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• NCRR publishes
Four decades of NCRR

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NCRR is opposed to any legislation that abrogates any person of their rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. These rights have been violated at Guantanamo Bay and continue today.

Read more:
• Infowars: Obama’s Signing Statement on
I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’t NDAA:

Manzanar Committee: National Defense Authorization Act: Nikkei Community Must Redouble Efforts To Defend Constitutional Rights

• The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes any future president to order the military to pick up individuals far from any battlefield and imprison them without charge or trial. As a result, the NDAA violates the Constitution, our international law obligations, and our nation's commitment to the rule of law.

• No president should be given the power to send our military around the globe, to places where there is no armed conflict, and imprison civilians based on suspicion alone (no matter how much we trust any president, this power is too great).

• The United States itself should be off-limits to military authority to imprison civilians without charge or trial.
• No president should ever be REQUIRED to put civilians into military custody without charge or trial.

Sample letters to use to send to Congressmen: Letter 1 | Letter 2

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress reflects upon historic grassroots movement

Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) celebrated
the activist organization's achievements, especially its victorious campaign for redress, during its 30th anniversary
party on Sept. 25 in Little Tokyo.

The 45 celebrants at the Teramachi condominium complex were treated to
a potluck lunch, viewed a video about
NCRR's activities, toasted the anniversary with Champagne and heard several individuals speak of their experiences
as part ofthe civil rights organization.


This section of NCRR's website presents selected events in NCRR's history through photos, news articles and commentary.

The Day of Remembrance Archives is NOW online.

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Photo by Glen Kitayama
NCRR's Historical Lobbying Trip for Redress, Washington DC, 1987.

• NCRR Reader
A history on the formation of the NCRR and it’s struggle for redress
Click here to open the reader

As a prelude to the
February 21, 2004
Los Angeles Day of Remembrance,
of the Ralph Lazo family and several old
friends of Ralph gathered together at a
luncheon sponsored by the Nikkei for Civil
Rights & Redre ss (NCRR) Education
Committee and Visual Communications,
coproducers of

Stand Up for Justice: the Ralph Lazo Story
Read the full story here.

NEW: Download the Stand Up For Justice
Curriculum Guide

1. Appendix (PDF)
2. Cards (PDF)
3. Guide (PDF)

Past Screenings of "Stand Up For Justice"
- Click here

The Viewers Companion
is now available for the Speak Out For
Justice collection of testimonials on the
hearings of the Commission on
Wartime Relocation and Internment
of Civilians (CWRIC) held in Los
Angeles on August 4-6, 1981.
The record consists of thirteen
videotapes, holding twenty-five hours
of dramatic testimony given by 153 witnesses.

Click here to download the PDF



  Current & Past News

• DOR 2024

• Changeover Celebration
honoring Judy and her impact on the nonprofit affordable housing sector.

March 26, 2023 at 2PM at Terasaki Budokan. Registration information to come soon.

This free event will include food, music, salsa dancing (Judys Favorite) and a tour of the San Pedro Firm Building (LTSC's first affordable housing project).

Click here for more info on the celebration""

Held January 14, 2023

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Click here to link to the Rafu Shimpo article

• NCRR in Italy

In July, I was honored to represent Nikkei Progressives and NCRR at a Global Convening on Reparations and Healing called together by Nikole Hannah- Jones of the "1619 Project." It was a three day convening at the Bellagio Center in Italy with mainly African American voices who are engaged in healing work and on reparations efforts in the US and in Africa and who wanted to learn how the movement for Japanese American reparations could inform their work. I was able to share what we learned and what we are continuing to learn about reparations as well as our support for Black reparations and the principles for that work today. What I gained was a broader view of reparations and the need to learn more about history, Africa and the importance of building connections to both the people and places where the harms of racism and anti-blackness have created so much harm. This slideshow was presented to NP, NCRR and the National Nikkei Reparations Coalition (NNRC).

By Kathy Masaoka

Click here to download the Powerpoint presentation

• Tuna Canyon Detention Station

• DOR 2022

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• RE: Repair Can't Wait
Pass H.R. 40

A letter to urge Congress
to immediately bring
House Resolution (H.R.) 40,
to a full vote on the House floor.

Click here for the PDF Letter

• A Video Presentation
of the CWRIC 40th Anniversary Event

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• Healthcare Equality
Zoom event
July 7th, 2021

Contact Email: Info@progressiveasians.org

• CARE 2021 Essay Contest

July 23 Deadline
Aug 14 Winners and finalist announced

Detailed guidelines and information at:

• Long Overdue: Masaoka Testimony in Support of HR 40

Kathy Masaoka speaks during a Feb. 17 hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
The following is the testimony as presented by Kathy Masaoka on behalf of NCRR and NP before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Feb. 17, 2021.

(Click to view the Rafu Shimpo article)

• Open Letter supporting Grandma Lee's request to Japan and South Korea.

She is asking to bring the Comfort Women issue to the International Court of Justice. Individuals can sign the General Petition.

Please share widely:

Click to view Letter

Click to view General Petition

Click here for more info

Open letter by Jim Matsuoka to support Reparations for African Americans.

Click here for the Letter

A Virtual Book Launch By
Mary Uyematsu Kao

Sun, October 11, 2020
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

More info http://rockinboat.eventbrite.com

• Statement from Nikkei
Progressives & NCRR in
Support of Uprising for
Black Lives.

Click to view statement`

(Click to view the Rafu Shimpo article)

• DOR 2020,
JANM, Feb. 15, 2pm

More information, click here
Click here for Sen. Mazie Hirono video
Click here for DOR photos

• The First Crystal City

November, Alan and Ruth Kondo, along
with several members of Nikkei Progressives,
attended the first annual Crystal City
by the event.

Crystal City was the largest multinational
family concentration camp, holding not only
Japanese Americans, but thousands of
Japanese who were kidnapped by the U.S.
government from thirteen Latin American
countries. The pilgrimage linked this history
to the targeting and detention of minority
immigrant families by the federal
government today.


• Oct 11, 2019

NCRR awarded the
"Champions of
Justice Award"
by the Organization
Chinese Americans-
Greater Los Angeles


• Oct 20, 2019
Book Talk at JANM

The Grassroots Redress
Conversations with
Then and Now.

NCRR book reading and signing of 
The Grassroots Struggle
For Japanese American
Redress &

Guy Aoki (1987 lobbying delegation),
Miya Iwataki (1981 CWRIC hearings),
and David Monkawa (art and activism)
speak about their participation in the
historic grassroots reparations movement.
A short video clip from &ldqu o;Tales of Clamor”
developed by traci kato kiriya ma and
Kennedy Kabasares will be shown and
Kristin Fukushima joins in conversation
with June Hibino, Sean Miura and Tony
Osumi to talk about the inter-generational
organization Nikkei Progressives which
carries on the legacy of grassroots activism
today. Intro by Jim Matsuoka and
moderated by Richard Katsuda and Kathy
Masaoka.  Sponsored by JANM, LTH, and

Click to view PDF Press Release

Click to view video of program
Part 1
Part 2

Click to view program

"The Future of
America's Past"

"A Grave Injustice"

A PBS video was shown in September
2019 featuring Mary Nomura, Bruce Embrey,
Kathy Masaoka, and traci kato kiriyama

Click to view program



• 2019 JACL Letter of
Apology to Tule
Lake Resisters

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Click to view NCRR Response

• On Sept 21,2019

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Click to view a video of the event

• Unite for Peace
& Nuclear Justice

August 8, 2019 Little Tokyo

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• Fort Sill PROTEST
June 22, 2019

See the video, click here

• Protest now!

A Protest on June 27, 2019 at JANM
Little Tokyo

(Eng translation of poster)

View video of the event

• traci kato kiriyama
receives recognition
from KAFC for comfort
women support at the
Glendale Memorial on

1) Phyllis Kim of Korean American Forum
of California with tracie and Kathy

2). traci receiving proclamation from
CA Senator Portantino

• Jim Matsuoka
Receives the 2019
Sue Kunitomi Embrey
Legacy Award at the
50th Annual Manzanar

cClick to read more

• Tales of Clamor
Feb 1- March 3
Aratani Black Box,

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• NCRR to Collaborate
on New Project


"Tales of Clamor" is a theatrical
case-study that examines the sound
of silence, the echoes of a
little-known yet major moment of
American history, and its universal
reverberations in today’s landscape.
“Tales of Clamor” utilizes aerial
apparatuses, scenes based in the
present and past, and rarely
seen video footage from the
1981 CWRIC Hearings
(Commission of Wartime Relocation
and Internment of Civilians).

Its political texture calls on us to
recognize the Need for solidarity
and the power of a community
breaking silence in order to create

In its emotional core, this show is
about people showing up for each
other at a critical moment of
individual and collective need.

The narrative anchor of this show is
the duo of traci and Kennedy- who
together explore concepts including
the science of sound, the Model
Minority Myth, and, at the center,
the cathartic experience of
Commission Hearings that led to
Redress in the 1980s and creation
of lifelong, intergenerational activists

NCRR is collaborating with traci
kato kiriyama and Kennedy Kabasares 
on a new project.  They want
to highlight the voices of former
incarcerees who spoke at the 1981
Commission on Wartime Relocation
(CWRIC) hearings held here in Los
Angeles.  The project will experiment
with unique presentations of these
testimonies in partnershipwith NCRR
and in collaboration with various artists/
experts in video arts, sound, stage
and aerial arts,

Below is a link to our participation
goals for the project which may take
up to 2 years to complete.

Click to download Invitation and
goals letter

Click to see TOC Wrap Party

• DOR 2019 was held
Feb 16th

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• NCRR Celebrates

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• Joint statement on
"Zero Tolerance" by
JA orgs

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• March 2018
NCRR holds class in
San Diego UC

Kathy, Traci and Kay join Professor
Simeon Man and partner, Rudy, at lunch
after speaking to Simeon's Asian American
Studies class about the Asian American
movement, redress and solidarity work
today. The class of about 150 students
saw Steve Nagano's 8 minute video on
the Commission Hearings and were led
in a haiku writing exercise by traci.

The 2018
was held February 17.

See invite

See Photos

See Rafu article of event

NCRR Celebrates
New Year!


Download invite

See Photos of the event

CWRIC Testimonies
on Dec. 2 in
Little Tokyo

Landmark CWRIC Hearings Reissued by
Nikkei for Civil Rights Redress and Visual Communications
videoscreening was held
at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM.

Click here to download the
Press Release

See Photos of Speakers

A statement by NCRR
NP on Charlottesville...

Click here to view article

A Hiroshima-Nagasaki
occured on Aug 5
Frances Hashimoto
Public Plaza.

Click here to download the flyer

"A Bridging Commu-
nities fundraising Iftar
was held on
June 15th, 2017 at the
The event was sold out
with about 150 attending.
The hosts
were Vigilantlove, NCRR,
MSA West, C.A.I.R., and

Click here for more.

• Update on Comfort
Women Statue -

Click here to view article

DOR 2017 was held on
February 18 at JANM

Click to view DOR photos

Click to download the program

Click to view to Rafu Shimpo Article

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December 7th Vigil
NCRR Expresses

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Click here to read the NCRR
statement and photos of the event

Click to read the Rafu Shimpo

I am America-
November 23 Vigil

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Retirement Dinner for
Shakeel Syed

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Breaking the Fast

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NCRR organizes a
vigil after the Orlando

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Alan Nishio receives
Kunsho from the
Japanese government.

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Day of Remembrance,
2016 was held at JANM on
Saturday, February 20th

Download postard of DOR

Download Program for DOR

See photos of DOR 2016

See the Rafu Shimpo article on DOR

• NCRR Welcomes the
New Year.
2016 is the Year of the

See the 2016 photos !

See the 2015 photos !

• "Settlement"
on Comfort Women

Statement by the
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress 

• Compassion-
Not Islamophobia

Statement by NCRR

After several thousand people were
killed in the attack on the Twin Towers on
over 300 Japanese Americans
gathered in Little Tokyo for a candlelight
vigil to show our support to the victims
and families of the 9/11 attacks. 

Today, we again express our outrage
and sympathy to the people of
Paris, and now San Bernardino as well
as so many others victimized by
individuals acting out of hate and
intolerance.  We also want to reach out
to the American Muslim, South Asian and
Arab American communities who are
being blamedfor these attacks just as
they were after 9/11 when they
immediately faced racial profiling and
physical assaults.

Read more of this press release

Read Rafu Shimpo article

Click here for DOR flyer

Click here for DOR Synopsis

Click here for Photos

Notes from the
"Power of the
Commission Hearings"

Read more: Click here

• Kathy Masaoka, NCRR
spokesperson presents

NCRR statement at the
Korean Women's Inter-

national Conference

Read more: Click here

• JAHSSC Goes Out
with a "Bang" for the

Read more: Click here


Day of Remembrance

Generations Speak Out

See summary, Click here

Program and Photos, Click here

See article, Click here

Purification Ceremony
the Tuna Canyon
Detetention Center

Read the article, Click here

See a short video on the
ceremony,Click here

NCRR Commemorates
the 25th Anniversary of
the CLA 1988 with
a screening in Little
August 10th, 2013.

More, Click here

See a short video, Click here

Comfort Women
Monument Unveived in
Glendale on July 30

NCRR statement, Click here

Rafu Shimpo article, Click here.

See the NBC Channel 4
video coverage, Click here

• NCRR Presents a panel 
"The Power of The
Commission Hearings:
First Person Voices
of Japanese American

at the Japanese
American National Museum's
4th National Conference

Read More... Click here

• Tuna Canyon Detention

• Declares Grove at
Tuna Canyon Site a

More Info, click here.

Compromise will
preserve grove of oaks
at site of Tuna Canyon
detention facility.

More info, Click here.

Video, Click here

See a video of an introduction
on TCDS, Click here


DOR 2013
25th Anniversary of the
Civil Liberties Act “Our Struggle,
Our Perseverance, Our Commitment”

The 13th Day of Remembrance took
place on Saturday, at the Japanese
American National Museum in Little
Tokyo. The theme of this year’s
commemoration is
“The 25th Anniversary
of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988:
Our Commitment”.

A PDF postcard- Click here

2013 DOR 25th Anniversary Program-
Click here

2103 DOR Program on You Tube-
Click here

2013 DOR Photos- Click here

2013 DOR interactive slideshow

Satomi goes to
Washington DC

As part of the 100th Anniversary of
Girl Scouts United States of America
(GSUSA), Satomi Honjiyo and seven
other Girl Scouts from across the
nation were invited to meet President
Obama in the Oval Office on
June 8, 2012.

All eight scouts were Gold Award
recipients, the highest achievement and
awarded to only 5% of all eligible scouts.
Satomi is the daughter of Amy
Utsunomiya Honjiyo and Reid Honjiyo
of Monterey Park, California.


NCRR Remembers
Two Heroes


NCRR Book Project:
In the works


Education Committee
Stays Busy in 2012

< activities began on a high
note on January 20
with a Phoenix, Arizona
screening of
Stand Up for Justice,
the Ralph Lazo Story. 

Read more..


Honored at the
Islamic Center

Robin Toma (2nd from left), Executive
Director of
the Los Angeles County
Relations Commission; Rinban Noriyuki Ito
(far left) of Higashi Hongwanji Temple and
JACL were honored

in September  for their
advocacy work for the Muslim/Arab-
Americans and South Asian communities. 
The Muslim Public Affairs Council honored
the group at the Islamic Center of
Southern California
in Los Angeles


Their Victory is Our

In March 1945 five Mexican American
families sued for school districts in
Westminster, Orange County, California,
on behalf of an entire community whose
children were required to attend
segregated "Mexican schools." Their
class action lawsuitbecame known as
Mendez et al. v. Westminster School
District el al.

After two years of fighting, the families
won their case. At the time, this was the
most important legal victory in the
fight against segregation the nation had
ever known.

Read more..

DOR 2012

The connection between past and
present constitutional issues was
emphasized at the annual Day of
Remembranceprogram in Little Tokyo.
"70 Years After Executive Order 9066:
Defending Our Civil Liberties"


Kathy Masaoka,co-chair
of NCRR, was awarded
the Dan B. Genung
Visionary Leadership bm
Award from All Peoples
Community Center on
October 6th, 2011.

Kathy credits growing up in multi-ethnic
Boyle Heights with helping her develop an
appreciation for peoplefrom diverse |
backgrounds. As a minority student at a
predominantly white high school, Kathy
explored questions of race, culture and
identity at an early age. Enrolling in
some ofthe first Asian American Studies
classes taught at UC Berkley in the late
1960s, she was determined to find
answers to her questions.


NCRR Condemns
Lowe's Home Improve-
ment retraction of its
advertising on the TLC's
program called.....



UC Irvine 11- delivered
at the Santa Ana court-
house press conference
on Monday, Sept 19,2011

During World War II, 120,000 Japanese
Americans were incarcerated in camps simply
for being Japanese American and looking like
the enemy who had bombed Pearl Harbor so
we understand how it feels to be targeted.

We had committed no wrong and there was
no trial - our constitutional right to due
process was denied.


• A friend of NCRR has
been collecting for
Japan's March 11th,
Tsunami victims.

Dear all,
Sorry for the long silence. I'm getting
better and I think I got about 80% of
myself out of depression, but I'm}
taking a mountain of medicine every
night. Doesn't sound good, does it?
But hey, with all of your support, I AM
getting better. Brian Kito came to Japan
about two weeks ago and went to
Sendai and Ishinomaki and was stunned
to see what's out there.


All about Kizuna-
Uniting Nikkei fir the

Kizuna is the newest nonprofit
organization on
the block dedicated to
building a much needed
space for the
next generation within our community.

Kizuna is an organization that will allow
a new generation of community activists
to vision and implement a future for our

Learn more...

• L.A. Times: U.S.Official
cites deceit in WWII

Read the full story.

A screening of Stand
up for Justice
was held
at the
East Los Angeles
Library on May 24th

See photos

DOR 2011:
Ten Years After 9/11

The main reception hall at the
Japanese American Museum in
Little Tokyo was filled to capacity
with participants and visitors
for DOR 2011


Thank you from Ehren Watada

2011 NCRR Shinnenkai
Click here to see photos

Download the
Stand Up For Justice
Curriculum Guide

1. Guide (PDF)
2. Cards (PDF)
3. Appendix (PDF)

If you want to purchase
a copy of the commercial
Stand Up for Justice DVD,
order at vconline.org


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