February 11, 2013

Day of Remembrance - Japanese American Citizen League, Portland, OR

Each year Portland JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) hosts the Day of Remembrance which remembers the signing of Executive Order 9066 in which the US government authorized the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, based solely on their ethnicity and wartime hysteria.  Men, women, and children, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were imprisoned in these inland camps for the duration of World War II.  But the story doesn't end there.

This year we are also commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 where Congress and President Reagan apologized for this mass incarceration and paid a token redress for every survivor of the camps.  It's a great story of a community organizing for justice, building and using political power, and a righteous fight unifying civil rights champions. 

But wait, there's more.  Our civil liberties are still at risk.  Under the National Defense Authorization Act provisions still exist for warrantless wiretapping and unlimited detention, and the recently released Justice Department kill list.  Professor Tung Yin from Lewis and Clark lawschool will talk about some of the regrettable parallels between what happened to Japanese Americans and what is now going on.  Please join us:

Portland JACL Day of Remembrance
February 17, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall
1833 SW 11th Ave.

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