9/11 Anniversary Town Hall:
Executive Orders - Japanese Internment & the Muslim Ban
6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which forced 120,000 members of the Japanese American community into desolate internment camps until after the end of World War II. This major anniversary has arrived during a year involving executive orders which similarly target and discriminate based on national origin and religion.
Join AANM for its third annual 9/11 Anniversary Town Hall, which will reflect on the past and look to the future with leaders from the Japanese, Arab and Muslim American communities. Light refreshments provided.

Following the discussion at 8 p.m. will be a ticketed Global Fridays musical theater performance by The Grateful Crane Ensemble, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to honoring its Japanese American elders by telling their stories and singing their favorite songs. More info HERE.  


Ahmad Abuznaid  was born in Jerusalem. A Palestinian American, he was motivated by the murder of Trayvon Martin to co-found Dream Defenders and serves as director for National Network for Arab American Communities, an institution of ACCESS. 

Soji Kashiwagi is a San Francisco native who has been serving as executive producer and playwright for the Grateful Crane Ensemble since its founding in 2001. The author of The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories, and other Grateful Crane shows, Kashiwagi's work has been seen on a national level at the JACL National Conventions in Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Chicago, and at the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation gala dinner in Washington, D.C. Both of his parents and families were incarcerated at the Tule Lake concentration camp during World War II.  

Darrell Kunitomi of Los Angeles is a longtime actor and director with the Grateful Crane Ensemble. His theater acting credits include a monologue using his uncle Ted Fujioka's wartime letters from the 442nd; honored in 2009’s L.A. Weekly’s Best Production of the Year, Best Male Lead, for his portrayal of Khim, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, in EM Lewis’ Song of Extinction; reprised at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. As a director, he has directed Grateful Crane’s production of Nihonmachi: The Place to Be, and several other productions. He has also done voiceovers for the new Go For Broke museum in LA’s Little Tokyo, is a past member of the Manzanar Committee, and currently serves on the board of the Heart Mountain Foundation.

Namira Islam is a Bangladeshi American lawyer and graphic designer. Based in Michigan, she is the co-founder and co-director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a faith-based racial justice education organization. Her legal background includes work in prisoners’ rights litigation, international human rights law, and poverty law. She has written for multiple publications, delivered lectures and trainings throughout the United States, and provided commentary and analysis on identity, current events, and social justice narratives for radio shows, documentary films, and other media worldwide. 

Mary Kamidoi was born in Stockton, California. She was among those affected by Executive Order 9066 ordering the evacuation of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. In April, 1942, at age 11, she was sent to the fairgrounds in Stockton for approximately seven months. Thereafter, she and her family were sent to camps far inland on the West Coast and two camps in Arkansas. They were ordered at the end of the war to vacate the camps. With only what they able to carry into the camps, they again had to start a new life. Kamidoi eventually settled in Michigan, where she teaches audiences about the history of Japanese interment by using her own personal experience.

Amy Doukoure is a graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in English Language Arts. Prior to obtaining her J.D., Mrs. Doukoure worked for over ten years as an educator in the Detroit area. Many of those years were spent teaching general studies at many of the area’s Islamic Schools. Mrs. Doukoure went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Mrs. Doukoure was the President and one of the founding members of the Muslim Student Lawyer’s Association. Mrs. Doukoure is passionate about community service. Prior to attending law school she worked on many public service projects and successfully wrote for grants to open a soup kitchen in the Brightmore Community in Northwest Detroit. After graduating from law school, Mrs. Doukoure engaged in several internships focused on public service, and civil rights, including working as a probono legal associate for the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, and an internship with the ACLU of Detroit.

This is event presented in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, ACLU, CAIR, MuslimARC, ACCESS' Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, the Wayne State Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and its Detroit Equity Action Lab. 

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