How The Japanese American Community Should Commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Soul Consoling Tower marks the cemetery at the
Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — On this day, the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, many Japanese Americans will grit their teeth, expecting to see anti-Japanese comments, not to mention the racial slurs and racist comments that our community has had to endure for our entire history, and given the current political and social climate following the 2016 Presidential election, hate-based attacks are far more frequent and violent.

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Manzanar Committee Calls On Modoc County To Cease Efforts To Build Perimeter Fence At Tulelake Airport

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

LOS ANGELES — on September 30, the Manzanar Committee reiterated its opposition to Modoc County, California’s proposed construction of a perimeter fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, which would deny access to much of the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center.

As noted in our original statement in July 2012, the fence would irreparably damage the historic fabric of the Tule Lake site, now the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

“We strongly oppose the proposed construction of a fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport in Modoc County,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “This fence will degrade an essential and unique cultural, social, and historical landmark, and negatively impact our government’s efforts to preserve the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center.”

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Manzanar Committee Denounces President Donald Trump’s Pardon of Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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LOS ANGELES — On August 28, the Manzanar Committee denounced President Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Arpaio was found guilty of contempt of court by United States District Court Judge Susan Bolton on July 31, 2017, after he ignored and willfully violated Federal court orders requiring the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to cease and desist from racially profiling people, primarily Latinos who were “suspected” of being illegal immigrants.

“Not only did defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world, and to his subordinates, that he was going to continue business as usual, no matter who said otherwise,” Bolton wrote in her decision, also noting Arpaio’s “flagrant disregard” for the court order.

Arpaio, an ardent Trump supporter, was pardoned on August 25, before sentencing for his contempt of court conviction.

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Manzanar Committee Seeks Community Support For New Youth Education Project

College students will travel to the Manzanar National Historic Site this October for two days of intensive
experiential, place-based learning as part of the Manzanar Committee’s new program,
Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On August 20, the Manzanar Committee launched a new project aimed at educating college-age youth about the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, and providing them with tools to help them teach that critical history to others.

Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive is a project of the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service, and the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Long Beach, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.

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