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.