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.
• "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 scene 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 statement by NCRR and NP on Charlottesville...
• "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.....
• 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.
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.
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”.
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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.
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...