DO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND GOVERNORS SUPPORT YET?
61 Members of Congress and three state governors have voiced support since 2016…
If your congress member has not yet voiced their support, please ask them to speak out. Below is a suggested script of what you might say when you call or email.
- Please call their Washington, DC office, and/or email their office.
- Tell them your name and explain that you live in their district.
- Ask for their Military Affairs Assistant.
- Ask the Military Affairs Assistant for a letter of support to be sent to US Postmaster General Megan Brennan. It is most helpful if you explain any personal connections to veterans and the military, and, if applicable, to the Nisei veterans. You will likely be given the Assistant’s voicemail, but ask for the Military Affairs Assistant’s email address.
- If possible 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 this month that would tell the story of the Japanese American World War II soldiers’ patriotism. They served with great valor despite the ‘internment camps’ incarcerating their families in the US. They were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2011. The stamp would feature the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington, DC. So far, 61 bipartisan members of Congress and three governors have voiced support. Please send a letter of support to the Postmaster General right away. Thank you!”
RUNNING LIST OF SUPPORT SINCE 2016 (Updated September 2017)
- 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.
- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), a Republican, voiced support on September 9th, 2016.
- Rep. Don Young (AK-01), 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, 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 …… 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.
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?
You can call Congress by phone, or click on the following links:
- PHONE: U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
PLEASE TELL YOUR STATE GOVERNOR TO VOICE SUPPORT.
We are in a nationwide campaign seeking state governors who will voice their support for the stamp. We are asking governors to reach out to Postmaster General Megan Brennan and urge her to issue the stamp in time for next year’s 75th commemoration of the internment camps and the patriotic response by the Nisei soldiers.
California’s Governor Jerry Brown has become 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.”
Executive Order 9066, signed in February 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, led to the incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during the war.
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 California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, 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.
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 soldiers. 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