Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Father was his Own Country

From: Dr. Yuko Julie Nakanishi, Member, 80-20 Board of Directors

To: Prospective 80-20 Members

My father was born and raised in Sacramento in the early 20th century. He
was an American citizen. He followed the rules, didn’t break any laws,
went to school, studied hard, helped his neighbors. Then came WWII and
in the eyes of the U.S. government, he was no longer a citizen. He was stripped
of his rights. They treated him like a common criminal, uprooting
him and his family and placing them in a “camp” with tall fences, barbed
wire, and soldiers with rifles. The word “camp” was used as a euphemism
for jail and imprisonment. All of his rights were taken away because of
ethnicity – his appearance, his surname, the color of his skin.

While the Japanese American and As Am community has come a long way
since then, discrimination still exists in the workplace, in our legal system,
at all levels of our government and society. In this day and age, this

The 80-20 Initiative was established to eradicate discrimination and
win legal and workplace equality for all members of our As Am
community. This includes YOU, your FAMILY, and your FRIENDS.

Read more about 80-20’s recent accomplishments and its leadership – our
Acting Executive Director is S.B. Woo, the former Lt. Governor of Delaware,
who has a great deal of knowledge about the inner workings of American
politics. I urge you to support your As Am community by participating in
the 80-20 Initiative NOW. Simply click on the link below to find out how
you can join.

Once you’ve joined, you’ll find out about our activities and how you can
play an integral part in our growth. If you think you may already be a
member, click on the following link to find out: