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Bridging Borders: Carrying the Light for Justice

Sunday, February 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Type:
Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium
Location Details:
AMC Dine-in Kabuki 8
1881 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

The public is invited to the Day of Remembrance program to honor the survivors of America's WWII incarceration camps, to advocate for immigrants today, and to urge unity. The theme, Bridging Borders: Carrying the Light for Justice, reflects the support and empathy that the community shares with immigrants as it stands up against immigration policies and detention. Over 75 years ago Japanese Americans were rounded up because of the government sham of military necessity, just as those now seeking entry at the southern border are branded a threat to national security. Japanese Americans were denied the right to naturalization, subjected to racial prejudice, and incarcerated. In some cases parents were separated from their children. The keynote speaker is Reverend Deborah Lee, Executive Director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will draw parallels between the Japanese American experience and the struggle for justice for today's immigrant community. The Dr. Clifford I. Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award will be presented to Carole Hayashino, long-time Bay Area leader and one of the organizers of the first San Francisco Bay Area DOR in 1979. She is being recognized for her leadership in establishing Honouliuli, a former WWII DOJ internment camp, as a National Monument. A beautiful candle lighting ceremony honors immigrant rights.

This is the 40th anniversary of the Day of Remembrance observation. The commemoration is marks President Franklin D. Roosevelt's signing Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. By choosing to commemorate this tragic event the community announced a grassroots movement for redress. Ten years later in 1988 President Regan signed the Civil Liberties Act that offered a formal apology for forced removal of Japanese Americans during WWII and reparations of $20,000. Today the U.S. is targeting Muslims, Arabs, and immigrants. On the Day of Remembrance the Japanese American community declares "Never Again."

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