Santa Cruz

January 5, 2014 - 2:00pm
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi will appear with author and poet Brian Komei Dempster, editor of the anthologies From Our Side of the Fence and Making Home from War, and special guest Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, co-author of Farewell to Manzanar, in a program titled "The Power of Our Stories: The Fight for Civil Liberties in California."

Elaine and Stan will present an overview of California civil liberties history from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 era, highlighting courgeous Californians whose battles in courts, classrooms and streets shaped the rights we have today.  When they reach the moment of the most egregious violation of civil liberties in California history--the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II--they will be joined by Brian, who will read first-person stories written by former camp prisoners. The program will also illuminate how past battles carry lessons for today, as Brian shares poems from his debut collection Topaz, which examines the Japanese American imprisonment experience, its legacy and impact on younger generations, and intersecting issues of race, gender, sexuality, and power. 

This program is held in conjunction with the Wherever There's Fight exhibit that the Santa Cruz Library is hosting from December 15, 2013 - January 12, 2014.

Co-sponsored bythe Santa Cruz Library, Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL, and Santa Cruz County Chapter/ACLU of Northern California