The Fight Against Injustice, 1942 to Today

Holly Yasui

By Liz Mestres

The US has been less than welcoming to people who are “different.” Muslims, Syrian refugees, Mexican immigrants, and African Americans have often faced hostility, particularly when people feel threatened by war or by economic insecurity or physical danger. Fear can provide fertile soil for demagogues.

Film
Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice
Thu, Aug 4, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
100 pesos

This gave rise to one of the shameful moments in US history when Japanese Americans were removed from their homes on the West Coast and imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II. Racism reared its ugly head, and the government grossly violated the rights of citizens who were, in fact, loyal to this country. The first to resist as unconstitutional the wartime relocation and internment of those of Japanese ancestry was a young lawyer named Minoru Yasui. Now, in the film Never Give Up, Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice,his daughter is documenting his story.

Filmmaker Holly Yasui is a long-time resident of San Miguel de Allende. She is a familiar figure here, a strong advocate for intercultural understanding and solidarity. Following in her father’s footsteps, she has made a film that is more than a tribute to his memory; it is a plea to learn from the mistakes of our history and to not make them again out of our own fears.

Although Minoru Yasui lost his legal test case against the WWII military order in the Supreme Court, he never gave up the struggle for justice. History has vindicated his cause. On November 24, 2015, President Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom.

On August 4 there will be a premier of part 1 of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice. Holly Yasui will present her film and speak about its relevance today. This fundraiser will help make it possible to complete the film and give it wide distribution.

 

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