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L.A. ministers criticize anti-gay policy of United Methodist Churches

LOS ANGELES — Disturbed by the United Methodist Church’s continuing anti-gay stance, Revs. Mark Nakagawa and Sunyoung Lee, two local ministers with connections to Little Tokyo’s Centenary United Methodist Church, publicly criticized that decision and declared their continued support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons. The controversy followed the United Methodist Church’s Special […]

S.F. supervisor proposes renaming street after late Public Defender Jeff Adachi

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney on March 19 proposed renaming a South of Market street after late Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who passed away last month. During the Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Haney introduced a resolution to rename Gilbert Street to Jeff Adachi Way. The street is located between Brannan and Bryant streets and runs […]

Adachi mourned by hundreds during City Hall Memorial

Hundreds of people mourning the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi packed City Hall March 4 to remember his legacy as the city’s first Asian American elected to the position. City leaders and Adachi’s close friends and family members shared their intimate memories of him. “I first met Jeff Adachi when I was […]

Adachi’s legacy won’t be tarnished by police leak, chief attorney Gonzalez says

Chief Attorney for the Public Defender’s Office Matt Gonzalez on Feb. 26 called the leak of a police report into the investigation of Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death “troubling.” Adachi, 59, passed away suddenly Feb. 22 after having dinner with a friend in North Beach. After being taken to an apartment near Coit Tower, he […]

Geary Blvd. to see safety, bus improvements with Geary Rapid Project

City leaders broke ground March 6 on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Geary Rapid Project, which aims to improve transit along Geary Boulevard and O’Farrell Street. ‘The groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of the first phase of the project, which will bring transit, safety and utility upgrades to a three-mile stretch of the heavily […]

S.F.’s Cherry Blossom Queen Program candidates address JA identity

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2019 queen candidates during its annual preview March 10 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, a highlight of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will take place April 13 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: Nami Katie […]

Nikkei WWII experience parallels Latino immigrants’ plight today

LOS ANGELES — The parallels between Japanese Americans who were persecuted during World War II and today’s Latino immigrants whose human rights are also being violated by the United States government, was the focus of this year’s Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 16, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The annual […]

S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi, tireless social justice advocate and filmmaker, dies

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose David v. Goliath campaign for his seat in 2002 catapulted the longtime community activist into a highly visible city position, died Feb. 22, 2019 after falling ill during a dinner with a friend in the city’s North Beach area. He was 59. Described by many as a social […]

Korematsu case re-enactment targets Trump’s anti-immigration policy

NEW YORK — A re-enactment in New York of Korematsu v. United States, a 1944 Supreme Court case that upheld the wartime incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans, was recently staged with a new ending after the court overruled the notorious decision last June. The public event, held Jan. 30 to mark the centennial birthday […]

Symposium honors Ninth Circuit Judge Tashima

The career and jurisprudence of Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was the subject of a day-long symposium on Jan. 25, featuring present and former clerks and colleagues who celebrated the trailblazing jurist’s half century of public service and leadership. Keynote speaker Judge Jacqueline Nguyen ’91 of […]

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