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 […]

Unpacking Okinawa’s complexities

RETHINKING POSTWAR OKINAWA: BEYOND AMERICAN OCCUPATION Edited by Pedro Iacobelli and Hiroko Matsuda (Latham, Md: Lexington Books, 2017, 212 pp., $90, hardcover) If you remember the movies “Teahouse of the August Moon” or “The Karate Kid Part II,” then be prepared for a very different “Okinawa” in “Okinawa in Rethinking Postwar Okinawa: Beyond American Occupation.” […]

A nationwide movement for justice

In celebration of the publication of “NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations,” members of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, along with activists from the Redress Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, held a series of book parties in the Bay Area Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. During the Oct. […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Intraracial alliances in pursuit of justice

One weekend in late-May, I attended two events that focused on a subject that is dear to my heart, that of forming alliances across racial lines and working toward the common goals of more justice, equality and solidarity among people of color. The first was a May 19 concert at the Buddhist Church of San […]

San Francisco poet and activist dies

Peter Kenichi Yamamoto — a poet, community activist, volunteer and one of the last surviving tenants of the famed I-Hotel — passed away in San Francisco during the early hours of May 27, 2018. Yamamoto, who had just posted his final Facebook post beaming about having just met activist Angela Davis — a longtime hero […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Do something: A call to action from an 87-year-old activist 


What a tumultuous year we have had. First of all, Feb. 19 was the 75th anniversary of the passage of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, which set into motion the program of incarcerating close to 120,000 American Japanese in concentration camps. So this anniversary was observed in many ways. My […]

Edwin Lee remembered fondly as S.F. mayor and activist

News of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Mah Lee’s death spread quickly early the morning of Dec. 12. Lee collapsed while shopping for groceries late Dec. 11 and was rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital before he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. He was 65. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein eulogized Lee during the Dec. […]

Minami Tamaki LLP recognized by Asian Pacific Fund for leadership in philanthropy

In recognition of their decades of commitment to Asian Pacific American community concerns and philanthropic endeavors, the Minami Tamaki LLP law firm — rooted in historic legal cases such as overturning the World War II conviction of civil rights icon Fred Korematsu for resisting relocation orders — were presented the Leadership in Philanthropy Award by […]

Recognizing Japanese American lesbians’ activism, then and now

The season for gay pride is upon us. This year, there is extra cause for celebration with the selection of professor Amy Sueyoshi, a community activist and leading historian of queer Asian Americans, as a grand marshal of the San Francisco Pride parade. In addition to Sueyoshi’s own considerable qualities, the choice is gratifying on […]

From law to film, activism by S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi

Jeff Adachi has been San Francisco’s elected public defender since 2002, and oversees an office of nearly 100 lawyers and 100 support staff. While known for his work in the courts and in San Francisco’s political sphere, Adachi is also a recognized documentary filmmaker and is premiering his latest film “Defender” at the San Francisco […]

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