A book release and reception for “Speaking Out for Personal Justice” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.
Published by Civil Liberties Public Education Fund and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the book contains site summaries of testimonies and witness registry of the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, which held a series of public hearings in 1981. Sites included Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Alaska and Washington, D.C.
The commission’s report (titled “Personal Justice Denied”) and recommendations became the basis for legislation that was enacted as the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided an apology and redress payments to those who were incarcerated.
Edited by community activist/research scholar Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga and AASC librarian-archivist Marjorie Lee, the publication serves as a resource and reference guide to the 789 oral testimonies presented before the commission. “Speaking Out for Personal Justice” is an important historical marker for understanding a profound process of developing a new collective response by Japanese Americans toward their wartime incarceration and with keen insights for all Americans.
The donation of Jack and Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga’s personal papers to UCLA will also be acknowledged.
The event is co-sponsored by the Eji Suyama, 100th Bn./442nd RCT Draftees, No-No Boys, Draft Resisters and Renunciants Archival Collection Endowment at UCLA.