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Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
                           Equality, Justice and Peace



In this Issue

The Road To Redress and Reparations

Redress for Japanese Latin Americans

Vow to Vote No on the Marriage Ban


Photo: Family waits for evacuation bus  

"The Road to Redress and Reparations"

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the
Civil Liberties Act of 1988

Mochida family waits for an evacuation bus in Eden Township (Hayward, CA). Photo by Dorothea Lange


Featured Speakers

Saturday, August 9, 2008
2:00-4:00 p.m
San Jose City College Theater
2100 Moorpark Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95128

Free and open to the public

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Presented by:

San Jose JACL
Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
San Jose City College


  Norman Mineta

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Congressman and Mayor of San Jose


  Photo: Norm Mineta
  John Tateishi

Former JACL Executive Director, National JACL Redress Director

  Photo: John Tateishi
  Susan Hayase

NOC Redress Activist and Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board of Directors

  Photo: Susan Hayase
Although many people now view the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 as a great civil rights victory, many are not aware of the great barriers that were overcome in achieving this landmark legislation: a Japanese American population that accounted for just 0.3 percent of the U.S. population and had little political representation, a presumably unsympathetic Republican president and a Republican-controlled Senate, soaring deficits that made people leery of monetary reparations, and opposition from an array of groups and organizations.

Even within the Japanese American community, there was not unanimous support of redress and the organizations and individuals that did support the redress movement did not always agree, and at times bickered, on strategy.

Twenty years later, many in the San Jose community can reflect on the different aspects of redress: what does it all mean to us today, did we fully acknowledge the great injustice for all internees, how did it change our community, have people changed their minds about the legislation, what did it take to get the legislation to pass? This program will explore the efforts undertaken at the local, national and congressional levels that culminated in the passage of this legislation and its significance.

Photo: Panama Canal Zone
Panama Canal Zone: Japanese Peruvians en route to U.S. Internment Camps. April 2, 1942. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo. National Archive.

Campaign for Justice
Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans

For more info: www.campaignforjusticejla.org


  The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 that had found that the Internment was the product of race hatred, wartime hysteria and a failure of political leadership, nonetheless did not offer redress to other victims of U.S. wartime policies: the thousands of Japanese Latin Americans our nation had kidnapped from countries throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America and interned in U.S. prison camps to be used as barter for American prisoner exchanges.
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”.

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 a war devastated Japan.

NOC strongly supports efforts to acknowledge and redress the fundamental injustices suffered by JLAs during WWII.  H.R. 662, the "Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act," is at a critical stage and the establishment of a hearing is being contemplated within a House Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by U.S. Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren.  For more information on what you can do to support this effort, visit the Campaign for Justice website (http://www.campaignforjusticejla.org).

Image: Vow to Vote No   The initiative to pass a constitutional amendment, intended to ban marriage for same-sex couples in California, has qualified for the November ballot.

It's time for all of us who believe that LGBT rights are basic human rights to  make a stand to preserve  the rights that were gained by the recent California Supreme Court decision. For more information on what you can do, visit the Equality For All information page: http://www.equalityforall.com/home.php

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.