Manzanar Committee Denounces Remarks By U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas In Dissenting Opinion On Same Sex Marriage

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LOS ANGELES — On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al., that laws restricting marriage to a union between a man and a woman, as well as laws preventing states from recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states, are unconstitutional.

The Court ruled that such laws violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which dictates that “…No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

In his dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, wrote, in part:

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Personal Approach Helped Stall DWP Solar Project

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. From left: Alan Bacock, Big Pine Paiute Tribe, Mary Roper,
Owens Valley Committee, Bruce Embrey, Manzanar Committee, Meredith Hackleman, Metabolic Studio.
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Photo: Judyth Greenburgh

The following was originally published in the June 2, 2015 edition of the Inyo Register. It is reprinted here with permission.


by Jon Klusmire
Special to the Inyo Register

INDEPENDENCE, CA — A personal approach that tapped into a shared history of past battles and victories, was credited with delaying for a decade the industrial scale solar power project that kicked off an 18-month public debate in Inyo County about the future of the solar power industry in the county.

An alliance of Inyo County residents and organizations, and the Los Angeles based Manzanar Committee, came together to battle the solar project in 2014, in a move that resembled a similar effort 25 years ago to out-maneuver the Los Angeles Department of Power (LADWP) during the long struggle to establish the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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National Park Service Invites Comments On Draft Manzanar Brochure

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Each year, approximately 80,000 people visit Manzanar National Historic Site, and they receive an introductory brochure to enhance their understanding and experience. The National Park Service and key stakeholders developed Manzanar’s current brochure in 2003, but since then, the site has evolved significantly. Park staff have uncovered and stabilized Japanese gardens, restored historic orchards, conducted hundreds of oral history interviews, and developed permanent exhibits in the auditorium, barracks, and mess hall.

This new brochure is intended to be evocative as well as informational, and it illustrates Manzanar’s World War II history through the words of people who lived it.

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Manzanar Special Program June 27, 2015: The Life and Art of Chiura Obata

The following is an invitation from the Manzanar National Historic Site.


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Please join us at Manzanar National Historic Site at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 27, 2015, for a special program, The Life and Art of Chiura Obata, presented by Obata’s granddaughter, author/historian Kimi Kodani Hill.

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) was an Issei artist and art professor at the University of California, Berkeley. During World War II, he and his family were confined at Tanforan racetrack and later at Topaz, Utah. Obata established art schools in both camps.

Obata had a special bond with Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra. His works, showcased in Topaz Moon and Obata’s Yosemite, illustrate human hardship as well as natural beauty.

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