Lobbying and implementation of findings and recommendations

In December 1982, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) issued its report, 'Personal Justice Denied,' which recommended $20,000 individual compensation and a formal apology. The job of making the recommendations of the commission a reality, however, was daunting. Beyond the few sympathetic Japanese American congressmen and congresswomen, redress supporters had few Washington connections. In 1983, redress bills were introduced but went nowhere. Redress groups decided to shift their resources to lobbying. The strategy was to frame the issue in a consistent way with both conservatives and liberals. Others in the redress movement reached out to non-Japanese American organizations to widen the base of support. Years of hard work and dedication paid off in 1988 when President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act into law.

Redress and reparations (812)
Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) (55)
Lobbying and implementation of findings and recommendations (38)

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 22 (May 31, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 22 (May 31, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-22)
Select article titles: "House Approves Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Pay 1,300 Claimants over $1,600,000 By Summer" (p. 1); "YWCA director who befriended Japanese in Salt Lake during war years to retire" (p. 1); "Renunciants urged to file Form N-576 as soon as possible to secure administrative review of validity of own action" (p. 1); "Appeal Made …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 15 (April 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 15 (April 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-15)
Select article titles: "CL renews Hawaii statehood plea: Far East aspect of U.S. foreign policy would be strengthened by admission" (p. 1); Canadian Nisei patato grower protest dumping of U.S. spud surplus in Canada" (p. 1); "100 Million in Japan by '64 May 'Blow off Roof'" (p. 2); "San Jose-Okayama become sister cities" (p. 2); "Jefferson …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 17 (April 26, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-17)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 17 (April 26, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-17)
Select article titles: "'Red' smear over Hawaii statehood refuted by CL; anti-Nisei editorial in Oklahoma slammed by senator" (p. 1); "Anti-Japanese bigotry injected by Tulsa editorial fighting Hawaiian statehood" (p. 1); "House surveying Japanese Labor Program in Cal." (p. 1); "1st Nisei 'reported killed' in Korea very healthy, re-enlists for 6 years" (p. 1); "Sponsors seek …
Agenda for Hearing of House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 4110, H.R. 4322 and HJ.R. 3387 (ddr-densho-122-307)
doc Agenda for Hearing of House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 4110, H.R. 4322 and HJ.R. 3387 (ddr-densho-122-307)
Regarding Japanese American and Aleutian Wartime Relocation, and implementation and findings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC)
Press Release from Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga (ddr-densho-122-301)
doc Press Release from Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga (ddr-densho-122-301)
Re: Recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC)
Press Release from Americans for Personal Justice (ddr-densho-122-299)
doc Press Release from Americans for Personal Justice (ddr-densho-122-299)
Re: Recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC), personal information redacted.
Press Release from National Committee for Redress, JACL (ddr-densho-122-300)
doc Press Release from National Committee for Redress, JACL (ddr-densho-122-300)
Re: Recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC)
Norman Mineta Interview Segment 7 (ddr-janm-13-3-7)
vh Norman Mineta Interview Segment 7 (ddr-janm-13-3-7)
An emotional day: speaking to Congress from the House floor
Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-60-9)
vh Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-60-9)
Internal politics surrounding the early redress movement; speech-writing and lobbying the Republicans on behalf of redress
Fred Hirasuna Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-21-8)
vh Fred Hirasuna Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-21-8)
Lobbying for support of redress among legislators

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our interviews were limited to one hour. …

Fred Hirasuna Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-21-7)
vh Fred Hirasuna Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-21-7)
Importance of fundraising and a Washington, D.C. presence in lobbying efforts

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our interviews were …

Grant Ujifusa Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-133-8)
vh Grant Ujifusa Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-133-8)
Discussion of the need to frame the same issue in different ways for politicians
Grant Ujifusa Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-133-9)
vh Grant Ujifusa Interview II Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-133-9)
The difficulty of convincing the U.S. government to agree to monetary reparations
Rudy Tokiwa Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-91-4)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview I Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-91-4)
Strategies for lobbying as a veteran

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, the interview was limited to one hour. The …

Rudy Tokiwa Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-91-6)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-91-6)
Difficulties while lobbying in Congress

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, the interview was limited to one hour. The first …

Rudy Tokiwa Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-91-5)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-91-5)
Encountering resistant legislators during the lobbying process

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, the interview was limited to one hour. …

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