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“Resistance, Resettlement, and Redress”

Frank Abe at podiumI’m no lawyer, but I could not say no when the Case Western Reserve Law Review asked for a piece based on our EO9066 panel last November.

The symposium offered me the opportunity to revisit the McDonald Maternity Hospital in Cleveland where I was born, just a block from the Western Reserve campus, and explore my own pre-history of the postwar resettlement of my father out of Heart Mountain and into the review cover

Thanks to Dale Minami, Peggy Nagae, Lorraine Bannai, and Rod Kawakami for reviewing the legal description of the coram nobis cases, Eric Muller for snapping the photo, and Keimei Sugiyama of the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management for the invite. Wouldn’t have happened if editor-in-chief James Bedell and EO9066 symposium editor MIchael Silverstein hadn’t encouraged this non-lawyer to submit.

You can download the PDF by clicking on the law review image.

Video of this presentation is cued to start in the YouTube screen below:

On the same weekend, the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University presented its Think Tank 2017, “Educating for Struggle: State Violence, Then and Now,” and thanks to administrator Lisa Kollins I spoke at a plenary session on the state violence involved with the WW2 incarceration. That video is online too.

Making February 19 a Day of Resistance

I realize there’s too much to focus on right now, between keeping kids safe from guns, the Russian indictments, and more, but February 19 is coming up. Please join Dale Minami and others in making this Day of Remembrance a Day of Resistance as well by signing this open letter. This is part of a national strategy for Japanese Americans who remember the camps to formally stand with Muslim Americans, led by the one-time coram nobis attorneys who are getting the band back together to file an amicus brief in the names of Korematsu, HIrabayashi, and Yasui as the Supreme Court rules on the Muslim travel ban.

hands cutting barbed wire

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