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Chicago Day of Remembrance 2021
February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 2021 features an address from writer JOHN TATEISHI and Alderman ROBIN RUE SIMMONS. Tateishi was JACL’s Redress Director, developing the organization’s redress strategy, and Executive Director, guiding the organization’s response to 9/11 and anti-Muslim violence. Ald. Rue Simmons represents Evanston’s 5th Ward and helped pass the nation’s first reparations bill, which uses cannabis taxes to address historic and ongoing anti-Black racial discrimination. JOSINA MORITA, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, will lead a follow-up discussion.
The program is free and will be streamed live at www.chicagodor.org. A recording will be made available afterward. No registration is required.
This event is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.