Snake in the Basement posted May 11,7: It turned out to be juvenile rat snake thanks to Dr. Kyle Barrett for identification assistance. The black and gray pattern is characteristic of the juveniles.
The slow procession moved clockwise around the perimeter of the Lone Pine High School gymnasium. The silence that prevailed gave an air of sanctity to the hangar-like structure. Moments later, after the crowd of nearly had taken their seats, seven Japanese-American college students walked up to read some of the quotes aloud.
He had summoned the memory of the forced removal of Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents during the war to justify his refusal to welcome Syrian refugees to his city: Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.
DeWitt, commanding officer of the Western Defense Command, said in a report to the secretary of war that U. These advocates believe this is an urgent task — not only because firsthand witnesses are fast disappearing, but because they are dismayed by the current political discourse.
Most of the attendees had traveled on buses from various cities in California, where many Japanese-Americans resettled after the war. A fresh coat of snow had blanketed the summits of the Sierra Nevada to the west, and a relentless wind chilled participants through their blankets, layers of clothing and winter jackets.
In this frigid spring weather, you could begin to imagine what it must have been like to spend your first winter at Manzanar in poorly insulated barracks, wearing inadequate clothing. Bruce Embrey is one of the main organizers of the pilgrimage. His mother, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, led the effort to make Manzanar a national historic site.
But that untouched landscape would have been marred if the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had moved forward with a plan to build 1 million photovoltaic panels less than 4 miles from the site. Thanks to the advocacy of NPCA and its partners, including the Manzanar Committee, the project was shelved inbut Arguelles said the utility could resurrect it at any time.
The city council voted in favor of the monument inbut a developer interested in the site filed a lawsuit contesting the designation. NPCA is also pushing for the former Tule Lake incarceration camp to become an independent national park site. The diverse crowd included dozens of people who had been incarcerated at Manzanar and other camps.
Those born in camp are now in their mids. The most senior survivors are two decades older, but most carried themselves with a spryness that belied their age. As in recent years, a group of Muslim students also attended. The mood was solemn, and on occasion, people shed tears.
As the co-chair of the Manzanar Committee, the group that has been organizing the pilgrimage for nearly 50 years, Bruce Embrey has a very personal connection to the Manzanar story: His mother, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, was a teenager when she arrived at Manzanar with her family. Camp life actually offered opportunities for young people like her, who often spoke better English than their parents.
Later, as she reentered civilian life, she realized that a lack of political power before the war had left Japanese-Americans vulnerable.
An invitation to join a pilgrimage to the site of the camp in would change that. As one of the attendees who had been incarcerated there, Kunitomi Embrey found herself answering questions from the media covering the event. The next year, she co-founded the Manzanar Committee, and she became a main organizer of the pilgrimage.
She led campaigns to make Manzanar a state and national historical landmark, and then a national park site.
After she and her allies secured the National Park Service designation inKunitomi Embrey continued to make the annual pilgrimage. She listened to her last one by phone from her hospital bed in She died two weeks later.
Her son is soft-spoken, but the comments by Bowers and others justifying the use of incarceration camps and discrimination against a minority group have left him angry.
And so it was with a forceful tone that he spoke into the microphone on pilgrimage day. Fears of a Japanese invasion and — unsubstantiated — allegations of sabotage from within turned the entire Japanese-American community into a scapegoat.
Japanese-Americans were routinely insulted and heckled in public, and calls for their removal from the West Coast rose quickly.
The military wasted little time. Once registered, most of those of Japanese ancestry had two weeks or less to prepare for their departure. Many had to sell homes, farmland and businesses at bargain prices to buyers taking advantage of their predicament, losing in days the fruits of decades of hard labor.
People could bring only what they could carry, so they left behind pets, family heirlooms and other prized possessions. Bo Sakaguchi, 91, wrote for the Manzanar Free Press while incarcerated at the camp.The Sierra Club is dedicated to exploring, enjoying, and protecting it for everyone.
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