Never Again!

The cemetery monument at Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

February 19, 2018 marks the 76th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, during World War II, one of the worst violations of civil rights in our nation’s history, and most certainly, one of its darkest chapters.

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Manzanar Committee Statement On 2016 Presidential Election and its Aftermath

LOS ANGELES — The 2016 Presidential election has unleashed thoughts, feelings and acts that are antithetical to our democracy. Blatant racism and xenophobia are on the rise, including a dramatic increase in anti-Asian racism, and hundreds of hateful incidents, along with unconstitutional calls to ban or deport immigrants and Muslims—all of this grips our country. At the same time, an emboldened alt-right, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, among many other hate-based organizations, threaten our society and our democratic traditions.

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Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2015: E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System Today

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance (DOR) program will be held on Saturday, February 21, at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

The DOR continues to be dedicated to commemorating the impact of E.O. 9066 on the Issei, Nisei and subsequent generations of Japanese Americans. It also seeks to demonstrate how the government’s World War II violations of civil liberties and human rights toward one ethnic group- based solely on race, relates to today’s political and social milieu.

The 2015 program’s theme, E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System Today, was inspired by both the traditional commemorative nature of the DOR and the current critical issues of how the United States justice system continues to harm communities of color with unaccountable police violence, profiling and mass incarceration.

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70 Years Since Executive Order 9066 – No-No Boys and Renunciants: Loyal or Disloyal?

The following is an announcement on behalf of the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) and a related essay by JAHSSC member Richard Katsuda.

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TORRANCE, CA — 70 Years Since EO 9066: No-No Boys And Renunciants – Loyal Or Disloyal, a forum presented by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) and the Torrance Public Library, is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Room, in Torrance, California.

Though 70 years have passed since the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, the renunciants and No-no’s have had to endure the stigma of the labels “disloyal” and “troublemaker,” and have had to live in the shadows without telling their stories. This forum will allow them to tell their stories. Others in the community need to hear those stories and allow for redemption and healing for these individuals and for the community as a whole.

Featured speakers include writer, poet, actor and Tule Lake “No-No,” Hiroshi Kashiwagi, who will share his experiences, and will read his poems, Radio Station KOBY, and A Meeting at Tule Lake; “No-No” and renunciant Bill Nishimura, who was in his Read more of this post