PASSING IT ON: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF YURI KOCHIYAMA
When: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
A legend among us has passed on to the ancestors, it is time that we celebrate the time we had with her.
***Draft Program Outline***
Music, Food and Taiko
Short Film - profiling Yuri in her own words
Hear from those who knew and loved her, invited speakers include (pending confirmation):
Atallah Shabazz - Daughter of Malcolm X
Akemi Kochiyama - Grand Daughter of Yuri Kochiyama
Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad - Former BPP/BLA Political Prisoner
Thomas "Blood" McCreary - Former BPP/BLA Political Prisoner
Angela Davis - Former Political Prisoner, UCSC Professor
Marshall Eddie Conway - Former BPP Political Prisoner*
Sekou Kambui - Former RNA Political Prisoner*
Gloria La Riva - Director of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
Rose Estremera - Formerly of: Young Lords Organization (Brooklyn), Martin Sostre Defense Committee, South Bay Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal
Abdel Malik Ali - Muslim Activist, and Muslim Youth Imam
Mel Mason - Former BPP, Former President of the Monterey Peninsula NAACP, Head of the Committee to Free Chip Fitzgerald
Richard Konda - Executive Director Asian Law Alliance
Masao Suzuki - Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Gerald Smith - Former BPP, Labor Action to Committee to Free Mumia Abu Jamal
Also a Special Message from behind the walls by Mumia Abu-Jamal*
* Asterisk above indicates these will likely be recorded messages or call ins.
***This program will be taking donations and charging admission at the door to cover the costs***
For Donations & Contributions:
DATE: Saturday, 8/2/2014
TIME: Doors - 4:30 pm Program till 9:00 pm
LOCATION: St. Paul's Methodist Church
405 S. 10th, San Jose, CA 95112
For More Info:
Phone - 408-791-7471 or 408-830-4186
Email - sjyurikochiyamalifecelebration [at] gmail.com
MORE UPDATES SOON!!!!
Who Was Yuri Nakahara Kochiyama?
"Her name was Yuri, a Japanese woman born in the United States. I hesitate to call her a Japanese-American, for to do so suggests she was a citizen. In light of how she, her family and her community were treated during World War II, especially after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, to call any of them citizens would be an exaggeration.
Yuri was barely 20 when she, her parents, her brothers and the Japanese living on the West Coast — some 110,000 children, women and men — were forced to leave their homes, their schools, their jobs and businesses, and were transported to concentration camps in the nation’s interior. Two-thirds of these people (like Yuri) were born in the U.S., and thus American citizens according to the Constitution.
This meant nothing. They were Japanese — that was enough.
She remembered her experiences in those camps as a naïve “banana” (yellow on the outside, white on the inside). She recounted to oral historians: “I was red, white and blue when I was growing up. I taught Sunday school, and was very, very American. But I was also provincial. We were just kids rooting for our high school. Everything changed for me on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. On that very day, December 7th, the FBI came and took my father. He had just come home from the hospital the day before. For several days we didn’t know where they had taken him. Then we found out that he was taken to the federal prison at Terminal Island. Overnight, things changed for us.”
In December, 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “military necessity” was the basis of the mass evacuation and detention of tens of thousands in the Korematsu case.
Yuri would later become a strong supporter of Malcolm X and the Black Freedom Movement. She joined and worked in various liberation organizations and grew to become an icon of the Black freedom and Asian-American rights movements.
Born Yuri Nakahara on May 19, 1921 (4 years to the date before Malcolm was born), she married Bill Kochiyama. The Kochiyama's moved to Harlem in 1960, where they worked for the Civil Rights movement, in education and fair housing practices.
Yuri Kochiyama, freedom fighter, after 93 summers, has become an ancestor."
- Mumia Abu-Jamal
Added to the calendar on Friday Jun 27th, 2014 10:47 PM