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CAIR to Participate in 50th Annual ‘Manzanar Pilgrimage’ Remembering Unjust Incarceration of Japanese-Americans

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/25/19) – On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, some 30 leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will take part in the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, organized by the Manzanar Committee in Manzanar, CA.

Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps in which more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. 

Beginning in 1969, people have traveled to the camp every year to understand this shameful chapter in America’s history and honor the strength and endurance of those formerly incarcerated there. This year, more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the pilgrimage.

SEE: 2019 Manzanar Pilgrimage

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Group members will be available for interviews in the L.A.-area on Friday, April 26. Group members will also be available for interviews throughout the Pilgrimage in Manzanar.

“Japanese Americans have been tireless advocates for civil liberties and stood behind American Muslims time and time again,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, who will take part in the pilgrimage. “It is critically important that we learn from their experiences as we strive to be better advocates for civil rights and human dignity.” 

[NOTE: CAIR will livestream parts of the event on its Facebook page throughout the weekend. Go to] 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.”¯ 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR National Chapter Manager Asma Rehman, 202-909-3486,;”¯ CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-717-5015,; CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655,”¯  

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