California History Center

California History Center

The California History Center
proudly presents De Anza College's 9th Annual

Day of Remembrance

Join with Japanese American communities throughout the country
who annually commemorate the date of February 19, 1942.

This is the date when an executive order was signed during World War II that led to the imprisonment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans without due process and with no regard for their constitutional rights.

Join in a conversation with three guest speakers

What can the World War II imprisonment of Japanese Americans teach us about defending our civil liberties today?

DETAILS for this year's program

Date Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A & B

Zahra Billoo

The community now uses this date to encourage active participation in defending the basic civil liberties of all Americans. February 19, 2012 will mark the 70th year anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.

Featured Speakers

  • Zahra Billoo (pictured), Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, community advocate and attorney

  • Masao Suzuki, Professor of Economics, Skyline College, member, South Bay Committee Against Political Repression and member, San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee

  • Susan Hayase, former Vice Chair, Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, and Chair of the first National Day of Remembrance held in Washington D.C., 1998

This year's program will focus on the increasing hostility aimed at Muslim Americans and the use of federal law enforcement agencies in spying on US citizens. Of great concern is the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on December 31, 2011 that includes authorization for the military to detain, indefinitely, without due process, US citizens as part of the “War on Terror.”

For more information, contact Tom Izu at 408.864.8986 or by e-mail at

Sponsors: California History Center and the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement. Funding provided by the DASB. We strongly urge all students to support the DASB by paying the DASB card registration fee.

Accessibility: The event is wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreter or other accommodations available upon request 5 business days prior to event.

California History Center
Building: CHC
Contact: Tom Izu
Phone: 408.864.8986

Last Updated: 1/24/12