DO YOUR LAWMAKERS SUPPORT YET?
57 Members of Congress and three state governors have voiced support…
Postal Service restrictions prohibit new stamps from featuring military units and groups, therefore a symbolic honor to the Japanese American Nisei soldiers of the war must be used. Our campaign supports a stamp proposal based on the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism. The Nisei soldiers are the cornerstone of this National Park Service site in Washington, DC. The Memorial’s central crane sculpture is pictured above.
TIPS FOR CONTACTING YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: If your Congress member has not yet voiced their support, please ask him or her to speak out soon. This proposal is under review by the Postmaster General. Below are suggested steps on how to do it.
- Please call their Washington, DC office (preferred), and/or email their office.
- Tell them your name and explain that you live and vote in their district/state.
- Ask for their Military Affairs Assistant. You will likely be given the assistant’s email address to reach him or her.
- Ask the Military Affairs Assistant for a brief letter of support to be sent to US Postmaster General Megan Brennan. It is most helpful if you explain any personal connections to the veterans and the military. View the sample script below on what you might say or write in an email.
- Please make follow-up calls and emails to ensure that they take action.
“Hi, my name is ___ and I live in your district/state. I have an important veterans issue that needs your support. The US Postmaster General is looking at a stamp proposal now that features the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington, DC. The Memorial tells the story of the Japanese American World War II soldiers’ patriotism. They served with great valor in the US Army despite being incarcerated in the internment camps. They were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2011. 57 bipartisan members of Congress and three state governors have voiced support since early 2016. Please send a brief letter of support to the Postmaster General right away. Thank you!
Name, Home Address, Phone”
RUNNING LIST OF SUPPORT FROM CONGRESS (Updated January 24, 2017)
57 Members of Congress (39 Democrats and 18 Republicans) have voiced support for this stamp subject since the start of 2016.
- The Utah House Congressional Delegation, all Republicans, voiced support in a co-authored letter sent January 3, 2017. The Delegation members are Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), and Mia Love (UT-04). Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Senior Republican in the Senate, also sent his own letter of support on January 9, 2017.
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, sent a letter of support on October 5, 2016.
- The Wyoming Congressional Delegation, all Republicans, voiced support in a co-authored letter on November 16, 2016. The Delegation members are Rep. Cynthia Lummis (At Large), and Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso.
- Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05), a Democrat, voiced support on November 15, 2016.
- Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45), a Republican, voiced support on October 25, 2016.
- Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02), a Republican, voiced support on October 17, 2016.
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), a Republican, voiced support on October 12, 2016.
- Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), a Democrat, voiced support on September 29, 2016.
- Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34), a Democrat, voiced support on September 27, 2016.
- Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42), a Republican, voiced support on September 13, 2016.
- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), a Republican, voiced support on September 9th, 2016.
- Rep. Don Young (Alaska-At Large), a Republican, voiced support on September 9th, 2016.
- Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39), a Republican, voiced his support on September 8, 2016.
- Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), a Republican, voiced her support on August 15, 2016.
- Senator Dan Sullivan (Alaska), a Republican, voiced his support on June 30, 2016.
- Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), a Republican, sent a letter of support for the stamp on May 17, 2016.
- Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13), a Democrat, also sent his letter of support on May 17, 2016.
- 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).
The following 34 members co-signed the May 2nd letter (in alphabetical order):
Karen Bass (D-CA-37)
Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)
Judy Chu (D-CA-27)
Susan Davis (D-CA-53)
Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA-11)
Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18)
Sam Farr (D-CA-53)
Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii-02)
Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-03)
Denny Heck (D-WA-10)
Mike Honda (D-CA-17)
Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06)
Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
Ted Lieu (D-CA-33)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19)
Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47)
Doris Matsui (D-CA-06)
Jim McDermott (D-WA-07)
Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05)
Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32)
Scott Peters (D-CA-52)
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA-46)
Adam Schiff (D-CA-28)
Adam Smith (D-WA-09)
Jackie Speier (D-CA-14)
Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15)
Mark Takai (D-Hawaii-01)
Mark Takano (D-CA-41)
Dina Titus (D-NV-01)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-08)
Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07).
Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).
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?
You can call Congress by phone, or click on the following links:
- PHONE: U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
HAS YOUR STATE GOVERNOR VOICED SUPPORT YET?
Three state governors have sent letters of support for the stamp to the Postmaster General:
California Gov. Jerry Brown
Hawaii Gov. David Ige
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.
We ask that governors reach out to Postmaster General Megan Brennan and urge her to issue the stamp for this year’s 75th commemoration of the internment camps and the patriotic response by the Nisei servicemen and servicewomen.
California’s Governor Jerry Brown became 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.”
Hawaii’s Governor David Ige became the second governor to voice support. “On behalf of the State of Hawai’i, I urge you to approve this very honorable commemorative stamp,” wrote Gov. Ige in a letter dated July 29th, 2016.
“Much has been written to document the heroics of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion, the most decorated outfit in the history of American Military,” he explained. “The regiment and battalion were comprised primarily of AJA [Americans of Japanese Ancestry], many whose families were confined in internment camps in the U.S. while they were engaging in combat in various European WWII warfronts.”
Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert became the third governor to voice support on December 1st, 2016. “I write to join with those voicing their support for a United States Postage Stamp to commemorate the bravery and patriotism of Japanese-American citizens and soldiers in World War II,” wrote Gov. Herbert in his letter.
“During this period, internment camps spanned the Western United States, including the Topaz Camp near Delta, Utah, and served as physical manifestations of the profiling and racial prejudice that faced thousands of Japanese Americans. To challenge the adversity they faced in their nation, and exhibit their love for country, in excess of 33,000 Japanese-Americans enlisted in the United States military.”
We are especially seeking the help of governors whose states which were most impacted by the World War II internment camps and the Nisei soldiers. Such states include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, and Wyoming. But all state governors are encouraged to help.
If you need assistance in contacting your governor, please type “find my governor” in your internet search window. You will usually have the options of calling, emailing, and/or mailing a handwritten letter.
The President has authority over the Postal Service, and can make this stamp happen.
On March 20, 2016, the White House petition in support of the stamp closed with a total of 14, 694 signers (View an archived page of this petition by clicking here). The petition had a 30-day window. While we fell short of the 100K signers needed for the President to consider our petition, we were able to gain new attention for the campaign, and bring in great new supporters to this cause.
There are still ways to help.
You can personally contact the White House and give a message of support for the stamp. The White House collects emails, phone messages, and mailed letters.
To show your support for the stamp online, you can sign our petition of support at Change.org. This petition is ongoing, and is another way to show your support. We are not emphasizing this online petition because we have learned that the Postal Service does not value such petitions in its stamp selection process.
HELP US BUILD THE CAMPAIGN.
If you want to help us build the campaign, please let us know. We need assistance to do outreach where you are. You can get people in your local community and your circle of family and friends to help us write letters of support to the President, Postmaster General, and to your members of Congress. If you have ways to contact your local news outlet, you might approach them about featuring this story. If you have additional ideas, please let us know. Thank you!
TAKE ACTION, FOR ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
As students, you too, can help us to convince the U.S. Postal Service that a stamp should be issued to honor the Nisei World War II servicemen and servicewomen. Here are some ideas to play around with:
- Start a local letter-writing campaign. Write a persuasive letter of support and send it to your Congress member. Ask him or her to sign the Congressional “Dear Colleague” letter of support for the stamp. Then get others (classmates, teachers, family and friends) to send their own letters of support. Be sure to work with your teacher or professor, because they often have great ideas to help you (and you may be able to do a campaign project for class credit!). Don’t forget to ask your Senators too! Be sure scan your original letter to keep for your records and to show your teacher.
- Contact the local news media to urge their support. See if they would do a story on the veterans and the stamp campaign. 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.
- 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