MATSURI GAMES – Karate Tournament

Saturday, February 10, 2018 -NMJACL is teaming up with longtime supporter, Randy Sanders of New Mexico Shotokan Karate, to sponsor the United States Karate Alliance (USKA) Regional Mountain States Martial Arts Championships being held in Albuquerque on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Legacy Church Gym on the west side (6900 Los Volcanes Road NW).     NMJACL stands to benefit from part of the revenue of this championship “Matsuri Games,” but we will have to provide at least 20 volunteers to assist with score keeping and time keeping as the participants attempt to earn “points” to qualify for the National Tournament being hosted in Albuquerque again at the Crowne Plaza on […]


Fort Stanton (Old Raton Ranch)

In late January of 1942, 32 Japanese residents of Clovis, New Mexico, were uprooted from their homes and sent to an isolated, little-known confinement camp near Fort Stanton, called the Old Raton Ranch. The Clovis residents included the families of ten Japanese who were employed by the Santa Fe Railroad (primarily as machinists with top seniority), and who had arrived in the town between 1919 and 1922. In 1922 there was a union-led walkout and strike by the railroad shopmen that the Japanese workers refused to join. This contributed to ill feelings on the part of the Anglo workers and in turn, the railroad company favored the Japanese—they had a […]


Santa Fe Camp

In February 1942, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) acquired an 80 acre tract of land from the New Mexico State Penitentiary (1 1⁄2 miles from the center of Santa Fe). The tract held an abandoned CCC camp that was constructed in 1933 to house 450 men. In less than 2 months, the camp was converted into a confinement center to house 1,400 people. The INS saw this as a temporary holding facility to house West Coast detainees until the California hearing boards could determine their fate. The first internees arrived in mid-March and by April 1942 the camp population was at 826 people. During the next three months, […]


Cynthia Grady – Book Signing

Saturday, January 20, 2018 – BOOKWORKS -NMJACL Board Member and author, Cynthia Grady, has had her latest book published and on store shelves only days ago. See the attached announcement and article in the November 2017 issue of the Sagebrush Shinbun for more background about this wonderful book that captures actual letters from children who were incarcerated in internment camps, particularly in Poston, AZ, during WII. Cynthia will be at a book signing event ~ stop by to meet her in person if you are in the area ~and wish her a huge success! Event date Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 11:00am Event address:    Bookworks 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, […]