On March 28, 2017 the documentary film Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One) will premiere in Salem. The public program will start at 7:00 pm, and the film will be followed by a discussion. The premiere is a special event sponsored by the Salem Progressive Film Series and admission is $5.00.
Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, was born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon, and during World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. He spent nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.