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The Road to Establishing Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution: An Evening with Karen Korematsu 🗓

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The Road to Establishing Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

Tuesday, June 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Private residence in Manhattan (Exact address will be provided with RSVP confirmation)

Suggested Donation: $25

The New York chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL-NY) and the Korematsu Institute are co-sponsoring an evening to celebrate the recent establishment of an annual Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in New York City.

Karen Korematsu is the dynamic and outspoken daughter of Japanese American civil rights activist Fred T. Korematsu, who, at the age of 23, refused to go to the U.S. government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII and took his case to the Supreme Court. Karen is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute, a non-profit organization focused on educational efforts to address civil rights injustices and promote equal rights for all individuals regardless of race, gender, or nationality.

Karen will discuss her father’s legacy and tell the story of how the Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution was established in several states across the country. We will learn about the effort to have the day recognized in New York City, a two-year process that was officially observed on January 31 of this year.

There will be refreshments, a silent auction, and the astonishing magic of Rich Kameda, who will perform an excerpt from his “Incarceration Camp Magic Show.”

Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting George Hirose at george.hirose@gmail.com. Please include “Korematsu Evening” in the subject line.

The suggested donation is $25, and all proceeds will benefit programs and educational initiatives of the Korematsu Institute and JACL-NY. You can make your donation online at JACL-NY’s website, at the event with check or cash, or mail a check addressed to JACL, New York Chapter to:
JACL, New York Chapter
49 W 45th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036

JACL-NY and the Korematsu Institute are both important organizations that strongly address current day civil rights and moral issues by spreading awareness through events, political action, and effective educational programming. JACL-NY has spent the past year supporting and collaborating with our sister organizations to defend the rights of Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ, and all other marginalized communities.