The U.S. government had ordered that all people of Japanese ancestry be forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast. Fred Korematsu, then 23, tried changing his name and even underwent plastic surgery in hopes of carrying on as a normal citizen.
SAN FRANCISCO – Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, will keynote the 8th annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution commemoration on January 28th, 2018, at the University of California, Berkeley – Wheeler Hall. Organized by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, this event remembers the life of civil rights activist Fred Korematsu and recognizes the 76th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, including Korematsu.
At the beginning of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, now remembered as a shameful precedent in our nation’s history. With Roosevelt’s signature, my father, Fred T. Korematsu, and almost 120,000 other Japanese Americans were unconstitutionally incarcerated on the theory that they would be disloyal and engage in espionage against the United States.
WASHINGTON — Karen Korematsu had planned to be inside the Supreme Court Tuesday "to witness history" — or, in her case, to relive it.
SAN FRANCISCO — Two years after it was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a monument dedicated to the “comfort women” of World War II was unveiled in the city on Sept. 22.
If you haven’t decided yet to attend the 97th Annual NCSS Conference in San Francisco on November 14- 19, 2017, I encourage you to make your plans now and not to miss out on a stimulating and educational experience. With our theme of “Expanding Visions/Bridging Traditions,” much thought and planning has gone into the selection of inspiring speakers, informative and in-depth sessions, and unique special events.
The films, plays and public broadcasts California now funds to enlighten students and the public about the horrors of Japanese American internment camps in World War II will soon be expanded to illuminate more recent examples of persecution — including the Muslim immigrants targeted by President Trump.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled its Oct. 10 hearing in the Muslim ban cases, asking both parties to resubmit short letter briefs to address whether the cases are or will be moot in light of the Sept. 24 presidential proclamation — and because provisions in EO13780 affecting refugees expires on Oct. 24.
This Friday, members of the community, along with state and city public officials, will gather to celebrate the unveiling of the "Comfort Women" Memorial in St. Mary’s Square at 651 California St.
On Sept. 18, the children of Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Executive Order 13780, the Trump administration’s travel ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority nations, pointing to the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as an urgent warning against presidential powers run amok.