Fred Korematsu Day “Heroes” Celebration

Heroes poster low resWHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102
WHAT: The Korematsu Institute celebrates Fred Korematsu Day 2013 by honoring 16 American civil rights heroes who’ve been long overlooked (see list below). This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on. The event also features celebrity emcee DANNY GLOVER, as well as a special performance by American Idol star JASMINE TRIAS.
TICKETS: Available for purchase online HERE until 10am on Jan 27. Walk-up ticket sales at Herbst Theatre begin at 12noon on Jan 27.
$100 VIP reception with honorees (includes program admission)
$25 program general admission
$10 senior (65+)/student/youth (under 18) admission
If you are a Filipino WWII veteran, Japanese American WWII veteran, Internment Dissenter (No-No, Draft Resister or Renunciant), or Dollar Store Striker wishing to attend, please call us to request complimentary tickets.
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGEhttp://bit.ly/kdayheroesfb
MORE INFO: Call 415-848-7737
FLYER: Download the flyer here
MEDIA CO-SPONSORS: see below
COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS: see below
ABOUT FRED KOREMATSU DAY: Learn more about Fred Korematsu Day (actually on January 30th, Fred Korematsu’s birthday).

FEATURING:

Danny Glover Program emcee, DANNY GLOVER: actor, community activist, humanitarian
Jasmine Trias Special performance by JASMINE TRIAS: American Idol star, international recording artist

HONOREES:

Photo courtesy of Karen Korematsu and the Korematsu Institute

Photo courtesy of Karen Korematsu and the Korematsu Institute

1. FRED KOREMATSUPlaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Karen Korematsu will represent her father at the event.

Courtesy of Grace Lee Boggs

Courtesy of Grace Lee Boggs

2. GRACE LEE BOGGS: Chinese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Unfortunately, Ms. Boggs is unable to attend the event.

Japanese American Archival Collection, Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University Library. California State University, Sacramento.

Japanese American Archival Collection, Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University Library. California State University, Sacramento

3. MITSUYE ENDO: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in theUS Supreme Court. Wayne Tsutsumi and Wendy Weiner will represent their mother at the event.

Courtesy of Pvt. Pablo L. Mesina and the American Legion Bataan Post 600

Courtesy of Pvt. Pablo L. Mesina and the American Legion Bataan Post 600

4. FILIPINO WWII VETERANOS: Filipino soldiers who fought for the US against Japanese forces during WWII but were later denied US military benefits. Veterano Alberto Saldajeno will represent this honoree group at the event.

Courtesy of the Gordon K. Hirabayashi family

Courtesy of the Gordon K. Hirabayashi family

5. GORDON HIRABAYASHIPlaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Jay Hirabayashi will represent his father at the event.

Carl Mydans/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Carl Mydans/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

6. INTERNMENT DISSENTERS: “No-Nos,” draft resisters and renunciants who challenged the WWII incarceration and mistreatment of Japanese Americans. “No-No” Hiroshi Kashiwagi will represent this honoree group at the event.

Courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

Courtesy of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

7. LARRY ITLIONGFilipino American organizer and coalition builder in California’s farm labor movement. Johnny Itliong will represent his father at the event.

Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

8. JAPANESE AMERICAN WWII VETERANS: Soldiers who fought bravely in segregated WWII military units in the face of racism at home. MIS veteran Asa Hanamoto will represent this honoree group at the event.

Courtesy of the Kochiyama family

Courtesy of the Kochiyama family

9. YURI KOCHIYAMA: Japanese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Audee Kochiyama Holman will represent her mother at the event.

Hawaiʻi’s Story by Hawaiʻi’s Queen

10. QUEEN LILI‘UOKALANILast reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii and advocate for Hawaiian sovereignty. Unfortunately, relatives of the Queen are unable to attend the event.

Courtesy of the LaborArchives and Research Center, San Francisco State University

Courtesy ofthe Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University

11. DOLLAR STORE STRIKERSWomen labor activists who launched one of the longest-running strikes in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Mervyn Lee, son of striker Sue Ko Lee, will represent this honoree group at the event.

Courtesy of Alisa J. Kim

Courtesy of Alisa J. Kim

12. MAMIE TAPEChinese American child plaintiff in landmark case reinforcing equal access to education. Alisa Kim will represent her aunt at the event.

Courtesy of David Bhagat Thind

Courtesy of David Bhagat Thind

13. BHAGAT SINGH THIND: Sikh American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case examining race-based citizenship. David Bhagat Thind will represent his father at the event.

Courtesy of Craig Scharlin and Lilia Villanueva

Courtesy of Craig Scharlin and Lilia Villanueva

14. PHILIP VERA CRUZFilipino American founding member of the United Farm Workers and defender of workers’ rights. Fernando Gapasin will represent his uncle at the event.

File 12017/42223. RG 85. National Archives at San Francisco

File 12017/42223. RG 85. National Archives at San Francisco

15. WONG KIM ARKChinese American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case affirming birthright citizenship. Gary Wong will represent his grandfather at the event.

Oregon Historical Society, #bb004184

Oregon Historical Society, #bb004184

16. MIN YASUIPlaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Serena Hawkins-Schletzbaum and Chani Hawkins-Walker will represent their grandfather at the event.

EVENT FUNDERS:

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Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Wells Fargo Foundation
Japanese American Citizens League – San Francisco Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)

MEDIA CO-SPONSORS:

8Asians
Angry Asian Man
APEX Express KPFA 94.1FM
AsianWeek Foundation
Diya TV
Japanese City
KAXT Channel 1
New American Media
Nichi Bei Weekly
Philippine News
Radio Campesina
Rafu Shimpo

COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS:

Asian American Curriculum Project (AACP)
Asian Americans for Community Outreach (AACO)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian Business League – San Francisco (ABL-SF)
American Legion Cathay Post No. 384
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF)
API Circle
Asian Law Alliance
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Alameda Chapter (APALA)
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association
Burmese Youth Association (BYA)
Cameron House
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
Cesar Chavez Foundation
Chinese American Heroes
Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA)
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Coalition of Asian American Government Employees (CAAGE)
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Filipino Advocates for Justice
Filipino American Arts Exposition
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
Filipina Women’s Network (FWN)
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School at Mace Ranch
Friends of Roots
Golden Gate University Law School – Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Japanese American Citizens League – San Francisco Chapter
Japanese American Citizens League – Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)
Kimochi, Inc.
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
Laotian American National Alliance (LANA)
Manilatown Heritage Foundation
Miss Asian America Pageant
Nakayoshi Young Professionals
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
OCA-East Bay
OCA-San Francisco
OCA-San Mateo
Pacific Islander Community Partnership
Public Allies
RepeatingHistory.org
Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS)
Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Sikh Coalition
South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Music Performing Arts
Taiwanese American Citizens League – Leading Youth Forward
Taiwanese American Professionals – San Francisco (TAP-SF)
Tule Lake Committee
UC Hastings Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Voice of Witness