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Bystander Training
When you see a hate crime or incident taking place, do you know what you can or should do? You may only have a split second to decide on your course of action.

From the San Jose Nikkei Resisters:

The San Jose Nikkei Resisters invites you to participate in a combined bystander intervention training and community safety discussion on June 6th at 3:30pm. This is part of our efforts to create collective safety through community-based initiatives and solidarity across communities.

Many of us have been very concerned about the safety of seniors and others in the San Jose Japantown area. Some of us have volunteered with the safety teams organized by Japantown Prepared! and the Japantown Community Congress of SJ. Many of us are long-time community members with personal, business, religious, and cultural ties to the area.

The CAIR Bystander Training program is one means of responding to the issue of anti-Asian violence. CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) developed their training in 2017 in response to the rise in Islamophobia and updated it in 2020 in response to the resurgence of anti-Asian violence. This training includes scenarios of anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant language discrimination, transphobia, Islamophobia, etc. in addition to COVID-related anti-Asian attacks.

It's important to create or encourage programs that provide overall safety for our community members while also preventing victimization or criminalization, for example, of houseless folks and others. We hope to take a more humane approach to community safety, and invite you to join us!

Please sign up and invite other members of your group to fill out the registration form here: https://bit.ly/SJNRJune6
Additional Anti-AAPI  Crime Information
Read article by Sonya Herrera from San Jose Inside
San Jose Inside: SJ Japantown foot patrols
Stop AAPI Hate Report
This report by the Stop AAPI Hate coalition covers the 6,603 incident reports recorded by Stop AAPI Hate from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2021.The number of hate incidents reported to their organization  increased significantly from 3,795 to 6,603 during March 2021. These reports include incidents that took place in both 2020 and 2021.

The Rising Tide of Violence and Discrimination
Against Asian American and
Pacific Islander Women and Girls
This report was produced by National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and Stop AAPI Hate.

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive,
community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander
(AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI
women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.

Stop AAPI Hate is a national coalition addressing anti-Asian racism across the U.S. The coalition was
founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action
, and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department.

2021 San Jose Day of Remembrance
You can watch the 2021 San Jose Day of Remembrance that was held on February 14, 2021 on J-Town Community TV :

The theme for 2021's virtual program is Confronting Race in America: Unifying Our Communities. Although many of our communities have been suffering from the effects of racism for generations, people outside of these communities are finally realizing that there are enormous disparities throughout our society due to race. Many people have taken action to try to confront these issues in the struggle for racial and social justice. Since one of the driving forces behind the WWII Japanese American incarceration was attributed to racial prejudice, many Japanese Americans are compelled to join with other communities in their fight for social justice.
Related to this theme, NOC is honored to have featured speaker Reverend Jethroe Moore II, President of the San Jose NAACP.  NOC sat down for an hour-long interview with Reverend Moore in January. In this segment -- which will not be a part of our Day of Remembrance program -- Reverend Moore talks about police accountability and the rise of hate groups.  
The 41st San Jose Day of Remembrance event commemorates the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order, signed on February 19, 1942, led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II. Hundreds of people will gather together online not only to remember that great civil liberties tragedy but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today.

2021 Day of Remembrance Film Trailers

This trailer for the 2021 San Jose Day of Remembrance spotlights student activism at San Francisco Bay Area colleges in the 1960's and 1970's. The Tommie Smith and John Carlos monument at San Jose State University serves as a backdrop. Decades before Colin Kaepernick, these two Olympic medalists from SJSU took a stand for civil rights.
This short film is a short love letter to the many people who built San Jose Japantown ("Nihonmachi") with the Issei Voices Monument as a backdrop.
The magic of the Issei Pioneer Stone and the Nikkei Lantern, located on the corner of 5th and Jackson Streets in San Jose Japantown, are featured in this 2021 San Jose Day of Remembrance trailer.
John Lewis

C.T. Vivian

Women's march  
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation.