National Nikkei Reparations Coalition to Host Events in Support of Black Reparations

Strengthening Solidarity Through Taking Action

Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Virtual Program

Admission: Free

The newly formed National Nikkei Reparations Coalition (NNRC) will host the program “Strengthening Solidarity Through Taking Action” on Saturday, May 21. Join a conversation with Black Reparations and Japanese American redress leaders, Kenniss Henry (N’COBRA), Dreisen Heath (HRW), Miya Iwataki (NCRR & NNRC) and Akemi Kochiyama (Yuri Kochiyama Solidarity Fund), who will discuss the various chapters in the fight for Reparations and the importance of Black and Japanese solidarity for Black Reparations today.

Acclaimed jazz musicians/activists Jon Jang and James Newton will perform. They will also speak to the role of music and culture in building Black and Asian solidarity.

The program will close with a call to action to demand that the Biden Administration establish a Federal Commission for the Study and Development of Reparations for African Americans by Juneteenth and how you can take part.

To register, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/StrengtheningSolidarity. This is the first in a series of three events taking place during the Reparations Week of Action.

Japanese American Reparations

Many Japanese Americans who fought for JA Reparations were inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements and leaders such as Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Rev. Martin Luther King. The Japanese American community honors the legacy of the redress movement by supporting the movement for Black Reparations and working toward dismantling systemic oppression.

The groups are organizing a National Week of Action in partnership with the H.R. 40 Coalition and the Noise campaign to draw awareness and put public pressure on President Biden. Learn more about the H.R. 40 Coalition’s demand and organizing here.

Reparations Week of Action

Strengthen Solidarity

Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET

What does solidarity look like in the movement for Black Reparations and collective liberation? How can our community take meaningful action?

NNRC Workshop

Monday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Are you ready to take the next step in your solidarity work? In this workshop, NNRC will discuss the coalition’s grounding principles of unity, the strategy of H.R. 40 coalition, and the preparations for the Day of Joint Action.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/NNRCMayAction

Day of Joint Action

Wednesday, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. ET

In five one-hour sessions, NNRC will host a “Day of Action” where participants will call and email the White House to demand #ReparationsNow! All communities are welcome. There are several co-hosting organizations and networks, including members of the H.R. 40 Coalition, Democrats Abroad based in Germany, the Dems Abroad Global AAPI Caucus, Reparations 4 Slavery, and several JACL chapters, NNRC member organizations, and advocacy networks throughout the country. Decide what hour you can join and register here: https://tinyurl.com/NNRCMayAction

About the National Nikkei Reparations Coalition (NNRC)

NNRC is a newly formed coalition of Japanese American organizations and organizers who strive to mobilize the Japanese American community in support of Black Reparations. Advisors include Black leadership from the Reparations Movement: Kenniss Henry, Dreisen Heath, Jarrett Smith, and Rev. Mark Thompson.

Japanese American organizations across the nation brought NNRC together, and it continues to grow. View the current list of coalition members here. Join their mailing list to stay updated on their activities and to share their upcoming events. If you would like to be involved in planning their upcoming educational and advocacy events, join their planning committee.