Family Incarceration fundraiser: Never Again is NOW
The incarceration by ICE of refugees from Central America along the US-Mexican border has a tragic historical precedent. During World War II, over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated, essentially all of them families – about one-third were immigrants, and two-thirds their children, from babes in arms to teenagers. Today, the Japanese American community commemorates this collective historical experience every year on February 19, the day on which the exclusion and incarceration orders were authorized. A nationwide coalition, partnering with other civil rights groups, has come together under the name of Tsuru for Solidarity to protest and work toward ending family detention in the U.S.
Tsuru” means “crane” in Japanese and is a popular figure in the traditional folk art of paper-folding (origami), symbolizing hope, healing and compassion. Japanese legend says that those who fold one thousand paper cranes will be granted their heart’s desire – for Tsuru, that is to “stop repeating history” and to close down immigrant concentration camps in the U.S. Tsuru for Solidarity has hung hundreds of paper cranes, folded by supporters from all over the U.S. including children and prisoners, on fences around family and child immigrant detention centers in Texas and in Oklahoma, and plans to bring 120,000 cranes to Washington DC on June 6 in a national rally to close the camps.
Longtime San Miguel resident Holly Yasui will present her recently completed documentary film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, at El Recreo (calle Recreo #26), 6-8pm as a fundraiser for Tsuru for Solidarity and the Latin American Relief Fund (LARF), which supports a migrant shelter in Celaya. The film depicts the life and times of the director’s father, including his legal test case against the Japanese American incarceration, which he took to the U.S. Supreme Court, and his lifelong fight in defense of the civil and human rights of all people. A short video shows some of the Tsuru for Solidarity actions as documented by Democracy now and Tsuru filmmakers. The suggested donation for the event is $100 pesos, and both organizations have webpages for additional donations: www.tsuruforsolidarity and www.latinamericanrelieffund.org
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700