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Japan Multicultural Relief Fund

New America Media, Blog , Andrew Lam Posted: Mar 16, 2011

Many minorities in Japan are also affected by the massive quake and tsunami that left northeast Japan devastated. Below is a network that is based in Oakland and is trying to help those minorities living in Japan who are particularly vulenerable.

Read on:

Japan Pacific Resource Network (JPRN) based in Oakland, which is one of the leading organizations in strengthening the non profit sector in Japan and the bi-national civil society between the US and Japan, and Eclipse Rising have teamed up and launched the Japan Multicultural Relief Fund. We have setup this Fund with the endorsement of the Peace Development Fund (www.peacefdevelopment.org).

We're setting up the groundspring.org (online donation feature) and the link will be available on the site at www.jprn.org/relieffund.html soon. For now, we are accepting checks - and your charitable contribution is a tax-deductible donation.

As you may know, JPRN and ER and its members combined together bring close to 5 decades of organizing and solidarity experience with marginalized communities throught the Japanese nation-state, from occupied Okinawa, to Ainu and landless/denationalized Zainichi Koreans, to the 'Untouchable' Buraku caste communities - with trade unionists, activists, scholars & those in office, etc. Amongst our extensive network of colleagues on the ground in Japan, we are currently determining the recipient organizations to ensure all the support is directly injected to those most vulnerable, exposed and farthest removed from a lot of mainstream governmental and NPO support -either due to invisibility of these communities in general, cultural/ linguistic barriers, as well as the highly anticipated discriminatory practices in the relief process.

Why are we doing this?

We are minorities from Japan and are already hearing word from our own families and friends about the challenges confronting them, so we hope this Fund will complement those of the government and other large institutional efforts and empower those who have been long serving their constituents to administer the support they themselves deem is critical and necessary in the manner they see fit.

JPRN has a track record in relief fund support, setting up and administering the Minority Relief Fund in the Kobe Earthquake of 1995. We are also waiting on endorsements by some key allies.

Please visit http://www.jprn.org/relieffund.html for more information!

The final list of fund recipient organizations will be available on the site shortly.

Thank you so much, and please forward this widely and post on your social media & networks!

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Japan Multicultural Relief Fund

We would like to express our condolences for the victims of the
earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

In conjunction with Eclipse Rishing (ER), we establish the Japan
Muticultural Relief Fund to support the victims and survivors of this
escalating tragedy. Our goal is to provide aid to those who can be
neglected and underrepresented in receiving disaster aids from the
Japanese government or mainstream NPOs. At this moment, with our
colleagues in Japan, we are carefully undergoing an assessment to
determine the recipient organizations in Japan that that serve these
vulnerable people and communities in the disaster-struck regions.

Your charitable contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent
allowed by law. JPRN's Federal ID # is 94-3008480.

Donation checks can be sent to:

310 8th Street, Suite 305A,
Oakland, CA 94607

Please make a note forJapan Multicultural Relief Fund.

Japan Pacific Resource Network (JPRN)

JPRN was established as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in
California in 1985. JPRN has worked closely with the various
grassroots community organizations in the United States and Japan as a
"bridge" between the non-profit sectors of both countries, to support
a growing bi-national civil society.

Eclipse Rising (ER)

Eclipse Rising is a US-based Zainichi Korean group founded in the
winter of 2008, by a diverse group of Zainichi Koreans who came
together to recognize and celebrate the rich and unique history of
Koreans in Japan, promote Zainichi community development, peace and
reunification of the Korean peninsula, and work for social justice for
around the world in solidarity with all minorities of Japan. More
at :https://sites.google.com/site/eclipserising/home

Japan Muticultural Relief Fund is endorsed by the Peace Development
Fund http://www.peacedevelopment.org

For inquiry:

(English) EcliEclipseRising@gmail.com.
(Japanese) info@jprn.org

We greatly appreciate your donations and support.

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