Virtual Community Event for Social Change

Denshō Dinner @ Home

Saturday, October 24 from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Admission: Free

Our history shows that in moments of turmoil, our connections to one another matter more than ever. While we can’t come together in person, we can still be in community with each other to remember our past collectively and affirm our commitment to action.

Join Denshō for an evening of community, remembrance, and solidarity. Keynote speakers Valarie Kaur and Brynn Saito will share inspiring lessons from their families’ story of solidarity and reflections on the power of radical unity in the face of challenging historical moments.

About Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur is an activist, documentary filmmaker, lawyer, and faith leader. She burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40+ million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. Her new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love was released in June 2020.

Valarie also has a direct connection to Japanese American history. Her grandfather was a Sikh immigrant living in Clovis, California in the 1940s. When his Japanese American neighbors were forced to abandon their farm in the wake of Executive Order 9066, he took care of it for the duration of the war. He even traveled to Arizona to visit them during their incarceration at the Poston concentration camp.

Valarie will be joined in conversation by her lifelong friend and the granddaughter of incarceration survivors, Brynn Saito. Brynn is an organizer, poet, educator and co-founder of the Yonsei Memory Project; she was awarded a Densho Artist Residency in 2019, which she used to produce the digital chapbook and online archive, “Dear_.” Brynn and Valarie will share inspiring lessons from their families’ story of solidarity and reflections on the power of radical unity in the face of challenging historical moments.

Together we can transform this challenging time into a moment for powerful social change.

Learn more about the program and featured speakers, and register today: bit.ly/DenshoDinner2020

About Denshō

Denshō is a Seattle-based grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity. Denshō documents the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. They offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts—coupled with historical images and teacher resources—to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all.

To learn more about Denshō, please visit their website.