New York Day of Remembrance to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

New York Day of Remembrance 2022

Saturday, February 19 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. EST (virtual gathering from 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.)

Online Event

Admission: Free

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed on February 19, 1942. The order paved the way for targeting Japanese Americans as threats to national security. It also gave the U.S. military the right to send anyone of Japanese ancestry, including American citizens, to internment camps during World War II. There were ten such camps: two in Arizona (Gila River and Poston), two in Arkansas (Jerome and Rowher), two in California (Manzanar and Tule Lake), and one each in Colorado (Amache), Idaho (Minidoka), Utah (Topaz), and Wyoming (Heart Mountain).

The annual New York Day of Remembrance program will recognize this somber anniversary while honoring our families and communities with a program on reparations and repair. Event organizers invite participants to bring a candle and photos of loved ones. The virtual program will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. EST, with a virtual gathering from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Program

There will be a presentation of a brief history of the national movement to seek redress and reparations for the wartime incarceration, with recollections from New York City redress organizer Leslee Inaba Wong. Organizers will screen a short video of newly reclaimed testimony from the 1981 hearing on redress in New York City.

Kenniss Henry, Chairperson of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) Legislative Committee, will speak on the fight for Black reparations, passing HR 40, and what meaningful solidarity looks like in this movement. Members of NYDOR will discuss why the Japanese American community must show up in support of Black reparations and share community letters in support of HR40 submitted to Congress.

The traditional candle lighting ceremony will honor and remember our community’s incarceration experiences and hold space for communities experiencing violence. Organizers will present an update on Tsuru for Solidarity’s work challenging detention today. Finally, NYDOR members will perform a song written by Yuri Kochiyama and sung during redress hearings. The program will conclude with a virtual gathering.

To receive the Zoom link for the event, please visit the New York Day of Remembrance Committee’s Eventbrite page.

About the New York Day of Remembrance Committee

The New York Day of Remembrance Committee (NYDOR) is a group of Japanese American New Yorkers and allies dedicated to healing intergenerational trauma caused by the WWII incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry through community programming and partnerships and by demanding justice for oppressed people facing racialized state violence and discrimination.

The Day of Remembrance offers an opportunity for each of us to reflect on our history of forced removal, family separation, and incarceration, as well as the activism and organizing that grew from that history. In remembering our past, we can transform our pain into power, and garner the strength and wisdom to demand that this country stop repeating history.”
— Linda Morris, New York Day of Remembrance Committee Organizer