Archive for December, 2015

The following press release was sent out today:

A community candlelight vigil to stand against fear and bigotry aimed at Muslims is planned for Monday, December 14 at 7 pm at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive.

The idea for a vigil grew from conversations on a Bainbridge Island Facebook group, formed after several national politicians made reference to the exclusion of Japanese citizens during World War II, in an attempt to justify calls to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Japanese Americans living on Bainbridge Island were the first in the United States to be sent to camps, shortly after the commencement of the War. That exclusion “remains a stain on the honor of our nation, one that has been recognized by every US president since President Jimmy Carter,” the group said in a statement that has been posted on Facebook. Volunteers will be gathering signatures for the statement at the vigil and in the upcoming weeks. (more…)

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