All posts by Keith Kamisugi

Karen Korematsu, Jay Hirabayashi, Holly Yasui, and Korematsu Center file Supreme Court amicus brief in ongoing travel ban litigation

An amicus curiae group filed a Supreme Court brief today supporting the challengers in the ongoing Muslim travel ban litigation (Trump v. Hawaii).  The amici include the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center), the children of litigants who challenged orders that led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World ...

And Then They Came for Us Film Selected as Finalist for ABA Silver Gavel Award

The American Bar Association recently selected And Then They Came for Us as a finalist in the Documentary category for this year’s ABA Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding work in media and the arts that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system. A committee composed of ...

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CAPAC Members Observe Day of Remembrance for Japanese Incarceration

February 19, 2018 marks the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of over 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements in observance of the Day of Remembrance: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair: ...

Duckworth, Hirono, Takano to Introduce Bills to Prevent Repeat of Japanese American Incarceration

On the anniversary of the widely-condemned Korematsu Supreme Court decision that led to the incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) announced that they will introduce the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017 to prevent similar civil and human rights travesties from happening on ...

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Holly Yasui: Reflections on “No Muslim Ban Ever” Mobilization

Video of the rally linked here and below.   By Holly Yasui I was invited by Deepa Iyer of The Center for Social Inclusion to speak at the “No Muslim Ban Ever” rally in Washington DC on October 18, the date it was scheduled to go into effect. It turns out that at the 11th ...

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‘Stop Repeating History’ Article in Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies will include an article by Don Tamaki connecting the dots between the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans 75 years ago and the President’s targeting today of immigrants and Muslims. This post is an expanded and updated version of the article. On January 27, 2017, ...

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Supreme Court ends travel ban challenge (for now)

Yesterday, the Supreme Court sent one of the two travel ban cases (Trump v. IRAP) back to the 4th Circuit with instructions to dismiss the case as moot because the relevant provisions of the ban in question expired on September 24. The Supreme Court’s action was not related to the merits of the case. The ...

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Echoes of History: From the Incarceration of Japanese Americans to the Travel Ban

This article by Partner Dale Minami was original written for the October 2017 issue of Contra Costa Lawyer, the official publication of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. December 7, 1941.  The United States is suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.  A Day of Infamy.  Within ...

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#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 ...

Supreme Court Cancels Oct. 10 Hearing

The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled its October 10 hearing in the Muslim ban cases, asking both parties to resubmit short letter briefs to address whether the cases are or will be moot in light of the September 24 Presidential Proclamation — and because provisions in EO13780 affecting refugees expires on October 24. Our legal ...