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  January 2023 Issue 1
  In this issue 
  43rd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance 
  Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution 
  DoR 2023 Flyer 
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On Sunday, February 19, 2023, the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will present  the 43rd annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program in the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 632 North 5th Street, San Jose, from 5:30 pm–7:00 pm. This event commemorates Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II imprisonment of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

The theme of the program is "Reparatory Justice: Together We Rise," bringing awareness to the public about the Japanese American community's redress and reparations movement and the importance of being in solidarity with other communities in their struggles for justice and reparations today.

NOC proudly announces guest speaker Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. Recently, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has been involved in the fight to protect the environmental health of the region, particularly Juristac, sacred lands that have great historic significance to the Amah Mutsun.

Sumi Tanabe and Susie Yasui, survivors of WWII incarceration, will speak about their experiences in camp and how they were affected by incarceration in the difficult years after returning from the camps. Long-time activist, Susan Hayase, from the San Jose Nikkei Resisters, will describe how the theme of the program resonates within the Japanese American community and other communities.

Also featured are performances by San Jose Taiko and the traditional candlelight procession through Japantown. The candle lighting ceremony and procession through Japantown will honor those who were incarcerated in the concentration camps.

Seating is limited. This event is free of charge but donations are welcome.
Candlelight Procession   Reflection

The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown allows participants to remember how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devastated the community and to reflect on what that event means to us today

2023 Day of Remembrance Film Trailer
Satomi Yasui Film Trailer    Satomi Susie Yasui Remembrance

In this bonus clip, Satomi Susie Yasui talks about how she and her family encountered racism in the years after their release from  WWII Japanese American concentration camps. 
Valentin Lopez on Juristac    Valentin Lopez on Juristac

Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez shares his perspective on the proposed sand and gravel mining operation on Juristac, a sacred site for his tribe. Film clip from StanfordJournalism.

Read more:Juristac:  Proving the Sanctity of a Landscape

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San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
P.O. Box 10643
San Jose, CA  95157


"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.