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September, 2008 -

58 Organizations have signed on to our request letter to Chairwoman Lofgren. Read more

July, 2008 -

We are disappointed to learn that the hearing has been cancelled. Read more

June 2008 -

The coram nobis legal teams have written a letter to legal community in support of Campaign For Justice! Read the letter

May, 2008 -

The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing on H.R. 662 for July 31, 2008. Read more

April, 2008 -

A BIG Thank You to our donors for supporting us!

February, 2008 -

A warm welcome to Christine Oh, who joins as Legislative Campaign Manager.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus letter to Day of Remembrance participants, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Day of Remembrance events and the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

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FCNL supports Commission Bill

The Friends Committee on National Legislation sent a letter urging House Members to support H.R. 662

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Hearing request to Rep. Nadler, chairman of Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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January, 2008 -

Grace Shimizu receives Community Justice Award from San Francisco chapter of JACL

Read her acceptance speech

Read the article in the Hokubei Mainichi

Read the article in Asian Week

March, 2007 -

Los Angeles Times Editorial in support of JLA Commission Bill on March 18, 2007

The LA Times published an op-ed piece supporting the Commission Bill.

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February, 2007 -

Reintroduction of Commission Bill in U.S. Congress

This bill, the "Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act" (H.R. 662 and S. 381), would establish a federal commission to study the wartime violations committed by the U.S. government against Japanese Latin Americans during World War II. The bill was reintroduced in Congress by U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and in the House by Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), both with bipartisan support.

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See Senator Inouye's website to read his press release on the Commission Bill

See Congressman Becerra's webpage on the Commission Bill

In 2000, Congressional representative Xavier Becerra (CA-D) first introduced "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" in the House of Representatives. Download his 2/17/05 statement of Congress in PDF format.

“The Wartime Parity and Justice Act” (HR 893) is comprehensive redress legislation which will resolve the unfinished redress issues of persons of Japanese ancestry for the wartime violation of their civil and human rights. This legislation will:

  • Provide equitable redress to Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) who suffered war crimes at the hands of the US government, including kidnapping and forcible deportation from 13 Latin American countries and incarceration in internment camps in the US for the purpose of hostage exchange;
  • Provide redress to Japanese Americans who endured wartime violations of their constitutional rights but have been denied redress on various technical grounds; and
  • Fulfill the education mandate of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 by authorizing $45 million to reestablish the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund to ensure that this chapter in our nation's history will be better understood and remembered. Read the HR893 summary
    Support "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" (HR 893) and write your representative today! Let them know:
  1. We need more cosponsors for "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act"
  2. "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" deserves a hearing in Congress
  3. We want passage of "The Wartime Parity and Justice Act" now!

The Wartime Parity & Justice Act Deserves a Hearing!

A secondary goal is to have Congressional hearings held on our redress bill. We want to inform our elected officials and the public about the importance of resolving this unfinished business of redress and bringing an honorable close to this shameful chapter of our country’s history.

  • Urge your representatives in both the House and the Senate to become a cosponsor and to support hearings on our redress bill.
  • Encourage your family and friends—especially those who reside in other states—to sign and distribute support letters.
  • Join our CFJ Redress Delegations to Washington, D.C. for Congressional briefings, lobbying, and educational outreach.

The Wartime Parity & Justice Act of 2005 (H.R. 893):

  • authorizes $45 million in public education funding to fulfill the education mandate of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (CLA)
  • provides redress to Japanese Americans who have been unjustly denied for technical reasons or narrow interpretations of the CLA
  • provides redress equity for Japanese Latin Americans who suffered civil and human rights violations by the US government during World War II.

Read the H.R. 893 Summary

Read Rep. Becerra's statement on reintroduction of WPJA



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