Japanese American Activist to Speak About Redress at "Reparations for whom?"



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Reparations for whom?: A community conversation on intersectionality

Tuesday, July 11 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

JACK – 505½ Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn

Admission: Free

OBIE-winning performance venue JACK presents Reparations for Whom?: A community conversation on intersectionality – the first of several events in JACK’s yearlong series Reparations365, in which participants will explore the inherent connections between varied calls for reparations. In the U.S., the word “reparations” is strongly associated with making amends for the atrocities and injustices experienced by Black Americans, yet, with our array of co-existing cultures and shared histories, injustice is multi-dimensional.

The evening will offer a closer look at domestic reparations efforts, including those for indigenous peoples and for Japanese families incarcerated in the U.S. during WWII, examining what has already been accomplished in the spirit of reparations in U.S. and what concrete lessons can be learned from these accomplishments.

Special guests include Sasha Hohri, a key activist involved in the successful effort for reparations for Japanese-Americans incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II, and Sheldon Raymore from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Sasha Hohri is a founding member of Concerned Japanese Americans (CJA) and was co-chair of East Coast Japanese Americans for Redress – groups that were formed in the 1980s to advocate for redress and reparations for Japanese-Americans incarcerated during World War II. They were part of a national movement whose pressure led the United States government to pass the Civil Liberties Act in 1988, which awarded $20,000 dollars to each of the surviving internees or their descendants of the World War II camps for Japanese-Americans. She also served as a member of the board of the United Asian Communities Center.

Sheldon Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and currently resides in New York City. He’s worked most of his adult life in the fashion industry and when not working competes as a grass dancer on the national powwow circuit throughout Turtle Island. He also serves as a council member for the East Coast Two Spirit Society for which he facilitates their weekly powwow dance practices. Sheldon is a visual artist, Native American storyteller, and regalia designer.

Reparations365: From Memory To Movement is JACK’s yearlong series of performances, workshops, and discussions around the topic of distributive justice for Black Americans. Launched in February 2017, the series will consist of at least 20 public offerings featuring a convergence of scholars, artists, and activists. Through the series, participants will discover multiple ways to engage with the topic, all with an intention of offering tangible takeaways for participants and a concrete movement forward.

The performances will feature a host of artists in dance, theater, and music exploring the topic of repairing racial injustice. The series will also include several community conversations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops curated with the participation of our neighbors and members of the artistic and activist community in New York.

Food will be provided. For more information, please visit JACK’s website.