Educator, Filmmaker Dr. Satsuki Ina To Keynote 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation from Los Angeles still available, but seats are going fast.


Dr. Satsuki Ina
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Photo courtesy Dr. Satsuki Ina

LOS ANGELES — Satsuki Ina, Ph.D will be the keynote speaker at the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for noon PDT on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. 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 incarceration of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of the concentration camps to be established.

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Manzanar Committee Hails Creation of Honouliuli National Monument

Incarceree barracks area at Honouliuli. Part of the rock wall in the background still stands today.
Photo: R.H. Lodge. Courtesy of Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village.

LOS ANGELES — On February 20, the Manzanar Committee hailed the declaration of the site of the Honouliuli Internment Camp as a National Historic Monument by President Barack Obama on February 19.

Honouliuli (pronounced ho-no-ooo-li-ooo-li), located in Kunia, Hawai’i (island of Oahu), has long been an “overgrown gulch” on privately owned land. But during World War II, the site was home to an internment camp that incarcerated 300 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 4,000 prisoners of war.

Honouliuli incarcerees named the camp, jigoku dani, or “hell valley.”

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46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage Set for April 25, 2015

Banners representing each of the ten World War II American concentration camps, along with the Crystal City
Internment Camp and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Battalion, part of the traditional “Roll Call of the
Camps,” during the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 26, 2014.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation from Los Angeles also announced.


LOS ANGELES — Watashi wa Manzanar: Continuing Our Civil Rights Legacy is the theme for the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. 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).

Watashi wa (pronounced “wah-tah-she wah”) is Japanese for “I am.”

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Manzanar Committee Renews Its Call On Inyo County To Protect Manzanar, Owens Valley From Large Scale Renewable Energy Development

Inyo County may still be considering opening the marked area on this map, much of which is visible fron the Manzanar National Historic Site, to large-scale solar energy development.
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LOS ANGELES — On February 3, the Manzanar Committee reiterated its opposition to any large-scale, industrial renewable energy development in the Owens Valley, especially that which would intrude upon the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site. Further, the Committee renewed their call on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to protect Manzanar and the Owens Valley from such development in perpetuity in their final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the County’s Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA).

The REGPA, which is in the hands of the County’s Board of Supervisors for final approval of its PEIR, defines Solar Energy Development Areas where large-scale renewable energy generating facilities could be built in Inyo County.

With Manzanar and the Owens Valley already facing a serious threat from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch (SOVSR), a 1,200-acre solar energy generating facility that would be built adjacent to Manzanar, Inyo County appears to be favoring opening the door to additional industrial solar energy development in the vicinity.

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