Korematsu Day 2013 to Honor 16 Civil Rights Heroes

Korematsu Day 2013 - posterThe Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education is excited to celebrate Korematsu Day 2013 (http://FredKorematsuDayHeroes.org) by honoring 16 American civil rights heroes who’ve been long overlooked (see list below). This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on.

The event also features celebrity emcee DANNY GLOVER, actor, community activist and humanitarian, as well as a special performance by American Idol star and international recording artist JASMINE TRIAS.

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. at McAllister, San Francisco, CA 94102
TICKETS: Available for purchase at: http://bit.ly/kdayheroestix
$100 VIP reception with honorees + program admission
$25 program general admission
$10 senior (65+)/student/youth (under 18) admission

If you are a Filipino WWII veteran, Japanese American WWII veteran, Internment Dissenter, or Dollar Store Striker wishing to attend, please call us at 415-848-7737 to request complimentary tickets or email info@korematsuinstitute.org.

HONOREES:

1. FRED KOREMATSU: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Karen Korematsu will represent her father at the event.

2. GRACE LEE BOGGS: Chinese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Ms. Boggs is unable to attend the event.

3. MITSUYE ENDO: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Wayne Tsutsumi and Wendy Weiner will represent their mother at the event.

4. FILIPINO WWII VETERANOS: Filipino soldiers who fought for the US against Japanese forces during WWII but were later denied US military benefits. Veterano Alberto Saldajeno will represent this honoree group at the event.

5. GORDON HIRABAYASHI: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Jay Hirabayashi will represent his father at the event.

6. INTERNMENT DISSENTERS: “No Nos,” draft resisters and renunciants who challenged the WWII incarceration and mistreatment of Japanese Americans. “No-No” Hiroshi Kashiwagi will represent this honoree group at the event.

7. LARRY ITLIONG: Filipino American organizer and coalition builder in California’s farm labor movement. Johnny Itliong will represent his father at the event.

8. JAPANESE AMERICAN WWII VETERANS: Soldiers who fought bravely in segregated WWII military units in the face of racism at home. MIS veteran Asa Hanamoto will represent this honoree group at the event.

9. YURI KOCHIYAMA: Japanese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Audee Kochiyama-Holman will represent her mother at the event.

10. QUEEN LILI‘UOKALANI: Last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii and advocate for Hawaiian sovereignty. The Queen’s descendants will not be attending the event.

11. DOLLAR STORE STRIKERS: Women labor activists who launched one of the longest-running strikes in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Mervyn Lee, son of striker Sue Ko Lee, will represent this honoree group at the event.

12. MAMIE TAPE: Chinese American child plaintiff in landmark case reinforcing equal access to education. Alisa Kim will represent her aunt at the event.

13. BHAGAT SINGH THIND: Sikh American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case examining race-based citizenship. David Bhagat Thind will represent his father at the event.

14. PHILIP VERA CRUZ: Filipino American founding member of the United Farm Workers and defender of workers’ rights. Fernando Gapasin will represent his uncle at the event.

15. WONG KIM ARK: Chinese American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case affirming birthright citizenship. Gary Wong will represent his grandfather at the event.

16. MIN YASUI: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Serena Hawkins-Schletzbaum and Chani Hawkins-Walker will represent their grandfather at the event.

EVENT FUNDERS:

Anonymous Foundation
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Wells Fargo Foundation
Japanese American Citizens League – San Francisco Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)

MEDIA CO-SPONSORS:

8Asians
Angry Asian Man
APEX Express KPFA 94.1FM
AsianWeek Foundation
Diya TV
Japanese City
KAXT Channel 1
New American Media
Nichi Bei Weekly
Philippine News
Radio Campesina
Rafu Shimpo

COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS:

Asian American Curriculum Project (AACP)
Asian Americans for Community Outreach (AACO)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian Business League – San Francisco (ABL-SF)
American Legion Cathay Post No. 384
API Circle
Asian Law Alliance
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Alameda Chapter (APALA)
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association
Burmese Youth Association (BYA)
Cameron House
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
Cesar Chavez Foundation
Chinese American Heroes
Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA)
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Coalition of Asian American Government Employees (CAAGE)
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)
Filipino Advocates for Justice
Filipino American Arts Exposition
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School at Mace Ranch
Friends of Roots
Golden Gate University Law School – Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Japanese American Citizens League – San Francisco Chapter
Japanese American Citizens League – Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter
Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
Kimochi, Inc.
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
Laotian American National Alliance (LANA)
Manilatown Heritage Foundation
Miss Asian America Pageant
Nakayoshi Young Professionals
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
OCA-East Bay
OCA-San Francisco
OCA-San Mateo
Pacific Islander Community Partnership
Public Allies
RepeatingHistory.org
Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS)
Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Sikh Coalition
South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Music Performing Arts
Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward
Taiwanese American Professionals – San Francisco (TAP-SF)
Tule Lake Committee
UC Hastings Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Voice of Witness

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