Archives for March 2020

DISSENT: Coronavirus is especially dangerous for those in prisons, jails, and immigration detention

Every day, government officials take more drastic steps to contain the coronavirus, including shelter-in-place orders, shutdowns of bars and restaurants and preparing college dorms to serve as makeshift hospitals. But shockingly, ICE and some law enforcement agencies are largely going on with business as usual. According to the Los Angeles Times, ICE agents are continuing to arrest immigrants, including a 56-year old man who is the sole breadwinner for his family; the agents arrested him when he left his home to work and buy groceries that would have prepared his family for coronavirus lockdowns. And while a number of sheriffs and police departments are wisely choosing to ramp down enforcement of low-level offenses, many are continuing to book people into jail for minor misconduct.

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Navigating genealogy Websites — Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org

Genealogical information can be found in a plethora of locations. Of course, not everything is online, but quite a bit IS available digitally. There are many sources of online material, including public and private libraries, universities, Internet Archive, Library of Congress (LoC.gov), the National Archives (Archives.gov) and Densho.org. Some of the best searches begin simply […]

OBITUARY: Joseph Haratani

Joseph Haratani Oct. 27, 1923 – Dec. 6, 2019 HARATANI, JOSEPH found freedom on December 6th, 2019, ninety-six years after his birth in Florin, California on October 27th, 1923. Although uprooted as a teen and forced into Amache internment camp with his parents and siblings, Joe served the public good his entire life. He began […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa

Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa Aug. 3, 1934 – Feb. 7, 2020 MUTSUO “MIK” KITAGAWA, passed peacefully at home, sporting his beloved 49ers tee on Feb. 7, 2020 at the age of 85. Born and raised in SF’s Japantown, he called the City his home—not counting the 3 years at the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah and […]

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