(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/28/16) In the wake of fear-mongering against Muslims, immigrants, and refugees during this tumultuous political season, Muslim and Japanese Americans will travel together on a 3-day 350 mile bus pilgrimage to the former WWII Manzanar concentration camp to learn from the past and counter the growing ignorance, bigotry, and divisiveness in our country.
When: Friday, April 29th 8:30 AM - Sunday, May 1st 5 PM
What: 11th Annual CAIR-SV and Florin JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage
Where: Departure and Arrival at Buddhist Church of Florin - 7235 Pritchard Road
Media opportunities to interview participants at departure site from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM.
During this elections season, xenophobic and demagogic politicians have called for Muslims and refugees to be banned from the U.S., rounded up in concentration camps, and spied upon in their mosques. All of these measures were taken before against innocent Japanese Americans in WWII.
In 1942 hundreds of local Japanese Americans gathered at the very same Buddhist Church of Florin gymnasium to hear the news of their imprisonment. Of the 2,500 pre-WWII Florin residents, the government shipped about 600 to the Manzanar concentration camp, one of 10 that held 120,000 Japanese Americans from 1942 to 1945.
This 11th annual Florin Manzanar Pilgrimage is sponsored by the Florin Japanese American Citizens League (Florin-JACL) and the Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV). The departure site is courtesy of the Buddhist Church of Florin.