Assembly Passes Muratsuchi’s Day of Remembrance Resolution

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi stands in front of a display about the Japanese American confinement sites of World War II.

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Concurrent Resolution 143, which declares Feb. 19 as a Day of Remembrance throughout California, was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday.

ACR 143, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and co-authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Muratsuchi, who spoke at the Day of Remembrance program in Los Angeles on Saturday, thanked Nancy Oda and Kanji Sahara of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition in San Fernando Valley for coming to the State Capitol on Tuesday and educating legislators and staff about life in the camps.

The resolution reads:

“Whereas, on Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 (EO9066), under which more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in 10 concentration camps scattered throughout western states during World War II …

“EO9066 deferred the American dream for more than 120,000 Americans and residents of Japanese ancestry by inflicting a great human cost of abandoned homes, businesses, farms, careers, professional advancements, disruption to family life, and public humiliation …