Legislature sends Korematsu Day bill to governor’s desk

SACRAMENTO — The California state Legislature on Aug. 24 passed Assembly Bill 1775, which would establish Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. The bill is headed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk for his signature. The bill uses the wrongful conviction of Fred Korematsu during World War II to emphasize […]

Calif. Civil Liberties Program announces latest round of grant recipients

SACRAMENTO — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) recently announced their fiscal year 2009-2010 CCLPEP grant recipients. The CCLPEP was created with the passage of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Act (AB1915) in 1998. The legislation was authored by Assemblymember Mike Honda and was renewed in 2000 by Assemblymember George Nakano. The […]

BOOK REVIEW: Fragments of history and the fight for human rights

WHEREVER THERE’S A FIGHT: HOW RUNAWAY SLAVES, SUFFRAGISTS, IMMIGRANTS, STRIKERS, AND POETS SHAPED CIVIL LIBERTIES IN CALIFORNIA By Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (Berkeley: Heyday, 2009, 512 pp., $24.95, paperback) In “Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California,” authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi take […]

DOR Shows Korematsu Case’s Relevance to Today’s Civil Liberties Issues

LOS ANGELES — The 2010 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, featured San Francisco civil rights attorney Dale Minami as the keynote speaker. Minami spoke on Korematsu v. United States and its relevance to current civil liberties issues and the government’s use […]

San Leandro School to Be Named for Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — San Leandro High School’s new freshman campus will be named after the late Fred T. Korematsu — who challenged orders to go to a World War II American concentration camp — following a unanimous vote by the school board. “I hope my father’s story will be an inspiration to high school […]

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