Jul 272018

U.S. National Archives
Family awaiting to be taken to interment camp, 1942


The free summer series Incarceration Then and Now: What Can We Learn? kicks off Saturday Aug. 4 with the opening of the exhibit Architecture of Internment: the Build-up to Wartime Incarceration, at 10 AM at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport.

This powerful exhibit tells the story of how individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials advocated for the incarceration of Oregonians of Japanese ancestry or stood by while it happened. The exhibit will be on display in Newport through Aug. 8, and then moves to Waldport and Yachats.

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A Speakers’ Panel, featuring Representative David Gomberg and Solea Kabakov of Gorge ICE Resistance, will be held on that same day, from 2 to 4 PM at the exhibit. Rep. Gomberg and Ms. Kabakov will share what they have learned at Sheridan and Norcor prisons, respectively, the two Oregon prison in which immigrants and asylum seekers have been incarcerated under the direction of Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). A question and answer period will follow.

There will be a showing of the film 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room) on Mon. Aug 6 from 7 to 9. This film examines the important question of who has a right to be an American citizen. The 14th Amendment, originally passed to confer citizenship to freed slaves, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. The film illuminates the struggles and victories of three brave people who fought or are fighting to defend that right in the face of a slavery-bound economy, the Chinese Exclusion movement, and anti-immigrant laws in this country. The film will be followed by a discussion.

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Come join us as we take a fresh look at our present in the light of our history and ask ourselves, “What can we learn?” Stay tuned for additional events to follow during the period Aug. 13-19 in Waldport and Yachats.
For additional information, please visit our website at www.lcpeoplepower.org.

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