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Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
                           Equality, Justice and Peace



In this Issue

Spring Festivals

May 1st
Immigrant Rights
San Jose Pride NOC Summer Picnic Tule Lake Pilgrimage
Spring Festivals

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival
April 26-27, 2008
Memorial Park, Cupertino
10 am to 5 pm


31st Annual Nikkei Matsuri
Sunday, May 4, 2008
San Jose Japantown
9:30 am to 4 pm



Photo: Cherry Blossom


Photo: San Jose Japantown


For more info: www.cupertinotoyokawa.org


For more info:  www.nikkeimatsuri.org


Sake San Jose 2008
Thursday, May 22
5:30 pm-8:30 pm
San Jose Japantown

A Sake Tasting Walk though San Jose Japantown benefiting Yu Ai Kai Senior Services.

  Graphic: Sake San Jose Poster Photo: Sake Vessel
For more info: http://www.sakesanjose.com/      

Photo: Immigrant Children


May 1st Immigrant Rights March

4pm King Street/Story Road
 Meet at parking lot of Mi Pueblo Foods
Ends: San Jose City Hall
Thursday, May 1st, 2008

We want:

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  • An End to the Raids

  • Respect for Civil, Labor and Human Rights

For more info, contact: masaos@earthlink.net

Photo: Immigrant children with American flag
Photographs courtesy of Will Kaku

Graphic: San Jose Pride Banner
The California Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on same-sex marriage within 60 days. The case could have monumental consequences, perhaps comparable to the Court's 1948 decision to strike down California's ban on interracial marriage.

No matter what the Court decides, there is no doubt that the debate will rage on during this election season and that the voices of intolerance and hatred will mobilize once again in creating a political wedge issue. Already, there are organizations that are circulating initiatives that would write the current marriage law into the state Constitution and one measure that would repeal recently enacted laws protecting same-sex domestic partners.

NOC believes that LGBT rights are basic human rights and since we are the recipients of redress (the U.S. government's apology for internment), that we must defend all people on issues of equality and justice. Last year, we co-presented the film, "In God's House: Asian American Gay & Lesbian Families in the Church,"  and we helped promote a hate crime bill that would include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" into existing provisions (the bill was ultimately defeated). NOC will continue to bring these important issues to the community. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to fight against homophobia and intolerance in our community and we hope to see you at this year's San Jose Pride celebration.



NOC Summer Picnic
June 22, 2008
Kelley Park, San Jose

Event is free and all are welcome

  Photo: 2006 Picnic   Photo: 2007 Picnic
The NOC Summer Picnic is a time to see old friends and to meet new ones.

There will also be several of us  at the picnic who have been on the Tule Lake Pilgrimage so if you have questions about the Pilgrimage, you can ask us!


RSVP preferred but not necessary


Gary Jio (408-374-2722) or
Will Kaku (408-505-1186)

Click here for more info.


2008 Tule Lake Pilgrimage
The Segregation Center
July 3-6, 2008

Please register by May 31, 2008

More Info: http://www.tulelake.org


  Photo: Guard Tower    
Photo: Taiko
Photo: In front of Castle Rock
Photographs courtesy of Gary Jio
The Tule Lake Pilgrimage is a four-day journey to the former site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, located near the California-Oregon border. The program includes:
  • A bus tour of the former camp site location.
  • An evening of cultural performances.
  • Panel discussions with former internees and community activists.
  • A memorial service.
  • Intergenerational discussion groups.
  • Many community-building activities to learn the history of Tule Lake and its relevance to the present day.
San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
P.O. Box 2293, San Jose, CA  95109

E-Mail: info@sjnoc.org

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.