muraoka & Leslie Ishii along with Tsuru for Solidarity Co-Chairs

On Sunday, our tsuru take flight in actions across the country. You can either watch on via live stream or you can join a watch party. 

What is the difference between a live stream and a watch party? Click here to learn more.

Times below are in PDT.

Live Stream Schedule

  • 6:45 AM — Live Stream Starts
  • 7:00 AM — Action in Washington DC
  • 7:30 AM — Action in New York
  • 8:00 AM — Action in Chicago 
  • 9:45 AM — Live Stream Resumes
  • 10:00 AM — Action in Seattle
  • 10:30 AM — Action in San Francisco
  • 11:00 AM — Action in Pennsylvania
  • 11:30 AM — Action in Los Angeles

Watch Party Schedule

  • 7:00 AM — Watch Party Begins
  • 8:00 AM — Watch Party Begins
  • 9:00 AM — Watch Party Begins
  • 10:00 AM — Watch Party Begins
  • 11:00 AM — Watch Party Begins

**Registration is required! Register by Monday, June 1 @ 5pm PDT. Register at tsuruforsolidarity.org/tsururising**

What are Healing Circles for Change?

Healing Circles for Change is an opportunity for people who have experienced, in all of its complexities, the collective, historic trauma of racism and oppression. It is a sacred space and time where participants sit together in a circle, face to face with one another, holding the positive intention to bring presence and empathy, creating a safe place for each person to share some part of their story.

Why is such an experience even necessary?

Racism, religious persecution, gender bias, homophobia, and every other  form of oppression causes fractures in whole systems. Those systems, starting from the intrapsychic to interpersonal,  familial to community, societal to international, operate optimally when whole, interconnected, balanced and well-integrated.  But when intentionally split and divided by systems of power dominating those who are vulnerable and powerless in order to maintain control, not only does the individual’s sense of self become divided, but fractures and barriers in families and communities result. Walls, both concrete and illusory are built, dividing  us so that we can no longer see or be seen by each other. These consequences are difficult to repair and heal. With social consciousness and the intentional decision to “be with”, we are enabled to not only physically see one another, but to emotionally hold one another in mutual empathy. 

What is the purpose for Healing Circle for Change?

When we shut down our true and authentic selves, including the pain of our intergenerational trauma, the humiliation, the fear, passed on to us, internalized and made unconscious, like any other type of trauma, we suppress and compartmentalize not just the stories and emotions, but parts of ourselves. This results in a splitting of our consciousness. We may appear “fine”, “normal”, outwardly, but internally, we are often deeply isolated, often filled with unexpressed anger, hopelessness and depression. Gathered in the shape of a circle, representing wholeness, we come with the intention to engage authentically and express what is true for us through our customs, culture, language, traditions and stories. We participate in creating safety for one another through our empathic listening and complete presence. 

What Happens in a Healing Circle for Change?

It’s not as difficult or complicated as one might think. We gather 10-15  people together, ideally, just after their participation in a program, event, or action for social justice. They may be at different levels of commitment and degrees of activism, but are concerned enough to have engaged in a collective event in order to learn and contribute in some way.  From attending a lecture, volunteering for a cause, marching in a protest, or committing civil disobedience, the person is interested in making a difference. Ideally, diversity among participants further enriches the experience. 

Healing Circles for Change facilitators will then guide the process, within set time constraints, inviting each person to introduce themselves and share responses to selected questions.

Group members are asked to listen with empathy and presence. “Empathy” is the ability to listen to someone’s story through their eyes and their feelings, without judging or making assumptions. “Presence” is the ability to listen with full attention to the speaker. In this way, the listener is a mirror for the speaker. After each person shares their response to the questions, participants are encouraged to describe their own experience to the stories from a place of honesty, empathy and presence. 

What are the anticipated outcomes from participating?

Sharing across different walks of life, across different forms of oppression, is a rare experience for most of us. There are, of course, no universal outcomes that can be guaranteed, but when we are in a safe place, protected from judgment and blame, the recipients of empathy and presence, our personal healing begins. What is reflected back to our fractured selves, is a community of wholeness, a caring presence that understands our pain, our family’s suffering; with this, our life energy can begin to shift from self-preservation to social activism. When we stand up for each other, speak out for each other, we gather up the splinters to build a community.  This extraordinary sense of community gives us hope so we can move from  collective trauma to collective empowerment.

What is the story behind Healing Circles for Change?

“Healing Circles for Change” emerged organically following each one of our Tsuru for Solidarity protest actions in Texas and Oklahoma. Rather than “shout and part”, we found that bringing disparate protest groups together to share our stories of grief and hope brought an extraordinary sense of shared empowerment, a deeper understanding of one another, and a strengthened commitment for future joint actions. We found that sharing our personal stories with each other, across historical, racial, religious, cultural boundaries and barriers resulting from the trauma of oppression, ignited a sense of solidarity many of us had never experienced. We learned that by the simple act of listening with presence, a human connection can be made, commonalities shared, and differences appreciated. We have witnessed a healing from the fractures and splintering that has divided our communities and found that speaking up for one another and standing with one another in the face of injustice can be one of the most powerful tools for social change.

How to Prepare Before the Online Protest

  • 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
tsuruforsolidarity@gmail.com

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.
  • Invite your friends!

    Please encourage your friends and family to join us too.

     

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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 of color that have experienced forced removal, detention, deportation and separation of families, and other forms of racial and state violence;
  • coordinate intergenerational, cross-community healing circles addressing the trauma of our shared histories.