Gathering under the theme of Sanctuary: Sacred Space for Remembrance, Redress, &Resilience the Buena Vista United Methodist Church will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which ordered the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942.
Church members Jo Takata, Judy Furuichi, and Mary Hanamura will provide first hand accounts of their experiences during World War II.
Civil Rights attorney, Don Tamaki, part of the legal team for Fred Korematsu, will reflect with State Assemblyman Rob Bonta and Alameda Vice Mayor on the historical learnings from EO 9066 as they relate to Executive Orders today targeting immigrant and Muslim communities.
Rev. Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource Organizing Center, and Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee will round out the program discussing lessons learned for sustaining spiritual and community resilience for organizing today.
Accompanying the programs will be an exhibit with historical photos, art work, and video capturing the story of the impact of EO 9066 on Alameda residents and the Japanese American community at large. Musicians Peter and Wendy Horikoshi will also offer original music commemorating EO 9066.
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 12-5pm
WHERE: Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Alameda
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