REMEMBER US Tag Project

Your help is needed for this community project to be displayed at the Portland Assembly Center.

CALLING ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN THIS PROJECT.  WE NEED ORGANIZATIONS, SCHOOLS AND CLUBS TO HELP US CREATE THE TAGS BY THE END OF APRIL.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL: Chatamoves@gmail.com 

This COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT will remember the 3600 people who were held at the Portland Assembly Center by creating a tag and number of their names and adding your name and country of origin to hang with them.  These "tags" will hang together on a long rope and displayed and carried in a pilgrimage visual/performance piece remembering those who were housed and held against their will at the former Portland Livestock Exposition Center.

This "rope" will be a temporary memorial to Japanese Americans and an active way for all of us to understand the history and racism of EO9066 and the history leading up to it. Workshop participants will have an active way to come together in community and remember those takenand also by join their own “tag” of their family's country of origin and their immigration to America.  These two tags will hang side by side. Everyone who created a "tag of memory" can join in the pilgrimage to the Expo Center on May 6th, the first day or incarceration at the Portland Assembly Center.

FOR THIS PROJECT WE WILL HAVE AVAILABLE TO YOU:   

Materials provided:

  • Poster explaining the project
  • Tags
  • Pens
  • Direction sheets  
  • Information sheets with the Names and numbers of those held at the Portland Assembly center
  • A way to stay connected

NEWS RELEASE JANUARY 30, 2017

Portland JACL Condemns Executive Order Banning Muslims and Refugees

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," where citizens of seven different Muslim-majority nations are banned from entering the United States for a period of 90 days. Refugees are banned from entering the United States for four months. Earlier he had also issued two other orders targeting border security and public safety.

For Japanese Americans this is reminiscent of the dark days of World War II when we looked like the enemy and President Franklin Roosevelt issued EO 9066. All persons of Japanese ancestry were ordered to be removed from the west coast because of “military necessity.” That decision, almost 75 years ago, has been condemned. A bi-partisan federal commission found that the incarceration of 120,000 ethnic Japanese, 70% who were American citizens “was caused by race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” This new executive order perpetuates mistakes of the past: religious prejudice, the fear of terrorism and a failure of political leadership. We cannot stand by and let this happen.

These executive orders do not represent our values as Americans.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
—Emma Lazarus

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