J-Town Action と Solidarity is a grassroots collective dedicated to revolutionary organizing & building community power in Little Tokyo.


J-Town Action と Solidarity is a grassroots collective dedicated to revolutionary organizing & building community power in Little Tokyo.

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Little Tokyo is now 1 of 3 remaining historic Japantowns left in the nation, nearly 140 years old, the 2nd oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. Our community is shrinking each day at the hands of gentrification and the violent policing that enforces it. The developers, landlords, and corrupt politicians are stealing Little Tokyo from right beneath our feet. We are surrounded by LAPD headquarters, Dept of Homeland Security, and Men’s Central Jail. Every corner is swarming with private security and Business Improvement District goons, while the Koban hides an LAPD substation under the guise of its label as a “Visitor Center.” Now with the Metro Regional Connector opening, the policing and violence will continue to escalate.

The struggle within our community is very real. Historic First Street North has survived multiple waves of displacement and redevelopment, including the WWII Japanese Amerikan incarceration in concentration camps. Today we continue to be held hostage by the developers and landlords as they bring skyrocketing rents that are once again forcing us out of our own community.

Killer Cop Landlord Evicts Suehiro

This fight has come to a head with the illegal eviction of one of the oldest restaurants in Little Tokyo, Suehiro Cafe.

We must stop killer cop and slumlord heir, Anthony Sperl’s scheme to warp Little Tokyo into “something that resembles Melrose.”

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Seniors for $ale

In early May 2021, Japanese Americans living at senior living facilities established by Keiro were served 60-day eviction notices to clear the way for market-rate housing. The hypocritical profiteers in the JA community claim that: “For 60 years, the name Keiro (“respect for our elders”) has reflected the values of the JA and Japanese community and our commitment to enhance the quality of senior life in Our Community.”

Beginning in 1961, Keiro provided culturally sensitive care for the community. The foundation expanded its real estate holdings and services with donations, including many elderly JA’s who signed over their properties towards the end of their lives. In 2016, the Keiro Foundation sold its four senior care facilities to Pacifica for $41 million.

The seniors were given a five year grace period and an intentionally ineffective community advisory board. Pacifica chose to designate the Lincoln Heights facility as a Covid-19 site for profit, bringing Covid patients into the home, leading the facility to have one of the worst death rates in the country.

Our so-called leaders have always seized the opportunity to betray our community in favor of businesses and developers. In the 1940s, our neighborhoods were forcefully converted into the LAPD’s Parker Center. In the last decade, the city seized our neighborhoods again to expand the Metro. Japanese Village Plaza was sold to Public Storage to host gentrifying businesses like Mokuyobi. Their greed has engineered a commercial “community” that prioritizes wealth to strengthen a violent pattern of displacement.

We demand answers from Shawn Miyake, former President and the board. We demand full disclosure of every dollar of Keiro’s sale. We demand transparency from any organization that claims to represent us and their prioritization of the working class and housing insecure.

These betrayals cannot continue. Care will not be killed by greed. We do not accept the defeatist refrain of Shikata ga nai. It can be helped.