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On Remembrance Day, Japanese Americans call for justice in Palestine

Tule Lake Segregation Center Jail
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Tule Lake Segregation Center Jail

On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

This Monday marked 82 years since President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which empowered the Secretary of War and the military to remove people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and relocate them to concentration camps scattered across the country. The order led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans between 1942-1946.

Eight decades later, descendants of those who were incarcerated are invoking their legacy to call for human rights for Palestinians and an end to the US-backed Israeli assault on Gaza.


Rev. Michael Yoshii, former pastor of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, California, and co-chair of Friends of Wadi Foquin

Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of Also an Octopus, The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea, Squad, and Love in the Library


Densho, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall:Justifying the Unjustifiable: Why Japanese Americans Must Stand with Palestine

San Francisco Chronicle: Annual S.F. Day of Remembrance event shifts focus to Palestinians’ displacement

The Seattle Times: On Remembrance Day, call for end to immigrant detention

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.