Katari Students Trip To Manzanar National Historic Site, November 3-4, 2018 – In Photos

Group photo at the Manzanar cemetery monument from the November 3-4, 2018 Katari trip for
college students hosted by the Manzanar Committee and the National Park Service
Photo: Bernadette Johnson for Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

During the weekend of November 3-4, 2018, the Manzanar Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service staff at Manzanar National Historic Site, hosted eight students from the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego in an intensive, interactive, place-based learning experience on the unjust incarceration of Japanese/Japanese Americans during World War II.

You can read a detailed description of our project (and we really urge you to do so), Katari, which means to tell stories in Japanese, at:

Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive

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Manzanar Committee Announces Fourth Annual Student Awards Program

Some of the winners of the Third Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On October 30, the Manzanar Committee announced their Fourth Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program, a creative works program in which K-12 students may submit essays, short stories, poetry, works of art, including drawings, collages, posters, and works involving technology, including animation, podcasts, movies, or videos.

The awards program will recognize students who demonstrate an understanding of his/her guiding principles of social justice in today’s society. Winning entries will be eligible for prizes up to $100.00, and their works may be presented at the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 27, 2019, on the Committee’s web site (http://www.manzanarcommittee.org) and/or blog (https://blog.manzanarcommittee.org).

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Manzanar Committee Seeks Community Support for Phase II of Youth Education Project

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey (left) during the early portion of the discussion on
the Manzanar “Riot,” held in the replica mess hall at Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — On September 3, the Manzanar Committee announced the launch of Phase II of their pilot project aimed at educating college-age youth about the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, and providing them with tools to help them teach that critical history to others.

The Committee also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds for the project.

This project began in 2017 under the working title, Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive, a partnership between the Manzanar Committee, National Park Service rangers at Manzanar National Historic Site, 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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Tule Lake Committee Files Lawsuit Seeking Injunctive Relief To Stop Transfer Of Tulelake Airport To Modoc Tribe Of Oklahoma

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


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

On August 23, the Tule Lake Committee filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento, seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the city of Tulelake from giving the Tulelake airport to the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma for the $17,500 cost of Tulelake’s legal fees in the transaction.

The action challenges the decision — giving Tulelake airport lands that occupy 2/3rds of the historic Tule Lake site — by defendant City of Tulelake, through its City Council, to defendant Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, an entity connected by federal court judgments to repeated criminal frauds and frauds on courts, and an entity in active disregard of state and federal laws.

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