Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the U.S. Constitution

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Community Event

Jan 201827
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Wesley United Methodist Church
566 North Fifth street
San Jose, California, 95112
United States

  • Presentation of Fred T. Korematsu story in the Emmy Award-winning documentary film
  • Keynote address by Don Tamaki, Civil Rights attorney who represented Fred Korematsu in 1983 and an attorney involved with the amicus brief filed by the children of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui opposing the Trump administration's Muslim travel ban.
  • Panel discussion to follow discussing both the 1983 Korematsu case and the amicus brief opposing the Trump Administration Muslim travel ban. The discussion will be moderated by Richard Konda, Executive Director of the Asian Law Alliance. The panel includes:

    • Don Tamaki, Civil Rights attorney
    • Zahra Billoo, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    • Karen Korematsu, Fred T. Korematsu Institute Executive Director

  • The Japanese American Museum of San Jose will be open free for attendees after the event

Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him and accepted the government’s argument of military necessity. In the 1980s, his case was reopened on the basis of new evidence and a U.S. District Court judge vacated his conviction and found that the government had given the court false information.

Korematsu, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, traveled across the country to speak about his case and stress the importance of constitutional protections for all Americans. Five years after his death in 2005, the State of California established Jan. 30, his birthday, as Fred Korematsu Day.


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