Members from San Francisco’s Japantown community held a press conference today to denounce the use and expansion of American concentration camps to imprison migrant children and families.
Donald Tamaki from the Stop Repeating History campaign joined Satsuki Ina (Tsuru For Solidarity), Chizu Omori, (former World War II incarceree), and Joseph Tsuboi (youth) as speakers at the press event, which was organized in coordination with protests planned today in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles and San Jose Japantown.
The San Francisco Japantown community is outraged over the proposed use of Fort Sill Oklahoma, that once imprisoned 700 Japanese Americans during WWII as well as Native Americans in the 1800’s, to incarcerate additional migrant children. Japantown stands in solidarity with our fellow community members who traveled all the way to Oklahoma on June 22nd to protest the federal government plan to use Fort Sill to incarcerate migrant children and expand the number of concentration camp sites. Several members of the Oklahoma protesters will be in attendance.
As a community which was once imprisoned by this country based on racism, hysteria and failed political leadership, members of the Japanese American community refuse to stand silent while crimes against humanity are committed on United States soil. The Japantown community demands an end to the inhumane and abusive treatment of migrant children and an end to all family separation policies.
Organizations supporting today’s press event include:
Japanese Community Youth Council
Japanese Community and Cultural Center of
Japanese American Citizens League – SF Chapter
San Francisco Japantown Foundation
National Japanese American Historical Society
Tsuru For Solidarity
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Japantown Community Benefit District
Nakayoshi Young Professionals
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
Nichi Bei Foundation
Stop Repeating History Campaign
Minami Tamaki LLP
Japantown Merchants Association
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Japantown Youth Leaders