Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2013
UPdate: Congressman Mark Takano has confirmed to speak at this years Day of Remembrance.
Over the last three decades, in communities throughout California and major cities nationwide, Day of Remembrance (DOR) has been commemorated on or near February 19th, when, in 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting into motion the exclusion, eviction, and incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, both citizens and immigrants.
DOR events, along with the pilgrimages to former concentration camps and, on a national scale, the Commission of Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) public hearings in 1981, played a key role in uniting the Japanese American community around the redress and reparations movement. These events and experiences brought the story to broader audiences and popularized the call for an official governmental apology, individual redress, and a community/public education fund, for the ultimate purpose of preventing a similar injustice from happening again.
Increasingly, as we witness similar tragedies taking place throughout the world, the Bay Area Day of Remembrance events have evolved into a unique opportunity for Nikkei to join with diverse communities to reaffirm our common belief in the importance of civil and human rights and to remind us of our collective ability to act upon that belief.
This year we are dedicating our program to the memory of Senator Daniel K. Inouye who was officially the senior senator from Hawaii, but was in fact and actions the senator representing Japanese Americans and many other minority groups in the U.S. From his service in the 442nd in WWII where he rose from a buck private to a battlefield commission to captain, to the Hawaii legislature, to Congressman, and finally to Senator, Daniel Inouye was a remarkable man who amassed a remarkable record.
This is also the 25th year since the passage of the bill that Senator Inouye was so closely identified with: The Civil Liberties Act of 1988. The Act that offered an apology from the President of the United States of America and $20,000 redress to the living survivors of the unconstitutional incarceration of person of Japanese ancestry during WWII. We will examine and reassess the positive results of the CLA as well as the areas where it has fallen short.
This years program will include:
Jana Katsuyama, MC
Frank Wu, Chancellor, UC Hastings: Keynote Speech
Hatem Abudeyyah: Palestinian Perspectives
Congressman Mark Takano
Grace Shimizu: Campaign for Justice Update
Rev. Michael Yosii: Clifford I. Uyeda Award
5th graders, JBBP- Rosa Parks
Selection of Film previews
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Candle Light Procession
Japanese American Religious Federation
Reception at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115)
Sundance Kabuki Cinema (View)
1881 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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