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Racial Justice & Diversity

Imprisoned Japanese Americans Revisit First Church

Last Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on the day of the ceremony of remembrance at First Church to commemorate the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in 1942, a bus arrived at the church bringing 32 Japanese Americans home from a pilgrimage to the Topaz concentration camp in Utah.

Among them were 15 who had been imprisoned at Topaz as children or teenagers, including four who were taken away from Berkeley on a bus that left our church 75 years ago, almost to the day.

Commemoration of the Imprisonment of Japanese Americans During World War II

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On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 during World War II. During the last week in April 1942, 75 years ago this year, Berkeley residents, students, faculty and staff were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who rounded up and imprisoned in remote locations throughout the country.

Commemorating the Mass Imprisonment of Japanese Americans in WWII

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On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 during World War II. During the last week in April 1942, 75 years ago this year, Berkeley residents, students, faculty and staff were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who rounded up and imprisoned in remote locations throughout the country.

The Sanctuary Movement at First Church

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Some members of the community have raised the issue of how First Church might be involved in the Sanctuary Movement to support immigrants and refugees. An information meeting to widen this conversation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at 6 pm in Loper Chapel. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact Rachel Bauman (rbauman@fccb.org) or Victoria Purcell- Gates (vpurcell.gates@gmail.com).

Diverse Families Workshop: Child & Youth identity Development in a Multiracial Family

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On Sunday, March 26, come to a workshop by Eileen Drapiza-Dornan, LMFT, Berkeley-based therapist whose specialties include race and identity formation, mixed heritage and adoption issues, from 11:30 am – 1 pm  in the Adult Library; light snacks provided.

YES and Winthrop youth whose parents attend the workshop will have supervision until 1 pm. Childcare provided for children age 0–5th grade.