NCRR Commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the CLA 1988 with a screening in Little Tokyo, August 10th, 2013.
To celebrate the landmark passage of the Civil Liberties Act by the United States Congress in 1988, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) invites the public to a free viewing of excerpts from six films on August 10, 2013. These films recall the profound impact that racism, incarceration, displacement and disruption had on Japanese Americans during World War II and the work that still needs to be done today.
On August 10, 1988 President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act (CLA) of 1988, which acknowledged that the incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II was caused by "racial prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." The Act provided restitution and a apology to individuals affected by Executive Order 9066. The CLA also provided for a public education fund to prevent future occurrences. In 2002 the Office of Redress Administration announced that 82,220 Japanese Americans had received redress and that 645 Japanese Latin Americans had received a lesser sum under terms of a settlement. This lesser sum was only $5000 each, which is a continuing inequity in redress that will be addressed at the program.
The films document the stories of individuals of Japanese ancestry (including prisoners removed from their homes in Latin America) and those who were threatened with deportation for protesting in the camps. The historic redress effort of the Japanese American community during the 1970's, 80's, and 90's is covered as well as the effects of the incarceration on younger generations of Japanese Americans. The series of films conclude with some of the responses by the Japanese American community as it outreached to those who suffered from racism and profiling by the U.S. government after the events of 9/11.
The free screenings will be held on Saturday, August 10, at the DISKovery Center located at 353 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The schedule and descriptions of the films are as follows:
The abridged films range in length from 8 to 15 minutes each. In keeping with the celebratory nature of the program, there will be light refreshments served and ample time allowed for informal discussion. Individuals who were incarcerated and participated in the redress/reparations movement will be present.
Partial list of sponsoring organizations include NCRR, the Little Tokyo Historical Society, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and the Manzanar Committee
For more information call Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress at 213-284-0336.