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Day of Remembrance

Every year Portland JACL takes time out to remember the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and to bring light to contemporary issues affecting human civil liberties. In 2010, we collaborated with the Hispanic community to highlight The Ralph Lazo story by showing the film Stand Up for Justice which depicts the true story of an Hispanic young man who decides to join his Nikkei friends at the assembly center and to voluntarily stay with them as they all were sent to concentration camp. We partnered with Portland State University, Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program, and the Hispanic Community to discuss shared experiences and civil rights struggles within the Japanese American and Hispanic communities.

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