Japanese Americans to Speak Out Against Designation of Fort Sill to Detain Migrant Children

What: Japanese Americans to Speak Out Against Designation of Fort Sill to Detain Migrant Children

When: 4:00 pm EDT, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Where: Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During WWII (Louisiana Ave. NW & D St. NW, Washington, D.C.)

Washington, DC – Nancy Ukai, representing Tsuru for Solidarity, will be joined by other members of the Japanese American community to speak out against the proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services to hold unaccompanied minors at the military base at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Fort Sill was one of many facilities used to imprison Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II.

Japanese Americans, touched by the trauma of mass incarceration, continue to experience the repercussions years later and in successive generations. 77 years ago, very few stood up to the incarceration of Japanese American families, so today Japanese Americans as a community stand up for the children being placed in these modern concentration camps.

Confirmed speakers joining Ms. Ukai in representing the Japanese American community will be Karen Korematsu, of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, Shirley Higuchi of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, and David Inoue, of the Japanese American Citizens League. Additional speakers may be added and all speakers will be available to the press after the event.

Tsuru for Solidarity will lead a protest at Fort Sill on Saturday, June 22 at 11:00am CDT with a press event at 10:00am CDT. Information for that event is below. For more information on Tsuru for Solidarity, contact Mike Ishii at 646-729-7722, tsuruforsolidarity@gmail.com.


The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.

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