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.

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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.
Peace activist and internees (ddr-densho-13-45)
img Peace activist and internees (ddr-densho-13-45)
Floyd Schmoe, a pacifist and supporter of the Japanese American community, with Yoshi Asaba and Father Joe Kitagawa at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Father Kitagawa was the Episcopal minister at Minidoka. Floyd Schmoe was born in 1895 and is a peace activist and Quaker from Seattle, Washington. Schmoe was a strong supporter of the Japanese …
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.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
Original WRA caption: Santa's Helpers - Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian church office.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mary
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mary "Kelly" Ziegler (ddr-densho-356-379)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Mary "Kelly" Katherine Ziegler in which Kelly give her opinions on resettling and details about her life in Los Angeles. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mildred Allen (ddr-densho-356-325)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mildred Allen (ddr-densho-356-325)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Mildred Allen in which she details the realities of California during the labor shortage caused by the war and forced removal of Japanese Americans and inquires about life in Amache and how she can provide items for Yuriko or others. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Meeting Minutes from Committee of Immigrant Serving Agencies  meeting on January 30, 1942 (ddr-densho-356-763)
doc Meeting Minutes from Committee of Immigrant Serving Agencies meeting on January 30, 1942 (ddr-densho-356-763)
Meeting Minutes from Committee of Immigrant Serving Agencies meeting on January 30, 1942. Topics covered in the meeting include: ideas to support the Japanese American community as it faces discrimination, how to use media to lessen confusion between state and federal orders, working with California's Norther Civil Rights Committee, and questions about who would assist the …
Letter from Red Cross to Amache (ddr-densho-356-878)
doc Letter from Red Cross to Amache (ddr-densho-356-878)
Letter from the Midwestern Area American Red Cross to Amache asking for letters to passed along to detainees and outlining return correspondence requirements.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Sammy (ddr-densho-356-326)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Sammy (ddr-densho-356-326)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Sammy in which she describes her life in St. Louis, the Japanese American community growing there, the reaction of the St. Louis community as a whole, and details about mutual friends. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Two letters to Yuri Domoto from Lynn Sellinger (ddr-densho-356-392)
doc Two letters to Yuri Domoto from Lynn Sellinger (ddr-densho-356-392)
Two letters to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Lynn Sellinger. 8/30 letter: Lynn details her life over the last two years and inquires about Yuri's and if they will be able to see each other again as they are both on the East Coast. 11/3 letter: Lynn writes to inquire if Yuriko received her last letter. Item …
Letter to Wakako Domoto from Carr family (ddr-densho-356-160)
doc Letter to Wakako Domoto from Carr family (ddr-densho-356-160)
Letter and envelope from Bonnie Carr (former Colorado Governor Ralph Carr's daughter-in-law) to Wakako Domoto (the governor's former housekeeper) thanking her for a gift for her daughter Kitty, inquiring if they will see each other soon, and recounting a recent trip to Ohio.
Letter of employment for Wakako Domoto (ddr-densho-356-159)
doc Letter of employment for Wakako Domoto (ddr-densho-356-159)
Letter from Colorado Governor Ralph Carr to Wakako Domoto offering employment as a housekeeper and detailing duties of the job (keeping house and cooking).
Booklet
doc Booklet "Thanks to You" (ddr-densho-356-1024)
Booklet titled "Thanks to You" by Ronald Wells about Christian Ministry during Japanese American Incarceration.
Letters between Yuriko Domoto and Dora Ames Lee (ddr-densho-356-292)
doc Letters between Yuriko Domoto and Dora Ames Lee (ddr-densho-356-292)
Two letters stored in one envelope between Yuriko Domoto Tsukada and Dora Ames Lee. The first letter is to Dora Ames Lee from Yuriko Domoto dated August 1, 1942. In this letter Yuri writes in regards to a patient of Dr. Ames who's family has made inquires about their wellbeing through Yuriko. She also discusses her …
Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Ruth Leopold (ddr-densho-356-367)
doc Christmas Card to Yuri Domoto from Ruth Leopold (ddr-densho-356-367)
Christmas card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Ruth Leopold. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
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