Nabe Night – February 2020 with Tsuru for Solidarity
Nabe Nights @ the Center
February 2020 – with Tsuru for Solidarity
Friday, February 28, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$25 General Admission
$15 Children 10 and Under
Join us for our next Nabe Night, our community fundraiser program where the Center teams up with a different community group once a month to host a nabe (Japanese hotpot) dinner! Proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting both the Center and the partnering community organization for the month. February’sNabe Night will be held in collaboration with the Tsuru for Solidarity campaign, which is planning a national demonstration in Washington DC in June to bring 125,000 origami cranes (tsuru) with a message to close the camps detaining immigrant and refugee communities affected by the current administration’s policies. Supporters are encouraged to also come and help fold origami tsuru at the event, including a giant tsuru for the SF Japantown community to sign and send to the Washington DC demonstration! Come out and enjoy a great social dinner while supporting the Center and Tsuru’s call to action in the summer!
About Tsuru for Solidarity
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Japanese Americans from across the country will gather next spring in Washington, D.C. on June 5-7, 2020 for a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps.” We plan to bring 125,000 paper cranes, or tsuru, as expressions of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities that are under attack today. The 125,000 cranes represent the members of our community who were rounded up and incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II, including both Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans.
Standing on the moral authority of our own unjust incarceration, the protest will demand that no matter where someone came from or how they arrived to the United States, they be treated with dignity and respect. We will stand with immigrant communities to condemn the policies that dehumanize them, including ICE detention; jailing and separation of parents, families and children; and the Muslim ban.
The planning is being led by Tsuru for Solidarity, a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates. “We expect this to be the largest gathering of Nikkei since World War II, when we were forcibly removed from our homes and incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps,” said Mike Ishii, one of the lead organizers.
Fold-ins: We invite supporters to organize local “Tsuru Fold-Ins” to bring tsuru to Washington, D.C., or mail them to us by May 1, 2020. Details, including where to send tsuru, are available on our website: www.tsuruforsolidarity.org/tsuru-resources.
Fundraising: We are actively raising funds to help cover the substantial costs of the caravan, protest, and healing circles. Our goal is to raise $125,000 in individual contributions: one dollar for each member of our community who was rounded up and incarcerated during World War II. To reach this goal, we ask that 1,000 people step forward to contribute at least $125.
Our fiscal sponsor, Densho, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. Please visit https://tsuruforsolidarity.org/give for more information and to contribute.
Sign the “Close the Camps” Petition: We will gather signatures of survivors, descendants, and friends and deliver them to the White House when we arrive in DC in June. bit.ly/closethecampspetition
Program: The three-day program in Washington, DC will include:
● Friday, June 5: A Japanese American community gathering and preparation for the following day’s march and rally.
● Saturday, June 6: A mass public solidarity march and rally, led by World War II camp survivors and descendants, with paper cranes and taiko drumming. This event will be open to the public.
● Sunday, June 7: Cross-community, intergenerational “Healing Circles for Change.” These small-group sessions will build solidarity across communities and promote healing through sharing personal stories of incarceration and detention. They will be organized by Dr. Satsuki Ina, an expert on intergenerational trauma. Participation will be limited to those who register in advance.
Additionally, in the days preceding the D.C. program, a caravan of buses will leave from Los Angeles and other locations. These buses will carry a smaller group of activists to World War II concentration camp sites and present-day immigrant detention sites, where they will join in solidarity with local activists who are leading efforts to shut down these sites. The caravan will then join the larger group in Washington, D.C. We are also working to schedule meetings with members of Congress while the caravan is en route.
For updates and registration information: Please sign up on our email list (opt in on our website, www.tsuruforsolidarity.org) to be notified about registration for the Pilgrimage. Information about lodging and other costs will be provided when registration opens in early 2020.
Partners and endorsing organizations: Current endorsers and partners include: Densho; Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) National; JACL Chicago; Portland JACL; Japanese Community Youth Council; Japanese Americans for Justice; Japanese American Service Committee (Chicago); Karen Korematsu and the Fred T. Korematsu Institute; Manzanar Committee; Minami Tamaki LLP; Minoru Yasui Legacy Project; National Japanese American Historical Society; New York Day of Remembrance Committee, Nikkei Progressives; Oregon Nikkei Endowment; and Tule Lake Committee.
We invite partners nationwide to join the DC action by lending their name, organizing fold-ins, sending members, and raising funds to support the action. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add your organization’s name and support.
We’re looking for more community partners to host additional Nabe Nights! If your community organization, group, team or program is interested in scheduling a Nabe Night fundraiser with the Center, please contact Programs Manager Haruka Roudebush at email@example.com.