555 11th Street Northwest
ADC Film Screening & Discussion: “And Then They Came for Us”
In 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and forced the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Under the guise of national security, the government destroyed thousands of lives and disregarded the protections of our Constitution, letting fear rather than justice drive the nation’s policies. Seventy-five years later, we find ourselves at a similar crossroads with President Trump’s Muslim ban. The impact is different – banning immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries. But as the government again uses a “national security” rationale to discriminate against an entire group of people, the parallels are hard to avoid.
This film brings the past into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim ban. Knowing our history is a crucial step to ensuring we do not repeat it.
In the lead up to the Muslim ban arguments in the Supreme Court, please join the ACLU and its partners for this film followed by a panel discussion featuring Karen Korematsu, the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu of the infamous Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. United States, upholding Japanese American incarceration.
Sponsors: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 18MillionRising.org, American Civil Liberties Union, Arab American Institute, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Church World Service, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), HIAS, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Refugee Assistance Project, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), Japanese American Citizens League, Muslim Advocates, Muslim Public Affairs Council, National Immigration Law Center, National Iranian American Council, Refugee Council USA, Oxfam, United We Dream, We Belong Together.
Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 6:00 – 8:00PM
Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20004
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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