On February 21, 2021, Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, Seattle JACL, and Puyallup Valley JACL came together for a car caravan from the Puyallup Fairgrounds to Northwest Detention Center.
The Day of Remembrance commemorates the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of over 125,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. In 1978, Seattle organizers held the first Day of Remembrance in the country, leading a caravan from Seattle to the Puyallup Fairgrounds, where 7,400 Japanese Americans were imprisoned in 1942. We returned to Puyallup to remember the past, then take the caravan to Tacoma to demand freedom and justice for immigrants imprisoned at NWDC today.
Puyallup image courtesy of MOHAI 1986.5.6681.3. Artwork by Erin Shigaki and Eugene Tagawa.