Takashi Tanemori is a survivor of the August 6, 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Then eight years old, he was less than one mile from ground zero when the bomb exploded. Tanemori-san is a renowned artist, writer and poet. His testimony of losing both parents and two siblings, losing his eyesight, facing humiliation, and overcoming hatred is documented in his 2007 book, Hiroshima: Bridge to Forgiveness. He delivered a speech at the gates of the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima where people staged a civil disobedience action and 57 people were arrested.
Khurshid Khoja speaks on the injustice of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the continued struggle against racist scapegoating. Assemblymember Warren Furutani shares his personal story about the first pilgrimage to Manzanar and talks about the bill he introduced, which passed last year, to award college degrees to Japanese Americans denied diplomas because of their removal to U.S. concentration camps.