Los Angeles Day of Remembrance
February 16 @ 2:00 pm| Pay what you wish
BEHIND BARBED WIRE: KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AND FAMILIES TOGETHER
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Families of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast based solely on their nation of origin and veiled under the guise of national security. While behind barbed wire, keeping the family together and safe was of utmost importance to the incarcerees.
Today, also under the guise of national security, migrants from Central America are similarly being held in detention centers. Young children have been torn from their parents as they sought safety and asylum in the United States. Just like Japanese immigrants before WWII, these migrants dream of a decent life for their family and safety for their children. The legacy from the Japanese American redress movement is to make sure we stand up and speak out when we witness people being treated inhumanely by our government as we were during WWII.
Join the Japanese American National Museum for the 2019 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance to honor and remember those who were incarcerated during World War II and address the theme, “Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together,” exploring the racist parallels of past and present.
Admission to this event and the JANM are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs for the Day of Remembrance program are strongly encouraged using this ticket link.
Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, JACL Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC, Japanese American National Museum, Kizuna, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, OCA-Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA).
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If you’re unable to join us for the event, there is a live feed available on JANM’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/janmdotorg. An edited version of the video will be available later.