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The next General Meeting of NCRR will be held the First Saturday of the month at 10:30 at the JACCC.

Tales of Clamor
Preview August 26 (date change)

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• NCRR publishes Four decades of NCRR

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Click to view Press Release
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Click to view review by Rafu Shimpo
Click to view review by Nichi Bei
Click to view Video on Book Party

Unfortunately, we are sold out for the first edition of our book,  NCRR:  The Grassroots Struggle for JA Redress and Reparations. 

However, they are being sold at the Japanese American National Museum ( and UCLA (

NOTE: We are going to have a second edition printed soon.  Please send questions to

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
I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’tNDAA:
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

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.

Click here to download the PDF


Current News

•Joint statement on Trump's
"Zero Tolerance" by JA orgs.

Click to view Press Release

• March 2018
NCRR holds class in San Diego UC

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
was held February 17.

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See Photos

See Rafu article of event

NCRR Celebrates 2018
New Year!

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See Photos of the event

CWRIC Testimonies Revisited
on Dec. 2 in Little Tokyo

Landmark CWRIC Hearings Reissued by Nikkei for Civil Rights &
Redress and Visual Communications videoscreening was held at the
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
at JANM.

Click here to download the Press Release

See Photos of Speakers

"An update on the PULL project
(Tales of Clamor) with Traci Kato Kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares
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 today’s landscape.
 “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.

Click here to go to the website

A statement by NCRR and NP on Charlottesville...

Click here to view article

A Hiroshima-Nagasaki
Commemoration occured on Aug 5
in Little Tokyo at the
Frances Hashimoto Public Plaza.

Click here to download the flyer

"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.....

Click here for more.

•Update on Comfort Women Statue

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DOR 2017 was held on
February 18 at JANM

Click here to view DOR photos

Click here to download the DOR program

Click here to view to Rafu Shimpo Article

Click here for More

December 7th Vigil
NCRR Expresses Solidarity

Click here to read the NCRR
statement and photos of the event

Click here to read the Rafu Shimpo article.


I am America- November 23 Vigil

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NCRR at IFTAR- Retirement Dinner
for Shakeel Syed

Click here for Photos

NCRR at IFTAR- Breaking the Fast

NCRR organizes a vigil after the
Orlando massacre.

Click here for an enlarged photo

Alan Nishio receives Kunsho
from the Japanese government.

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Day of Remembrance, 2016 was
held at JANM on
Saturday, February 20th at 2pm.

Download postard of DOR

Download Program for DOR

See photos of DOR 2016

See the Rafu Shimpo article on DOR

• NCRR Welcomes the New Year !
2016 is the Year of the Monkey

See the 2016 photos !

See the 2015 photos !

• "Settlement" on Comfort Women

Statement by the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress  (NCRR)

• 2015 Compassion - Not Islamophobia

Statement by the Nikkei for Civil Rights
& Redress  (NCRR)

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 assaults.

Read more of this press release

Read Rafu Shimpo article

• 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


Click here for DOR flyer

Click here for DOR Synopsis

Click here for Photos

• Notes from the "Power of Commission Hearings

Read more: Click here

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

Read more: Click here


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

REad more: Click here

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 fr
om 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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