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2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance flyer
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The 38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event commemorates both the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.  Hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember that great civil liberties tragedy, but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today.

The 2018 event carries the theme, "Speak Out For Justice." During these tumultuous times, ordinary people, many of whom were silent in the past, are now making their voices heard. We have been seeing a great social movement on many fronts and we are hearing the large number of voices speaking out against the unequal treatment and harrassment of women and they are saying 'no' to racism, homophobia, and Islamaphobia. From #MeToo to the travel ban protests at airports, people are mobilizing and rising up from within their own communities to effect change.

This year's Day of Remembrance event features Richard Konda, the executive director of the Asian Law Alliance and a founding member of NOC; Lawson Sakai, a highly decorated WW II veteran of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team; Bekki Shibayma, a representative of Campaign For Justice, an organization that seeks redress for incarcerated Japanese Latin Americans; a special joint performance by San Jose Taiko and the Aswat Ensemble; the traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown; and other speakers from the community.
Cultural Performance: Joint performance by San Jose Taiko and ASWAT Ensemble
ASWAT Ensemble
The 2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance will feature a joint performance by ASWAT, the Bay Area's Premier Arab Music Ensemble, and San Jose Japantown's world-famous, San Jose Taiko.

In 2003, two Arab-American women, Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben Halim, recognized that the challenges faced by the Arab-American community in the Bay Area required a creative response. They formed Zawaya: a non-profit organization that aims to address stereotypes and misconceptions; offering a positive image of Arab Americans and their rich civilization. Zawaya means “aspects” or “corners”, suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture.

True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Arabic music. Aswat’s doors remain open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enriching exchange between Arab Americans and other communities through the universal language of music.

San Jose Taiko      San Jose Taiko, Japantown's great cultural ambassadors, has captivated global audiences and critics alike with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, company performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to connect people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.

A candle is lit in memory of each of the incarceration camps One candle is lit in memory for each of the WRA internment camps.  
San Jose Day of Remembrance The Day of Remembrance is an event that aims to bring different communities together in order to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people and to renew our pledge to fight for equality, justice, and peace.  
Traditional candlelight procession through Japantown The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown remembers how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devasted the community.
Photos courtesy of Andy Frazer  
NOC Congratulates Kaitlin Wong on Award-Winning Essay
  NOC congratulates Kaitlin Wong, a student at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California who was a finalist in a nationwide, Facing History Student Essay Contest. 

Katie attended the 2017 San Jose Day of Remembrance in February with her grandmother, who was incarcerated in the Rowher, Arkansas concentration camp. Katie wrote eloquently about her relationship with her grandmother and how she gained a special insight on principles that she would like to live by.

  "Fighting for what you feel is right is a choice. From my grandma’s influence and my own experiences, I choose love and acceptance, to keep an open mind, and stand up for what I believe in."  

You can read her award-winning essay here.
Women's march  
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation.