Day of Remembrance

February 19th is a significant date for the Japanese American community. On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the U.S. Army the authority to remove civilians from the military zones established in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII. This led to the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, who had to abandon their jobs, their homes, and their lives to be sent to one of ten concentration camps scattered in desolate, remote regions of the country.

No Japanese Americans were ever charged, much less convicted, of espionage or sabotage against the United States. Yet they were targeted, rounded up, and imprisoned for years, simply for having the “face of the enemy.”

Every February, the Japanese American community commemorates Executive Order 9066 as a reminder of the impact the incarceration experience has had on our families, our community, and our country. It is an opportunity to educate others on the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

For information on 2020 Day of Remembrance events held throughout the country, please click on your region below.

Bay Area | Northern California | Central California | Southern California | Pacific NorthwestIntermountain | Midwest | East Coast

 

 

Bay Area:

40th Anniversary San Jose Day of Remembrance 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 5pm

Where: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street,
San Jose, CA

 

41st Anniversary Bay Area Day of Remembrance 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 2pm 

Where: AMC Kabuki 8 Theatre, Japantown, 1881 Post St, San Francisco, CA

 

2020 Films of Remembrance – San Francisco 

When: Saturday, February 22

Where: New People Cinema, 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA

 

2020 Films of Remembrance – San Jose 

When: Sunday, February 23

Where: San Jose Buddhist Church, 640 N 5th St, San Jose, CA

 

Valor with Honor Documentary Screening

When: Saturday, February 15th at 1pm

Where: Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 

 

Northern California:

Contra Costa JACL DOR: Our Lost Years Screening 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 11am and 2pm

Where: Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA

For more information: yolsgaard@yahoo.com

 

Northern California Time of Remembrance 

When: Saturday, February 8 at 1pm

Where: California Museum, 1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 

 

UC Berkeley Nikkei Student Union Day of Remembrance 

When: Wednesday, February 19th @ 6pm

Where: Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkley, CA 

 

Manzanar Day of Remembrance – featuring Author, Kinji Inomita

When: Saturday, February 22nd @ 1pm

Where: Manzanar Visitors Center, 5001 US-395, Independence, CA

 

Central California:

Livingston-Merced Day of Remembrance Banquet

When: Saturday, February 15 at 5pm

Where: Pavilion Building, Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 MLK Jr. Way, Merced, CA

For more information: (209) 631-1933 or janetf127@gmail.com

 

Fresno Day of Remembrance Luncheon and Officer Installation 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 12pm

Where: Fresno Historical Museum, Big Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 

 

Southern California:

2020 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance—Our Democracy in Crisis: 1942 and 2020

When: Saturday, February 15 at 2pm 

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA

 

Introduction to Japanese American History 

When: Saturday, February 15 at 2:30pm

Where: Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, 92123

 

USC Nikkei Day of Remembrance ft. Yoshio Nakamura 

When: Wednesday, February 26th @ 6pm

Where: USC Campus, room TBA 

 

Pacific Northwest:

Know Japan -DOR & Film Screening of Oregon’s Japanese Americans: Beyond the Wire 

When: Saturday, February 23 at 1pm 

Where: Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 

More Information on the Film

 

Day of Remembrance, Day of Action 

When: Saturday, February 23 at 12:30pm 

Where: Northwest Detention Center, 1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA

More information: tsuruseattle@gmail.com

 

Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle Univ. Day of Remembrance 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 12pm

Where: Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA

More information: minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com or 206-296-6260

 

Portland Day of Remembrance 

When: Sunday, February 23rd at 2pm

Where: Performing Art Center PCC Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 

 

Intermountain:

Mile High JACL 2020 Day of Remembrance 

When: Saturday, February 16 

Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO

 

Boise Day of Remembrance – Official Recognition by the State of Idaho

When: Monday, February 17 at 1:30pm

Where: Idaho Statehouse, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 

 

Utah JACL 2020 Day of Remembrance: Screening of Alternative Facts 

When: Saturday, February 22 @ 11:30am

Where: Utah Law and Justice Center, 645 S 200 E, Salt Lake City, UT

RSVP: metrabarton@gmail.com

 

Film Screening: A Thousand Paper Cranes: How Denver’s Japanese American Community Emerged from Internment

When: Tuesday, February 18 at 6pm

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

 

Midwest:

Day of Remembrance 2020 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 1:30pm

Where: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

 

St. Louis JACL Day of Remembrance 

When: Sunday, February 16 at 1pm

Where: The Lodge, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 

 

Japanese American WWII Incarceration & Indiana University: History and Redress. 

When: Wednesday, February 19 at 12pm

Where: IU Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street

 

East Coast:

Day of Remembrance Pop-Up Exhibit: “Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection”

When: Wednesday, February 19, 10am – 5:30pm

Where: The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, SC Johnson Conference Center, First Floor West, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 

Day of Remembrance Panel Discussion: “Not for Sale: Preserving and Sharing Community Collection”

When: Wednesday, February 19, 6:30pm

Where: The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, SC Johnson Conference Center, First Floor West, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 

New York Day of Remembrance 

When: Saturday, February 22 at 1pm

Where: Japanese American United Church, 255 7th Ave, New York, New York 

 

Philadelphia Day of Remembrance 

When: Saturday, February 22 at 2pm 

Where: City Council Chambers, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

 

National Security and Civil Liberties: Past Injustices, Current Immigration and Refugee Issues

When: Saturday, February 29th @2pm

Where: MIT, Building E25, Room 111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA

 

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February 19, 2020 For Immediate Release David Inoue, Executive Director dinoue@jacl.org, 202-223-1240Sarah Baker, VP Public Affairs sbaker@jacl.org Today we remember that 78 years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt, through executive order, paved the way for the mass incarceration of all individuals of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. This was done…

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