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In this issue: 38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance
  Richard Konda reflects on Day of Remembrance theme, "Speak Out For Justice"
  Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"
    - Martin Luther King, Jr
2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance flyer
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Elderly man is searched for contraband at the Tule Lake Segregation Center

The 38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event commemorates both the 30th anniversary of the landmark Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and the 76th 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.  Hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember that great civil liberties tragedy, but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today.

The 2018 event carries the theme, "Speak Out For Justice." During these tumultuous times, ordinary people, many of whom were silent in the past, are now making their voices heard. We have been seeing a great social movement on many fronts and we are hearing the large number of voices speaking out against the unequal treatment and harrassment of women and they are saying 'No' to racism, homophobia, and Islamaphobia.  From #MeToo to the travel ban protests at airports, people are mobilizing and rising up from within their own communities to effect change.
This year's Day of Remembrance event features Richard Konda, the executive director of the Asian Law Alliance and a founding member of NOC; Lawson Sakai, a highly decorated WW II veteran of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team;  Bekki Shibayama, a representative of Campaign For Justice, an organization that seeks redress for incarcerated Japanese Latin Americans; a special joint performance by San Jose Taiko and the Aswat Ensemble; the traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown; and other speakers from the community.
Cultural Performance:  A special artistic collaboration between San Jose Taiko and ASWAT Ensemble
ASWAT Ensemble
The 2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance will feature a special oint performance by ASWAT, the Bay Area's Premier Arab Music Ensemble, and San Jose Japantown's world-famous, San Jose Taiko.

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.
San Jose Taiko San Jose Taiko, San Jose Japantown's great cultural ambassadors, have 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.
  Thoughts on the "Day of Remembrance: Speak Out For Justice" by Richard Konda
San Jose Day of Remembrance candlelighting ceremony
Richard Konda, the executive director of the Asian Law Alliance and a founding member of NOC, wrote the following article that addresses the theme of this year's Day of Remembrance program, "Speak Out For Justice."


As of the writing of this article we need to continue to remember how and why the U.S. government incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War 2. We remember the brutal treatment of our community – detained in converted horse stalls – living in desolate and remote concentration camps.

We also need to remember:

  • The 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students who currently live in fear of deportation because of the Trump Administration’s termination of the program. DACA recipients have also been called “Dreamers” because of legislation in Congress known as the “Dream Act.”
  • Immigrants and refugees in our community living in fear of deportation because of the increased enforcement by the Trump Administration.
  • The refugees and immigrants excluded from the US because of the Trump administration’s Muslim Travel Ban.
We then must take action!

For the “dreamers” we must fight for legislation that will provide a path to citizenship BUT this legislation must not include a war along the US –Mexico border. This legislation also cannot include more funding for the removal and terrorization of our immigrant communities. http://weareheretostay.org/

For those immigrant and refugees who are fearful of deportation we must join the efforts of groups like People Acting in Community Together and volunteer for their Rapid Response Network where trained volunteers provide moral and accompaniment support to families during and after immigration operations. https://www.pactsj.org/santa-clara-county-rapid-response-network

For the refugees and immigrant excluded because of the Muslim Travel Ban we must
support the efforts of the Council on American Islamic Relations and other groups who are fighting this ban in the courts. https://www.cair.com/

Attend the Day of Remembrance program on February 18, 2018 and add your voice as we speak out for justice for our communities.
  Comcast Newsmakers interviews Richard Konda of the Asian Law Alliance (ALA) on January 22, 2009.
  Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution
Fred Korematsu Day 2018
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No Muslim Registry! No Deportations! Camp tag 
We the People: Women's March 
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation. 
Sign the "No Muslim Registry! No Deportations!" camp tags at the Day of Remembrance event  
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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.