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.
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...
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.
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 & Redress...read more
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
The Viewers Companion is now available for the Speak Out For Justice collection of testimonials on the hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) held in Los Angeles on August 4-6, 1981. The record consists of thirteen videotapes, holding twenty-five hours of dramatic testimony given by 153 witnesses.
Kathy, Traci and Kay join Professor Simeon Man and
partner, Rudy, at lunch after speaking to Simeon's
Asian American Studies class about the Asian
American movement, redress and solidarity work
today. The class of about 150 students saw Steve
Nagano's 8 minute video on the Commission Hearings
and were led in a haiku writing exercise by traci.
• The 2018 DAY OF REMEMBRANCE was held February 17.
• "An update on the PULL
project (Tales of Clamor)
with Traci Kato Kiriyama and
in collaboration with NCRR."
"Tales of Clamor" is a theatrical case-study that
examines the sound of silence, the echoes of a
little-known yet major moment of American
history, and its universal reverberations in t
“Tales of Clamor” utilizes aerial apparatuses,
scenes based in the present and past, and rarely
seen video footage from the 1981 CWRIC Hearings
(Commission of Wartime Relocation and
Internment of Civilians).
Its political texture calls on us to recognize the
need for solidarity and the power of a community
breaking silence in order to create change.
In its emotional core, this show is about people
showing up for each other at a critical moment of
individual and collective need.
The narrative anchor of this show is the duo of traci
and Kennedy- who together explore concepts including
the science of sound, the Model Minority Myth, and,
at the center, the cathartic experience of
Commission Hearings that led to Redress in the 1980s
and creation of
lifelong, intergenerational activists.
• "A Bridging Communities
fundraising Iftar was held on
June 15th at the JACCC. The
event was sold out with about
150 attending. The hosts were
Vigilantlove, NCRR, MSA West,
C.A.I.R., and JACL-PSW.....
After several thousand people were killed in the
attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001, over 300
Japanese Americans gathered in Little Tokyo for a
candlelight vigil to show our support to the victims
and families of the 9/11 attacks. Today, we again
express our outrage and sympathy to the people of
Paris, and now San Bernardino as well as
so many others victimized by individuals acting out
of hate and intolerance. We also want to reach out
to the American Muslim, South Asian and Arab
American communities who are being blamed
for these attacks just as they were after 9/11 when
they immediately faced racial profiling and physical
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
elocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC)
hearings held here in Los Angeles. The project will
experiment with unique presentations of these
testimonies in partnershipwith 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.
25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act
“Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”
The 2013 Day of Remembrance took place on
from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Japanese American
Museum in Little Tokyo. The theme of this year’s
“The 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988:
Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”.
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 Awardrecipients, the highest
achievement and awarded to only 5% of
eligible scouts. Satomi is the daughter of Amy Utsunomiya
Honjiyoand Reid Honjiyo of Monterey Park, California.
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.
Honored at the
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 for 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.
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, a co-chair
of NCRR, was awarded
the Dan B. Genung
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
retraction of its
advertising on the TLC’s program called
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.
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.
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.