This year's theme, "September 11: Ten Years After" was selected to address growing anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks on mosques across the country, and to affirm the importance for Japanese Americans to support the parallel concerns of the Muslim American community. Here are some more details about the event:
Community Day of RemembranceI really commend the Museum for taking a unique stand and utilizing the Day of Remembrance event to address and reflect on some very real, contemporary concerns of the Muslim American community. And hopefully, that translates into action. For further information about the Community Day of Remembrance, go to the JANM website here and the Facebook event page here.
Saturday, February 19
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA
The Day of Remembrance is held each year around February 19th to commemorate the day that Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt which resulted in the incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
This year's theme, "September 11: Ten Years After” was selected because of growing anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks on mosques across the country. The DOR committee affirms the importance for Japanese Americans to support the Muslim American community. Former Congressman and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta will address why Japanese Americans have a special responsibility to speak out against civil rights violations and the importance of reaffirming our support for the Muslim American community. In order to understand what the Muslim American community is experiencing, Imam Hamza Perez (New Muslim Cool) will talk about the difficulties he faced setting up his mosque in Pittsburgh. In an effort to prevent further hate crimes and violence, DOR will inspire community members to reflect and take action for community solidarity.
For more information:
JACL Pacific Southwest District - (213) 626-4471
Japanese American National Museum - (213) 625-0414
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress - (213) 284-0336