Inyo County and Los Angeles Groups Urge Caution, Continued Vigilance In Fight Against Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development In Owens Valley – VIDEO

View from the crowd during an April 1, 2014 press conference, held on the steps of the Inyo County Courthouse, Independence, California, where concerned residents of Inyo County and Los Angeles called for substantial changes to Inyo County’s
proposed 2013 Renewable Energy General Management Plan.
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Photo courtesy Andrew Morin

On April 1, 2014, concerned residents of Inyo County and Los Angeles held a press conference before the Inyo County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to continue their discussions on their 2013 Renewable Energy General Management Plan (REGPA) that could have devastating impacts on the Owens Valley, including tremendous adverse effects on the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

For more information on the press conference, and what transpired at the Board of Supervisors meeting, check out: Inyo County and Los Angeles Groups Urge Caution, Continued Vigilance In Fight Against Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development In Owens Valley.

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The Unknown Knowns: First-Day Impressions of the Manzanar Concentration Camp

Now 84 years old, long-time community and political activist Wilbur Sato was twelve years old when he was unjustly incarcerated at Manzanar in April 1942.
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Photo: Geri Ferguson/Manzanar Committee

by Wilbur Sato

My first impressions of the Manzanar concentration camp came on April 2, 1942, when we were asked by the United States Government—our own government—to report to the Los Angeles train station so we could be “evacuated” or “relocated.”

At the station, we were met by officials and soldiers with sidearms and rifles with bayonets. We were given name tags with identification numbers to be attached to our clothing, and we were then escorted by the soldiers to the train cars, their windows covered with shields.

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Inyo County and Los Angeles Groups Urge Caution, Continued Vigilance In Fight Against Large-Scale Renewable Energy Development In Owens Valley

The following is a press release from the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley, the Manzanar Committee, and the Owens Valley Committee.


At an April 1, 2014 press conference, held on the steps of the Inyo County Courthouse in Independence, California, stakeholders called on the Inyo
County Board of Supervisors to protect the Owens Valley from
large-scale, industrial renewable energy development.
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Photo: Judyth Greenburgh

INDEPENDENCE AND LOS ANGELES, CA — On April 4, a broad array of groups working to protect the Owens Valley and the Manzanar National Historic Site from being devastated by large-scale renewable energy development urged caution and continued vigilance in spite of actions by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and Planning Department that appeared to remove the Owens Valley from consideration as a area where such development would be allowed.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, shown here during the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 27, 2013, will open the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Limited seating still available on bus to 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage from Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, the first collegiate taiko group in North America, was founded in 1990, and made its debut at the Opening Ceremony of the University of California, Los Angeles’ commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Japanese American Internment, which was held in 1992.

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