2005 Day of Remembrance
Democracy and Dissent

25th Annual Day of Remembrance (DoR) in San Jose
The 25th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance (DoR) was held on February 20 the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin and was attended by about 200 people. The theme of this year’s DoR was “Democracy and Dissent” and was co-emceed by Gary Jio of NOC and Amina Ansari of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Richard Katsuda of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress-Los Angeles and a founding member of NOC spoke about the history of Day Remembrance and the struggle for Redress and Reparations. Representative Mike Honda spoke about the need for individuals to speak up when they see their government repeating the mistakes of the past. Grace Shimizu of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project spoke about the Assembly of Wartime Internment and Relocation of Civilians that was held on April 8 and 9.

Imam Tahir Anwar of the South Bay Islamic Association and Imam Zaid Shakir of the Zaytuna Institute spoke of the backlash from 9/11 and the how this event affected their communities. They spoke of how the Nikkei community stepped in and spoke out against the detentions and arrests of Muslims and Arabs. Japanese Americans remembered what had happened to the Japanese people living on the West Coast during WWII and deemed that the same fate should not befall
the Muslim and Arab peoples. They both thanked the Nikkei community for supporting
their peoples.Barbara Muramoto and one of her students played two beautiful selections on the
koto accompanied by Dick Matsueda on the shakuhachi and the San Jose Taiko concluded
the evening by playing several rousing pieces.



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