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De Anza College Day of Remembrance

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"A Pledge to Defend Civil Liberties"

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Where: Visual & Performing Arts Center Theater, VPA 115

The California History Center invites the public to its 15th annual Day of Remembrance event, commemorating the 1942 presidential order that led to racial profiling and mass imprisonment of more than 119,000 people of Japanese ancestry -- more than two-thirds of them U.S. citizens -- during World War II.

On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, many are concerned that we face an upsurge in racism, profiling and attacks on our immigrant communities. What lessons should we learn from the experience of Japanese-Americans and other groups that have faced similar treatment in the past?

Dr. Francisco Balderrama, professor of history and Chicano studies at California State University, Los Angeles, will discuss the 1930s "repatriation" of more than 1 million Mexican-Americans and the climate of scapegoating and racism that led to those deportations

Also speaking:

  • Rabiah Shere, a De Anza student and former intern for the Council on American Islamic Relations, and Brenda S. Pantoja, a De Anza student and HEFAS recruitment coordinator, will provide student views on Islamophobia and threats against DACA students.
  • Kimiko Mar, board member of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League, will discuss activism among today's generation of Japanese-Americans.
  • Anisa Chaudhry of De Anza's Muslim Students Association will make a special presentation.

Participants will be invited to view the Euphrat Museum of Art's "Justice for All?" exhibit and take part in a Campus Unity Pledge in the VPAC lobby immediately after the Feb. 16 event.

Sponsors include the DASB/Office of Equity and the California History Center Foundation's Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative. The initiative aims to engage De Anza students, staff and community members in active study of civil liberties and democratic values, informed by local and regional history.

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Last Updated: 2/10/17