Activist Sahara to Speak at Faith UMC

TORRANCE — Kanji Sahara will be the speaker at a program by the Faith United Methodist Church Social Action Committee and the Greater L.A. Chapter of JACL on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. at Faith UMC, 2115 W. 182nd St. (near Van Ness), Torrance.


Kanji Sahara


Sahara is a member of Faith and GLA JACL. With a slide presentation, the title of his talk is “Military Necessity,” the reason the government gave for the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. It will cover topics such as discriminatory laws against the Issei; Presidential Proclamation 2525 and Executive Order 9066; challenges to EO 9066; the loyalty questionnaire; the coram nobis cases; and redress.

Interspersed in the presentation will be his family’s journey through Santa Anita Assembly Center and the Jerome and Rohwer concentration camps in Arkansas. The presentation will include Title II of the McCarran Act, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), and the present-day Muslim travel ban.

Sahara has given the presentation at Continuing Education for the Nikkei Widowed Inc., a mosque in Palos Verdes (Iqra Academy), Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah of Manhattan Beach. and to the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA).

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