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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?

Just as there was no military necessity for forcibly excluding and then indefinitely detaining persons of Japanese ances...
04/16/2019
Congress: #RepealTheBan and support the NO BAN Act

Just as there was no military necessity for forcibly excluding and then indefinitely detaining persons of Japanese ancestry in 1942, there is today no national security reason for excluding and banning persons who follow the Muslim faith from entering the U.S.

If you think that you were the kind of person who could have seen through the blatant scapegoating against Japanese Americans in 1942, then step up today and stand up against the blatant scapegoating of Muslim Americans today in 2019!
#RepealTheBan #NoBanNoWall #DontExcludeUs #NeverAgainIsNow

The Muslim Ban is still tearing apart families & communities. Now, #AfterChristchurch, we *must* prevent any future president from stoking this kind of hate again.

Here's what happened at the March 2019 Crystal City Pilgrimage and Dilley Protest.  Japanese Americans of all generation...
04/13/2019
“No More Kids in Cages! Not Ok in 1942, Not Ok Today”

Here's what happened at the March 2019 Crystal City Pilgrimage and Dilley Protest. Japanese Americans of all generations, including those who were children and babies in the WWII Concentration camps, go to commemorate history and to protest the detention of asylum seekers in similar camp sites.

Japanese American former detainees protest immigrant detention in South Texas By: John Ota, Susan Hayase and Tom Izu – Videos by Konrad Aderer and Lauren Sumida. Dilley, TX – Over 100 protes…

There are no national security concerns that keep these families apart.  The only reason is the desire of this administr...
03/28/2019
Under the radar, Trump’s travel ban keeps families waiting years to reunite in Seattle

There are no national security concerns that keep these families apart. The only reason is the desire of this administration to pander to the anti-immigrant bigotry of some Americans.
#NoMuslimBanEver #NoBanNoWall #DontExcludeUs

A young generation of highly educated residents in the Seattle area, some working at high-profile tech companies, continue to be separated from their loved ones by President Trump's travel ban. Applying for a waiver is a vague process — with...

Please sign this and share among your activist and grassroots networks.
03/20/2019
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

Please sign this and share among your activist and grassroots networks.

Cambodian American refugee communities are being targeted by ICE, with 50 individuals detained in the last two weeks.

Urge Governor Newsom to #PardonRefugees facing deportation: bit.ly/pardonrefugees

Terrible decision.  We have to change the law.
03/20/2019

Terrible decision. We have to change the law.

In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an extreme interpretation of the mandatory immigration detention statute. We are deeply disappointed in their ruling, and outraged by the impact it will have on immigrants and their rights. As a result of this bad ruling, community members will be subjected to mandatory detention regardless of when they were taken into custody by DHS, as long as they were previously convicted within a class of predicate offenses.

Despite this bad news, we are very proud of our partners at the ACLU, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and the law firms of Gibbs Houston Pauw - Immigration Law Office, Sunbird Law PLLC, and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP - alongside of whom we brought the case to the USSC.

We will continue our fight against the cruelty of mass incarceration without access to a hearing.

A WWII-era leather bag and prayer at a mosque.A deep connection. A whole-hearted empathyCommitment, promise.No more hopi...
03/15/2019

A WWII-era leather bag and prayer at a mosque.

A deep connection.
A whole-hearted empathy
Commitment, promise.

No more hoping. Time to get to work. #NeverAgainIsNow #MyMosque

The connection between a WWII-era bag and prayer at a mosque

In light of the tragic events in New Zealand, we have chosen to delay the release of our next object and share this reflection.

* * *

Amy Iwasaki Mass, 83, was invited with 50 Objects to speak at De Anza College in Cupertino last month for the school’s 17th Day of Remembrance. There was a crowd of more than 200 students, staff and faculty.

Amy brought the leather bag which her father had packed and made ready by the door in case the FBI came to arrest him. In 1942, she was seven years old. Every morning she would wake up and go to the door to see if his bag was still there.

After the presentation, three students were invited on stage to reflect on the program. The first question was, “what resonated with you the most in today’s program?” The first of the three to respond was a Pakistani Muslim American woman.

She said, “Amy’s father’s bag. Because when my father goes to the mosque, I don’t know if he’ll come back.”

Those words gave us the chills then. Today we are left with the fact that the same fear and hatred directed during WWII toward Japanese Americans and those who practiced a different religion, Buddhism, is again at work today.

We would like to share the words of a new congressional representative in Washington, D.C.

“Friends, Morning (Friday) is Jummah, the weekly day of worship for our community of Muslim friends and loved ones. Be there for them. Check in. Perhaps extend a kind gesture at your local mosque. There is so much fear and hate. We must negate it with active, courageous love.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY, 14th District

Thank you to Tom Izu, director of the California History Center’s Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Initiative at De Anza College and to Amy Iwasaki Mass.

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights says that we have the right to petition the government for redress of grievanc...
03/08/2019
NYT Columnist Endorses Reparations In Change Of Heart

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights says that we have the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. The descendants of slaves deserve to exercise that right if they want to. To deny this is to exclude Black people from the protections of the Constitution.

"Sometimes you change your mind in ways you never could have imagined," David Brooks wrote.

White nationalists have always taken every opportunity to kick out or keep out people of color. This is not just an unfa...
02/26/2019
Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

White nationalists have always taken every opportunity to kick out or keep out people of color. This is not just an unfair bureaucratic move. From the Chinese Exclusion Act, the 1924 Immigration Act that excluded Japanese among others, the Mexican Repatriation which expelled almost a million including citizen children, and the forced expulsion and detention of Japanese Americans and the subsequent deportation of those deemed "disloyal", the registration and deportations of Muslims and Arab Americans after 9/11, and the Muslim ban, and deportations of Latinos and African immigrants -- I hope that there is little doubt in everybody's mind now that legal status or criminal record has nothing to do with being targeted by this administration or past administrations. Targeting South East Asian communities belongs to the racist and exclusionary history of the U.S.
#NeverAgainIsNow Let's figure out how to unite our communities to stop i

The White House again wants to expel certain groups of protected immigrants, a reversal after backing away from the policy months ago.

This is the podcast of the "DOR Radio Discussion" that took place at the JAMsj on 2/17 in the afternoon, same day as the...
02/22/2019
Immigrant rights activists say 'Never Again is Now'

This is the podcast of the "DOR Radio Discussion" that took place at the JAMsj on 2/17 in the afternoon, same day as the SJ DOR that evening.

Connie Young Yu (Chinese American historian), and Teresa Castellanos (Chicana immigrants rights activist) and Susan Hayase discuss their separate experiences with exclusion and how they apply to today. With some comments and questions from the studio audience.

On this edition of Your Call, hear our discussion at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose about communities that have faced exclusion, from Japanese

Join Japanese Americans in making a commitment to fighting against exclusionary policies of any kind on the 30th anniver...
08/11/2018

Join Japanese Americans in making a commitment to fighting against exclusionary policies of any kind on the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 - #NeverAgainisNow!

Our page took a little summer break, but we're excited to invite everyone to our next little program! If you ever wanted...
07/17/2018

Our page took a little summer break, but we're excited to invite everyone to our next little program! If you ever wanted to be an audience member for a TV recording, we've got something even better with a civil liberties' spin.

We are planning a group interview of the San Jose Nisei and Sansei activists to remember the Redress Movement in San Jose and YOU can join us and be in our silent audience! This is incredibly exciting, we know. It gets better: it is FREE admission with a RSVP to Tom Izu at [email protected].

Join us for this historic filming on Saturday, August 18 at 1:00pm at the Japanese Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). It'll be more educational than being in a real TV show audience, we promise!

06/08/2018
"What will we do?"

For those who missed out on our last event "Here to Stay," here is the short video we showed from our inspiring interview (done in mid-February) with Connie Young Yu - Chinese American Activist, Writer, and Historian.
She asks and tells us what we can do in this political climate.

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