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“Righting Historical Wrongs: Connecting Black Reparations & Japanese American Redress.”

Don't miss this event!

This year, the theme for the Chicago Japanese American community’s annual Day of Remembrance is “Righting Historical Wrongs: Connecting Black Reparations & Japanese American Redress.”

At 2 p.m. this Sunday, February 21, join Ald. Robbin Rue Simmons and John Tateishi to discuss reparations.

Tateishi is a writer and was Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)'s Redress Director, developing the organization’s redress strategy, and Executive Director, guiding the organization’s response to 9/11 and anti-Muslim violence.

Ald. Rue Simmons represents Evanston’s 5th Ward and helped pass the nation’s first reparations bill, which uses cannabis taxes to address historic and ongoing anti-Black racial discrimination.

Following their presentations, MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita will lead a follow-up discussion.


Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

The event will be live-streamed. You can join the live program or watch the recording afterwards.

Here’s a link to the event.

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