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UPDATE (Dec. 20): NYC Council approves Jan. 30 as Korematsu Day in perpetuity

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. See photos from today’s vote on Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution NYC’s Facebook page and below. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKorematsuDayNYC%2Fposts%2F139414666767358&width=500

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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OP-ED: Karen Korematsu in The Washington Post

My father resisted Japanese internment. Trump’s travel ban is just as unfair. We must not make the same mistake now that the United States did during World War II. By Karen Korematsu, Dec. 4, 2017 Read the op-ed here. At the beginning of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, now ...

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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 ...

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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 ...