EVENT ALERT: Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Wrongs and Rights — Jan. 30

Posted on January 28, 2013

From The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG:

Wednesday, January 30th:

  • 12pm-1pm: Loyola School of Law, 25 E Pearson 10th floor, Room 1040
  • 5-6pm John Marshall Law School, 304 S. State Street 5th floor, Room 528

Join us to view a short documentary about Fred Korematsu’s case and a discussion of how this relates to post-9/11 experiences of Muslims and minority communities. Featuring: Bill Yoshino (Japanese American Citizens League)and Rabya Khan (Council on American-Islamic Relations).

Fred Korematsu refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans in 1942. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, declaring that the incarceration was not caused by racism, and was justified by the Army’s claims that Japanese Americans were radio-signaling enemy ships from shore and were prone to disloyalty. The court called the incarceration a “military necessity.”

Sponsors: Asian American Institute, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Japanese American Citizens League, NLG-The United People of Color Caucus | Loyola Student Group sponsors: ACS, APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, MLSA, NLG | John Marshal Student Group sponsors: NLG, APALSA