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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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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Manzanar Committee Statement on Racism, Xenophobia, and Terrorism In Charlottesville, Virginia

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LOS ANGELES — On August 12, the Manzanar Committee, sponsors of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk programs, repudiated the violence, fueled by racism and xenophobia, that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier today, not to mention President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn those who were ultimately responsible for the violence and terrorism that occurred.

“The Manzanar Committee is outraged by the vicious, premeditated attack on peaceful demonstrations this afternoon in Charlottesville,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “Today’s events can only be described as terrorism.”

“These acts must be condemned by all people,” added Embrey. “The Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, and other fascist groups, are, and have always been, terrorist organizations with no other purpose than to intimidate, terrorize and murder people of color. Domestic terrorism and racist violence have no other goals than to stop the expansion of democracy to those historically denied the full promise of the Constitution of the United States of America.”

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48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage – Official Photo Essay

Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki of the Konko Church of Los Angeles performs the Shinto purification rite to open the interfaith service during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

For the past handful of years, professional photographers Geri Ferguson and Mark Kirchner, who had already been photographing the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage for years, have been kind enough to share their incredible photographs with us, and they’ve done so again this year.

Indeed, they shot some gorgeous and powerful photographs of the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29, 2017.

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