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61 Members of Congress and three state governors have voiced support since 2016…

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We sincerely thank all of you who have supported this campaign.

We encourage you to reach out to your lawmakers who supported this effort and thank them for their help.

We are proud to highlight that this campaign unified Republicans and Democrats.


EXAMPLES OF CONGRESSIONAL LETTERS OF SUPPORT (Updated Fall 2020)

  • Rep. Mike Simpson (ID-02), and Sens. Mike Crapo and James E. Risch, all Republicans, voiced their support in a coauthored letter on August 30, 2017.

Click here to read Idaho’s coauthored letter.

  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), a Republican, voiced support on September 9th, 2016.

Click here to read Rep. Rohrabacher’s letter.

  • Rep. Don Young (AK-01), a Republican, voiced support on September 9th, 2016.

Click here to read Rep. Young’s letter.

  • Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39), a Republican, voiced his support on September 8, 2016.

Click here to read Rep. Royce’s letter of support.

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), a Republican, voiced her support on August 15, 2016.

Click here to read Sen. Murkowski’s letter.

  • Senator Dan Sullivan (Alaska), a Republican, voiced his support on June 30, 2016.

Click here to read Sen. Sullivan’s letter of support.

  • Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), a Republican, sent a letter of support for the stamp on May 17, 2016.

Click here to read Colonel Cook’s letter of support.

  • Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13), a Democrat, sent his letter of support on May 17, 2016.

Click here to read Rep. Rangel’s letter of support.

  • A general letter from Congress was co-signed by 34 members on May 2, 2016.  This letter was championed by the late Congressman Mark Takai of Hawaii’s 1st District, and co-authored by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27).

Click here to read the May 2nd letter of support from Congress.

The following 34 members co-signed the May 2nd letter (in alphabetical order):

Representatives:

Karen Bass …… Julia Brownley …… Judy Chu …… Susan Davis …… Mark DeSaulnier …… Anna Eshoo …… Sam Farr …… Tulsi Gabbard …… Raul Grijalva …… Denny Heck …… Mike Honda …… Derek Kilmer …… Mark Takai …… Doris Matsui …… Barbara Lee …… Ted Lieu …… Zoe Lofgren …… Alan Lowenthal …… Jim McDermott …… Gregory Meeks …… Grace Napolitano …… Scott Peters …… Loretta Sanchez …… Adam Schiff …… Adam Smith …… Jackie Speier …… Eric Swalwell …… Mark Takano …… Dina Titus …… Chris Van Hollen …… Nydia Velazquez.

Senators:

Mazie Hirono (HI) ….. Brian Schatz (HI) ….. Ron Wyden (OR).

We sincerely thank all of you who contacted your congress members to ask them to sign the letter.

We also thank the congress members for taking a stand in support to honor these American World War II soldiers on a national postage stamp.

Please consider supporting these members next time they are up for re-election if you live in their districts/states.


NEED HELP FINDING YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER?

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California’s Governor Jerry Brown was the first governor to voice support.

In a letter dated May 23rd, 2016, he wrote “On behalf of the State of California, I respectfully urge you to approve a commemorative stamp to honor the patriotism exhibited by Japanese Americans during World War II.”

“I urge you to issue this stamp in time for next year’s 75th anniversary, remembering the order of internment of Japanese Americans,” Governor Brown added. “This stamp will help preserve the memory and help educate and promote dialogue on this important part of our history for generations to come.”

Read Governor Brown’s letter in its entirety by clicking here.


Click here to view an archived version of the Change.org petition for the stamp.

[Note: the petition’s verbiage incorrectly omits the full scope of the campaign – the 100th Infantry Battalion, Women’s Army Corps, Army Nurse Corps, and Cadet Nurse Corps are excluded from the text. The spirit of the petition, though, was in line with our goal of honoring the Japanese Americans who served.]

HELP US TELL THIS AMERICAN STORY.

If you want to help Stamp Our Story, please let us know.

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TAKE ACTION, FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES!

As students, you too, can help us to tell this American story, and other proud stories from our nation’s veterans.

  • Contact the local news media to ask them to feature stories on the Nisei servicemen and servicewomen. Write an article of your own, or a “letter to the editor” and send it in to a newspaper, TV or radio news organization. Be sure scan your original letter to keep for your records and to show your teacher.
  • Learn about history through the men and women who have served in our nation’s military. Talk with your teacher about conducting an oral history interview with a veteran for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. Find out how you can send in taped interviews to be stored in our nation’s library. Click here to link to the Veterans History Project
  • If you are in high school or middle school, talk with your teacher about expanding your study by creating a research project on the Nisei soldiers story. Learn more about the National History Day program and possibly create a project for a local History Day competition. Click here to link to National History Day