#StopRepeatingHistory Campaign Joins #AAPIAction Week to Protest Attacks on Immigrants

Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations around the nation will take part in #AAPIAction, a Week of Action starting October 7, 2017, to protest the racist and nativist attacks on our communities.

The #StopRepeatingHistory campaign joins more than 30 Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in 15 cities organizing rallies, demonstrations, teach-ins, and other activities to draw attention to racist and nativist policies such as the:

  • Rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
  • Travel bans on majority-Muslim countries;
  • Draconian restrictions on the number of refugees given admission to the United States; and
  • Proposed legislation to severely curtail legal immigration, such as the proposed RAISE Act recently introduced in the Senate.

One out of every seven Asian immigrants is undocumented. Our communities and families are threatened by these policies fueled by racism and xenophobia. For more information on #AAPIAction, visit http://AAPIVoices.com.

The #StopRepeatingHistory campaign highlights the civil liberties threat posed by the Muslim ban through illustrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s failure to perform its constitutional duties in the cases of resistance during the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Jay Hirabayashi, Holly Yasui, and Karen Korematsu – the children of Gordon K. Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred T. Korematsu – issued a Call to Action (https://stoprepeatinghistory.org) to reject the shameful legacy of the Japanese American incarceration and to call upon the U.S. Supreme Court to fulfill its role as defender of the Constitution.

Hirabayashi, Yasui, and Korematsu also filed an amicus brief last month in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Executive Order No. 13780, the Trump administration’s travel ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority nations, pointing to the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII as an urgent warning against presidential powers run amok.

The brief was filed on behalf of Hirabayashi, Yasui, and Korematsu by the Fred. T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law in partnership with the legal teams that gained exoneration of the three men in historic coram nobis petitions in the 1980s. Attorneys from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provided pro bono counsel.

Numerous prominent civil rights organizations stand with Hirabayashi, Yasui, and Korematsu on the brief, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Hispanic National Bar Association, Japanese American Citizens League-Honolulu Chapter, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, National Bar Association, and South Asian Bar Association of North America.

Learn more about the brief at http://coramnobis.net.