Janice Harumi Yen, community activist and founding member of NCRR, has
been selected as the recipient of NCRRs 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 on Feb. 15, 2003.
As a member of the Little Tokyo Peoples Rights Organization during the
late 1970s, Yen worked on housing issues on behalf of the Little Tokyo hotel
residents. Throughout the 1980s she worked concertedly on the campaign to
win reparations for former internees and evacuees. Yen stated that the
highlight of her NCRR activities was helping to get the government to pay
She is also proud of her work with the Japanese American Bar Association
lawyers during the 1990s who fought for redress through lawsuits for those
former internees and evacuees who had been denied reparations by the
Most recently, Yen participated on NCRRs delegation to Cuba for an
educational and cultural exchange with Japanese Cubans, and she currently
serves as the Assistant Producer on Stand Up for Justice, the Ralph Lazo
story, a documentary film produced by Visual Communications and NCRR.
Please join us at the 2003 Day of Remembrance to help thank Janice for
her decades of commitment and service to our community and to civil liberties
issues. She truly exemplifies the best qualities of a devoted community
volunteer and activist, stated Kathy Masaoka, NCRR co-chair.
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
As a community-based civil rights organization, NCRR relies on your
membership dues to support events such as the Day of Remembrance, summer
Student Activist Training, educational forums and projects that we report
about in the Banner.
Please send your tax-deductible dues to NCRR
( $30 - one year, $15 - students and low-income,
$500 Lifetime membership) at 231 E. Third Street