Never Again Is Now: How do Nikkei stand up for justice today?

Sunday, June 30
Japanese American Service Committee
4427 N. Clark St.

Join us for a conversation between this panel of amazing organizers as they help us understand some of the organizing in Chicago to fight back against immigrant detention and deportation, incarceration, and surveillance, and how the Nikkei (Japanese diaspora) community can show up:

Arianna Salgado from Organized Communities Against Deportations

Muhammad Sankari from Arab American Action Network

Sharlyn Grace from the Chicago Community Bond Fund

Miya Sommers from Nikkei Resisters (Bay Area)

Moderated by:

Brandon Lee from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago

#NeverAgainIsNow draws connections between present day targeting of immigrants and refugees to the history of Japanese incarceration in the US during World War II, and calls on Japanese people in the U.S. to show up in solidarity and fight for social justice so that what happened to our elders does not happen to anyone else.

This panel discussion will invite the Nikkei community to learn and grapple with some of these questions:

What organizing work is happening in the Chicago area around incarceration, immigrant and refugee detention and deportation, and surveillance?

How do we as Nikkei make connections between our histories, particularly incarceration during WWII in the U.S., and these struggles for justice?

How do we show up to these struggles grounded in our histories and community, when we aren’t currently being targeted by state violence just for being Japanese?

Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

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The Japanese American Service Committee is wheelchair accessible and has a gender neutral restroom. Parking is available in the JASC parking lot, and some street parking is available. The nearest CTA stops are the #22 & #78 buses, Montrose Brown Line, and Wilson Red Line stops. Please contact us with any accessibility questions or needs.

Sponsored by JACL Chicago’s Next Generation Nikkei and co-sponsored by the JASC – Japanese American Service Committee

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