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At 2pm CST on 2/21, click the play button above to watch the program or you can click this link to watch the program on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1EC7CrqoN3I
Righting Historical Wrongs: Connecting Black Reparations and Japanese American Redress
Sunday, February 21st | 2pm CST
Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 2021 features an address from writer JOHN TATEISHI and Alderman ROBIN RUE SIMMONS. Tateishi was JACL’s Redress Director, developing the organization’s redress strategy, and Executive Director, guiding the organization’s response to 9/11 and anti-Muslim violence. Ald. Rue Simmons represents Evanston’s 5th Ward and helped pass the nation’s first reparations bill, which uses cannabis taxes to address historic and ongoing anti-Black racial discrimination. JOSINA MORITA, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, will lead a follow-up discussion.
You can read the Proclamation from the City of Chicago here:
You can watch all of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Interment of Civilians here: https://neiudc.neiu.edu/jarc-hearing/
You can learn more about the Justice for Japanese Latin Americans redress campaign here:
You can watch moderator Josina Morita’s grandmother talk about redress and reparations here.
You can learn more about Evanston’s reparations program in the video below.