Hirabayashi-Yasui-Korematsu Amicus brief
As reported in my last update, the attorneys who re-opened the wartime cases of Gordon Hirabayashi, Min Yasui and Fred Korematsu have come together again to file a “Friend of the Court” brief in the Muslim travel ban case that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. This brief, in support of the International Refugee Assistance Project et al, was filed yesterday, September 18, 2017. Here is a link to the Call to Action: https://stoprepeatinghistory.org
and a press release about the amicus brief
Oregon Min Yasui Legacy "Education Project"
I would also like to announce some projects that are taking place in Oregon, Min Yasui’s home state – which might serve as a model for projects to be organized in other states. Funded by the Spirit Mountain Community Fund grant awarded last June, our educational outreach project for the film will be organized and carried out by a dedicated committee of educators including Cynthia Bayse, Education Manager of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center; Sarah Segal, Hood River Middle School teacher; Dave Stout, former Dean of English at PCC Sylvania; and Stephanie McBride, educator and board member of Uniting to Understand Racism. This committee, plus Pam Ando Canaday and Barb Bellus and others will be judges for the Oregon Minoru Yasui Day essay contest.
Oregon Educational Outreach project
We are contacting Public Libraries throughout the Spirit Mountain service area (11 counties in western Oregon) about a multi-module program that includes a screening of Never Give Up! followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session; announcement of the statewide Min Yasui Day essay contest and materials available through public libraries; and a teachers’ workshop using Sarah Segal’s middle-school curriculum based on Min Yasui and the World War II Japanese American experience entitled Minoru Yasui: Roots to Results, and learning activities from a multi-cultural middle-school curriculum entitled Beyond the Oregon Trail: Oregon’s Untold History.
For a more detailed description of the project: www.minoruyasuifilm.org/educational-outreach
From Minoru Yasui: Roots to Results curriculum
Broadcast of Never Give Up! Part One on Oregon Public Television
Thanks to Marci Ogawa and her colleagues at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), Never Give Up! (Part One) will be aired on November 12, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. That date is the day Yasui died in 1986 in Denver, Colorado. We are working on the final cut of the film, getting closed-captions for hearing-impaired viewers, and Errors & Omission insurance required by OPB. We are very grateful to Marci and OPB for this opportunity to broadcast the film to a wide audience in Oregon. For information about OPB channels: http://www.opb.org/television/channels/#stations
SCREENINGS: recent and future
In July, Never Give Up! was screened in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. In San Diego, the July 22 screening was co-sponsored by the local chapters of the Japanese American Citizen League (JACL) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Judge Dana Sabrow, U.S. District Court for Southern California joined me for a rousing post-film discussion of legal and social issues.
In Los Angeles, the July 29 event was sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). George Takei, who is on the board of JANM, made a special appearance – during a break in filming! – and Will Doolittle and I fielded questions from a very engaged audience after the screening of the film. Michele Connor, Associate Producer, also attended as did two coram nobis attorneys from San Francisco, Bob Rusky and Karen Kai.
This fall, the film will be screened at various events and venues:
Sept 24 at the First Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR (thank you Roberta Badger-Cain, George Nakata and Barb Bellus);
October 5 at Bellevue College in the Seattle, WA metro area (thank you Barb Yasui)
October 24 at Ridgefield, WA “Meaningful Movies” program (thank you, Megan Dudley)
October 25 at Grand Ronde, OR for the Spirit Mountain community (thank you, Mychal Cherry)
November 1 at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (thank you, Noah Gusman)
November 3 at the National Association of Multicultural Education conference in Salt Lake City, UT (thank you, Arun Toké)
November 4 at the University of Utah, sponsored by the University and Salt Lake City JACL (thank you Irene Ota and Sherrie Hayashi)
November 4 at the Portland Community College - Cascadia in Portland, OR (thank you Dave Stout, Cynthia Bayse and outreach committee)
November 29 at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky (thank you, Peggy Rivage-Seul)
December 1 and 2 at St. Thomas University in Houston, TX (thank you Donna Cole)
December 3 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX (thank you Donna Cole and Mark Okada).
We are working on several more screenings in Oregon (McMinnville and Salem) and Texas (San Antonio and Austin) – please send up an email if you would like updates on those, and let us know if you are interested in arranging a screening in your hometown.
THANK YOU for your support!