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March 2017

Japanese American - American Muslim Solidarity

When: Saturday, March 25 2017 @ 11:00 AM - - 01:30PM
Where: San Jose Japantown to City Hall
5th and Jackson to 5th and Santa Clara
San Jose, CA 95112
Description: On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Seventy-five years later, on February 19, 2017, the 37th annual Day of Remembrance program in San Jose saw a record turnout of more than 700 people. This event, organized by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC), connected the anti-Japanese sentiments and government policies during World War II with similar sentiments and government actions aimed at American Muslims today.

On March 25, 2017, NOC and the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) will be co-sponsoring a day of Japanese American - American Muslim Solidarity. 75 years earlier, on March 24, 1942, the U.S. government imposed a curfew on Japanese Americans living on the west coast. The same day, the first round-up of an entire community happened, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, across Puget Sound from Seattle. The curfew also led to one of the first acts of resistance, when Japanese American lawyer Min Yasui deliberately broke the curfew to test the legality of EO 9066 on March 28, 1942.

Following the November 2016 election we have seen a rise in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments. Then on January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which sought to ban travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. In response, states filed lawsuits that led to a court injunction against the ban, while grassroots protests of thousands of people happened at airports across the country.

NOC and the SBIA would like to invite you to a grassroots day of solidarity between Japanese Americans and American Muslims on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will begin in San Jose Japantown at 11 am on 5th street and Jackson, and will proceed down 6th street to a rally at San Jose City Hall on 5th and Santa Clara at 12 noon. The event is free and open to all who wish to oppose the growing anti-Muslim sentiments and government actions today.

This event is sponsored by Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)

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