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Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 PM

2018 Day of Remembrance—The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: The Victory and the Unfinished Business



JANM is proud to present the 2018 Day of Remembrance in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Nikkei Progressives, OCA–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA).

In addition to marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, this year’s event commemorates the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the legislation that provided a formal apology from the US government and monetary reparations to survivors of the forced evacuation and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Featured speakers will include Alan Nishio, community activist and founding member of National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (now Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), who will speak about the importance of the Civil Liberties Act, what it did not accomplish, and its ongoing relevance today.

Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs for the Day of Remembrance program are strongly encouraged.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

Saturday, February 17, 2018
5:30 PM—8:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Digital Storytelling Videos



JANM and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) will co-host a screening of spoken word videos inspired by the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and recorded at the 2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in collaboration with filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and David Ono. Pilgrimage participants, ranging in age from 16 to 75, were guided by spoken word artist G Yamazawa in bringing their stories to life and the videos touch on subjects such as the ever-present sand in camp, the seizure of land, love, and commitment.

A panel discussion with the filmmakers and a reception hosted by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium, JANM HMWF, and the Japanese American Citizens League will take place immediately following the screening.

This event is free but RSVPs are required. Use the link below or call 213.625.0414.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, January 28, 2018

13th Annual Museums Free-for-All


Along with more than 40 other regional museums, JANM is proud to make museums available to the broadest possible audience by offering free admission on this day. Please note that RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

For a complete list of participating institutions, visit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 PM

Film Screening—I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck



One of the most acclaimed films of 2016 and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, with a flood of rich archival material. Q&A to follow screening.

Presented in partnership with PBS SoCal.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 PM

Speak Out for Justice: Screening, Panel Discussions, and Audience Q&A



In 1981, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) heard the testimonies of Japanese Americans across the country who spoke out for the first time about their incarceration during World War II. Recognizing the historic nature of these hearings, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR, then known as the National Coalition for Redress/ Reparations) and Visual Communications (VC) collaborated to videotape the Los Angeles hearings. The impact of the CWRIC hearings in Los Angeles will be the subject of this program. Clips from the hearings will be screened and panel discussions will be convened with testifiers and grassroots organizers, who will discuss the impact of the hearings on the community and on the redress campaign as well as their ongoing relevance today.

People who testified, attended the hearings, or helped with filming are invited to share their recollections during the audience Q&A and comment period at the end. All attendees are invited to a reception with light refreshments following the program.

Highlights of the CWRIC testimonies are available on DVD and will be available for purchase at the event. Complete documentation of all the Los Angeles testimonies is also available in a 13-disc DVD set, which may be pre-ordered at the event or using the online order form.

Presented in partnership with Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and Visual Communications.

The program is free but RSVP is highly recommended.

Monday, November 27, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—And Then They Came For Us


Join us for the Los Angeles premiere of a new documentary film grappling with the legacy of the World War II mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. Featuring Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came For Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider; Ahilan Arulanantham, Legal Director of the Southern California ACLU; Bruce Tsurutani, who is featured in the film; and moderator Marya Bangee.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased here.

For more information on the film, visit




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