Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heyday Books: Day of Rememberance 2/19 & 2/20 @ Manzanar


Wherever There's A Fight

Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi’s will speak at the 2011 Day of Remembrance on Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Elinson and Yogi's book, Wherever There’s a Fight; How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, won a Gold Medal in the 2010 California Book Awards. The authors give special focus to the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, foreshadowed by a century of civil liberties violations. They also explore contemporary issues including: dissent, racism, immigration, and the role of national security.

The annual Day of Remembrance observance commemorates the impact of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which on February 19, 1942 authorized the forced removal of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast.

Elinson and Yogi will take the audience on a 40-minute illustrated virtual tour of civil liberties battles in California, from the Gold Rush to the present day, highlighting courageous individuals such as Fred Korematsu, who stood up for their rights and changed history.

About the Authors

Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than twenty years. She is the co-author of The Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Phillipines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals.

Stan Yogi has managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California since 1997. He is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. Stan’s mother, Tokiko Kuniyoshi, was in the Manzanar High School Class of 1944.

Event Info

The presentations, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, will include ample time for audience questions and book signing. The Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center also features extensive exhibits, audio-visual programs, and a bookstore. Winter hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Manzanar is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. Programs are free and open to the public. This event is made possible through cooperation with the Manzanar History Association (MHA). For event info contact Richard Potashin or Ted White (760) 878-2194 ext. 2712, 2717 or visit


Natalie Mulford
Marketing and Publicity Director
P.O. Box 9145
Berkeley, CA, 94709
Tel: 510-549-3564 X309

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