Frank Seishi Emi, an NCRR Hero
The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress mourns the loss of our dear friend and our hero, Frank Emi. We are fortunate to have known Frank since 1983 when he joined NCRR. It was during the early days of the redress movement when we first learned about the Fair Play Committee and the Resisters of Conscience. Why hadn’t we learned about America’s concentration camps and those few who, like Frank, fought back?!   It was through the redress movement and hearing people’s stories that our history was slowly revealed. Read more...

30th Anniversary Party
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Civil rights activists give voice to Muslim community
Current political issues, religious freedom and racism were among the issues discussed in a lecture by Asian Americans for Community and Talent (AACT). Read more...

9/11 Healing Memorial at the Islamic Center of Southern California
Assalamu Alaikum. Peace Be Upon You.
9/11 changed us. As we watched the Twin Towers topple, as we heard the anguished tears of those who lost loved ones, as we waited anxiously for the flood of news to end, we felt the change creep in and settle. That change was fear and in many ways, it never left. Read more...

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), in cooperation with the JACCC and other groups invite the community to come out to the plaza in front of the JACCC on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m., to show support for Muslim Americans who are increasingly being subjected to a hateful campaign of anti-Muslim and anti-Islam lies and attacks.

See video and photos.

Muslims and Buddhists are Not the Same and That’s Fine.
This is the holy month of Ramadan when observant Muslims carry out acts of compassion and charity, fast from sunup and “break their fast” at sundown to reaffirm their faith. Read more...

The people who are coming up with all sorts of explanations as to why they object to a mosque in the vicinity of “ground zero,” in New York, cloak themselves under all manner of aggrieved American citizens. At best, in memory of the loss of someone and at worst, simply acknowledging their dislike of anything Muslim. Read more...

NCRR members, Kathy Masaoka and Tony Osumi juried student displays about Pearl Harbor and the WWII Concentration Camps held at the Orthopedic Hospital in Los Angeles. One of the displays was about the Tuskegee airmen, and Major Levi H Thornbill represented them at the event. See photos.

With an almost “sold-out” screening of “Lt. Watada”, director Freida Mock answered the numerous questions along with Watada’s mother, Carolyn Ho, Watada’s, father Bob and stepmother, Rosa. The documentary film was based on the life of Ehren Watada and his refusal to deploy to Iraq. The event was held at the Henry Hwang Theatre (East West Theatre) in Little Tokyo. See photos.

Quakers: Friends of the
Japanese American Community
During WWII, the Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and its affiliates were among the few groups to publicly support and aid the 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were forced to leave their homes on the
West Coast and incarcerated in ten camps across the United States. See more...

The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, an organization who fought for redress for victims of a shameful period in American history, condemns your signing of SB 1070. It is an act founded in racist hysteria with blatant pandering for votes at the expense of our Mexican American community. Read more...

At the invitation of the Orange County Human Relations Commission the NCRR Education Committee presented three workshops at the "Walk In My Shoes" symposium. The symposium, which was attended by hundreds of middle school students, was held at California State University at Fullerton on March 5, 2010. See more...

Bridging Communities connects youth through sessions on identity, culture and civil rights.

On Feb. 20th, some 25 Japanese American and Muslim American high school students convened a the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center for the first session of the second annual Bridging Communities program. See more...

Remembrance for the Future
"Let us remember the lessons. That justice is not self-executing. It is not a gift. It is a challenge." Keynote speaker Dale Minami said as he closed out his speech at Saturday's Day of Remembrance 2010 program at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. "We cannot rely on our institutions alone to protect our rights." Read more.

Update: see photos from the event.
The film STAND UP FOR JUSTICE will celebrate its long-awaited DVD release on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, 2:00 pm, at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, in Little Tokyo. Read more.

NCRR Holiday Party photos

JACL Pacific Southwest District and Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress Announce the Bridging Communities Program...Read more

Ehren Watada: Free at Last
Three military courts rejected Watada's double jeopardy claim; but as soon as the case was appealed to a civilian court, US District Court Judge Benjamin Settle issued a stay blocking the retrial and charging that "the military judge likely abused his discretion."

The Army announced it would appeal but then did nothing for eighteen months, leaving Watada in limbo. Finally, after a campaign by Watada's supporters, the Obama administration's Department of Justice nixed the Army's appeal. The Army threatened to court martial Watada on other charges but finally decided to accept defeat.

Click here for the full story

In October 2009, NCRR endorsed API Equality-LA, a coalition of organizations and individuals working to build support for equal marriage rights and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the greater Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Wibur Sato, a longtime NCRR member is honored by the Gardena Valley Democratic Club for 50 years of more

Summer Activist Training 2009
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance or KIWA (formerly the Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates) created the Summer Activist Training program in 1993 to meet the needs of young people who wanted to make social change in their communities but lacked the skills to organize campaigns. NCRR became a sponsor in 1995 along with Thai Community Development Corporation (Thai CDC) and were soon joined by the Pilipino Workers’ Center (PWC) more

NCRR Protests Paramount Studios Film
“The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard”

In the R-rated “comedy,” “The Goods,” Korean American car salesman Teddy Dang is beaten by a group of Caucasian car salesmen who think he is Japanese. Guy Aoki, founder of Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) and a longtime NCRR member, called on NCRR to support a protest of Paramount Studios. The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), NCRR, and about 35 individuals picketed in front of Paramount Studios on August 21, 2009. Angered and frustrated by the continued demeaning portrayal of Asian Americans in the media, the spirited group picketed as passing motorists honked their horns in approval. more

Bridging Communities Program
The Japanese American Citizens League Pacific Southwest District (JACL PSW) and Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) in partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Shura Council announced the launch of the Bridging Communities program to connect the youth of the Japanese American community to the Muslim American community by celebrating the strengths and differences that bind us as a more

The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California Committee and the George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award committee honored Richard Katsuda as the 2009 George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award more

An Emotional Day of Remembrance
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which authorized the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. On Saturday, February 21st, the 21 annual Day of Remembrance was held at the Japanese American National Museum. This year was focused on the topic of immigration with the theme, Forging Alliances: Connecting Nikkei to Current more

NCRR 9/11 Committee: Update on Lt. Ehren Watada
Lt. Ehren Watada, who was court martialed for refusing to deploy to Iraq in 2006 and fight in a war that he believed was immoral and illegal, is still awaiting a decision by the more

2009 Banner Article
NCRR Education Committee

2008 was another very busy year for the Education Committee.  The Ralph Lazo Stand Up for Justice film and curriculum materials were presented at several teacher conferences and at local school district more

Japanese Americans Raise Hopes for Justice in 2009
The new year brings renewed energy and hope that Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) will finally win the dignity and redemption that are so long more

The Historical Archives including the Day of Remembrance Archives
In an effort to preserve over three decades of the history of NCRR and its involvement with the commemoration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s February 19, 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, we established the Day of more

NCRR celebrates the holidays in Little Tokyo (Teramachi)....see all

Since September 11, 2001 NCRR has built a relationship with the American Muslims, South Asians and the Arab American communities through educational programs such as Break the Fast, forums and the Manzanar more

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress URGES A NO VOTE ON PROPOSITION 8
NCRR opposes Proposition 8, which would amend the California Constitution to eliminate the fundamental right of marriage for same-sex couples in California. We believe gays and lesbians are entitled to the fairness and equality that all California citizens now enjoy under California law. NCRR opposes discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. To not recognize gay and lesbian rights to marriage is more

The 68th Annual Nisei Week Awards dinner was held at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Garden in Little more

Nisei Week parade
NCRR was honored at this year's Nisei Week parade for our years of commitment to redress and reparations and the battle for civil rights in this country. See pictures


Summer Activist Training (SAT) program was founded in 1993 to provide young Asian Pacific Islander Americans an opportunity to spend three and half days learning valuable skills in community organizing and direct action campaigns. This program brings together like-minded APIAs to help create a community of young activists and organizers, many of whom go onto work in various community-based organizations and unions. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your network of support and inspiration!

There will be great food, an opportunity to meet and network other young activists, and a chance to develop better relationships with APIA organizations in the Los Angeles area.

This year's training will last from June 26 - June 29, 2008. If you plan on being in the LA area or can make a trip of it, please consider applying! (PDF)

Campaign For Justice Update 5/29/08
Click here to read.

Manzanar 39th Pilgrimage
It was a very diverse group of about 500 people, pilgrims of varying ages, ethnicities and backgrounds who visited the Manzanar National Historic site, many of whom were participating for the first time.  Former internees were joined by their children and grandchildren, curious high school students, and seven busloads of various secular, academic and religious groups. Read more / See pictures

Lillian Nakano was honored by the California State Assembly on May 12th for her work in the redress movement during ceremonies marking Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Read more.

“Building a Movement to End this Illegal and Immoral War”
The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress September 11 Committee

We want to share with Amerasia Journal readers how Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, formerly the National Coalition for Re- dress & Reparations, sees its task of building a progressive move- ment of Japanese and Asian Americans.

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Rally Held to Save J-Town
J-Town Voice urges business assistance program, creation of Little Tokyo Legacy Fund - By Gwen Muranaka, Rafu more

"The Japanese American community was the first to reach out to us after 9/11," said Affad Shaik, Civil Rights Chair of the Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), "that is why we are educating our community about what happened to Japanese American during WWII and are taking Muslims from Southern California to this years Manzanar Pilgrimage." more


Day Of Remembrance 2008
“Unleashing Community Voices: The Power of Grassroots Activism” was the theme of the 2008 Day of Remembrance. This year’s program highlighted NCRR’s contributions to the historic redress campaign and took place on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 pm at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. more

Reflections of Lily Okamoto
For the Sansei women in the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress or NCRR, Lily has been and still is a role model for us. Since the late 80’s she came to the monthly meetings faithfully. Only a year or two ago did she stop coming after saying that she could not hear very well and did not feel she was able to contribute. But we were always very glad to see Lily come and were happily surprised when she came to a meeting a few months ago using her more

NCRR 9/11 Committee Continues Support of Watada and Aguayo
Vigils in Support of Lt. Ehren Watada and Against the War in Iraq  
In October, the NCRR 9/11 Committee and Watada supporters held vigils on the corner of Alameda and First to express opposition to a second court martial of Lt. Ehren Watada for his refusal to deploy to Iraq in June 2006.  For five more

Stand Up for Justice DVD/Curriculum Available to Calif. High School Teachers!
The NCRR Education Committee is pleased to announce that a ten-year collaboration with Visual Communications has culminated in the production of a 33-minute film about Ralph Lazo and the “Stand Up for Justice Curriculum Guide” for secondary school social sciences more

Campaign for Justice Makes Big Push in 2008!
Campaign for Justice (CFJ) has been fighting for redress for Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) since 1996. When JLAs were excluded from redress provided by the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, NCRR, JACL, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, and the Southern California chapter of ACLU formed CFJ. CFJ worked with JLA former internees to file the Mochizuki v. U.S. class-action lawsuit. That action culminated in negotiations with the Department of Justice and a compromise, in which JLAs were afforded only $5,000 reparations for each former more

NCRR Digitizes Archives with CCLPEP Grant
In 2007, NCRR received a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program  (CCLPEP) for the archiving of NCRR’s historical Days of Remembrances.  The grant will allow the events to be preserved via our website, more

Flying Backwards to the Future Targeting innocent civilians will always be a crime against humanity
The headlines in the obituary section of the Los Angeles Times in November called attention to the passing of Paul Tibbets by proclaiming him “as the man who ushered us into the atomic age”.  Yes, he piloted the Enola Gay to Hiroshima, but the reality is that he didn’t fly us into a new world but took us straight back into the Stone Age.  Make no mistake about it.  The action to drop the bomb meant the death of over 100,000, women, children, the physically handicapped, the elderly, --everyone! more

Court bars second court-martial for Watada

A U.S. District Court judge today granted a preliminary injunction that bars the Army from proceeding with a second court-martial trial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first Army officer to face prison for refusing to deploy to Iraq. Read More.

Candlelight Vigil in Support of Lt. Ehren Watada
Mondays, 5:30 pm
South Alameda Street & East First Street
Little Tokyo
Monday vigils were held at the same place and time every Monday for Lt. Watada.

For more information on the vigil:  NCRR  213.680.3484

For updates on the Lt. Ehren Watada's case:

Photos: Vigil for Lt. Ehren Watada, October 8th in Little Tokyo.

Click here to see a video of Watada supporters

In Los Angeles, protesters marched through downtown to the federal building for a mass rally and Die-In. The California fire catastrophe did not keep people from registering their opposition to the Iraq war in a major way, despite that day's front-page Los Angeles Times article urging people to "stay inside" because of bad air quality. Read More.

War resister gets a hero's welcome

Agustin Aguayo served eight months in a military prison after refusing to serve a second tour in Iraq, but the former U.S. Army medic received a hero's welcome Sunday from antiwar activists in Los Angeles... Read more (link to L.A. Times)

• Aguayo Photos

No justice at Lt. Watada pretrial replay

On Friday, a pretrial hearing was held at Fort Lewis in the U.S. Army's second attempt to court-martial Lt. Ehren Watada for refusing to deploy to Iraq in June 2006. Lt. Watada continues to argue that the Iraq war is illegal under U.S. and international law...Read More

School Board Honors Lazo

Ralph Lazo's grandchildren Nicole and Alex Thibodeaux and son-in-law Andrew Thibodeaux received a commendation from David Tokofsky and the other Board Members of the Los Angeles Unified School district for Lazo's support of Japanese Americans during World War II...Read More

Within One’s Conscience

Helga Aguayo was one of the discussion panelists at the 2007 Day of Remembrance commemoration event held Saturday, February 17th at the Japanese American National Museum.  It marked the 65th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 to remove and incarcerate over 120,000 Japanese Americans in the West Coast states...Read More

Marching for Peace

In a show of solidarity, anti-war protestors and supporters of the nation’s first Army officer to refuse deployment to Iraq, marched through Little Tokyo on Saturday, demanding justice for First Lt. Ehren Watada...Read More

Dr. Maher Hathout wins LA Human Relations Commission’s Award.
Dr. Maher Hathout was awarded the LA County Human Relations Commission John Allen Buggs award on October 5th at the Biltmore Hotel. Click here to read more.

Rei Osaki will be sorely missed.
Rei Osaki, a core NCRR member passed away in December after a brief illness. Rei had been an active member since NCRR’s Day of Protest march in 1989. Click here to read more.

Education Committee to Conduct Teacher Training Workshops.
NCRR’s Education Committee had a very active 2006. In the first half of 2006 Stand Up For Justice, the Ralph Lazo docudrama... Click here to read more.

Alan Nishio, a founding member of NCRR retires after 34 years at Cal State University, Long Beach. The event was held on September 22, 2006 at the Point in the Walter Pyramid. Click here to read more.

A Victorious Day
The Orange County DA’s office dismisses Kurt Isobe’s case

At Saturday, September 16th/s fundraising event in Little Tokyo for Kurt Isobe and his impending retrial, the Isobes announced to over 100 supporters that the Orange county District Attorney’s office dismissed the case Friday. Click here to read more.

Kurt Isobe, his father Craig Isobe, and NCRR member Evelyn Yoshimura attended NCRR’s June general meeting.  Kurt, a personable, young student who was arrested at a rally against the Minutemen Project in Orange County, came to NCRR’s general meeting to talk about his arrest last year and the result of his recent trial. Click here to read more.

The deadline for summer activist training has been reached and the SAT workshop will take place June 29th to July 2nd. More information here:

Day of Remembrance 2006 "Claiming History: Justice Along Color Lines". Click here for more info.

NCRR will miss Tom Hayashi
Tom Hayashi joined NCRR recently but with a great deal of energy.  It seemed as if he just appeared out of nowhere but in reality, Tom had been speaking out for justice his whole more.

James Yee is a third generation Chinese American and a 1990 graduate of West Point. In 2001, Captain Yee was commissioned to be a Muslim more.

NCRR's 25th Anniversary Luau
• NCRR worked tirelessly to build a grassroots movement in the Japanese American community to seek reparations for the incarceration during World War more

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress honored by LA County Human Relations Commission.

Loyalty Redefined on Day of Remembrance
by Nao Gunji (Rafu Shimpo staff writer)

Wayne Mortimer Collins and Tetsujiro “Tex” Nakamura receive Fighting Spirit awards for work with more

Why it's Important to Remember Day of Remembrance, by Lillian Nakano.

2005 Day of Remembrance;
When Loyalty is Questioned...from Tule Lake to Guantanamo by Kay Ochi.
Click here for details.

Bruce Iwasaki Receives
State Bar’s Top Honor
. Bruce Iwasaki, a longtime NCRR member, was awarded the 2004 Loren Miller Legal Services Award, the State Bar’s highest honor, on Oct. 5, 2004.
Click here for details.

“Communities Under Siege: Keeping the Faith”
Fourth Break the Fast Event
Working with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, Centenary Methodist Church, Great Leap and Youth for City Arts, the NCRR 9/11 Committee organized this year’s Break the Fast in Little Tokyo.
Click here for details.

NCRR Education Committee On the Road with Stand Up For Justice
2004 has been a busy year for the NCRR Education Committee. The film about Ralph Lazo premiered at the Los Angeles Day of Remembrance event in February.
Click here for details.

Reparations Sought by Deportees.
Unknown to most Americans, more than a million Mexican Americans in the United States were illegally deported to Mexico in the 1930s.
Click here for details.

Campaign for Justice Gears Up for 2005 Campaign for Justice (CFJ) is still seeking to complete the mission of redress for Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) and Japanese Americans who were denied redress during implementation of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (CLA). Click here for details.

The Last Redress Court Case? Last December 8, in what may be the last redress court case, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard arguments in Los Angeles on Robert Murakami’s appeal of the government’s denial of his redress claim. Click here for details.

Japanese Americans in Pre-WWII Valley Are Focus of CSUN Exhibit
Tuesday, November 30th at Cal State Northridge. Click here for details.

Black Reparations Modeling his bill after the Japanese American bill, Congressman John Conyers introduced HR 40 in 1989 to study the issue ofreparations for African Americans. Click here for details.

Update on the Little Tokyo Recreation Center. Half of a Los Angeles City property has been purchased for the Recreation Center. The City needs to aquire the 2nd half of the proposed site, but it is a start.

On Friday, October 8th 2004, the film Stand Up For Justice was shown at Cal State University at Long Beach. Click here for details.

Little Tokyo Interfaith Event
With a Buddhist incense offering and Islamic call to prayer, more than 200 people gathered last week in Little Tokyo to break bread with Muslims during their holy season of Ramadan and strengthen bonds among diverse faith communities.

The Future of Iraq - A Muslim American Perspective: When the American media covers the U.S. war in Iraq, it’s always from the American government’s perspective. We heard from a community whose views are often ignored, yet which plays a unique and important role in the discussion on the Middle East and in U.S. society. Click here for more info, and for photos of the event.

Manzanar Center Opens April 24th, 2004
More than 1,200 attended the opening of the historic interpretive center at the Manzanar National Historic Site. The dedication of the $5.1 million center was held in conjunction with the 35th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Read more...

NCRR Legislative Positions
• Support for the Black reparations bill
• Support for the Mexican reparations bill

'Stand Up For Justice' Screens at DOR
A maximum capacity audience filled the seats of the Aratani Japan America Theater Saturday night for the screening of "Stand Up For Justice: The Raph Lazo Story," a 30-minute film detailing the story of a Mexican/Irish- American who volunteers to live with his Japanese Ameri- can friends in the Manzanar internment camp. Read more...

Follow up on the "Stop the Erosion of Little Tokyo story".
The Little Tokyo Community Council consisting of over 50 businesses, churches, community organizations, neighborhood arts councils, local policing volunteers, libraries, banks, museums and theatre arts groups had been meeting since March, 2003 regarding a jail and other city facilities in Little Tokyo. The TLCC organized community meetings to notify the Little Tokyo community folks about the potential choices for the jail, Parker center, and other City Public safety facilities metro site. Read more here.

Break the Fast 2003
A third Breaking the Fast event was held at Senshin Buddhist Temple on November 15th, 2003. The event was presented by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Great Leap and Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress. Read more...

Stand up for Justice
It is a breathtakingly clear, crisp December morning at Manzanar, California, four and a half hours from Los Angeles, in the Eastern Sierras. Our hardy band of actors, crew, and volunteers — swaddled in down, thermals, mufflers and mittens — are arrayed around the historic white obelisk with the stark black Nagasa that is familiar to all who have seen photographs of this historic site. The wind is slight, but still biting cold. Read more...

In Memorium
After a long and hard battle with Parkinson's Disease, Bert Nakano passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, in Gardena. He is survived by his wife Lillian, son Erich and his wife Sandra and his two beloved grandchildren Alina & Gabriel, along with many relatives and good friends, all who will miss him deeply. Read more...

Stop The Erosion Of Little Tokyo
At a hurriedly-called community meeting held at the Japan America Theater in Little Tokyo on May 12, 2003, officials of the City of Los Angeles, laid out their plans for a new Parker Center (police headquarter, detention center/jail, fire station and emergency center. Read more...

University Of Wyoming Hosts Heart Mountain Draft Resisters
Two members of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee (FPC) spoke at the University of Wyoming’s Organization of Active Students Interested in Sociology conference held on April 25-26, 2003. Read more...

Who was Ralph Lazo
Before Stand Up for Justice was filmed, members of the NCRR Education Committee, including director/scriptwriter John Esaki, interviewed some of Ralph’s friends. What was Ralph like? Why did he go to Manzanar? What were his feelings about the internment? Because Ralph died in 1992, the Read more...

Manzanar 2003
I am here as a member of the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) which is made up of people who hold regular jobs and volunteer their time to work on redress and civil rights issues. I am also here as a schoolteacher with students from Central High/ All Peoples, so I would like to speak Read more...

2003 Day of Remembrance
The Day of Remembrance was commem-orated Saturday in Little Tokyo with a program entitled “Race Prejudice, War Hysteria, Failure of Political Leadership: Then & Now,” presented by Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), Japanese American Citizens League/Pacific Southwest District (JACL), and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), at JANM’s George & Sakaye Read more...

Catching up on the History of Little Tokyo
On February 8, 2003 members of the Nikkei Student Union of UC San Diego toured Little Tokyo with members of NCRR. The tour was led by Tony Osumi and Jim Matsuoka, who provided an in depth account of the many events that has shaped this historic community during the Read more...

Legislative Alert

Japanese Internee Denounces Racism and War
Interview with Frank Emi
Frank Emi is a Japanese American who was a leader of the Fair Play Committee, a group formed in the U.S. detention camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo. during World War II. He and 85 other Read more...

Representative Mike Honda Questions why the Republican party has not criticized pro-internment statements. Community groups reiterated calls for Coble to step down. Read more...

Vote “No”on the Recall on October 7 & Don’t Throw Up Your Hands—Vote No on Prop 54 Read more...

2003 Fighting Spirit Award
Janice Harumi Yen, community activist and founding member of NCRR, has been selected as the recipient of NCRR’s Fighting Spirit Award for 2003 based on her over 22-year commitment to redress and reparations, and her many contributions to NCRR and the community. Yen will be honored at the Day of Remembrance program Read more...

Historic Lazo Docu-Drama Begins Filming
Stand Up for Justice, a docudrama about a young Latino who goes to Manzanar concentration camp with his Nisei friends, started filming with train sequences, at the train museum in Fillmore California on November 23, 2002. and continued with filming at Manzanar, the former camp Read more...

The NCRR 9/11 Committee Continues to Build Links
Over the past year the NCRR 9/11 Committee has continued to build links with the Arab American, American Muslim and South Asian communities. On September 9, the committee was recognized “for exemplary contribution towards promoting peace, justice a Read more...

Letter written to Senators Feinstein and Boxer:
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) is a Japanese American community organization that helped to lead the movement for redress for Japanese Americans (Nikkei) who were excluded from the West Coast and incarcerated during World War II. NCRR can speak to the greatness Read more...

“Breaking the Fast” event held
Building Ties and Understanding

A Cultural Exchange between the Muslim American Community and Japanese American Community Read more...

First Street North Still Only Viable Location for Rec Center
Despite the assurances of renowned architect Hayahiko Takase that the Little Tokyo Recreation Center could be built underground in such a way that it will not disrupt the planned Central Avenue Art Park or create additional noise for East West Players, elitist forces Read more...

NCRR Supports Suspended Assi Supermarket Workers
NCRR sponsored a car wash on January 4 to support 56 workers who were suspended on August 1, 2002, from their jobs at Koreatown's Assi Supermarket. Assi Market owner Daniel Rhee claimed their "indefinite Read more...
Update: In August 2003, several of the fired workers found new jobs, but the picketing continues every Friday in front of the Assi market.

Keeping Redress Alive!
NCRR continues to work with Campaign for Justice, Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans! Efforts to push the Wartime Parity and Justice Act of 2001 have gotten bogged down, and Campaign for Justice (CFJ) is looking into how to reenergize our supporters in Congress. This legislation would Read more...

"Not in our name" Mr President!
NCRR Speaks out at “Not in our Name Rally” Sunday,
October 6, 2002 in a speech given by NCRR’S Wilbur Sato
Japanese Americans have experienced the tragedy, the horror, and the pain of preemptive action by the military. We know how under the hysteria of war Read more...

An Educational Forum sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress 9/11 Committee

MARCH 1, 2003 - 2:00 PM
Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Room 410
244 South San Pedro Street

An NCRR Statement: Remembering August 10, 1988
August 10, 1988, was a historic day, for it symbolized hope that our country has perhaps learned a lesson about protecting the rights of its citizens and other residents during times of great crisis. It should be remembered by Japanese Americans and all Americans as much as February 19, 1942. August 10 was the date on which the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (CLA) was signed into law, which was our... Read more...

Redress and the Recreation Center
Open Forum Commentary: An NCRR Statement.
The redress and reparations campaign and the current campaign to build a recreation center in Little Tokyo on First Street North have a lot in common. When the Rafu Shimpo surveyed the community on the question of whether people wanted individual compensation, an... Read more...

Why Little Tokyo Needs a Gymnasium (And Not Just an Art Park)
Open Forum Commentary: By Bill Watanabe.
The battlelines for debate are drawn and are clear—does Little Tokyo need an Art Park (with no gym on it) or would Little Tokyo better be served by a smaller Art Park with a multi-court gymnasium on it? The Public Hearing called by Councilmember Jan Perry which took place on June 20, 2002 at the... Read more...

Architect Unveils New Rec Center Plan
Hayahiko Takase, project architect for the Little Tokyo Recreation Center, unveiled a new concept that would place the gymnasium complex underground at First Street North at a meeting Tuesday of the Little Tokyo Community Council held at the Japanese American National Museum. Takase, whose projects include the Kajima Building, Higashi Hongwanji Temple and New Otani Hotel. said the new plans came... Read more...

27 Graduate From Summer Activist Training Another successful Summer Activist Training was held at the end of June with 27 young people who were eager to learn more about organizing and community work. Some of the youth came from as far away as Philadelphia, Penn. and were involved with an organization called Asian Americans United in the Chinatown area. More people applied for the training this year and we expect an equal number next year as activism among young people increases. The SAT was sponsored by five... Read more...

NCRR 9-11 Committee - Remembers & Connects

Since the candlelight vigil in Little Tokyo, the NCRR 9/11 Committee has been actively developing closer relationships between Muslim and Arab American community organizations. Aside from the “Break the Fast” event at Senshin Buddhist Temple, in early December we joined the Burbank/Glendale chapters of MPAC at a picnic in Sierra Madre. Reverend Mas Kodani invited the attendees to the Senshin obon in July and a few were able to join the dancing. Read More...

Memorial Service For Fred Okrand

A memorial Service was held for Fred Okrand on April 21, 2002 from 1 to 4pm. The Service was held at the Japanese American National Museum at 369 East 1st Street in Los Angeles.
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2002 Day Of Remembrance Ceremony Links WWII Camps And September 11 Tragedy

The standing-room-only audience of young and old at Saturday’s Day of Re-membrance listened intently, almost sto-ically through the varied two-hour pro-gram at the Japanese American National Museum yet there was no mistaking the silent undercurrent - a deep, Read More...

Three Awards Given by JACL - pswd and NCRR at 2002 Day Of Remembrance

NCRR: Fighting Spirit Award
JACL PSWD: Community achievement award
NCRR: Special recognition
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Liberties & National Security?

1942- 2002: What lessons can we learn from the WW2 Japanese American experience? Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) 9/11 Committee and the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee invite you to a thought-provoking discussion on the relationship between civil liberties and national security. Since the horrific ... Read More

"Breaking Fast" with Muslims
Set for Senshin Temple – Saturday, December 8th 2001. A "Breaking of the Fast" will be held at Senshin Buddhist temple, located that at 1311 West 37th Street, Los Angeles, on Saturday, December 8th, from 4:00 p.m.. This program is part of a series of the events being organized by the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) September...Read More

Little Tokyo Honors Terrorist Victims With Candlelight Vigil
An estimated 250 people participated in a candlelight vigil and memorial ceremony Friday night in Little Tokyo to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the passengers and crew aboard the plane that crashed in western Pennsylvania. Read More...

Japanese American Delegation to Cuba Reports Back to Community
For 10 days this past August, 17 Asian Americans from Los Angeles went somewhere few Americans have seen first hand: Cuba. The recently returned delegation sponsored by Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) will share their impressions of Cuba and details of exchanges with the Cuban Japanese community on Sunday, Read More...

32nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
The 32nd annual pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site, held on April 4th, at the site of the former World War ll U.S. concentration camp for American residents of Japanese ancestry, saluted Topax (Utah) and Gila River (Arizona), two of the 10 War Relocation Authority camps.

NCRR’s Ayako Honored At Kiwa Dinner
NCRR members filled two tables at the 9th annual Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA) dinner to applaud Ayako Hagihara as she received a KIWA Solidarity Award. Ayako, co-chair of NCRR, was honored for her work in support of KIWA and for her organizing work in the Japanese American community.

Victory At Elephant Snack Corner Benefits All Workers In Koreatown
For what seemed like forever, NCRR members received Tuesday e-mails from KIWA’s Liz Sunwoo stating something to the effect, "Come to the Elephant Snack picket this Friday at 6pm—umbrellas provided if it rains!" The reminders also included news about the owner’s desperate tactics to avoid paying eight former workers of Korean and of Latino descent their back wages.

Alan Nishio Honored With NCRR’s Fighting Spirit Award!
Alan Nishio, a founding member of NCRR, was honored at the 2001 Day of Remembrance program on Saturday, February 17, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

2001 Day of Remembrance Commemorated in Los Angeles
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) held a Day of Remembrance on Saturday, February 17, to commemorate the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.

NCRR Joins Tokyo Group to Report on Landmark Settlement
On Dec. 17, NCRR members Kathy Masaoka and Ayako Hagihara joined the Hanaoka Support Committee in Tokyo at a public forum, attended by over 100 supporters and the former workers’ family members from Beijing.

The Struggle for Redress Continues
Over the last few years NCRR has been working with members of the Japanese American Bar Association to develop strategies and file redress cases.

Bratt Deserves a Legal Defense Fund
Imagine being the target of an intense three-and-a-half year investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general into every aspect of your work and personal life. How would it feel to be interrogated by the IG for an entire week and to have your name and good reputation smeared in the national press by the unsubstantiated accusations of a disgruntled former employee?

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