Welcome to Chicago’s 2021 Day of Remembrance

At 2pm CST on 2/21 click the play button above to start the program or click this link to go to YouTube: https://youtu.be/1EC7CrqoN3I

Righting Historical Wrongs: Connecting Black Reparations and Japanese American Redress

Sunday, February 21st | 2pm CST

Click here to for a printable program for Righting Historical Wrongs: Connecting Black Reparations and Japanese American Redress.

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 learn more about Evanston’s reparations program in the video below.