Feb. 19-20 — Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi will speak about their book “Wherever There’s a Fight; How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California,” at the Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., both days.
Their book won a Gold Medal in the 2010 California Book Awards. The authors give special focus to the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, foreshadowed by a century of civil liberties violations. They also explore contemporary issues, including dissent, racism, immigration, and the role of national security.
The annual Day of Remembrance observance commemorates the impact of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which on Feb. 19, 1942 authorized the forced removal of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast.
Elinson and Yogi will take the audience on a 40-minute illustrated virtual tour of civil liberties battles in California, from the Gold Rush to the present day, highlighting courageous individuals such as Fred Korematsu, who stood up for their rights and changed history.
Elinson was the communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than 20 years. Yogi has managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California since 1997. His mother, Tokiko Kuniyoshi, was in the Manzanar High School Class of 1944.
Programs are free and open to the public. For further information, call (760) 878-2194 or visit www.nps.gov/manz.