Today, February 19, 2021, is a very important day in our nation’s history.
It marks 79 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942, sending 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans living on the West Coast, two thirds being U.S. citizens, to the ten U.S. military internment camps spread across America’s heartland. It was unjust, unconstitutional, without any regard of their civil rights, without any due process, and they were ordered to leave their homes and businesses, under armed military supervision. Families could only take what they could carry to the buses and trains not knowing what the future held. People sold their worldly possessions, cars, furniture, household goods, for maybe ten cents on the dollar. Most lost everything they had.
Our communities across the country, commemorate this day, February 19th, as our DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, so we never forget and we never allow it to happen again, to anyone else.
Established in 1929, the JACL was the witnesses of that dark period, battled the racism and discrimination that our immigrant grandparents and great grandparents faced. The JACL is now the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the U.S., and they continue the fight, to stand up for all diverse communities, for all minorities.
The JACL has chosen me to tell their story in the first educational documentary film to chronicle their 90 plus year history, “OUR LEAGUE OF DREAMS”.
Please take a look at our short promo: https://youtu.be/R0Yn2vm3fpM And here’s a short Sneak Preview of what’s to come: https://youtu.be/oXjuaN-b0kc PLEASE – consider helping us with a donation, of any amount, and go to our GoFundMe page at: https://bit.ly/OURLEAGUEI will make sure your name is highlighted in the end credits of the film.
Since the Covid 19 pandemic broke, there have been over 2,800 hundred physical and verbal attacks against Asian Americans in our country. The JACL has been actively raising the alarm to the White House and they have finally responded.
Help me educate our country about our national voice. Help me document the story of the JACL for generations to come.
I greatly appreciate whatever you can give.
Thank you so much for your support.
Mahalo and Aloha, Lane.