Abdi Soltani with Karen Korematsu

ACLU of Northern California: The Long March for Justice

Feb 19 2017
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On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the interment of Japanese Americans, join Abdi Soltani and Karen Korematsu to learn from our history about the challenges we face today and how you can take action with the ACLU in the weeks ahead.


  • Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California on “The Meaning of Citizenship”


  • Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • Jessica Cabrera Carmona, immigrant community leader from the Central Valley of California
  • Myrtle Braxton-Ellington, 89-year-old activist and co-chair of the social justice committee at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, CA
  • Hadil Mansoor Al-Mowafak, 21-year-old Yemeni student at Stanford, human rights defender and plaintiff in the ACLU’s lawsuit against Trump’s Muslim Ban, Al-Mowafak v. Trump

Welcome by Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Performance by singer, songwriter, guitarist, and teacher Diana Gameros.

Elaine Katzenberger, Publisher and Executive Director of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, will be publishing Abdi Soltani’s speech after the event.

Portrait of Abdi Soltani by Jason Doiy Photography.


Admission is free with RSVP.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by:
The James Irvine Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
National Endowment for the Arts — NEA Art Works

Presented by ACLU of Northern California, in partnership with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

ACLU of Northern California

Photo: Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California. Exclusion Order posted at First and Front Streets directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry from the first San Francisco section to be effected by the evacuation, 1942. Courtesy U.S. National Archive and Records Administration.