UPDATE (Oct. 25) – Resolution to Recognize Fred T. Korematsu Day in the City of New York Moves Forward

UPDATE (Dec. 20): Today, the New York City Council passed Res. 792, naming January 30 Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in perpetuity, starting January 30, 2018.


On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, a hearing was held on a resolution to recognize Fred Korematsu’s birthday, January 30, as Fred T. Korematsu Day in the City of New York.

Karen Korematsu, coram nobis legal team member Lorraine Bannai, and Akin Gump attorney Robert Johnson, whose firm partnered on the Supreme Court amicus brief challenging the recent travel ban, all testified, together with numerous members of the New York Japanese American and Muslim community, among others.

The hearing on the resolution, Res. No. 792. sponsored by New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, was before the NY City Council, Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee chair, City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, expressed confidence that the committee would send the resolution to the full council soon, and noted that with 35 of 51 council members signed on as sponsors, the resolution is supported by a veto-proof majority.

See a video of the hearing here.