LTSCene – Oct 2020 - Little Tokyo Service Center



October 2020 Issue

The human voice is a powerful tool

The Power of Voice

The human voice is a powerful tool giving us the ability to enact positive change. In this issue of the LTSCene, we explore how collectively using our voices helps uplift our community and support one another.

Alan Nishio says YES on Prop 16

Alan Nishio says YES on Prop 16

Alan Nishio

Using the strength of his voice for over 50 years, Alan Nishio has fought tirelessly to bring equality for all. Now, he’s taking on the battle to pass Prop 16, which makes affirmative action legal in California.

“California is one of the most diverse populations in the world, and we value both diversity and fairness. But, without affirmative action, sometimes this diversity is not recognized in fairness,” says Alan Nishio as he talks to LTSC staff during a workshop about the importance of passing Prop 16.

LTSC’s Board of Directors since 1984

Served on LTSC’s Board of Directors since 1984

Use your voice and VOTE YES on Prop 16

Use your voice and VOTE YES on Prop 16!

Alan was born at the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II. This experience shaped his world view and lead him to help form the Asian American Political Alliance, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and the Little Tokyo People’s Rights Organization. He’s also served on LTSC’s Board of Directors since 1984, serving as President for 13 years. Throughout the years, Alan is one of many voices that’s guided LTSC on social justice matters. Alan and LTSC both fully endorse Proposition 16.

Affirmative action is a critical tool to help our communities begin to overcome a long history of institutionalized discrimination. which has consistently put people of color and women at a disadvantage. For example, because of the current ban on affirmative action in California, racial minorities and underrepresented groups go to college in lower numbers. Affirmative action allows public institutions to consider the long history of discrimination and try to correct the imbalance.


Use your voice and VOTE YES on Prop 16!

40th Anniversary Gala Raises $350,000!

40th Anniversary Gala Raises $350,000!

40th anniversary virtual gala held on Saturday, October 10, 2020

Thanks for voicing your support! Our 40th anniversary virtual gala held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 raised $350,000! As the season of giving approaches, we encourage you to donate. You can make a crucial difference in so many lives and help shape the future of our cherished Little Tokyo community.  There is still much work to do in our mission!

Click here to watch the Gala!

Terasaki Budokan is an official Vote Center

Terasaki Budokan is an official Vote Center

Vote at Terasaki Budokan

Voice your opinion in the upcoming election! Terasaki Budokan is an official Vote Center for the County of Los Angeles. Budokan is located at 249 S. Los Angeles Street.

Our facility follows all CDC health guidelines. Vote early and vote safely!

Drop off your ballot or vote in-person:

  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 3 (Election Day) from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Changing Tides, a Little Tokyo Service Center program

Changing Tides

Changing Tides’ Interactive Writing Workshop

For too long our community has silenced the conversation around mental health. Changing Tides, a Little Tokyo Service Center program, strives to change the conversation around mental health. Join CT’s interactive writing workshop on Nov. 17 to explore questions like, “How do you practice tenderness?” “What does it mean to nourish your soul and tend to one another?”

August & September Donors

Thank you to all our supporters for your contributions last month!
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Microsoft Rewards API
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Fred and Anne Morisaki
Mariko Motoyama
MUFG Union Bank
Mike Murase and June Hibino
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John Okita and Michiko Yamamoto
Tadao Okui
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Sansei Legacy
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Gail Sharp
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In Honor of Vivian Lee
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In Honor of Bruce Matsui’s birthday
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In Memory of Tad Yoshimura
Hirotake Abe
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Alamo Manhattan
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The Core5 Family
CT Realty
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Diamond Realty Management Inc.
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Jil Galloway
Lance Hardenburg
Tomoka Hayashi
Tomoko Horie
Noko Hosokawa
Yoshihiro Ishihara
Ash Ishiwata
Molly Johnson
Jihan Katuli
KDDI America Inc.
Kenedix Westwood, LLC
Masa and Hiroko Kojima
MIC Business Solutions, Inc.
Dave and Terri Mitani and Family
Mitsubishi Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Katsumi Nakamoto
Alan and Yvonne Nishio
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Yoshio Otsu
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Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation
Stephen Suzuki
Catherine N. Tanaka
Linda Tanamachi
Terasaki Family Foundation
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Emily and Dan Weaver
George Wu

In Memory of Kotaro Robert Hoshizaki
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In Memory of Lillian Ito
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In Memory of Masashi and Mitsuko Kawaguchi
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In Honor of Aki Komai
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In Memory of Jon Shirota
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