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Teatro Santa Ana Shows Film on the Fight Against Injustice, 1942 to Today

By Cliff DuRand

In the United States, Syrian refugees, Mexican immigrants, and African Americans often face hostility, particularly when people feel threatened by war, by economic insecurity, or by physical danger. Fear can provide fertile soil for demagogues.

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice
Tue, Feb 13, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
100 pesos

This kind of fear gave rise to a shameful moment 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 the United States.

The first to resist as unconstitutional the relocation and internment of those with Japanese ancestry was a young lawyer named Minoru Yasui. Now his story is documented by his daughter in the film Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice.

Filmmaker Holly Yasui is a longtime resident of San Miguel. She is a familiar figure here and a strong advocate for justice and intercultural solidarity. Following in her father’s footsteps, her film is more than a tribute to his memory, it is a plea to learn from the mistakes of our history, to not make the Other out of our own fears.

Although Minoru Yasui lost his legal test case in the Supreme Court, he never gave up the struggle for justice. History eventually vindicated his cause: on November 24, 2015, President Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom.

On February 13, there will be a San Miguel premiere preview of part 1 of Never Give Up! Holly Yasui will speak about her film’s relevance today. This fundraiser will help make it possible to complete the film and give it wide distribution.


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