Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Conference on 25th Anniversary of Hirabyashi Case

Ten points to anyone who can guess why RantWoman is posting this to her Quaker blog:


The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality will host a major conference Feb. 11, 2012, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Ninth Circuit opinion in the Hirabayashi v. United States coram nobis case.

The conference will celebrate Mr. Hirabayashi's courage in resisting military orders that imposed curfews on Japanese Americans and ordered them to report for incarceration; reflect on his 1943 Supreme Court case that upheld his convictions and the extraordinary work of his legal team in reopening of his case nearly 40 years later; and use his case as a springboard to move forward in the struggle for civil rights.

Admission for members of the general public is free; admission for
attorneys wishing CLE credits is $50.00 for 5.25 credits. There is no
charge for CLE credits for Seattle University School of Law faculty
and staff. All participants must register.

For further information about the conference, please contact Junsen
Ohno, Korematsu Center Administrator, (206) 398-4283,
ohnoj@seattleu.edu .

Hint to schoolchildren everywhere who might be in need of paper topics: the roundup, relocation, and incarceration of Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl harbor is an aspect of US history that RantWoman did not encounter in her high school history classes--and this despite living just down the road a piece from one of the inland camps, and despite going to school with descendents of some of those rounded up.

RantWoman remembers a few ardent discussions between her childhood Sensible Quaker Auntie figure an RantDad, but RantWoman was not nearly as engaged about the topic as she was about other concerns inflaming her passions. When RantWoman moved to Seattle and started attending Friends Meeting, there was occasional mention of the Hirabyashi case.

Lest anyone think Quakers were immediately of uniform interaction with the issue though, RantWoman remembers the memorial of a Founding Member of her Meeting. Founding Member was a social worker who worked for three weks as part of the social worker team involved in facilitating the transfers. To her credit, Founding member quit the job after three weeks.

Sometimes simply remembering is important witness

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