Archives for February 2017

Korematsu Day tackles mass incarceration across communities

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute held its seventh annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution program Jan. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. The program, entitled “Mass Incarceration Across Communities: What’s Next?,” commemorated the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Korematsu defied military orders — that incarcerated some 120,000 people […]

Dems introduce bill to restrict use of nuclear weapons

Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D—Torrance) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D—Massachusetts) introduced a bill Jan. 24 to prohibit the president of the United States “from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress,” a statement said. According to the statement, “the crucial issue of nuclear ‘first use’ is more urgent than […]

Man sentenced for stabbing murder of ex-wife

NAPA, Calif. — A 74-year-old Napa man was sentenced Jan. 24 in Napa County Superior Court to 26 years to life in prison for the 2014 stabbing murder of his ex-wife. Shozaburo Nakamura was convicted in December of killing Eiko Nakamura, his wife of 23 years, in their home on May 31, 2014. Nakamura stabbed […]

Diverse communities condemn ‘Muslim Ban’

Jan. 27, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President (Donald) Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants and refugees from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The executive order blocks nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq — from entering the United States, suspends all refugees admissions […]

S.F. school board rescinds resolution excluding Asians

The San Francisco Board of Education formally rescinded a resolution Jan. 24 from 1906, which “excluded children of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ancestry from normal schools and restricted them to an ‘Oriental School,’” a statement issued by the board said. “The 1906 board resolution reflected an extremely racist time when the Japanese and Korean Exclusion […]

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