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Predictions are saying that anti-Asian and anti-Semitic scapegoating is likely to increase once the shut-down ends, so i...
04/20/2020

Predictions are saying that anti-Asian and anti-Semitic scapegoating is likely to increase once the shut-down ends, so it's probably a good idea for more people to start thinking about how to address it.

Join us at this virtual Bystander Intervention Training on Friday, April 24 led by our very own, Courtney Mangus! Courtney became a trainer in 2017 and has since led trainings throughout the Bay Area reaching an audience of 2,500 people! Register today at bit.ly/bystanderwebinar

04/01/2020
Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

The scapegoating of Chinese Americans and, by extension, all Asian Americans, for the pandemic is impossible to separate from the history of exclusion faced by Chinese immigrants to this country.

"People didn't know for decades that there was a Chinatown in San Jose, and actually there were five." -- historian Connie Young Yu.

The exclusionary actions that violently wiped out the Market Street Chinatown, and then the paving over of the Heinleinville Chinatown, including the destruction of the Ng Shing Gung temple are sad evidence of xenophobia and the steady drive of forced assimilation.

With the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown augmented reality art project, we hope to give people a window into the past and into the hearts of the real people who lived, loved, worked, were born, and died here. This place has meaning. When you walk the streets, try to see it, try to remember.

https://vimeo.com/208612740

This is current day, active censoring of recent Japanese American history in Bellevue, Washington.  Can you imagine crea...
03/19/2020
Bellevue’s anti-Japanese history ‘censored’ at city-run arts festival, artists say

This is current day, active censoring of recent Japanese American history in Bellevue, Washington. Can you imagine creating poetry or artwork and having the content censored by the city if it mentions the anti-Japanese movement that demanded the removal of Japanese strawberry farmers? If it dares to name the person who put his considerable resources at the command of the anti-Japanese movement and whose heirs were the direct beneficiaries of this removal and land displacement?

Miller Freeman's heirs are sitting on top of a development goldmine that was built on the land farmed by Japanese American farmers, and are so defensive of their reputation that they will do anything to stop this information from being talked about. Pass it on.

Six months before the Bellevue College controversy, artists claim, mentions of the Freeman family were a no-go.

It's wrong to separate families for no reason.  We have to stay resolved to defeat the forces that are keep families apa...
02/25/2020
CAIR - San Francisco Bay Area

It's wrong to separate families for no reason. We have to stay resolved to defeat the forces that are keep families apart.

“Do not lose hope. Keep filing those applications and apply for those waivers ... do what you need to do, because this country belongs to all of us,” said Zahra Billoo.

No Muslim Ban Ever Coalition Condemns Trump Administration’s Expanded Muslim Ban
01/31/2020
No Muslim Ban Ever Coalition Condemns Trump Administration’s Expanded Muslim Ban

No Muslim Ban Ever Coalition Condemns Trump Administration’s Expanded Muslim Ban

New Expansion of Discriminatory Policy Doubles Down Exclusion of Communities of Color The No Muslim Ban Ever campaign, a coalition of progressive, faith, immigrant, asylum, refugee and civil rights groups, denounces the Trump Administration’s latest iteration of the Muslim Ban that will expand re

The block bounded by 6th, 7th, Taylor and Jackson is the site of the historic Heinleinville Chinatown. There were five C...
01/11/2020

The block bounded by 6th, 7th, Taylor and Jackson is the site of the historic Heinleinville Chinatown. There were five Chinatowns in San Jose and the largest was downtown at the site of the Fairmont Hotel. During the wave of anti-Chinese lynchings and expulsions on the entire West Coast, the downtown Chinatown was arsoned and burned to the ground.

A German American immigrant named John Heinlein owned that property and he told the Chinese community: "Come over here and I'll build you a Chinatown." He did and that become the nucleus of all the Asian immigrant communities that formed in that area. Japanese immigrants built around Heinleinville and Filipino immigrants settled and did business mostly on 6th Street.

These are the "hidden histories" of what is now called San Jose Japantown. It's really important to understand that it wasn't always just Japantown and that there are communities that call it home, too.

For this reason, I urge people to consider voting for a name that reflects the historic Heinleinville Chinatown. Also, contact [email protected] for more information about this and about a three community art project taking place in 2020.

Take the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJParkNaming

Xin các bạn giúp Sở Công Viên, Giải Trí và Dịch Vụ Cộng Đồng (PRNS) đặt tên cho 2 công viên mới, sẽ xây dựng tại thành phố San José / Please, Help name two upcoming public parks in Japantown and South San José! This survey closes January 17, so fill it out today and let your voice be heard:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJParkNaming

"report and detain anyone of Iranian heritage entering the country who is deemed potentially suspicious or "adversarial"...
01/05/2020
CAIR

"report and detain anyone of Iranian heritage entering the country who is deemed potentially suspicious or "adversarial" regardless of citizenship status."

If this doesn't ring a bell with JAs, I don't know what will.

What were people saying about the superiority of citizenship versus "illegal" status ?

BREAKING NEWS: CAIR-WA Assisting Iranian-Americans Detained at U.S. Border

(SEATTLE, WA, 1/5/20) – The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash.

Many more were reportedly refused entry to the United States due to a lack of capacity for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to detain them.

Other Iranian-Americans are about to cross the Peace Arch Border as they return back to their homes in the United States from an Iranian pop concert that was taking place on Saturday in Vancouver, Canada.

Those detained reported that their passports were confiscated and they were questioned about their political views and allegiances. CBP officials contacted at the Blaine Port of Entry provided no comment or reasons for the detentions.

[NOTE: CAIR published “Know Your Rights” materials online in English, Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Farsi, Bengali, and Bosnian. The multi-language civil rights materials may be printed out for personal use or for distribution at local events. GO TO: https://www.cair.com/KnowYourRights ]

Crystal, a 24-year-old American citizen and medical student was allegedly detained and interrogated for more than 10 hours with her family at the Peace Arch Border Crossing before being released early this morning. “The vast majority of people being held last night were American citizens,” said Crystal. “We kept asking why we were being detained and asked questions that had nothing to do with our reason for traveling and was told ‘I’m sorry this is just the wrong time for you guys.’”

A source at CBP reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a national order to CBP to “report” and detain anyone with Iranian heritage entering the country who is deemed potentially suspicious or “adversarial,” regardless of citizenship status. CBP at the Peace Arch Border Crossing did not confirm or deny this report.

“These reports are extremely troubling and potentially constitute illegal detentions of United States citizens,” said Masih Fouladi, executive director of CAIR-WA. “We are working to verify reports of a broad nationwide directive to detain Iranian-Americans at ports of entry so that we can provide community members with accurate travel guidance. We will continue to update the community and other civil rights organizations as we obtain more information.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Masih Fouladi, 714-801-0349; CAIR-WA Communications Coordinator Jessica Schreindl, [email protected], 206.367.4081

Iranian Americans are Americans in 2020 just as Japanese Americans were Americans in 1942. They are our neighbors, colle...
01/04/2020
For many Iranian-American families, this moment has us sick and terrified | Mitra Jalali

Iranian Americans are Americans in 2020 just as Japanese Americans were Americans in 1942. They are our neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family members. They deserve our support and respect. We can't let anybody be further scapegoated by this terrible, illegal, unnecessary war with Iran.

This isn’t just detached political analysis and smug Twitter takes to us. It is about a lifetime of experience and broken US foreign policy

The movement to exclude Americans and prospective Americans from full participation in U.S. society has been surging.#Do...
10/10/2019
The Atlantic

The movement to exclude Americans and prospective Americans from full participation in U.S. society has been surging.
#DontExcludeUS

Over the past few years, lawyers have reported a surge in naturalized Americans being stripped of their citizenship—a phenomenon that's antithetical to the Fourteenth Amendment, argues the law professor Amanda Frost.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
09/19/2019

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

🚨 ICE ALERT 🚨

ICE is planning arrests of Cambodian community members in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian with a deportation order and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact our ICE raids hotline at 415-952-0413.

Visit SEAraids.org for more info.

Massive collusion in wholesale denial of due process rights for anyone suspected of being "illegal."#DontExcludeUs
07/04/2019
Mijente

Massive collusion in wholesale denial of due process rights for anyone suspected of being "illegal."
#DontExcludeUs

The ongoing threat of raids for mass deportations has made it necessary for us to understand the inner workings of ICE’s mass raid operations. We’ve confirmed in government documents that ICE operations are politically motivated and not at all about national security, as the administration claim...

06/27/2019

This is a short passage from a recent article by Buddhist scholar and Japanese American Duncan Williams on his investigation into the history of Fort Sill:

What stood out more for Otokichi Ozaki, though, was the combination of the weather, the guards, and the living conditions. On May 14, 1942, he took notes on a canvas mat he found at Fort Sill that he kept with him until after the war. He scribbled:

The spiteful guards glaring at us as though they would shoot us at any minute; the barbed wire surrounding us, one enclosure after the next; the soldiers watching us from every angle; machine guns positioned at each corner on the high towers and manned by soldiers twenty-four hours a day. … Here at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where glittering heat waves rise and peak as far as the eyes can see. … No soap rations. No toothpaste. … What money we had was taken from us, so we have none. Inside the barbed wire fence, there is nothing we can buy anyway. We become irritable. Eat. Sleep. Wake up. Eat. Sleep. Wake up. A life cut off from everything in the world. .. The crazy weather and the tent life – one cannot but help but begin to lose one’s mind. … Everyone’s eyes are beginning to look like those of dead fish.

The idea that our government should be deporting 11 million undocumented people is unmitigated ugliness.Our people came ...
06/18/2019
The Hill

The idea that our government should be deporting 11 million undocumented people is unmitigated ugliness.

Our people came here to work and they did -- doing thankless, hard work -- cleaning houses, blasting holes in mountains and laying track, picking fruit, and hoeing soil, sorting seeds, and growing flowers, making myriad small businesses before "start-up" was in our vocabulary.

Our people came here to be free and to be safe and they were -- fleeing oppression, repression, and death, grieving loved ones, struggling to raise up children to be happy.

Something is very wrong with these people who fear and hate us.
#DontExcludeUs

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: A day after President Trump warned ICE would soon begin removing millions of illegal immigrants, his ICE Director admitted in an interview with The Hill, "clearly, we don’t have the resources to deport, you know, 11 million people in a short period of time..."

This school was originally named after Peter Burnett, the first governor of the  state of California.  He vowed to exter...
05/09/2019
Here are the finalists for Burnett Middle School's new name - San José Spotlight

This school was originally named after Peter Burnett, the first governor of the state of California. He vowed to exterminate the native Californians and under his leadership the state legislature created a bounty for scalps and heads. He also hated the Chinese and anybody who wasn't white. There is no way that a man with blood on his hands from crimes against humanity deserves to be honored like this.

They are changing the name, and the candidates for a new name are great choices. If you feel so moved, vote for your favorite.

The list is finally in: A committee narrowed down the finalists for Burnett Middle School’s new name. School administrators received more than five hundred submissions and a committee of students, school staff and community members narrowed it down to these finalists. Voting will open on May 6. In...

Exclusion is kind of a habit we need to kick.#DontExcludeUs
05/06/2019

Exclusion is kind of a habit we need to kick.
#DontExcludeUs

On this day in 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act. This law forbade the entry of Chinese laborers for ten years. Later laws would extend the exclusion until the ban was made permanent in 1902. This law spurred restriction against other "undesirable" groups such as Japanese, Middle Easterners, Hindu and East Asians. #neveragainisnow #chineseexclusionact #stoprepeatinghistory

An unnecessary tragedy.  Sophorn San was an American, one of us, and should never have been deported.  Our own governmen...
05/04/2019
PIVOT - The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization

An unnecessary tragedy. Sophorn San was an American, one of us, and should never have been deported. Our own government should recognize who "we" are. Our own government should never exclude us.

"The people who love Sophorn San were not with him at the North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, prison where he was in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in July 2016. They’ll never be able to ask him what he was thinking as he wrote one final, desperate plea for mercy during his final deportation proceedings.

All that is left of those moments are the words he submitted for consideration to an immigration court.

‘I am a citizen of Cambodia, although I have not been in that country permanently, since I was four years old,’ San, then 25, wrote. ‘After my parents fled Cambodia in 1996, we never returned.’

‘Although I am a Cambodian citizen on paper, I am in every other way an American,’ he continued. ‘I consider the United States to be my home and being deported to Cambodia would cause my family and I great trauma, as I have no connections in Cambodia.’

‘If I am deported I will be lucky to see my mother, father and brothers once every ten years. ... If I am deported I may never see my family again.’

On Dec. 17, 2018, along with 35 others, San was put on a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, to start life in a land he never knew."

Interesting article by Eric Muller.  This describes an example of reasoning that is neutral on its face but which hides ...
04/26/2019
The Roberts Court Is Considering the Legal Reasoning of Jim Crow to Uphold a Rigged Census

Interesting article by Eric Muller. This describes an example of reasoning that is neutral on its face but which hides an effort to disadvantage those without power. In the Jim Crow case, Palmer v. Thompson, the court upheld the right of Jackson, Mississippi to shut down its public pools, supposedly to save money but in truth it was to avoid integrating them. It looks like the Roberts court may uphold the citizenship question on the 2020 census for a reason that is facially neutral but which masks a move to under count in Democratic districts.

Another example of how white supremacy is embedded in our institutions and is not just a matter of interpersonal animus.
#DontExcludeUs

How could a late-stage Jim Crow decision be wreaking such havoc in the 21st century?

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Don’t Exclude Us Initiative

For many decades, Japanese Americans have been recounting family stories and personal memories of the WWII incarceration, both to try to illuminate the injustices as well as to encourage others to stand up against similar acts of scapegoating and racism. Former internees said unequivocally: “Never Again!”

Yet it is happening again.

In the face of a ban targeting Muslims, the demonization of immigrants, and a muscular deportation force, we find profound relevance in these remembrances of Japanese Americans and also in stories of excluded Chinese Americans, tales of families destroyed by the so-called Mexican Repatriation. We believe recording and filming these oral histories can unite our communities by motivating us to Take a Stand together as one community today!

Our initiative is a collaboration by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, the California History Center at De Anza College, and J-town Community TV with funding provided by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library.

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