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Never Give Up: Minoru Yasui & the Fight for Justice: Documentary
April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-6
A timely film about immigrants and social justice…
“Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” a documentary film by Holly Yasui & Will Doolittle relates the life history of an American hero, Minoru (Min) Yasui.
Minoru Yasui was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated a legal test case by deliberately violating military orders that lead to the incarceration of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. As an active protest he demanded to be arrested and subsequently spent 9 months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him.
After the war, Minoru moved to Denver and continued to defend the human and civil rights not only of Japanese Americans but for Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, religious minorities, children and youth, the aged, low income people, etc. As Executive Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, he helped to initiate and oversaw a plethora of programs and organizations serving diverse communities.
In the 1970s and 80s, Min spearheaded the redress movement to win reparations and a formal apology from the government for the injustices against Japanese Americans during World War II. He also reopened his wartime case, and it was in appeal when died 1986.
Holly Yasui, filmmaker and daughter of the hero in the film, will be present to introduce the film and answer questions. The film is narrated by George Takei.
Admission: Suggested Donation $5
More information about the film at http://www.minoruyasuifilm.o