Support from the non-Japanese American community

During mass removal and incarceration, Japanese Americans received outside support and assistance from religious organizations, civil rights groups, and other concerned individuals. The American Friends Service Committee was one of the most active groups to help the Japanese American community during World War II. Committee members donated educational materials to the camp schools and libraries and were influential in persuading the government to allow Nisei to leave the camps for colleges in the interior of the country. Ministers, peace activists and other supporters of the Japanese American community often visited the camps and spoke out publicly against the incarceration. Church groups across the country also organized clothing and food drives for the camp inmates.

World War II (20)
Support from the non-Japanese American community (129)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
American Civil Liberties Union, American Friends Service Committee, Ernest Besig, Thomas Bodine, Charles H. Bonesteel, Clara Breed, John Burns, Miles E. Cary, Hung Wai Ching, Mark W. Clark, Cecil Coggins, Delos Emmons, Galen Fisher, Bob Fletcher, Charles Hemenway, Harold Ickes, Jewish response to incarceration, Dorothea Lange, Charles F. Loomis, Hugh Macbeth, Carey McWilliams, John Nason, Herbert Nicholson, Robert O'Brien, Morris Opler, Edward L. Parsons, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Shivers, Norman Thomas, Harry S. Truman, A.L. Wirin

129 items
Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
A child's memories of visiting Japanese American friends in camp
Kay Matsuoka Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-48-33)
vh Kay Matsuoka Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-48-33)
Christian missionaries' weekly visits to camp lead to conversion
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-8)
doc Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-8)
Letter from the Morishitas telling about their Christmas in Minidoka.
Letter from Friends of the American Way (ddr-densho-25-61)
doc Letter from Friends of the American Way (ddr-densho-25-61)
In this letter, the Friends of the American Way, an activist group sympathetic to Japanese Americans, expressed its condolences to Matahichi and Kisa Iseri following the death of their son, Mitsuo (Mike) Iseri, who had served in the military.
Petition to Congress from the Presbytery of the Redwoods (ddr-densho-67-73)
doc Petition to Congress from the Presbytery of the Redwoods (ddr-densho-67-73)
This group protests the evacuation of Japanese Americans on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. They suggest holding hearings in camps and then allowing the innocent to return home. They also warn that harsh treatment of Japanese Americans will fuel Japanese propaganda and lead to punishment of American POWs.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-8)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough. Postmarked Feb 15, 1942. In the lower left corner is an "EXAMINED" stamp. Inside is a letter folded like a card with an "EXAMINED" stamp over the crease; dated February 15, 1942. The letter encourages Kei to ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-20)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family), dated June 30, 1942. Notes that the Kidas had written Ethel saying they were going to Eastern Oregon the next week. Also notes that the Krogmens visited the Kidas (likely in Portland). Asks if Al has visited.
Letter from Louis and Lee McKenzie (ddr-one-3-50)
doc Letter from Louis and Lee McKenzie (ddr-one-3-50)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Louis and Lee McKenzie to Kida family dated October 11, 1943. She and her husband had gone to visit the Kidas in Oregon. They describe their trip back to White Salmon and thank the Kida family for all their hospitality. Asks if George wants to ...
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to George Kida (ddr-one-3-56)
Letter and envelope from James Albert "Al" Johnson to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, dated December 5, 1943. Tells George that he should rent a place for themselves. Offers to let George rent the place in his name. Says that the Kidas' cows are not in as good condition as they had been in the fall ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-51)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated November 19, 1943. Mrs. Pyatt suffered a stroke and was writing from the West Klickitat Hospital; she addressed the letter incorrectly, so there was a letter from Wilma Thornton, the hospital manager, included, which ...
Chirstmas card from Guy and Ethel Crow to Kida family (ddr-one-3-117)
doc Chirstmas card from Guy and Ethel Crow to Kida family (ddr-one-3-117)
Christmas card from Guy and Ethel Crow to the Kida family postmarked Dec 16, 1943. Envelope is addressed to Mrs. Kay Kido and Family in Nyssa, Oregon
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay and George Kida (ddr-one-3-73)
Letter and envelope from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay and George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon dated February 26, 1944. In the letter he gives advice about avoiding the draft by failing the physical examination. Says that if George does not pass the physical examination he will be put back in 4A classification. Mentions that he ...
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-55)
Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida dated November 29. He is planning on visiting Mrs. Pyatt to see how she is. He says he will report back to Kay about how she is and what her mental status is. He does not think she will last long. Advises George to fix the ...
Envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunaway (ddr-one-3-130)
doc Envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunaway (ddr-one-3-130)
Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunaway (wife Jean) of Nyssa, Oregon. Presumably from George Kida.
Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from Sarah
doc Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-13)
Letter to Lieutenant General J. L. DeWitt from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (the letter is unsigned) asking for an exemption from Executive order 9066 for Miyuki "Kay" Kida. For response see ddr-one-3-14.
Letter from Bertha Wylder to Kida family (ddr-one-3-63)
doc Letter from Bertha Wylder to Kida family (ddr-one-3-63)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, postmarked December 30, 1943. Letter from Bertha Wylder to Miyuki "Kay" Kida and family dated Wednesday. Mr. Hedley (Mary Hedley's husband) passed away. Bertha writes with news about the plans for the funeral and let them know she had bought flowers for Mr. Hedley in the ...
Letter from Mary Hedley to Miyuki
doc Letter from Mary Hedley to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-26)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in the Portland Assembly Center, letter from Mary Hedley to "friends" meaning Kida family. Three clippings from the newspaper covering food rationing, the possibility of fuel rationing, and the possibility of incarcerated Japanese Americans working in sugar beet fields and other crops in the inner-United States. The letter mentions that ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-27)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in the Farm Labor Camp. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) at the Farm Labor Camp in Nyssa, Oregon dated October 25, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt mentions that timber prices were high and wishes that George and Kenjiro could come back and sell some of ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Veteran Wins Honorable Army Discharge After 36 Years" (p. 1), "'Day of Remembrance' in 1982: WW2 Aid of Quakers Recalled" (p. 1), "Redress Phase 3: JACL's Redress Ambassador Min" (p. 2), and "Trust Fund for Redress Seen as Breech of Faith" (p. 6).
API