Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7pm
Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112
Join the ACLU Santa Clara Valley Chapter and the San Jose Japanese American community at a panel discussion of civil liberties in the context of the recent escalation of xenophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the attacks on Paris. The debate over Syrian refugees, and the mass shooting in San Bernardino have also added to the atmosphere of heightened tensions.
Highlighted in the national debate, Japanese Americans have found that the WWII exclusion and incarceration have become a touchstone for good and for ill:
- The mayor of Roanoke, VA has cited the exclusion and incarceration of JAs to be the model for how to look at Syrian refugees.
- Donald Trump has proposed a mandatory registration of Muslims in the U.S.
- Admirably, Jay Inslee, governor of Washington will not close doors to refugees citing the terrible experience that his state witnessed on Bainbridge Island.
We would like to make sure that our community, having experienced the WWII internment, makes it clear that we oppose the scapegoating and hate mongering now threatening more thoughtful discourse.
Panel includes: JACL-San Jose, JACL-Silicon Valley, JACL-Sequoia, Asian Law Alliance, Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, Santa Clara Valley Chapter – ACLU, as well as other guests.
For more information: Richard Konda 408-287-9710