Community News

People with Courage
by George Nakano [January 18, 2016; Column]

  • The two people who come to mind that stood up against all odds in 1942 and put their political careers in jeopardy are Ralph Dills and John Shelley. Very little is known about what they did because they were never publicly recognized by the Japanese American community. It is shameful that they were never honored for their heroic deeds.  [read more]

Mori Tanimoto, Part of Block 42 Protest at Tule Lake, Dies at 95
by Martha Nakagawa, Rafu Shimpo [November 3, 2015;  Obituary]   

  • Mamoru “Mori” Tanimoto, one of about 35 men from Block 42 at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center who had been arrested for refusing to register for the controversial loyalty questionnaire, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Nov. 3. He was 95.  [read more]

Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate ‘Tex’ Nakumra Dies At 98
by Martha Nakagawa, Rafu Shimpo [September 7, 2015;  Obituary] 

  • Tetsujiro “Tex” Nakamura, a civil rights advocate who became involved in redevelopment issues in Little Tokyo after World War II and an attorney who worked closely with attorney Wayne Collins on the World War II Japanese American renunciation cases, the Tokyo Rose case and the Japanese Latin American cases, passed away on Sept. 7. He was 98.  [read more]

From Little Rock to Tule Lake
by Martha Nakagawa, Rafu Shimpo [September 3, 2014;  Article]

  • Among the participants of the 2014 Tule Lake Pilgrimage was Minnijean Brown-Trickey.  She is one of what the media dubbed the Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students that desegregated the all-white Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.  [read more]

Collins: Renunciants Are ‘Unsung Heroes’
by Martha Nakagawa [August 25, 2014;  Article]  

  • Keynote speaker Wayne Merrill Collins, the son of civil rights lawyer Wayne Mortimer Collins, gave a rousing speech that concluded with a standing ovation and the entire audience bowing in honor of the father, who worked for more than two decades to restore United States citizenship to thousands of Japanese Americans who had renounced.  [read more]