On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting into motion the exclusion, removal, detention and incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
After decades of activism by Japanese Americans and a broad, multicultural coalition, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Based on a federal commission's findings that the wholesale violation of constitutional rights was due to "race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership," the landmark redress bill provided a official apology, individual payments and a public education fund.
In spite of these historic lessons, today we witness members of the Arab/Muslim American community experiencing similar civil and human rights violations: exclusion, detention, incarceration and extradition in the post 9/11 and Iraq War era.
DOR is a time to cherish and critique our history; to share yet untold stories; to reaffirm our commitment to unfinished redress issues and current civil liberties challenges. DOR is a time to nurture future generations of activism to ensure a more compassionate democracy.
Main program: Sundance Kabuki - 1881 Post St., San Francisco. Speakers, performances, candle lighting ceremony, interfaith procession & more.
Reception: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Reception starts after main program ends.
Sponsors: Bay Area DOR Consortium and funded in part by the San Francisco Japantown Foundation
Pre-purchase tickets and contact phone number: 415-921-5007
Official Website: http://www.dayofremembrance.org
Added by Akit on January 8, 2009