Opinion

Supporters of Muslim Americans outnumber Muslim haters

On a bright and windy morning last Saturday (June 10), Esther and Neal, a middle-aged couple, drove 60 miles from Richmond to San Jose to express their solidarity with Muslim Americans. They were motivated to come after hearing about the rally a group called ACT for America (AofA) were organizing against Sharia Law in the […]

The unintended consequences of hate

This story was reported using data from ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. This project is collecting reports to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidents for use by journalists and civil-rights organizations. If you’ve been a victim or a witness, use the form below to tell us your story. SAN JOSE, Calif. — […]

Carl Takei shares family memories of incarceration during World War II

Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. While the order avoided naming any particular ethnic group, the president and his advisers intended it to target Japanese Americans. Military officials “evacuated” Americans of Japanese ancestry to “relocation centers.” 120,000 men, women, and children had just days to divest themselves of all they owned […]

Nikkei standing up

Friends, Since the election of Donald Trump, I hope that you’ve taken some action to stand up and show your resistance to his racist, misogynistic and hateful statements and actions like the travel ban, the Muslim registry and the attacks on immigrants and refugees. These actions identify and target a group of people as the […]

California chief justice on the right side of history

We applaud Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court for taking a strong position against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement practice of stalking undocumented immigrants in California courthouses. “There is ample evidence that immigrants view such practices as a form of stalking that deters them from seeking justice for themselves or cooperating in […]

We will fight back in defense of our communities

As Donald Trump’s presidency barely passed its one-month mark, Trump has launched profound threats against immigrants and refugees, our human rights, and our climate. In the face of his hateful and destructive policies, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are rising up. Recently, 10 out of 14 members of the president’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans […]

Japanese Americans speak up for Muslim Americans

SAN JOSE, Calif. — “A monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation’s resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals.” Tom Oshidari, co-president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Jose chapter, was reading from the letter he had […]

NY DOR on the 75th anniversary of EO9066: Never again!

Editor’s Note: The following is a speech made at the 2017 New York Day of Remembrance. Imagine your family immigrated to this country. (That would include most of us). And please imagine that your country of origin is at conflict with the United States. You are torn, because you hate violence. In fact it may […]

Okinawa Americans demand halt of U.S. military base construction

We, people with ancestral ties to Okinawa living in the United States of America, demand the immediate halting of new U.S. military base construction at Henoko, Okinawa. This demand is presented to both governments of Japan and the U.S. The reasons for our demands include, but are not limited to the following: Irreversible harm to […]

Never again! No Muslim incarceration

Editor’s Note: The following commentary was originally published by the Freedom Socialist. Most people don’t know where Rohwer, Ark. or Tule Lake, Calif. are located. I do. My parents’ families were incarcerated in both those concentration camps during World War II. The U.S. government rounded up and jailed 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans for “posing […]

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