DOR Panel to Examine Parallels Between JA Incarceration and Present-Day Issues

“Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together” is theme for the Los Angeles Day of Remembrance (DOR) 2019, a program supporting civil rights for everyone, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), 100 N. Central Ave. in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The DOR is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

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The DOR program will include LA Taiko Ichiza, dramatic performances and a panel discussion that will examine the parallels between Japanese American incarceration and present-day issues surrounding immigration.

“We recount how the Japanese American community made our government take belated responsibility for the concentration camps,” stated June Hibino of Nikkei Progressives. “Our government’s policies in Central America, the demand for drugs here and resulting drug wars helped create the poverty and violent conditions forcing thousands to flee. We demand the government acknowledge its responsibility and enact a just and compassionate immigration policy, instead of separating children from parents and imprisoning families in conditions in which children have died.”