Love, Liberty and Justice for ALL: Stories From An Interment Camp — Oct. 19 7:00 p.m.

George Nakata grew up in old Portland Japantown before World War II. On December 7, 1941, he was an American Citizen. A few weeks later he was an ‘Enemy Alien’. His family, along with other Japanese on the west coast, were thrown into American concentration camps (called ‘interment’ camps). Why did this happen? What about our freedoms and constitutional laws?

George was a young lad back then, but spent all those World War II years incarcerated behind barbed wires. When George returned to Portland in 1945, he attended and graduated from Lincoln High School, earned a degree in business and international trade, and then joined the army. He was stationed in Germany from 1953 to 1955. While there he had a top security clearance to handle the highest degree of classified material.

George’s amazing historical story is one that few Americans have heard, understand or even believed happened. He has told the story of all Japanese-Americans following Pearl Harbor through WWII to schools, universities, business associations and civic groups, reminding us that “Freedom is Fragile”.

Come join us (and invite your friends and neighbors) on Thursday, 19 October at 7:00pm in our Fellowship Hall for an evening of storytelling and conversation that will broaden your perspective of how injustice can emerge and exist in our country, deepen your sensitivity for those living under the weight of injustice here and abroad, and strengthen your passion and compassion to act and advocate for justice, equality, love and liberty for ALL people.

 

*Co-Sponsored by Moreland Presbyterian and the NARWHALS Advocacy Group

 

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