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Day of Rememberance 2008 - Carrying the Light for Justice

Sunday, February 17, 2008
2:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Event Type:
Julie Hatta
Location Details:
Japanese Cultural & Community Center
1840 Sutter Street, SF

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium presents

Carrying the Light for Justice!
20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

Sunday, February 17, 2008 2 p.m.

Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter Street (nr. Webster) SF Japantown

Tickets: $15 Door, $12 Advance. Call for group rates.
Visit: Phone: (415) 921-5007
Day of Remembrance 2008 – Carrying the Light for Justice! Generations of Activism – Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Sunday, February 17, 2 pm at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, at 1840 Sutter Street (betwn Webster/Buchanan) in SF Japantown. An afternoon of video, culture and candle lighting with keynote speaker Dale Minami (Coram Nobis Team, former chair Civil Liberties Public Education Fund), Co-MC’d by Amanda Wake and Aaron Kitashima. The program will also include the video “Whose Children are These?” by Theresa Thanjan; and a multimedia presentation on “Voices of the Redress Movement” with photos by Isao Tanaka, produced by Robynn Takayama. The 2008 Clifford Uyeda Peace & Humanitarian Award will be presented to activist Stephanie Miyashiro. Cultural presentations will include Masayuki Koga (shakuhachi), and Kimihara Outa (shigin). A Candle Lighting Ceremony will be co-MC’d by Kevin Inouye, Megumi Kajiyama and Lyell Sakaue. An Interfaith Gathering will be led by the Japanese American Religious Federation, followed by a Candle Light Procession to honor Japantown historic sites. Tickets prices are $15 (door); $12 (advance); call for group/member rates. Tickets available at NJAHS (415) 921-5007; JCCCNC (415) 567-5505 and Paper Tree at Buchanan Mall in Japantown. Visit:

Background on DOR:
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting into motion the exclusion, removal, detention and incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

After decades of activism by Japanese Americans and a broad, multicultural coalition, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Based on a federal commission's findings that these policies were due to "race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership," this landmark redress bill provided an official apology, individual payments and a public education fund.

Despite these official actions, today we witness members of the Arab/Muslim American community experiencing similar civil and human rights violations: exclusion, detention, incarceration and rendition in the post 9/11 and Iraq War era.

DOR is a time to cherish and critique our history; to share yet untold stories; to reaffirm our commitment to unfinished redress issues and current civil liberties challenges. DOR is a time to nurture future generations of activism to ensure a more compassionate democracy.

Bay Area DOR Consortium member organizations: Asian Improv aRts, Asian Law Caucus, API Legal Outreach, Campaign for Justice - Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans, Center for Asian American Media, JACL-SF, Japantown Arts, Japanese American Religious Federation, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Japanese Community Youth Council, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, Kimochi, Inc., National Japanese American Historical Society, National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, Nihonmachi Little Friends, Rosa Parks School – Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, Tule Lake Committee, UC Berkeley Nikkei Student Union (partial list)

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