(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/14/2018) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will participate in talk-back discussions following several upcoming performances of “Hold These Truths” at the Mead Center for American Theater’s Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The next discussion will be held after the March 22 viewing, followed by conversations on March 27 and April 4.
Set in the events after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, this one-man show tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied the unjust internment of Japanese Americans. The play reminds the audience of the American values of liberty and justice for all.
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There are parallels between how Japanese Americans were dehumanized and how Muslim Americans are treated today. Both the Japanese internment and the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban are executive orders that were issued under the pretense of national security.
“As the largest American Muslim civil rights organization, CAIR is proud to stand in solidarity with the Japanese American community — and with all those who are marginalized — to seek fair treatment and an end to scapegoating of any group of people,” said Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.