Save the Date

The next General Meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5th at 10:30 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.

Historical Video Archives
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NCRR is opposed to any legislation that abrogates any person of their rights as guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. These rights have been violated at Guantanamo Bay and continue today.

Read more:
• Infowars: Obama’s Signing Statement on NDAA: I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’t

Manzanar Committee: National Defense Authorization Act: Nikkei Community Must Redouble Efforts To Defend Constitutional Rights

The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes any future president to order the military to pick up individuals far from any battlefield and imprison them without charge or trial. As a result, the NDAA violates the Constitution, our international law obligations, and our nation's commitment to the rule of law.

-- No president should be given the power to send our military around the globe, to places where there is no armed conflict, and imprison civilians based on suspicion alone (no matter how much we trust any president, this power is too great).
-- The United States itself should be off-limits to military authority to imprison civilians without charge or trial.
-- No president should ever be REQUIRED to put civilians into military custody without charge or trial.

Sample letters to use to send to Congressmen: Letter 1 | Letter 2

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress reflects upon historic grassroots movement
Members and friends of the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) celebrated the activist organization's achievements, especially its victorious campaign for redress, during its 30th anniversary party on Sept. 25 in Little Tokyo. The 45 celebrants at the Teramachi condominium complex were treated to a potluck lunch, viewed a video about NCRR's activities, toasted the anniversary with Champagne and heard several individuals speak of their experiences as part of the civil rights organization. Read more...

This section of NCRR's website presents selected events in NCRR's history through photos, news articles and commentary.

The Day of Remembrance Archives is NOW online.

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Photo by Glen Kitayama
NCRR's Historical Lobbying Trip for Redress, Washington DC, 1987.

NCRR Reader
A history on the formation of the NCRR and it’s struggle for redress
Click here to open the reader

Ehren Watada: Free at Last
Three military courts rejected Watada's double jeopardy claim; but as soon as the case was appealed to a civilian court, US District Court Judge Benjamin Settle issued a stay blocking the retrial and charging that "the military judge likely abused his discretion."

The Army announced it would appeal but then did nothing for eighteen months, leaving Watada in limbo. Finally, after a campaign by Watada's supporters, the Obama administration's Department of Justice nixed the Army's appeal. The Army threatened to court martial Watada on other charges but finally decided to accept defeat.

Click here for the full story

1000 rally for Lt. Watada at Ft. Lewis during the court martial.
See more photos here.

The Parents of Ehren Watada
Welcomed in Little Tokyo

By Gwen Muranaka of the Rafu Shimpo

Bob Watada visited Little Tokyo on Saturday, October 7th, to raise support and funds for his son, 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who is facing a court martial for refusing to deploy with his unit to Iraq.

The event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center was a welcome reception for Watada and his wife, Rosa Sakanishi sponsored by Asian American Vietnam Veterans Organization and Nikkei for Civil Rights & more

Related articles:
When a Wrong is Committed
Support for Ehren Watada
Letter to the Editor/ Vox Populi by Jim Saito 9/15/06
Parents of Lt. Ehren Watada To Tour Southland In October | Click here for the schedule
Statement by Frank Emi - October 7, 2006 - Watada Reception
"If a soldier voluntarily lays down his arms..."
Miscellaneous Watada Tour photos

NCRR and Visual Communications premiered
Stand Up for Justice at Day of Remembrance 2004

As a prelude to the February 21, 2004 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, members of the Ralph Lazo family and several old friends of Ralph gathered together at a luncheon sponsored by the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) Education Committee and Visual Communications, co-producers of Stand Up for Justice: the Ralph Lazo Story. Read the full story here.

NEW: Download the Stand Up For Justice Curriculum Guide

1. Appendix (PDF)
2. Cards (PDF)
3. Guide (PDF)

Past Screenings of "Stand Up For Justice"
- Click here

Current News

• NCRR to Collaborate on New Project


NCRR is collaborating with traci kato kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares  on a new project.  They want to highlight the voices of former incarcerees who spoke at the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings held here in Los Angeles.  The project will experiment with unique presentations of these testimonies in partnership with NCRR and in collaboration with various artists/experts in video arts, sound, stage and aerial arts. 
Below is a link to our participation goals for the project which may take up to 2 years to complete.

Click to download Invitation and goals letter

, FEBRUARY 21,2015

At the
Japanese American National Museum, 2-4pm

Click here for DOR flyer

Click here for DOR Synopsis

Click here for Photos

Happy New Year, 2015 is the year of the Sheep.

NCRR Celebrates the New Year.

Click here for 2015 photos



Notes from the "Power of Commission Hearings

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NCRR spokesperson, Kathy Masaoka, presents NCRR statement at the Korean Women's International Conference

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JAHSSC Goes Out with a "Bang"
for the Community!

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Mervyn Dymally Bust Dedicated

See article, Click here

Day of Remembrance 2014

Generations Speak Out !

See summary, Click here

Program and Photos, Click here


Purification Ceremony at the Tuna Canyon Detetention Center

Read the article, Click here

See a short video on the ceremony,Click here

NCRR Commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the CLA 1988 with a screening in Little Tokyo, August 10th, 2013.

Read the NCRR article, Click here

See a short video on the screeningo, Click here


Comfort Women Monument Unveiled in Glendale, July 30th

Read the NCRR statement, Click here

Read the Rafu Shimpo article, Click here.

See the NBC Channel 4 viseo coverage, Click here


NCRR Presents a panel on "The Power of The Commission Hearings: First Person Voices of Japanese American Incarceration"at the Japanese American National Museum's 4th National Conference

Read More... Click here

Tuna Canyon Detention Station

City Council Unanimously Declares Grove at Tuna Canyon Site a Historic-Cultural Monument

See the Rafu article, Click here.

Preservation at Tuna Canyon, Verdugo Hills Golf course deal reached at City Council Meeting on June 21st.

Compromise will preserve grove of oaks at site of Tuna Canyon detention facility.
See the article, Click here.

See a video of the City Council Meeting, Click here

See a video of an introduction on TCDS, Click here


Day of Remembrance 2013

25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act
“Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”

The 2013 Day of Remembrance took place on Saturday, February 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “The 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”.

A PDF postcard- Click here

2013 DOR 25th Anniversary Program- Click here

2103 DOR Program on You Tube-Click here

2013 DOR Photos- Click here

2013 DOR interactive slideshow


Satomi goes to Washington DC
As part of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts United States of America (GSUSA), Satomi Honjiyo and seven other Girl Scouts from across the nation were invited to meet President Obama in the Oval Office on June 8,, 2012. All eight scouts were Gold Award recipients, the highest achievement and awarded to only 5% of all eligible scouts. Satomi is the daughter of Amy Utsunomiya Honjiyo and Reid Honjiyo of Monterey Park, California.


NCRR Remembers Two Heroes



NCRR Book Project: In the works


Education Committee Stays Busy in 2012
2012 Education Committee activities began on a high note on January 20 with a Phoenix, Arizona screening of Stand Up for Justice, the Ralph Lazo Story. 

Robin Toma (2nd from left), Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Relations Commission; Rinban Noriyuki Ito (far left) of Higashi Hongwanji Temple and JACL were honored in September  for their advocacy work for the Muslim/Arab-Americans and South Asian communities.  The Muslim Public Affairs Council honored the group at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Their victory is our victory

In March 1945 five Mexican American families sued four school districts in Westminster, Orange County, California, on behalf of an entire community whose children were required to attend segregated "Mexican schools." Their class action lawsuit became known as Mendez et al. v. Westminster School District el al. After two years of fighting, the families won their case. At the time, this was the most important legal victory in the fight against segregation the nation had ever known.

Day of Remembrance 2012

The connection between past and present constitutional issues was emphasized at the annual Day of Remembrance program in Little Tokyo. "70 Years After Executive Order 9066: Defending Our Civil Liberties"

Kathy Masaoka awarded the Dan B.Genung Visionary leadership Award from All Peoples Community Center.
Kathy Masaoka, a co-chair of NCRR, was awarded the Dan B. Genung Visionary Leadership Award from All Peoples Community Center on October 6th, 2011. Kathy credits growing up in multi-ethnic Boyle Heights with helping her develop an appreciation for people from diverse backgrounds. As a minority student at a predominantly white high school, Kathy explored questions of race, culture and identity at an early age. Enrolling in some of the first Asian American Studies classes taught at UC Berkley in the late 1960s, she was determined to find answers to her questions.

NCRR Condemns Lowe's Home Improvement retraction of its advertising on the TLC’s program called All-American Muslim.

UC Irvine 11- delivered at the Santa Ana courthouse press conference on Monday, September 19, 2011 victims
During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in camps simply for being Japanese American and looking like the enemy who had bombed Pearl Harbor so we understand how it feels to be targeted. We had committed no wrong and there was no trial - our constitutional right to due process was denied.

A friend of NCRR has been collecting for Japan's March 11th, Tsunami victims.
Dear all,
Sorry for the long silence. I'm getting better and I think I got about 80% of myself out of depression, but I'm still taking a mountain of medicine every night. Doesn't sound good, does it? But hey, with all of your support, I AM getting better. Brian Kito came to Japan about two weeks ago and went to Sendai and Ishinomaki and was stunned to see what's out there.

All about Kizuna-
Uniting Nikkei fir the Future

Kizuna is the newest nonprofit organization on the block dedicated to building a much needed space for the next generation within our community. Kizuna is an organization that will allow a new generation of community activists to vision and implement a future for our community.
Learn more...

L.A. Times: U.S.Official cites deceit in WWII internments...
Read the full story.

A screening of Stand up for Justice was held at the East Los Angeles Library on May 24th attended by 200 plus viewers. See photos

DOR 2011: Ten Years After 9/11

The main reception hall at the Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo was filled to capacity with participants and visitors for DOR 2011.

Thank you from Ehren Watada

2011 NCRR Shinnenkai Photos
Click here to see photos


Download the Stand Up For Justice Curriculum Guide

1. Guide (PDF)
2. Cards (PDF)
3. Appendix (PDF)

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