The California History Center proudly presents the 15th Annual De Anza College Commemoration

Three Japanese boys behind fence

Day of Remembrance

"A Pledge to Defend Civil Liberties"

The California History Center invites you to participate in the fifth annual De Anza College Day of Remembrance.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: VPA 115 (Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater)

Join with Japanese American communities throughout the country who annually commemorate February 19, 1942 and the signing of Executive Order 9066 as a “Day of Remembrance”. This executive order led to the mass racial profiling and eventual imprisonment of over 119,000 Japanese Americans without due process and with no regard for their constitutional rights.

On the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 we face an upsurge in racism, profiling, and attacks on our immigrant communities and threats to create a “Muslim Registry” What lessons should we learn from the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans to defend civil liberties today?


Dr. Francisco Balderrama, Professor of History and Chicano Studies, California State University Los Angeles -will discuss the 1930s “repatriation” when scapegoating, fearmongering, and racism led to the deportation of over 1 million Mexican Americans from throughout the US and current efforts to redress this wrong and fight for immigrant rights.

Rabiah Shere, De Anza student and former intern for Council on American Islamic Relations, and Brenda Pantoja, De Anza HEFAS Intern will provide student views on Islamophobia and threats against DACA students. Kimiko Mar, Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League Board member, will discuss activism today among the new generation of Japanese Americans. There will be a special presentation by Anisa Chaudhry of the De Anza Muslim Students Association. Participants are invited to view the Euphrat Museum of Art’s “Justice for All?” exhibit and take part in a “Campus Unity Pledge” project in the VPA lobby area immediately following the event.

 The Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative of the California History Center aims to engage De Anza College students, staff, and members of the local community in active study of civil liberties issues and democratic values informed by local and regional history. For more information, contact Tom Izu, 408-864-8986,

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

Sponsors: DASB/Office of Equity and California History Center Foundation's Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative.

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

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