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Don Tamaki Joins Leadership of New Reparations Alliance, Secures Additional Endorsements of Reparations Task Force Report

Don Tamaki Joins Leadership of New Reparations Alliance, Secures Additional Endorsements of Reparations Task Force Report

Minami Tamaki LLP Senior Counsel Donald K. Tamaki joined a distinguished group of leaders and organizations in the launch of Alliance for Reparations, Reconciliation, and Truth on November 16.

The California Black Power Network (CBPN), Equal Justice Society (EJS), and six former members of the California Reparations Task Force – Dr. Cheryl Grills, Lisa Holder, Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Senator Steven Bradford, and Don –  announced the new collaboration.

The Alliance’s mission is to educate the public about reparations; amplify the California Reparations Task Force’s report and its recommendations; achieve broad-based, multi-racial public support of reparations; and grow the base of multi-racial and multi-sector allies who support reparations in California.

The Alliance also includes a growing list of Black-led and non-Black ally organizations such as Black Equity Collective, Catalyst California, AAPIFORCE, PICO California, Nikkei Progressives, and Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR).

Statement from Don Tamaki: “Now that the task force has accomplished its objectives, this new alliance will carry the torch and help drive the movement forward. We have a societal obligation to repair the harms that began in 1619 and continued through every chapter of American history thereafter, right to the present day. We call upon the Legislature to develop a feasible approach, spanning years, in good economies and bad, to study the 115-plus recommendations and address the harms that have been decades, if not centuries, in the making.”

The historic report by the California Reparations Task Force draws a throughline from the harm of 246 years of enslavement, 90 years of Jim Crow and racial terror, and decades more of continuing discrimination, resulting in today’s grossly disparate outcomes for Black Californians. The report includes 115-plus policy recommendations to the California State Legislature to stop the harm from continuing and to determine a feasible long-term approach to address the harms that were centuries in the making.

A May 2023 poll from UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies found strong support in California for a range of reparations measures for Black Americans, particularly those focused on systemic reforms and investments in communities.

Don, with former Minami Tamaki LLP Partner Minette Kwok, and together with Holder and Dr. Grills have spent months organizing philanthropic support for repairing the harm and obtaining endorsements from nearly 600 0organizations and businesses supporting the report or the study of reparations in California. View the list of endorsements and sign on at https://supportreparations.org

Japantown Foundation Osechi Ryori Fundraiser Returns in January After Four Years

Japantown Foundation Osechi Ryori Fundraiser Returns in January After Four Years

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s annual New Year’s fundraiser returns for the first time post-COVID and again features Osechi Ryori, the traditional dishes carefully prepared and presented for the New Year to wish for good health, happiness, and prosperity.

The event is on Thursday, January 4, 2024, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown. This special dining experience is made possible through the generous assistance of the owners and chefs at Sanraku, Sushi Ran, Delica, Iichiko, and more. Buy tickets online.

Managing Partner Sean Tamura-Sato and Senior Counsel Donald Tamaki are on the board of directors of the Japantown Foundation. The January 4 event is a special occasion, marking the end of Don’s 17 years as Board President, although he will remain on the board.

In December 2006, Don led the formation of the foundation through generous endowments by Kintetsu Enterprises of America, Jack Hirose, Hats and Amey Aizawa, Union Bank, and Minami Tamaki LLP. Since 2007, the Foundation has raised and issued grants totaling $1,422,700 in support of the Japanese American community.

The Osechi Ryori event is the Japantown Foundation’s primary fundraiser and funds the organization’s grants to Japantown and Japanese American-related nonprofit organizations.

Osechi Ryori refers to many unique dishes that are prepared once a year to celebrate the New Year. Many of the items require hours of preparation, and are preserved in ways to make sure that they are delicious to eat throughout the first three days of the year–the traditional way of celebrating the Japanese New Year.

From the Japantown Foundation website: “Many of us remember waking up on New Year’s Day to have our bowl of ozoni and then patiently wait as all of the other osechi items were unveiled by our grandparents and great grandparents for us to eat. Being able to eat osechi ryori today, however, is a rarity.

“That is one of the reasons the board of the SF Japantown Foundation continues to hold our annual Osechi Ryori event. It allows us to introduce and re-introduce the special food items that are prepared during the New Year that will bring us good luck, good health and prosperity throughout the year.

“With the generous assistance of our restaurant partners, we are able to share authentically prepared osechi dishes that are expressly prepared for the event. We sincerely thank our culinary experts for supporting us in carrying on this important culture and tradition.”

Learn more at https://japantownfoundation.org.