Tsuru for Solidarity’s Day of Remembrance Call to Action

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Press: Kathy Kojimoto (415) 572-3255, kkojimoto@hotmail.com, John Ota (415) 370-4497, johnota@sbcglobal.net

General inquiries: tsuruforsolidarity@gmail.com

“We want to be the neighbors that we didn’t have when they came for us.” 

On 78th Anniversary of Executive Order to Round Japanese Americans into WWII Camps, Tsuru for Solidarity Remembers with Call to Join National Pilgrimage in DC To Both Protest Modern-Day Detention Camps and Heal Together.

The Group is Planning the Largest Gathering of Japanese Americans Since Being Rounded Up into the Camps 

February 18th, 2020

As Japanese Americans hold Day of Remembrance events across the country to commemorate the 78th anniversary of February 19, 1942 — when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants without trial or hearings — Tsuru for Solidarity announces a national pilgrimage to DC June 4th – 7th, 2020 to close the camps. 

The group anticipates it will be the largest gathering of Japanese Americans since they were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in US camps together seventy years ago.

“As a community that has experienced one of the greatest civil liberties violations in the history of this country, we have an opportunity to push back against the same sentiment that banished our mothers & fathers,” explains Jon Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council in San Francisco and Director of the award-winning film, Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066. 

Tsuru for Solidarity launched in March 2019 when it protested outside the Dilley family detention center in Texas, just down the road from the Crystal City Family Internment Camp where Japanese Americans were held during World War II. Subsequently, Tsuru for Solidarity successfully protested at the Fort Sill, Oklahoma military base, alongside Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City, American Indian Movement Indian Territory, Dream Action Oklahoma, ACLU Oklahoma, andUnited We Dream to prevent the base that once held Japanese Americans from being used to detain migrant children today. Last month, they organized an inter-generational protest outside the Yuba County Jail, the last remaining ICE detention center in Northern California, and on Saturday, February 23rd, they will hold a Day of Remembrance Day of Action outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington. 

Volunteers around the country have already folded 66,000 of the expected 125,000 signature folded cranes that the group will bring to Washington, DC to symbolize the Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans incarcerated during World War II.  Representatives of Tsuru for Solidarity are building on the momentum toward Washington by speaking at over 20 Day of Remembrance events around the country to commemorate together, promote the pilgrimage, and charge the audience to take action to “stop repeating history.”. When they gather in DC, the group will deliver the cranes, protest to close the camps, educate Congress, and hold a day of intergenerational healing.

Satsuki Ina, co-chair of Tsuru For Solidarity who was born in one of the WWII camps, concludes, “The theme of the Day of Remembrance in Los Angeles organized by a consortium of socially conscious organizations was ‘Democracy in Action – 1942 and 2020.’ It charged the audience to take action to stop the current day repetition of historical injustice so reminiscent of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. In their Call to Action, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress calls us to ‘Remember the lessons from Redress’ to speak out against injustices, support others and learn from our history of resistance. We plan to vote, march, educate, and organize.”

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Wednesday, Feb 19 1:30 pm
University of San Francisco – Day of Remembrance Tsuru for Solidarity Fold-In
University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Del Santo Reading Room

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Wednesday, Feb 19 see below for details
Day of Remembrance Exhibit and Panel Discussion @ Smithsonian Museum of American History
Contested Histories Pop-up Exhibit 10am – 5:30pm, SC Johnson Conference Center First Floor West
“Not for Sale: Preserving and Sharing Community Collection” Panel Discussion 6 – 8pm – same location as above

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Wednesday, Feb 19 6pm-9pm
Day of Remembrance for Alameda’s Japantown
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Sponsor: Buddhist Church of Alameda, Buena Vista United Methodist Church
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Wednesday, Feb 19 6pm-10pm
Day of Remembrance @ UC Berkeley featuring Satsuki Ina and Chizu Omori
Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsor: Nikkei Student Union of UC Berkeley, Tsuru for Solidarity
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Wednesday, Feb 19 7pm
Day of Remembrance ALTERNATIVE FACTS screening
University of California, Santa Barbara
Sponsor: University of California Santa Barbara Nikkei Student Union
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Thursday, Feb 20 10am-12:30pm
Washington State Legislative Day of Remembrance Ceremony in Olympia,
House of Representatives Chamber

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Thursday, Feb 20 5pm-7pm
Incarceration Then & Now: JA Perspective on the Border Crisis
Proskauer; Eleven Times Square (Eighth Avenue & 41st Street),  Room 2700; New York, NY 10036
Sponsor: Proskaur, Center for Constitutional Rights, NY Day of Remembrance Committee, Tsuru for Solidarity
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Thursday, Feb 20 6pm-8pm
University of Washington Nikkei Student Union Day of Remembrance 2020
UW Intellectual House
Sponsor: UW Nikkei Student Union
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Friday, Feb 21st 1pm-2:30pm
Fold a Crane, Send a Message (Tsuru for Solidarity Fold-in)
Church of the Painted Hills UCC Library, 3295 West Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85745

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Saturday, Feb 22 10am
Utah Day of Remembrance – Screening of Alternative Facts Film
Utah Law and Justice Center
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Saturday, Feb 22 10am – 11:30am
2020 Day of Remembrance: “Revitalize and Reflect”
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i – Manoa Grand Ballroom 2454 S. Beretania Street
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Saturday, Feb 22 11 am – 8pm
2020 Films of Remembrance
New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., San Francisco. Japantown
Sponsor: Nichibei
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Saturday, Feb 22 12pm -4 pm
New York Day of Remembrance & Tsuru for Solidarity NYC Regional Meeting
225 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Sponsor: New York Day of Remembrance Committee, Tsuru for Solidarity
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Saturday, Feb 22 1 – 4pm
Tsuru Fold-In
Parkview Presbyterian Church, 727 T Street, Sacramento, CA  95814 (on street parking only)

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Saturday, Feb 22 2pm -4 pm
Film Screening—Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice
Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sponsor: Japanese American National Museum
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Saturday, Feb 22 5:30 – 7pm
A Day of Remembrance Book Talk (American Sutra) and Discussion with Duncan Williams: Recalling the Ancestors: Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Internment
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland CA
Sponsor: Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley
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Saturday, Feb 22 11:30 am – 7:30pm
2020 Films of Remembrance
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St., San Jose Japantown
Sponsor: Nichibei
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Sunday, Feb 23 12:30-2:30 pm
Day of Remembrance, Day of Action
1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA 98421
Sponsor: Seattle Chapter of Tsuru For Solidarity, La Resistencia, Densho, Seattle JACL
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Sunday, Feb 23 12pm – 9pm
Izakaya Mita Fundraiser–Tsuru for Solidarity and Immigrant Justice
Izakaya Mita; 1960 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647
A fundraising event for those traveling from Chicago to DC and Organized Communities Against Deportation

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Sunday, Feb 23 2pm-5pm
Portland Day of Remembrance – Screening of Alternative Facts Film
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR
Sponsor: PDX JACL
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Sunday, Feb 23 1pm-4pm
Tsuru Fold-In
Berkeley Methodist United Church – 1710 Carleton St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Sponsor: Contra Costa JACL
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Friday, Feb 28 6:30pm-9pm
Nabe Night with Tsuru for Solidarity
The Center, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco CA 94115
Sponsor: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Saturday, Feb 29 2pm
NE JACL Day of Remembrance: National Security & Civil Liberties — Past Injustices, Current Immigration & Refugee Issues
(see page 4 of the above attachment)
MIT, E25 – Room 111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA
Sponsor: New England JACL
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Saturday, Feb 29 9am- 1PM
Tsuru for Solidarity Fold-In (multiple dates)
Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple, Auditorium; 1947 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202

Already Occurred

Saturday, Feb 15 10am-1pm
Crane Stringing at J-Sei – Emeryville, California
J-Sei, 1285 66th Street, Emeryvilled, CA 94608
Sponsor: J-Sei, Tsuru For Solidarity
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Saturday, Feb 15 1pm-4pm
Day of Remembrance Open House
Mukai Farm & Garden, 18017 107th Avenue SW, Vashon, Washington 98070
Sponsor: Mukai Farm & Garden
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Saturday, Feb 15 2pm-4pm

Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, “Democracy in Crisis: 1942 – 2020”
Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sponsor:  Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Kizuna, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, Organization of Chinese Americans–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action
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Sunday, Feb 16 1pm-3pm

Day of Remembrance Event
The Lodge, 1050 Des Peres Road, St. Louis 63131
Sponsor: St. Louis JACL
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Sunday, Feb 16 12:30pm-3:30pm

Minidoka Day of Remembrance Taiko Performance
Click
here for tickets.  Seattle University

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Sunday, Feb 16 1:30pm-4:30pm

Chicago Day of Remembrance – Alternative Facts Film Screening
1601 N Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614
Sponsor: Chicago Japanese American Council, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizen League–Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.
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Sunday, Feb 16 2pm-4pm

41st Annual Bay Area Day of Remembrance, “Never Again Is Now!: Carrying the Light for Justice”
Flyer links
here and here
AMC Kabuki 8 Theatres, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Reception 4-6pm, Japanese Community & Cultural Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter Street

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Sunday, Feb 16 5pm-7:30pm

40th Anniversary, San Jose Day of Remembrance, “No Camps, No Cages: 40 Years of Fighting for Justice”
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA
Sponsor: Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)

 

Tsuru for Solidarity (tsuruforsolidarity.org) is a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. We stand on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who suffered great injustices in U.S. concentration camps during WWII, and we say, “Stop Repeating History!” Tsuru for Solidarity is planning a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” in Washington, D.C. in June, 2020. 

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