Mary Urashima, Ally to Japanese Americans, Rest in Peace

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Mary Urashima, Leader Of Effort To Preserve Historic Japanese American Settlement In Huntington Beach, Dies It is with great sadness that SOSN reposts this article by Josie Huang, reporting on the life and contributions of Mary Urashima, including her heroic assistance with preserving Japanese American history in the face of white supremacist efforts to erase … Read more

COUNCILMEMBERS GILBERT CEDILLO AND KEVIN DE LEÓN MUST RESIGN FROM THE LA CITY COUNCIL IMMEDIATELY!

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Racism, bigotry, homophobia, and religious prejudice committed by elected officials should never be tolerated or condoned. Councilmembers de León and Cedillo must also resign immediately in order for the City of LA to begin its critical journey to heal and repair from the reprehensible damage and harm caused by Councilmembers Martinez, de León, Cedillo, and labor leader Herrera.

Save Our Seniors Hosts Successful “Kansha Obon 3”

The event at the Japanese American National Museum was held to commemorate the 70 seniors who were evicted during the pandemic, in particular those who did not survive the relocation, and the extremely high number,134, who died from covid-19 at Kei-Ai La and Kei-Ai South Bay. In 2021 the L.A. Times called Kei-Ai LA, “the … Read more

Town Hall Addresses Japanese American Senior Care Following Closure of Sakura ICF

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In August 2021, over 80 residents, mostly Japanese American and Japanese women in their 80s and 90s, were evicted from the Pacifica Companies-owned Sakura Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), to make way for high-rental rate apartments and a parking lot. This was the only facility of its kind in the entire U.S. that was providing dedicated … Read more

Asian American seniors are often left out of the national conversation on poverty

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Victoria Tran, May 31, 2017 Despite being the fastest-growing population in the United States, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are often overlooked or reported as a monolith in research on racial and ethnic disparities. Representation matters—and that’s especially true in policy research, where “invisibility is an unnatural disaster” (Mitsuye Yamada). Aggregate statistics obscure communities’ contributions … Read more

Nursing Home Workers Died of COVID, Failed to Tell Watchdogs

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California’s health department regularly updates a list of COVID-19 infections and deaths at nursing homes. But only about half of those listed facilities where employees have died from the disease have bothered to report the death to Cal/ OSHA, the agency in charge of enforcing worker safety, according to the state records.

When Private Equity Takes Over a Nursing Home

By Yasmin RafieiNew Yorker, August 25, 2022 After an investment firm bought St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, in Richmond, Virginia, the company reduced staff, removed amenities, and set the stage for a deadly outbreak of COVID-19. When St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, a brown-brick nursing home in Richmond, Virginia, was put up for sale, … Read more

Learn the Dances for Kansha Obon 3!

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Here are the dances for the 2022 KO3: . BON ODORI UTAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIB2vpanosc TOKYO ONDOhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHCDhCndGAg ICHI TASU ICHI (One + One)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bYkBZm1DnQ POKEMON ONDOhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Fn4yPRUms SHIAWASE SAMBAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3aONoXMLwIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au02WIZMd1s TANKO BUSHIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZbGxJzXB8Mhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78HkDfylRls BAMBUTSU NO TSUNAGARIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCbgMi4IDr4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00NnphMIu6g&t=10s

“Voices of Our Seniors” Kei-Ai Survivor Families and Sakura ICF Senior Relocatees to Share Their Stories on Sept 18

Save Our Seniors Network (SOSN) is sponsoring an event to present a panel of the families who testified to James Toma, California State Special Assistant Attorney General. They will be sharing their experiences at a community meeting on September 18, from 2 pm – 4 pm at Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church in Boyle Heights. The … Read more