Release Party for Assembly on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (AWRIC) Report & DVD
Community Delegation Account of Washington DC Trip
Sunday, July 30th, 2006 . 2:30-4 pm
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street . Oakland 94607
On July 30, 2006, at the Oakland Museum, delegates from the Assembly on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (AWRIC) will discuss their trip to Washington DC, where they delivered a new report – HERE IN AMERICA Immigrants as “The Enemy” During WWII and Today – to the U.S. Congress. The report and accompanying DVD, now available to the public, document an event held last year and provide little-known information about the WWII Enemy Alien Program and its relevance for all Americans today.
The Assembly featured testimonies of Japanese, German, Italian and Latin American families affected by World War II policies and of Arab, Muslim and South Asian Americans caught up in the “war on terror” since 9/11. It was an emotional, powerful two days of stories, some told publicly for the first time. Though separated by sixty years, the stories shared many similar elements: immigrants arrested and detained without charges, trials or access to attorneys, interned for years or deported into war zones.