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AABANY Co-Sponsors: The 2nd Annual New York City Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties
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AABANY Co-Sponsors: The 2nd Annual New York City Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties

1/30/2019

When: 01/30/2019
6:30-9:00PM
Where: New York County Lawyers Association, Andrew Hamilton Hall
14 Vesey Street
New York, New York  10007
United States

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NYCLA Asian Practice Committee hosts:

The 2nd Annual New York City Fred T. Korematsu Day

of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

 

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Schedule


6:30 Arrival and registration

7:00 Trial Re-enactment

8:00 Panel Discussion

8:30 Reception


On January 30, 2019, which would have been his 100
th birthday, we honor Fred T. Korematsu and his legacy as a civil rights hero for all Americans.

In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian American. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire people of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.


In New York City, Councilmember Danny Dromm, Fred Korematsu’s daughter Karen Korematsu, various community and national groups as well as other councilmembers worked for almost three years to establish a Korematsu Day here. On December 19, 2017, the New York City Council voted unanimously to establish in perpetuity January 30 as Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.


The New York Day of Remembrance Committee is proud to present the 2nd annual New York City Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, to be celebrated on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the New York County Lawyers Association, Andrew Hamilton Hall, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. AABANY members will perform a reenactment of the legal proceedings in Korematsu v. United States.


About the Trial Reenactment:

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting some 120,000 Japanese-Americans – two-thirds of them American citizens – from their homes on the West Coast and forcing them into concentration camps.  Fred Korematsu refused to go. He was arrested, and convicted of violating the Executive Order and related military proclamations. He appealed his conviction first to the Ninth Circuit and then to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court affirmed his conviction, upholding the Executive Order. In 1983, nearly forty years later, the federal court in San Francisco vacated Korematsu’s conviction after evidence was uncovered showing that the government had suppressed evidence that undermined its assertions before the Supreme Court.

This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, led by the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Kathy Hirata Chin, Partner, Crowell & Moring, will tell the story of Fred Korematsu and his fight for justice through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic documents and photographs.


The Korematsu Day program is organized and presented by the NY Day Of Remembrance Committee which is committed to promoting educational and healing efforts related to the US incarceration of Japanese Americans and other communities and to protecting civil liberties.


The Asian Practice Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association

AALDEF (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund)

APALSA at NYU Law School

Asian American Bar Association of New York

Asian American Federation

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

Binghamton University Asian American and Asian Alumni Council

Center for Constitutional Rights

Coalition of Asian American Children & Families

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Japanese Americans/Japanese in America

Japanese American Association

Japanese American Citizens’ League (NY Chapter)

Japanese American National Museum

Jill and Jim Cornell

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project

 
 

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