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Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
                           Equality, Justice and Peace



In this Issue

NOC General Meeting
9066 to 9/11 Film Screening

Campaign For Justice

March For Hotel Workers

Spirit of Japantown Festival


NOC General Membership Meeting
9066 to 9/11 Film Screening

  Image: 9066 to 9/11 Film Cover  

9066 to 9/11:  America's Concentration Camps,
Then ...and Now?

Film Screening

2-4 pm, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Yu-Ai Kai Building
588 North 4th Street,
San Jose, CA


Come and find out what NOC and the Day of Remembrance event is all about.

  "9066 to 9/11: America's Concentration Camps, Then...and Now" is a short documentary that draws parallels between the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the treatment of Arab Americans and Muslims in this country after 9/11.  As the United States government fights a "War on Terrorism" with no end in sight, its tactics and policies have caused a frightening sense of deja vu for some Americans of Japanese descent. After a short discussion of this film, people are welcome to stay to talk about ideas for next year's Day of Remembrance event.

Contact info@sjnoc.org for more info.


Commission Hearings for Japanese Latin Americans

  This summer, the Campaign For Justice and several members of NOC met with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren to discuss the urgency in establishing hearings on the issue of redress for Japanese Latin Americans. 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.
NOC strongly supports efforts to acknowledge and redress the fundamental injustices suffered by Japanese Latin Americans 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 a hearing that was originally scheduled for the end of July within a House Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by U.S. Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, has been taken off the calendar and has not been rescheduled. For more information on what you can do to support this effort to establish the hearings, visit the Campaign for Justice website (http://www.campaignforjusticejla.org).

March for Hotel Workers

March for Hotel Workers
Thursday, September 4

San Jose Convention Center 
Did you ever wonder how the person who cleans your room and makes your bed in a hotel is able to scrape by living in the expensive Silicon Valley? Stand with workers from 10 major hotels who are asking for livable wages, humane workloads and a future in Silicon Valley.

Meet in the front of the San Jose Convention Center (at the water fountain) on September 4th at
4:15 p.m.


Spirit of Japantown Festival

Image: Festival Logo

Spirit of Japantown Festival
Saturday, Oct 4, 2008

Festival website: www.spiritofjapantownfestival.com

Image: NOC Booth

Image: Jemma Jio at NOC Booth   San Jose Japantown is one the last three major Japantowns that remain in the United States. This festival highlights the diverse culture and traditions of this historic district. Come visit us at the NOC booth!

NOC booth at 2007 Spirit of Japantown Festival

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.