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Vol. 3 Issue 11                                                                                              November 2022
Manzanar Messenger
Our elections are on November 8th and this year, more than ever, we must exercise our constitutional right to vote!  Our vote is our power to elect representatives and to hold our elected officials accountable. There are many states where voter suppression laws are on the books or are being proposed. The Brennan Center for Justice writes that since the beginning of 2021, lawmakers have passed at least 42 restrictive laws in 21 states and many others are on the ballot during this election! We must stand up and use our voices and vote to stop these suppression efforts which disproportionately impact the poor and people of color.
As we leave October's celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, and begin November, Native American Heritage Month, we stop to honor the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our indigenous peoples. But we also know the discrimination that is still faced by these communities in their struggles to gain equal rights.  For these communities and for all of us, we must protect our fragile democracy and vote!

Click here to find out about your local elections and your voter registration status.

 We Welcome Your Voice!

Manzanar Committee Mourns the Loss of
Community Leader, Activist 
Jim Matsuoka
The Manzanar Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jim Matsuoka, long-time social justice activist, and a founder of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR; now known as Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), who passed away on October 21, 2022, at the age of 86, due to complications from medical conditions he had been suffering from in recent months.  Click to read the complete memoriam
Voting is a Right in a Democracy
As a community, Japanese Americans have experienced the trauma of being imprisoned and denied our constitutional rights so we understand the importance of voting to fight to protect our democracy. Our legacy includes having to struggle to vote even behind barbed wire.
Read this article about voting in the camps by Manzanar Committee member, Darrell Warren
Photo credit: Dorothea Lange/National Archives and Records Administration
Proof I was there:
Every Japanese American incarcerated in second world war finally named
Taylor Weik in The Guardian  10/11/22
Kanji Sahara was eight when his family was uprooted from their home in Los Angeles. It was 1942 and the family, along with thousands of other people of Japanese descent, was forcibly sent to live in barracks and horse stables – and eventually, War Relocation Authority camps, where they stayed until the end of the second world war. He would later recall standing behind a fence, watching people across the street go about their day, wondering why life was normal for them but not for him.  Read the entire article   Photograph: Courtesy of Kristen Tang
Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for
African Americans - Interim Report
On June 1, 2022, the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans issued its interim report to the California Legislature. The interim report surveys the ongoing and compounding harms experienced by African Americans as a result of slavery and its lingering effects on American society today.
Members of the Manzanar Committee attended the recent National Nikkei Reparations Coalition (NNRC) meeting on Black Reparations and began their discussion of the interim report. The interim report is 500 pages with a 40 page executive summary.  Click to see the reports

We encourage you to review the executive summary

The final report will be issued before July 1, 2023.
2021-2022 Katari Program:
Inspiring Students to Learn Even More

by Megan Matsumoto

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, and this year, I participated in my third Katari program, and it never fails to teach me more about Manzanar and myself. The importance of the program also continues to grow each year.
Since the 2021 Manzanar At Dusk program, I have done a lot of self-reflection on what this program means to me, and to others in the community—it allows students to hear from former incarcerees about what life was like before, during, and after camp.  Click to read Megan's reflection

Sue Kunitomi Embrey Student Awards Winner
Monicka Manni
HS Written Category - Second Place

"Paving the Path to a Fair Future"
We tend to take our freedom for granted, this is, until it gets taken away from us.  This feeling of restriction was a reality that over 120,000 Japanese Americans faced during the 1940s after the passing of Executive Order 9066. Accused of being traitors and spies for Japan, they were placed in inhumane camps, an action marking the lowest points in America's history. The amount of injustice from wrongly being put in these camps has caused many people great pain and suffering, much of which time has not fully healed. 
Click to read Monicka's essay.
Welcome Back!
Brenda Ling, Superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site

Naomi Ostwald Kawamura
Densho Executive Director
What Really Happened? 
The True Story of the Wakasa Monument
If you were not able to view this live on September 9th, click to view the recorded broadcast on youtube.
College Students!
Apply for the Third Annual Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage GRANT
Recipients will help plan and participate in the 54th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
April 28 - 30, 2023
Visit VJAMM or Manzanar Committee for information & application
Applications due January 6, 2023
Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Making Illinois First State to Require Asian American History Be Taught in Schools     Published July 9, 2021  by 5 Chicago News

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a new measure making Illinois the first state in the U.S. to require Asian American history be taught in public schools.

Pritzker signed House Bill 376, the Teaching Equitable Asian American History or TEAACH Act, at Niles West High School in suburban Skokie.

The new law requires every public elementary and high school in the state to devote a unit of curriculum to the history of Asian Americans in the United States. 
Read the entire article about this groundbreaking legislation

Lesson Plans

To support the teaching of Asian American Pacific Island history and contributions to the U.S., the Asian American Education Project has created grade level appropriate lessons and professional development for teachers. Click for lessons and click for professional development offerings.

When Yuri met Malcolm

Join the East West Players Theater for Youth for a performance and talkback of their play, When Yuri Met Malcolm. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Told through the prism of her unlikely friendship with Malcolm X, When Yuri Met Malcolm explores the legacy of Yuri Kochiyama. We follow Yuri’s life from the camps to her radicalization during the
60s and her decades of activism. The performance asks "What does it mean to be a citizen of our flawed, flawed country? And how much can a single person do to change it?" 
To schedule a performance for your school, email  Performance may be free for schools that qualify..
Upcoming Pilgrimages
Tadaima 2022
In case you missed any of the programs, click here

Jerome/Rohwer hybrid pilgrimage
to take place Spring 2023

Click here to sign up for updates

Manzanar 54th Annual Pilgrimage- Save the Date!
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Important Historic Dates
November 1 - 30
Native American History Month
November 2
Int’l Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
November 11
Veterans Day
November 16
Int’l Day for Tolerance
November 20
World Children’s Day
November 24
Thanksgiving Day
November 25
Int’l Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 29
Giving Tuesday
November 29
Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Upcoming Dates & Events
October 11, 2022 - September 24, 2023
Ireicho Exhibit @ JANM

 Click here for more information

November 11, 2022

TCDSC Marc Stirdivant Scholarship Deadline Extension
Click for application

November 2, 2022
Densho Virtual Gala 2022

Click to register

November 8, 2022
Be sure to Vote

January 6, 2023
Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant Deadline for College Students
Click here for more information

Octopus Hot Dogs!

Many of you may have eaten Octopus Hot Dogs prepared by your parents or grandparents from the camps. Here are different ways you can make them at home!  
Click for recipe

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