Tule Lake Committee Calls LADWP’s Proposed Solar Ranch Adjacent to Manzanar “Inappropriate And Offensive”
December 16, 2013 17 Comments
For years, the Manzanar Committee and the Tule Lake Committee have stood, side-by-side, in our efforts to preserve, protect and interpret Japanese American World War II confinement sites, such as Manzanar and Tule Lake, for future generations. Once again, The Tule Lake Committee is supporting our efforts to protect Manzanar, announcing their opposition to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch. Here is the letter they sent to LADWP.
December 14, 2013
Ms. Nadia Parker
Environmental Planning and Assessment
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
111 North Hope Street, Room 1044
Los Angeles, California 90012-2607
Dear Ms. Parker:
I write on behalf of the Tule Lake Committee, the grass-roots organization of survivors and their descendants of the Tule Lake concentration camp in Northern California, where over 24,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated without due process of law during World War II due to racism, fear, and economic greed. Tule Lake and Manzanar are companion sites; they are the two World War II concentration camps within California that were used to strip Japanese Americans of their dignity and their freedom. They are civil rights sites and National Historic Landmarks of extraordinary significance in our nation’s history, for they tell a story of racial intolerance and the failure of our nation’s principle of equal justice under the law.