The 71st anniversary of the 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt is upon us. Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League organizing a workshop to remember it: “Day of Remembrance: the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in 1942.
“The Parallels Between Pearl Harbor and 9/11: Lessons from the History”" will be discussed. Shedding light on the parallels between two historical events - Pearl Harbor and 9/11 from the perspectives of Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans respectively, how relevant these lessons are today and how we can avoid making similar mistakes in the future by educating ourselves and raising awareness in the community. Our keynote speaker will be Imam Ali Siddiqui, Executive Director of Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies & Understanding, a nationally known Muslim scholar-activist, will speak about his experiences of living in America as a Muslim particularly after 9/11 and will propose ways and means to defuse Islamophobia from our midst. Sonoma County JACL board member Marie Sugiyama will speak about her experiences in a Japanese American internment camp. Our local filmmaker, Lina Hoshino, who will show her film Caught In Between, which illustrates the power of people coming together to fight for human rights by comparing the two groups’ experiences. She will also facilitate an open discussion to conclude the program.
This workshop is open to the public and free of charge. Donations at the door are appreciated. Refreshments will also be served after the program.
To find out more, please contact sonomacojacl [at] yahoo.com
The JACL, founded in 1929, is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The Sonoma County Chapter was organized in August of 1934. It is dedicated to educating the public about the Japanese American experience, monitoring legislation affecting minority human and civil rights, and fostering Japanese American culture.
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Location: The Memorial Hall at Enmanji Buddhist Temple
1200 Gravenstein Hwy S., Sebastopol, CA 95472
Please RSVP by February 13, 2013 to reserve your seat.
Please visit http://www.sonomacojacl.org
for more information.
Sonoma County JACL – PO Box 1915 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 – http://www.sonomacojacl.org