The 2nd San Jose JACL PILGRIMAGE to MANZANAR has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but please join us on a virtual journey to learn about the Japanese American World War II incarceration. This year’s pilgrimage will be an online educational experience held via Zoom Webinar. The goals of the program are:
To educate the community about the WWII Japanese American incarceration and the movement for redress and reparations;
To draw parallels between the struggles of JAs during WWII and the plight of Muslims, refugees, immigrants, and others today;
To stimulate thoughtful inter-generational & intercultural discussions; and
To inspire advocacy and action to protect human rights and fight hate and discrimination.
San Jose-based activists Susan Hayase and Tom Izu will recount their experiences in the fight for redress and reparations for the former incarcerees. They will also discuss how the pilgrimages to Tule Lake and Manzanar led to the grassroots organizing effort that supported this movement. Their son, Tomio Hayase-Izu, will talk about his work with the Nikkei Resisters, including support of HR 40, which would establish the formation of a commission to discuss redress for slavery