Generations of Action: A Community Celebrates and Looks Forward – JAHSSC Event on October 25

The following is a press release from the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California.

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The Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) will be dissolving next spring, 2015, after 37 years (35 since 1980 incorporation) of providing a variety of historical and cultural programs and projects in the Southern California area. JAHSSC was founded by educators, including George and Iku Kiriyama, Don Nakanishi, Lloyd Inui, Rei Kasama, Kiyo Fukumoto, and Evelynne Matsumoto, who saw the need to educate classroom teachers about the Japanese American experience. JAHSSC was the ONLY organization existing at the time to address this need. Since then, a number of organizations have arisen to fill the need, including the Japanese American National Museum and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

One of JAHSSC’s last public programs, Generations of Action: A Community Celebrates and Looks Forward, will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Bl., Torrance, 90503 (see map below). Traci Kato-Kiriyama is chairing this program, a retrospective as well as looking ahead to the future of the Japanese American community. She has gathered a dynamic group of community leaders and activists; they have been working hard at pulling together a not-to-be-missed program.

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Tule Lake Committee Files Suit To Stop The Fence on the Tule Lake Concentration Camp Site

The following is a press release from the Tule Lake Committee.

A view down one of the streets of the Tule Lake
concentration camp, November 3, 1942.
Photo: Francis Stewart
Photo courtesy Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

On July 28, the Tule Lake Committee filed suit in Modoc County Superior Court to stop Modoc County and the City of Tulelake from consideration of leasing and fencing the Tulelake Airport until conducting a public environmental review process. State law requires study and mitigation of impacts to the historic property on which the airport sits, including consideration of alternatives to the proposed fence. The Tulelake Airport occupies the middle of the Tule Lake concentration camp site, where over 18,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned during World War II. Tule Lake became the nation’s segregation center, where the Government punished those who protested their massive incarceration.

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2014 Public Historic Preservation Projects At Manzanar National Historic Site

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.

“Pool At Pleasure Park (later renamed Merritt Park),” circa 1943.
Photo: Ansel Adams

INDEPENDENCE, CA — The public is cordially invited to help make a concrete contribution at Manzanar National Historic Site this summer. Under the direction of National Park Service archeologists Jeff Burton and Laura Ng, two different volunteer historic preservation workshops will be offered:

August 15 – 17

In the historic administration and staff housing area, volunteers will be resetting missing stones, painting stones, and removing brush and sand from landscape features. Volunteers will be digging with shovels and small hand tools, cutting and loading brush, using wheelbarrows, collecting rocks to reconstruct landscape features, and occasionally screening sediments to retrieve artifacts. Read more of this post

Manzanar Committee Calls On Inyo County To Protect Owens Valley In Perpetuity From Large-Scale Solar Energy Development

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On July 8, 2014, the Manzanar Committee submitted its official comments to the Inyo County Planning Department and Board of Supervisors in response to their Notice of Preparation for the Program Environmental Impact Report for their 2013 Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA).

In their initial draft of this amendment, the County would have opened the Owens Valley, from Independence south to Lone Pine, east of U.S. Highway 395, to large-scale renewable energy facilities that would intrude upon the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site. Along with tribal organizations in the Owens Valley and the Owens Valley Committee, the Manzanar Committee fought to have this area removed from consideration, to protect both the Owens Valley and its residents, along with the Manzanar National Historic Site.

After months of political pressure, the Board of Supervisors removed the Owens Valley from consideration as part of the 2013 REGPA in their latest draft (June 2014), which is now moving to the next stage, the drafting of a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR).

Our comments for the PEIR below, written by Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey, closely mirror our initial comments on the 2013 REGPA.

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