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2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance flyer
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The 38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event commemorates both the 30th anniversary of the 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.

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Cultural Performance: Joint performance by San Jose Taiko and ASWAT Ensemble
ASWAT Ensemble
The 2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance will feature a joint performance by ASWAT, the Bay Area's Premier Arab Music Ensemble, and San Jose Japantown's world-famous, San Jose Taiko.

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, Japantown's great cultural ambassadors, 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.

San Jose Day of Remembrance 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.  
Traditional candlelight procession through Japantown The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown remembers how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devasted the community.
Photos courtesy of Andy Frazer  

Speak Out For Justice

The  shocking story about
the United States government's
abduction of Japanese Latin Americans

By Bekki Shibayama
  Bekki and Art Shibayama
    Bekki and Art Shibayama at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing
My father, Art Shibayama, was a 13-year old Peruvian citizen when he and his family were seized from their home in Lima during WWII. They were shipped across international waters on a U.S. Army transport and imprisoned as “potentially dangerous enemy aliens” in a Department of Justice concentration camp in the U.S. Yet their only "crime" was that they were of Japanese descent. The U.S. government planned to exchange them for U.S. citizens trapped in Japan.

My father and his family were still detained in Crystal City when the war ended and the U.S. government classified them as “illegal aliens.” When Peru would not allow those of Japanese ancestry to return home, they were rendered stateless. They fought deportation for over a decade until they were able to obtain U.S. permanent residency. Read More...

For more informatoin, visit the Campaign For Justice website.

Call To Action:

Please sign our petition requesting a favorable ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR): https://www.change.org/p/inter-american-commission-on-human-rights-justice-now-for-the-shibayama-brothers.
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Left: NOC members at the 2018 San Jose Women's March  
Women's march  
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation.