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WATCH: CAIR Premieres ‘Muslims at Manzanar: A Civil Rights Journey’ on Anniversary of 1942 Japanese American Internment Order

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/19/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today premiered “Muslims at Manzanar: A Civil Rights Journey” online on the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 allowing the incarceration of Japanese Americans and others in internment camps. 

This documentary follows CAIR staff as they participate in the 2019 Manzanar Pilgrimage that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969.

“It is imperative that we understand the deep injustice experienced by our Japanese American brothers and sisters. It is important that we learn from this shameful period in our nation’s history and endeavor to prevent similar injustices in the future,” said CAIR National Chapter Manager Asma Rehman, who produced and directed the documentary.

Manzanar in California was the first of the camps in which almost 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry (two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens) were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. 

WATCH: Muslims at Manzanar: A Civil Rights Journey

The documentary premiered on Facebook, YouTube and on CAIR’s website:

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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