(NEW YORK, N.Y., 12/8/17) — On Saturday, December 9, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will illustrate the unsettling similarities between the Japanese internment program of the 1940s and the Trump Administration’s reprehensible ban on Muslim travelers. CAIR-NY’s legal director, Albert Fox Cahn, is going to speak about the topic in a talkback following a performance of the Hang Tale Theater Company’s Hold These Truths.
WHAT: Post-show talkback about Japanese internment and the Muslim Ban after Hold These Truths
WHEN: Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 pm
WHERE: The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street)
The play confronts America’s dark tradition of infringing on civil rights. Written by Jeanne Sakata, directed by Lisa Rothe, and starring Joel de la Fuente (Amazon's The Man in the High Castle), it’s inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi’s quest to stop the WWII-era mistreatment of Japanese-American citizens.
After Saturday’s 2:00 pm performance, Cahn will participate in a talkback about how the logic of internment resembles that of the third iteration of President Trump’s Muslim Ban. The ban represents a grave threat to American ideals of pluralism and respect for immigrants, and was reinstated by the Supreme Court earlier this week. It is currently under appeal, and CAIR is working tirelessly to fight it.
The talkback is sure to be a lively discussion about an urgent threat.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.