Gordon Hirabayashi to posthumously receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama named civil rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi as one of the 13 recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom on April 26. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor and is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of […]

Stockton tolerance garden honors WWII-era educator

STOCKTON, Calif. — Bone-chilling morning breezes didn’t cool the warm feelings of some 125 supporters who gathered at a garden dedication at the San Joaquin Delta College on April 14 to honor late World War II-era educator Elizabeth Humbargar’s decades of service to the Japanese American community. The Stockton chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League […]

A review of ‘Prisoners and Patriots’

“Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe,” according to the film’s writer/director/producer Neil H. Simon, is the first film to tell the story of the World War II-era internment camp run by the Department of Justice in Santa Fe, N.M. The recent film (which was shown at Day of Remembrance […]

A TIME TO REMEMBER: The 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

On Feb. 19, 1942, then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting the wheels in motion for one of the largest violations of civil liberties in the country’s history. The forced exclusion of those of Japanese descent from the West Coast — most of whom were American citizens — and their mass incarceration in […]

A disappointing comparison during the 70th anniversary of EO 9066

In 2008 I voted for President Obama hoping for comparisons with Franklin D Roosevelt, a Democratic president who entered office amid a financial crisis and who used the federal government to help working people find and keep jobs. However, I did not expect or want my comparison to extend to FDR’s signing 70 years ago […]

Deporting ‘troublemakers’ redux

Time of Remembrance observances are coming up in another few weeks, a good time to do something to assure, “never again.” This year, in the context of the National Defense Authorization Act that provides for indefinite military detention of the accused, we need to be more vigilant than ever, especially with two companion pieces of […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Revisiting the redress days

The death of Gordon Hirabayashi closes the chapter on some of the heroic actions taken by three Japanese Americans during WWII. Hirabayashi, Min Yasui and Fred Korematsu were all men who challenged the government over our illegal incarceration in the courts, and their cases went up to the Supreme Court of the United States. They […]

Remembering Gordon Hirabayashi, from one resister to another

It was through a news report in the early nineteen forties that I first became aware of the remarkable Gordon Hirabayashi. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor he had surrendered to the authorities and asked to be imprisoned for violating the curfew order that was imposed on all those of Japanese ancestry. He apparently disagreed […]

Letter to President Obama Re: Indefinite military detention

January 10, 2012 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, Before I begin, I must say that I have the utmost respect for the Office of the President, and I want to thank you for the job you are doing […]

Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights icon who resisted wartime incarceration, dies

Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi, one of three wartime litigants who challenged wartime curfew or exclusion orders and whose legal convictions were vacated four decades later, died on Jan. 2, 2012 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, his family said. He was 93. “Dad was slowly declining in health after living 10 […]

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