On January 30, more than 120 people gathered at Santa Clara Law to watch a film and hear a panel discussion in honor of Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, which honors the Japanese American civil rights activist who challenged the constitutionality of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.
The film “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066”, covers the legal aspects of the Korematsu case. An expert panel discussed the case after the screening, including one of Korematsu’s lawyers and the filmmaker.
- Dale Minami, Civil rights lawyer and lead attorney for Fred Korematsu’s legal team.
- Jon Osaki, Director of “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” film.
- Margaret Russell, Associate provost for diversity and inclusion, Santa Clara University.
- Warren Furutani, Civil rights activist, and former politician.
“It is important to remember the tragedy and injustice of Japanese-American internment and the Korematsu case,” said Professor Margaret Russell. “I am grateful and proud that the Santa Clara Law community acknowledges Fred Korematsu Day in honor of this courageous civil rights hero.”
The event co-sponsors included: the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, Japanese American National Museum, SCU Office for Diversity and Inclusion, SCU Law Alumni Relations & Development, APALSA, SJC, ACS, La Raza, MELSA, SCOTUS Review.