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37th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance
Stand Up To Hate
75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066
"[Korematsu] stands as a constant caution that in times of war or declared
military necessity our institutions must be vigilant in protecting
constitutional guarantees. It stands as a caution that in times of distress
the shield of military necessity and national security must not be used to
protect governmental actions from close scrutiny and accountability."
    -- Judge Marilyn Patel, in the Korematsu coram nobis decision
37th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance 
37th Annual San Jose
Day of Remembrance
"Stand Up To Hate"
Sunday, February 19, 2017
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA


Free and open to the public

Download PDF Event Flyer
EO 9066 Forced Removal Order poster

The 37th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event takes place on the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.

The 2017 event carries the theme, "Stand Up To Hate." Hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember the great civil liberties tragedy that occurred 75 years ago, but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today. Speakers will explore what we can do to build bridges of trust, respect, and friendship.

Featured Speaker: Samina Masood
Samina Masood   A featured speaker at the 37th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event will be Samina Masood, the Executive Director of Silicon Valley FACES. The mission of FACES is to build communities free of bias, bigotry, bullying, and violence. FACES recently hosted  "Meet a Muslim" programs, diversity training workshops, and a Black Lives Matter discussion.

From her recent FACES blog post, "I'm a Muslim, and thank God I'm a U.S Citizen":

"The past few days have shaken our trust in the ability of our great nation to claim it is a land free of bigotry, discrimination, and bias. Today, the belief that America is a nation composed of people from all over the world, who are allowed to live and work in America freely and without discrimination, has been dealt a damaging blow". Read more...
Featured Speaker: Congressman Mike Honda
Mike Honda Mike Honda served in Congress from 2001 to 2017.
Former Congressman Honda was incarcerated at the Amache internment camp. He recently wrote about his concerns over today's rising tide of fear and bigotry in an op-ed for Reuters, "When my Japanese-American family was treated as less than human."

Left:  Mike Honda is held by his father when the family was incarcerated in Amache. Honda family photo.
Cultural Performance: ASWAT Ensemble
ASWAT Ensemble
ASWAT is the Bay Area’s Premier Arab Music Ensemble. In 2003, two Arab-American women, Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben Halim, recognized that the challenges faced by the Arab-American community in the Bay Area required a creative response. They formed Zawaya: a non-profit organization that aims to address stereotypes and misconceptions; offering a positive image of Arab Americans and their rich civilization. Zawaya means “aspects” or “corners”, suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture.

True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Arabic music. Aswat’s doors remain open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enriching exchange between Arab Americans and other communities through the universal language of music.
Cultural Performance: San Jose Taiko
San Jose Taiko Once again, the San Jose Day of Remembrance will feature San Jose Japantown's cultural ambassadors. San Jose Taiko has captivated global audiences and critics alike with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, company performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to connect people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.

The Day of Remembrance is an event that aims to bring different communities together in order to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people and to renew our pledge to fight for equality, justice, and peace
Candlelight procession in San Jose Japantown   Candlelighting ceremony honors each camp
Traditional candlelight procession through San Jose's historic Japantown. Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer.   A candle is lit in memory for each of the camps.
Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer.

We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation.

Local Executive Order 9066 Commemoration Events
camp tag plege
Eaton Artifacts
No Muslim Registry!
No Deportations!
Sign the camp tag pledge at the
San Jose Day of Remembrance
Rolling CounterPoint Commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center, Rolling Counterpoint, is a work by Bay Area artist Taro Hattori that draws on the tradition of the Japanese teahouse to create a physical and virtual space for a community dialog. Members of the public will be encouraged to use the experience of EO 9066  to share their thoughts to discuss forms of exclusion, displacement, and discrimination that they have either experienced or witnessed in their communities.
Rolling Counterpoint will also be at the 2017 Day of Remembrance
Films of Remembrance De Anza 2017 DOR
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"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.