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  January 2022 Issue
42nd Annual San Jose
Day of Remembrance

Overcoming Hate and Fear:
80th Anniversary of E.O. 9066

A Virtual Program
Saturday, February 19, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (PT)

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Day of Remembrance candlighting ceremony  
  The 42nd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program will be held virtually on Saturday, February 19 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time). The event falls on the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which led to the World War II incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

The theme for this virtual program is Overcoming Hate and Fear: The 80th Anniversary of E.O 9066. Over the past two plus years, many communities have had to deal with multiple challenges including the deadly pandemic,  economic, educational  and personal hardship,  intense political division, and physical and emotional isolation. During these tumultuous times, we also witnessed violent hate crimes and racist acts, including horrific incidents directed toward AAPI and African American communities.  In the midst of great tragedy and horror we also saw different communities come together in the struggle for racial and social justice.
AAPI rally    Since one of the driving forces behind the WW II Japanese American incarceration was attributed to racial prejudice, many Japanese Americans feel compelled to join with other communities in denouncing hate, prejudice, and violence and in continuing the fight for social justice.
Related to this theme, NOC is honored to have featured Day of Remembrance speaker, Cynthia Choi, a codirector of Chinese for Affirmative Action and cofounder of Stop AAPI Hate Often cited by major news organizations, Stop AAPI Hate has had a tremendous impact in raising awareness about the rise of  violence and hate-based incidents directed towards the AAPI community. Not only is Stop AAPI Hate trying to understand the realities of anti-Asian racism, the organization is also a platform for finding community-based solutions.

Locally, the San Jose Nikkei Resisters (SJNR) is one group that is forming community-based solutions. Over the past year, SJNR  partnered with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in presenting bystander intervention training and de-escalation techniques. Kelsey Ichikawa is the chair of the Reimagining Public Safety Subcommittee in SJNR and will talk about their recent work.

The 2022 Day of Remembrance program will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. As part of  this commemoration,  Eiko Yamaichi, as well as other former incarcerees, will share their personal stories about incarceration.

In 1988, the United States gave an official apology to former incarcerees of the camps with the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. It is important to note that there were many people who were also incarcerated in the same camps as Japanese Americans but were not offered the same acknowledgement.  Grace Shimizu, Director of the Campaign for Justice Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans, will speak about the continued fight for truth, acknowledgement, and justice.  Read more about the plight of Japanese Latin Americans and the campaign for justice...
2022 Day of Remembrance Film Trailers  
Cynthia Choi, Stop AAPI Hate    Cynthia Choi, Stop AAPI Hate

In this short Day of Remembrance film trailer, Cynthia Choi, cofounder of Stop AAPI Hate and codirector of Chinese for Affirmative Action, talks about starting Stop AAPI Hate in order to understand the nature of the attacks on the AAPI community and to come up with solutions.
Alice Hikido Remembrance    Alice Hikido, Camp Remembrance

This trailer for the 2022 San Jose Day of Remembrance spotlights Alice Hikido, who was incarcerated in Minikoka, Idaho. Alice recalls a sad episode of a mother who was under tremendous stress in the camp.

Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans 
Japanese Latin Americans 
During WWII, the U.S. government went outside its borders and violated the rights of over 2,200 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry in 13 Latin American countries in the name of “national security.” These “potentially dangerous enemy aliens” were imprisoned in concentration camps in the U.S. for use as hostages in exchange for U.S. citizens held in Far East war zones. On the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the U.S. government has yet to acknowledge and properly redress these crimes against humanity.

Read more about America's Forgotten Internment:

Sign the petition to demand justice from the Biden Administration: Petition · President Biden: Comply With International Law! Justice Now for Japanese Latin Americans! · 
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"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.