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                           Equality, Justice and Peace

In This Issue

28th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance

Tule Lake Pilgrimage

JAMsj Update

Journey through the Unknown
Palo Alto Exhibit

Campaign for Justice

28th Annual San Jose
Day of Remembrance 2008

20 Years after Redress:
Civil Liberties and War

Sunday,  Feb 17, 2008
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North 5th Street, San Jose

Free and open to the public

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Day of Remembrance 2008
The annual Day of Remembrance event commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 which
led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, during WWII.

At this year's program, we will reflect on the impact of the landmark Civil Liberties Act of 1988,
legislation that formally apologized and paid reparations (Redress) to former internees. On this 20th anniversary of this historic legislation, we will  ask ourselves the question "what does it all mean to us today?", in the context of today's tumultuous, wartime environment.

The Day of Remembrance program will feature Banafsheh Akhlaghi, an Iranian-American attorney and President of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement ( Akhlaghi, who also taught constitutional law at John F. Kennedy University, has been a central figure in leading a direct response to the new challenges facing targeted communities after the tragic events of 9/11.

Iman Tahir Another featured speaker, Carolyn Kameya, is an original NOC member who was active during the Redress movement. She will share her thoughts on the monumental legislation and its significance.

The program will also feature an electrifying performance by San Jose Taiko, other intercommunity speakers, and the traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown.

For more information:

Iman Tahir Anwar at
DoR 2007
web: email:  Tel: 408-505-1186
Congressman Honda and Jimi Yamaichi PJ Hirabayashi of SJ Taiko Heart Mountain Candle
Jimi Yamaichi and Congressman Mike Honda San Jose Taiko's PJ Hirabayashi

Heart Mountain: where many San Jose residents were interned.

Photographs courtesy of Gary Jio and Andy Frazer

Tule Lake Pilgrimage
July 3-6, 2008

For more info:

Tule Lake Pilgimage Photo
Attending the pilgrimage to the Tule Lake Segregation Center, located near the Oregon border, was truly a life-changing event for me. Not only did the trip inspire my journey toward working for positive change within the community and give me a better sense of the fragility of our own civil liberties, it also allowed the relationship between myself and my father, a former internee, to open up after many years of silence (you can read my article:  "The Secret of Tule Lake").

Join other members of NOC on this emotional journey to Tule Lake and celebrate and contemplate what it means to be an American on this 4th of July weekend.  -Will Kaku, NOC Vice Chair

The New JAMsj

Rendition of the new JAMsj

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
New Building Campaign

At last year's Day of Remembrance, we put a spotlight on the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). Dr. Aggie Idemoto of JAMsj presented her vision of JAMsj in the community and gave an update on the new museum construction project.
While the museum is currently closed during construction, JAMsj still reaches thousands of people each year through its educational outreach programs, traveling exhibits, film screenings, book talks, Japantown walking tours,  research opportunities, student internships and other special events. 

As we mentioned at last year's event, every single day at JAMsj captures the spirit of  the Day of Remembrance. JAMsj eloquently communicates a community's struggle to establish itself in the American tapestry. As the years go by, many first-person accounts of this struggle have become increasingly rare, and thus, NOC believes that it is vitally important for people in the community to contribute to the new JAMsj building  fund so that they can continue to tell this great American story. For more information on donating to JAMsj or for helping with their fundraising drive, please contact the museum office at 408-294-3138 or visit their website:


Journey through the Unknown
The Japanese American Experience during World War II

February 1-3, 2008

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2751 Louis Road,
Palo Alto, California


guard tower

This three-day event features exhibits, speakers, and artifacts related to events that took place before, during, and after World War II. This event gives exposure to the evacuation of more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry (two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens) from the West coast during World War II, those who fought in the U.S. military to defend their honor, and the evacuees’ eventual return to the West coast.


  • “The 120,000 Tassel Tapestry” created by 503 8th graders from Lafayette, Indiana, chronicles events of the time and was displayed at the dedication of the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington D.C.

  • Leila Meyerratken, teacher of the 8th graders from Lafayette, Indiana, will be present to answer questions about the tapestry project.

  • Former evacuees and servicemen will share their experiences.

  • An elaborate artifact exhibit and videos will provide depth to some of the events depicted on the tapestry.

  • Friends of the Japanese American Community exhibit will honor those from the local community who gave aid and comfort to the evacuees before, during, and after the war.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

The event sponsors: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, Sequoia JACL, Mountain View Buddhist Temple, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)

For more information contact: Ann Okamura (650) 366-8042 email:
or Ed Masuda (650) 694-7990 email:
JLA at Canal Zone photo  

Campaign for Justice
Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans

For more info:


Panama Canal Zone: Japanese Peruvians en route to U.S. Internment Camps. April 2, 1942. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo. National Archives. Courtesy of National Japanese American Historical Society.   At previous Day of Remembrance events, we have given you updates on the Campaign For Justice efforts to educate the public about the incarceration of Japanese Latin Americans and to obtain redress for them. Since we are commemorating the landmark Civil Liberties Act of 1988 at this year's event, we would be remiss if we also did not mention that thousands
of others were not acknowledged in that legislation.

Many people are now aware that Japanese Americans were interned during World War II, but most don't realize that from December 1941 to February 1948, the U.S. government orchestrated and financed the mass abduction, forcible deportation and internment of 2,264 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry from 13 Latin American countries. Stripped of their passports en route to the U.S. these Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) were declared “illegal aliens”.

The U.S. planned to use them as hostages in exchange for Americans held by Japan. Over 800 JLAs were included in two prisoner of war exchanges between the U.S. and Japan. The remaining JLAs were imprisoned without due process of law in U.S. Department of Justice internment camps until after the end of the war. Since many were initially barred from returning to their home countries, more than 900 JLAs were deported to war devastated Japan.

At last year's Day of Remembrance program, we mentioned that a bill, Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act (H.R. 662 and S. 381), was introduced to the 110th Congress on Jan. 24, 2007.  On June 14, 2007, the bill passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  The Campaign for Justice, JACL, and other organizations are requesting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee and they are working for the passage of this bill.

NOC strongly supports efforts to acknowledge and redress the fundamental injustices suffered by JLAs during WWII. You can also support the Campaign for Justice efforts by:

  • Writing a letter of support of H.R. 662 and S. 381 to your member of Congress and senators. You can click this link to obtain a sample letter.

  • Donating to the Campaign for Justice so that they can finance lobbying and educational efforts.

Visit or contact to find out more information on how you can help push this important legislation through Congress.


Spaghetti and Crab Feed
"All You Can Eat"

Saturday February 9, 2008
Palo Alto Buddhist Church
Dining hall open from 4:30pm-7:00pm

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

crab photo
Sponsored by Sequoia JACL, Palo Alto Youth Services, Palo Alto Judo Club.

Ticket prices: $30/Adults, $20/Seniors (75 or older), $15/Children (11 years old and younger)
Free for children 5 years old and younger. No tickets will be sold at the door.

To order your ticket, call Mike Kaku at 408-985-2747.

San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
P.O. Box 2293, San Jose, CA  95109


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