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December 28, 1987
David Tamashiro's proposal on redress/reparation for Japanese Americans (Op/Ed, Dec. 14) is not only unsettling, it is downright dangerous. He suggests "that each internee voluntarily contribute 1% of the settlement proposed by the House bill in order to pay the national debt." Though he cites a precedent for "going the third mile" in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, there is another story that we in the redress/reparation movement look to for historical inspiration: the movement to resist the camps on the grounds that not only were they immoral but also unconstitutional.
November 15, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Four score and 70 years ago, a Pennsylvania newspaper chided Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as "silly remarks. " This week, in time for the speech's 150th anniversary, Harrisburg's Patriot-News apologized for "a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives. " With that, the newspaper's editorial board issued an unusual media mea culpa that has captured national attention despite its tongue-in-cheek approach.
September 27, 1987
I find it rather curious that Shumway should be concerned that anti-Japanese prejudice would be rekindled by redress legislation. When we were herded off to the internment camps we were told that the government really had our best interests at heart; we were being put away to protect us from a hostile American public. Now we have a U.S. Congressman saying we shouldn't seek an accounting for what happened to us because they would only make people mad at us again. The original "protection" line has since been revealed as outright deception used to justify an illegal act. Shumway's concern for us seems based more on a rationalization of his anti-redress arguments.
May 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"Arrested Development" costume designer Katie Sparks, whose efforts on the first two seasons of the Fox sitcom earned her a 2006 nomination from the Costume Designers Guild of America, was tapped by series creator Mitchell Hurwitz to work on the new streaming-to-Netflix season that will be released May 26. She recently spoke about her work on the original series and the challenges posed by revisiting - and re-dressing - the quirky Bluth family after...
January 28, 1989
Most people when stopped for a traffic violation have enough common sense to stay put in their cars. The very act of exiting a car when stopped is enough to warn the policeman that he is going to have a problem, and with the wave of violence in our society, he would have to be lacking in judgment not to be prepared for the worst possible circumstance. The fact that the sequence of events was taped by a TV station is sufficient evidence that the whole confrontation and its results were programmed by those involved in elicit exactly what transpired or worse.
May 7, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Kou Kitano will be 100 this September, and the frail, ailing woman has lost some of her memory. But she cannot forget the years she and other Japanese-Americans spent in squalid detention camps near Los Angeles during World War II. "My mother came to this country in the early part of this century, and was so proud to become a citizen," said Kitano's daughter, Chizu Iiyama. "She still has tremendous faith in this country, her country, even though a great wrong was committed." To correct that wrong, Congress enacted a law last year authorizing payments of $20,000 apiece to about 60,000 Japanese-Americans who were rounded up and put in camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
March 2, 1997
In "An Enduring Indignity" (Feb. 24), it is suggested that during World War II about 2,200 Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry were abducted from their home countries and sent to internment camps in the United States. The operation was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's controversial Executive Order 9066, which created camps to hold Japanese Americans. In 1988, the U.S. government apologized for this historical mistake and granted redress payments to American survivors. Now Latin American Japanese want and deserve a similar apology and compensation.
February 23, 2007
Re "Court denies Guantanamo legal rights," Feb. 21 Although it is disconcerting that this country would deny effective redress to anyone it detains, the court has ruled. Just one question, though. If [as the decision states], "Cuba -- not the United States -- has sovereignty over Guantanamo Bay," will the U.S. government recognize whatever redress options the detainees have available under Cuban law? SIRPA BROCK Redondo Beach It is not surprising that the U.S. Court of Appeals has denied Guantanamo detainees the right of habeas corpus.
October 3, 1989
Will the redress that has for so long been denied those Japanese Americans who were locked up by the government during World War II at last be granted? The chances of that seem better now, after the Senate's vote to guarantee a three-year program of compensation to the surviving internees. The Senate's plan to provide the first $500 million late next year of an earlier-authorized $1.
June 12, 2004
Regarding Booth Moore's "Mourning Decorum's Death" article (June 9). As the mourners passed by my father's open casket I felt the greatest sense of pride I have ever felt by seeing the procession of clothing that passed by. A business suit followed by a worn Western shirt and clean jeans with the knees worn through. A fashionable skirt followed by a frayed print housedress. Clothing told the story of my father in a nutshell that day. Many people loved him. Many people came dressed in the best that they had in order to show that love.
April 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Human rights groups are appropriately appalled by the breadth of a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week that would make it exceedingly difficult for some victims of human rights abuses committed in other countries to win redress in U.S. courts. Led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a self-proclaimed foe of judicial activism, the court reined in the use of a 1789 law known as the Alien Tort Statute, which gives federal courts jurisdiction over "any civil action by an alien for a tort committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.
April 29, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
The moment Aminullah Arbabi heard that Pamir Airways Flight 112 to Kabul had disappeared in the mountains north of the capital, he ran to his car. His younger brother was on the plane, returning home from work in the northern city of Kunduz. Arbabi had only one thought: Find him. He raced out of Kabul that May afternoon and arrived after dark in the snowy Salang Pass about 60 miles north of the capital, where the plane had reportedly crashed. The 29-year-old construction engineer waited until morning, then set out on foot.
November 21, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor hurled the United States into World War II on Dec. 7, 1941, the impact on William Hohri, then a sophomore at North Hollywood High School, was almost immediate. That afternoon his immigrant father, a Methodist minister, was arrested by the FBI and sent to an alien detention center at Fort Missoula, Mont. Four months later, with only a week's notice, Hohri, his mother and siblings were bused to Manzanar, a prison camp for Japanese Americans at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.
November 21, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Michael Zulu trundles a wheelbarrow along the track to his farm homestead, where chickens peck at the carpet and skinny cats curl sleeping amid the bird droppings. He's the farmer now, not just a tractor driver for a white farmer named Engelbrecht, like he used to be. But he has a shirt full of holes, the roofless ruins of a dairy and a stretch of farmland whose only crop is cow manure, bagged up and stacked against a wall as a substitute for firewood. There's no electricity on his farm, just an hour's drive southeast of Johannesburg.
July 2, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Describing the trial as an "epic case," a defense lawyer urged a Los Angeles jury Thursday to acquit a former Bay Area transit police officer charged with murder in the New Year's Day 2009 shooting of an unarmed man in Oakland. Attorney Michael L. Rains told jurors that they should put aside any temptation to decide the racially charged case in a way that would seek retribution for the victim or provide a commentary on the "sad legacy" of police abuse of minorities. "A court of law … is not a forum to redress social injustice or racial injustice," Rains said in his closing argument in a packed downtown courtroom.
March 19, 2010 | By Laura King
After the Koranic verses had been chanted, after the mullahs and military commanders had talked of the need to put past mistakes behind, each detainee bent over a document written in his native Pashto, carefully affixing his thumbprint. With that gesture -- a promise to renounce violence and shun the insurgency -- the four Afghans, all of whom had spent months in U.S. military detention, were free to return to homes and families in troubled Kandahar province. Over the last two months, similar ceremonies in Afghanistan have marked the release of more than a dozen detainees back into their communities, where village elders, local officials and family members vouched for their promise to lead peaceful lives.
September 19, 1992
President Bush helped to rectify an injustice in American history when in 1990 he began sending letters of apology along with redress checks to Japanese-Americans who were unjustly interned during World War II. Now he can ensure that this vitally important program is completed. The White House will soon receive a bill from Congress that would authorize an extra $400 million in federal funding to complete redress payments, authorized four years ago.
January 31, 2009 | Tina Susman
In elections expected to significantly alter the country's political equation, Iraqis today began choosing new provincial councils to replace the current ones, blamed for fueling years of sectarian strife. Late Friday, vehicular curfews took effect in cities, Baghdad's airport was closed and borders were sealed, signs of security concerns that remain high despite a major drop in violence in recent months. Polling stations were ringed with razor wire and under 24-hour police guard.
April 23, 2008
It's hard to choose a least favorite decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last term. There are, sadly, many candidates. But one strong one would be the court's mystifying work in Ledbetter vs. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. That ruling, decided on a 5-4 vote, held that victims of gender discrimination may not collect damages from employers unless they report the discrimination within 180 days of its occurrence. As a narrow reading of the law, that's all well and good.
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