Los Angeles Day of Remembrance To Feature Community Speakers and Cultural Performances

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LOS ANGELES — The 2017 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

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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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National JACL Opposes LADWP’s Proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch Near Manzanar

On June 9, the National Japanese American Citizens League wrote letters to the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and to the president of the LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners, opposing their planned Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch, a 1,200-acre industrial solar energy generating facility that would be built in close proximity to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

A large-scale renewable energy facility built within Manzanar’s viewshed will prevent National Park Service staff and our community from teaching current and future generations about how the desolation of the area was a factor in the selection of Manzanar as the location for one of ten American concentration camps in which over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents (denied citizenship by racist laws) were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. The isolation of the area was also used as a means of controlling the 11,070 people who were locked up behind the barbed wire at Manzanar, instilling in them a sense of desolation, fear, despair and hopelessness—the construction of this facility within Manzanar’s viewshed will forever destroy the ability to teach this crucial part of this history.

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Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey Calls On LADWP To Find Another Location For Solar Farm

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey
spoke out against LADWP’s proposed
solar farm near Manzanar at a
meeting in Downtown Los Angeles
on November 16, 2013.
Photo: Ellen Endo/Manzanar Committee

On November 16, 2013, a meeting was held at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in Downtown Los Angeles where LADWP officials detailed their plans for the proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch.

This project would be a 1,200-acre solar energy generating station built in close proximity to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

At the meeting, members of the community, both here in the Los Angeles area, as well as people who travelled from the Owens Valley, spoke out—all opposed the project, as did Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey.

The following are his remarks about the proposed facility from the meeting, along with selected photos.


by Bruce Embrey

First, I’d like to thank LADWP for holding this meeting here in Los Angeles. There are thousands of Angelenos who care deeply about what happens at Manzanar. I would also like to thank the LADWP for their efforts to expand the use of renewable energy sources and get Los Angeles off of fossil fuels. The Manzanar Committee, however, would like to urge the LADWP to consider alternate sites.

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