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2022 End of Year Reflections
As we approach a new year we wish you and your family happy holidays and a prosperous New Year.

We close out 2022 with mixed emotions. Our community lost 2  mentors, activists and elders, Jim Matsuoka and Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki this year. Both had an enormous impact on the Manzanar Committee and Manzanar Pilgrimage. Our indebtedness to Jim and Rev. Tsuyuki is immeasurable.

We can think of no better way to honor their contributions, and all the contributions of the "greatest generation" to our community than to keep their story alive. The sacrifices, the triumphs and perseverance of those forced to live behind barbed wire must not be relegated to a minor paragraph in some textbook. There are too many lessons to be gleaned from the history of America's concentration camps. This history, our story, is a cautionary tale, sadly, one our country has been slow to accept.

This past year has also had bright moments, moments that reaffirm our deep faith in our democracy. In many instances the people have spoken and we've been buoyed by what we've seen.

For 50+ years our Committee has championed civil and constitutional rights for all people. The Manzanar Committee, has remained steadfast and unwavering in our commitment to fighting for democracy. We know through hard work we can right wrongs, so our committee will continue to speak out whenever anyone's civil or constitutional rights are threatened. Sue Kunitomi Embrey's assertion that "silence will not protect us" continues to guide us. Simply put, we remember and speak out so that America will never forget.

We continue to tell our story thru our annual Pilgrimage and many other educational projects.

Please take a moment to read about our programs:

Our 54th Annual Pilgrimage, April 29, 2023. We will return to Manzanar in person April 29th, 2023 for our 54th annual Pilgrimage. Returning to Manzanar is difficult, however, as Jim Matsuoka said there's "no better place than Manzanar to build unity." We agree and will honor Jim for his countless contributions at our 54th Pilgrimage.

8th Annual Sue Kunitomi Embrey Student Awards program, works with children of all ages (TK-12th grade) to educate them about the past and empower them make connections to their world and the future they hope to live. For more info, click here

Katari our program for college students which is in its sixth year, returned to Manzanar after two years of being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a great success in no small part, due to the active participation by the students from Nikkei Student Union from 6 different campuses. To learn more about Katari, click here

Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant established in 2020, in collaboration with Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee, this grant encourages college students to intern with the Manzanar Committee to plan and execute the 54th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. More info and applications can be found hereDeadline is January 6th

Tule Lake Stockade Diary We were honored to stand with Kyoko Oda in bringing her father's diary to life thru a panel discussion we helped organize. To view the panel discussions, click here 

We cannot do all this work without the support of you and others of good conscience. We devote all our precious resources, volunteer our time and energy to educating the broader public and especially young people. If you can, and are able, please consider supporting our work. Any donation is appreciated and is tax deductible.

Thank you for all your support.

The Manzanar Committee
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Calling All College Students!!
Apply to the
3rd Annual Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant

for the opportunity to intern with the Manzanar Committee
to plan and participate in the
 April 28 - 30, 2023
Applications due January 6, 2023
Click VJAMM or Manzanar Committee for more information

8th Annual Sue Kunitomi Embrey Student Awards Program 
The Manzanar Committee announces our 8th Annual Sue Kunitomi Embrey Student Awards Program.  We strongly encourage K-12 students to submit written work, artwork or technology-based projects demonstrating their understanding of social justice principles and how they apply to their lives.  Committee members are available as resources to support students and teachers whose classes are interested in participating.  Deadline for entries is Friday, February 24, 2023. Click the link to download the information packet and applications  Email questions to: 
Save the Dates
January 8, 2023
11:00-5:00pm @ JANM
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January 8, 2023
Last day for the exhibit: Be Here/1942
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January 14, 2023 
Jim Matsuoka's Celebration of Life
2:00pm @ JANM
RSVP at:
(Be sure to include your name in the subject line)
January 21, 2023
Zentoku Foundation presents Paper Chase @ San Fernando Valley JACC
Free but pre-registration required
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January 28, 2023
Who Is My Neighbor? Allyship Then and Now
2:00pm-3:30pm @ JANM
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February 11, 2023
Voices of the Japanese American Incarceration
2:00-3:30pm @ JANM
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February 18, 2023
2:00pm @ JANM
(More details to follow)
February 19, 2023
Last Day of the exhibit: Sutra and Bible
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Saturday, April 29, 2023
54th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
11:45am - Taiko Call to Program
12:00pm - Program Starts
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Manzanar at Dusk
(More details to follow)
September 24, 2023
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Important Dates
January 16, 2023

Martin Luther King Day

January 22, 2023
Lunar New Year

January 24, 2023
International Day of Education

January 27, 2023
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
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