“The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: The Victory and the Unfinished Business” will be the theme of the 2018 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance (DOR) program, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Japanese American National Museum, First and Central in Little Tokyo.
Kristin Fukushima and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
The 2018 DOR will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (CLA), the legislation that provided the U.S. government’s apology and monetary reparations to the survivors of the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Alan Nishio, founding member of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR; now Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), will keynote the event, speaking on the importance of the CLA, as well as what was not accomplished by this historic legislation.
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), who represents the 66th District, will also speak at the event to acknowledge the CLA and its importance.
Rep. Ted Lieu, who was invited to speak, is unable to attend.
“This is an important year for the Japanese American community, being the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “Decades in the making, taking much sacrifice and patient organizing, we should celebrate how our community won redress.