Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Don't Be Afraid to Speak Up"

Democracy Now! has a great interview today with Yuri Kochiyami, whose family was among the more than 100,000 Japanese — many of them American citizens — locked up in U.S. internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The experience prompted her to become a lifelong civil rights activist, and she witnessed the assassination of Malcolm X.

Kochiyama is the author of “Passing It On,” a memoir, and said years after her internment: “In order for things like this to never happen, we have to protest… so don’t be afraid to speak up.”

You can read the transcript or listen to the interview here.

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