To commemorate the unconstitutional internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War 2, members of the Japanese American community held a candlelight vigil to warn against hate crimes committed against Arab Americans and their possible internment in the event of a full scale war. In this photograph, hundreds of Japanese Americans fill the plaza in front of the Japanese American National Museum. Those gathered listened to speeches from Japanese Americans and Arab Americans... speeches that condemned terrorism, racial hatred and backlash, as well as promoting
solidarity and the quest for peace and justice. The gathering took place on the very spot where tens of thousands of Japanese Americans were rounded up and shipped off to "internment camps" almost 60 years ago.
Four mainstream organizations of the Japanese American community helped to organize the event... the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese American National Museum, the Japanese American Cultural and Community
Center, the Little Tokyo Service Center, and the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR). You can contact the NCRR at (213) 680-3484)... or you can visit their Website at the following URL; http://www.ncrr-la.org/