Civil Rights Hero Gordon Hirabayashi

Sign posted notifying people of Japanese descent to report for relocation. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

This Sunday, February 19th, 2012, the Palouse Asian American Association will sponsor a potluck and program on Japanese American civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi at the 1912 Center, Moscow, ID at 2:00pm.

The program will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and U.S. entry into World War II. The Order enabled Roosevelt’s secretary of war and military commanders “to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded.” Although the order mentioned no group in particular, it subsequently was applied to most of the Japanese American population on the West Coast. 110,000 men, women and children of Japanese ethnicity in the Western states were sent to relocation centers and then to internment camps.

The Palouse Asian American Association will commemorate this sad episode in American history with the Hirabayashi program.  Gordon Hirabayashi (1918-2012) is best known for being one of only three people to openly defy the government’s unconstitutional internment of Japanese Americans. His resistance led to a Supreme Court case decided against him, which was later overturned. He died recently at the age of 93.

University of Idaho Professor of Law Shaakirrah Sanders

The program will be presented by UI Law Professor, Shaakirrah Sanders, a graduate of Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans whose courses include Constitutional Law and First Amendment. Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Sanders was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Seattle University School of Law; a staff attorney with The Defender Association (TDA), in Seattle, Washington; and an associate at both the Seattle office of K&L Gates and the New Orleans office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell.

The program is free and open to the public.

Location: Art Room in the 1912 Center, 412 E. 3rd St., Moscow, ID.

Time: Potluck begins at 2:00pm, program begins at 3:00pm. All are welcome, and may attend both potluck and program. Come at 3:00pm if you’d just like to attend the program by Professor Sanders.

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The Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR) exists to facilitate connections and communication among organizations and individuals who are engaged in human rights and social justice work in the Northwest region of the United States, with special focus on the Inland Northwest. The coalition, inspired by Bill Wassmuth's former Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, will give strength to those working at the local level by allowing them to share resources, information, and ideas, as well as making them part of a larger support system. The University of Idaho Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion (HRAI) in Moscow serves as the administrative home for the NWCHR, and the Coalition strives to build strong membership from throughout Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as from other parts of the Northwest region. All are welcome to join NWCHR and give their input.
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