House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and National JACL Executive Director David Inoue discuss the urgency of sustaining JACS grant funding and the relevancy of the Japanese American WWII incarceration historical narrative in today’s political arena. Floyd Mori (left) and Pelosi’s Policy Director Richard (Dick) Meltzer (right) look on. (Photo by Darrell Kunitomi)
By RAY LOCKER
WASHINGTON – Relieved by assurances from Congress that the remainder of the $38 million dedicated to the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) program will be paid, members of the coalition seeking to preserve the funding are focusing on persuading lawmakers to reauthorize it for a new wave of projects.