Japanese American woman holds child - historical photo from Bainbridge forced removal. Text reads "Day of Remembrance, Day of Action" February 23, Northwest Detention Center

This is what solidarity looks like. Hundreds of people braved sheeting rain, gusting winds, and frigid temperatures to show up for Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at the Northwest Detention Center.

Event co-organizer Stanley Shikuma notes that this was “the largest Asian American protest action outside of Seattle in Washington state in decades — maybe since the first Day of Remembrance in Puyallup in 1978.”

This was Tsuru for Solidarity’s first major action in the Pacific Northwest. We want to thank our partners at @laresistencianw, @denshoproject, and @seattlejacl for playing a huge role in making it happen — and to all who showed up on Sunday. As La Resistencia organizer Maru Mora says, “This is a great example of coming together to work against oppression and for liberation of all people.”

We’ve got our work cut out for us but this is how we’re going to make it happen. 

Watch an excerpt of Kishi Bashi’s moving performance in solidarity at the Northwest Detention Center, (credit to La Resistencia):

For more coverage of the protest, check out Densho’s incredible photo essay of the protest here.

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