The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 – A Long Time Coming

August 10, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (download a PDF of the actual bill), the legislation that provided redress and reparations for the forced removal and unjust incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese/Japanese Americans in American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, during World War II.

Former incarcerees who were still alive on August 10, 1988, or their immediate family members, were eligible to receive the $20,000 individual reparations payment. A $50 million education fund was also created as a part of the legislation.

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Manzanar Committee Mourns the Loss of Friend and Ally, Congressman Ronald Dellums

Congressman Ronald V. Dellums
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Public domain photo

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee mourns the passing of former member of the United States House of Representatives Ronald V. Dellums (D-Oakland/Berkeley), who passed away on July 30 at his home in Washington, D.C., at the age of 82.

Already a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, the Oakland, California native quickly established himself as a champion of Constitutional and human rights after his election to Congress in 1970. He remained steadfast in his beliefs in those areas during his 27-year career in the House, perhaps most notably for being at the forefront in the United States in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Dellums authored legislation in 1986 that would have divested American companies and individuals of assets and holdings in South Africa.

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49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2018 Manzanar At Dusk Set for April 28, 2018

Pilgrimage participants are shown here, gathered around the Manzanar cemetery monument for the interfaith service, during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrmage on April 29, 2017.
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — The 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, 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).

This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress and reparations for the survivors of America’s World War II concentration camps, and other confinement sites, in which more than 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Cultural performances will begin at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program begins at 12:00 PM.

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Film Excerpts To Be Screened in Little Tokyo To Commemorate 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

The following is from Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress. The Manzanar Committee is a co-sponsor of this event.


Assistant Attorney General James Turner presents two Issei women
a Presidential apology and reparations of $20,000 for their wartime
incarceration. Photo taken at the Little Tokyo Towers in Los Angeles, 1990.
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Photo: Janice Iwanaga Yen/NCRR

LOS ANGELES — To celebrate the landmark passage of the Civil Liberties Act by the United States Congress in 1988, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), along with community co-sponsors, invites the public to a free viewing of excerpts from six films on August 10, 2013. These films recall the profound impact that racism, incarceration, displacement and disruption had on Japanese Americans during World War II and the work that still needs to be done today.

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