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2023 San Jose Day of  Remembrance 
On Sunday, February 19, 2023, the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will
present  the 43rd annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program in the San Jose
Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 632 North 5th Street, San Jose, from 5:30 pm–7:00
pm. This event commemorates Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II
imprisonment of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom
were American citizens.

The theme of the program is "Reparatory Justice: Together We Rise," bringing
awareness to the public about the Japanese American community's redress and
reparations movement and the importance of being in solidarity with other communities
in their struggles for justice and reparations today.

NOC proudly announces guest speaker Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun
Tribal Band
, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. Recently, the
Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has been involved in the fight to protect the environmental
health of the region, particularly Juristac, sacred lands that have great historic
significance to the Amah Mutsun.

Sumi Tanabe and Susie Yasui, survivors of WWII incarceration, will remember their
experiences in camp and how they were affected by incarceration in the difficult years
of resettling after their release.

Also featured are performances by San Jose Taiko and the traditional candlelight
procession through Japantown. The candle lighting ceremony and procession through
Japantown will honor those who were incarcerated in the concentration camps.

Seating is limited. This event is free of charge but donations are welcome.

2023 Day of Remembrance Film Trailer     
  Satomi Suzie Yasui

In this trailer for the 2023 San Jose Day of Remembrance, Satomi Susie Yasui talks about how she and her family encountered racism in the years after their release from  WWII Japanese American prison camps. 
DoR Candlelight Procession    Reflection

The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown allows participants to remember how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devastated the community and to reflect on what that event means to us today. 

Women's march  
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. href="http://theamplifierfoundation.org/">Amplfier Foundation.