New York Day of Remembrance 2021
Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20
In the Japanese American community, February 19 is the Day of Remembrance, which observes the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. The order paved the way for targeting Japanese Americans as threats to national security and gave the U.S. military the right to send anyone of Japanese ancestry, including American citizens, to concentration 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 New York Day of Remembrance Committee is organizing two events to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066: the annual program honoring the more than 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children who were incarcerated, and one in solidarity with Haitian refugees.
Day of Remembrance: Day of Action to End Immigrant Detention
Friday, February 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Live stream on NYDOR’s Facebook page
The New York DOR Committee will join Families for Freedom, Haitian Bridge Alliance, and Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees for a small rally, march, and healing ceremony. The event will be live streamed on NYDOR’s Facebook page. Check the page for updates and information.
Virtual Day of Remembrance Program
Saturday, February 20 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Live via Zoom
The annual Day of Remembrance program will include community remembrances, an incredible panel on Black immigrant detention, candle-lighting ceremony, and updates on current issues facing our community. There will also be a raffle with wonderful prizes donated from the community.
Please click HERE to register and receive the Zoom link.
Message from NYDOR
Embedded at the core of this country’s history of violence is racism and white supremacy. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees of color are confined in similar camps — subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, deportation, and countless indignities. At this year’s NYDOR, we will underscore the xenophobia, racism and white supremacy that has flowed through the structures and systems in this country since its inception and its mass implications today. We will also remember those we have lost in our community over this challenging year.
To ensure this country #StopRepeatingHistory and for a more just future, the U.S. must right the wrongs of its past and present, including remembering our history, standing in solidarity with communities targeted and disappearing today, and Native American and Black Americans that have faced centuries of violence. In addition to calling to abolish ICE, NYDOR will also call for the United States to give Black Americans reparations for the harm it has inflicted on Black Americans from enslavement to the mass incarceration of Black people. During Black History month and this time of remembrance for the Japanese American community, below we are making a request for testimonies from Japanese Americans in support of HR40 to outline a pathway for Black reparations.
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. Their work includes the New York Regional Chapter of Tsuru for Solidarity and the Annual Day of Remembrance Program.