Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fred Korematsu Day is Official

From the Korematsu Institute:

IT'S OFFICIAL! On Sept. 23, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Fred Korematsu Day bill into law! This follows the bill's passage in the California legislature (Aug. 24), and a series of unanimous votes on the Senate Floor (Aug 9, 34-0), the Senate Education Committee (June 30, 8-0), the Assembly Floor (May 20, 69-0) and the Assembly Education Committee (May 5, 8-0) .

MANY THANKS to the bill's co-sponsors, Asm. Furutani and Asm. Block, as well as their staff, to Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature, to the wonderful group of people who launched this bill and to the 50+ organizations and 250+ individuals who sent in support letters during this process. Lastly, many thanks to Karen Korematsu, Fred Korematsu's legal team, and to the staff and interns at the Korematsu Institute and Asian Law Caucus. You have all helped us make history!

The full name of the bill, AB 1775, is the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Co-sponsored by Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D - South Los Angeles County) and Assemblymember Marty Block (D - San Diego), the bill encourages schools across the state to teach students about Fred Korematsu's story and its relevance today. The first Fred Korematsu Day will be celebrated on January 30, 2011, on Fred Korematsu's birthday. Scroll down for details!

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