The month of February is a time to celebrate love and the enduring human spirit. On February 21, PCC will mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 – an act, born of hatred and fear, that sent more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II... including a camp here in Portland, Oregon.
Please join PCC President Mark Mitsui for a remembrance of EO 9066. The event will include historic displays, reflections and a panel discussion that will:
- Educate our community about the events that led to this decision, and the atrocities and outcomes resulting.
- Draw parallels to significant public discourse today.
- Encourage our community to learn to recognize the rhetoric of hate that leads to widespread fear and sweeping characterizations, and to stand against it.
- Honor those who experienced this moment in time by sharing stories.
- Affirm PCC's values of inclusion, equity, access and opportunity.
Panelists and special guests
Mari Watanabe, Partners in Diversity Executive Director
Peggy Nagae, Portland lawyer who successfully argued for reparations to families affected by EO 9066
Wajdi Said, Muslim Educational Trust President
Harry Anastasiou, PSU Conflict Resolution Chair
John Shaw, PCC History instructor
Lynn Fuchigami Longfellow, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Sho Dozono, Portland business leader
Michael Dembrow, Oregon State Senator
Please plan to stay following the formal program for a reception and viewing of a historic display brought to us from the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a Japanese American history museum in NW Portland. The display will include a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. The exhibit will be on display February 17 -24, 7am - 10pm.
By acknowledging this painful moment in history, we choose to reaffirm PCC's values of inclusion and opportunity for all, and to invite our community to join with us in supporting a vision where all peoples, regardless of origin, are able to equitably access and create a successful future.