PT04 Then They Came for Us: The Perils of Silence (2020CLC)

September 15, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The President’s Track

Presented by the Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Committees

About the Program

Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. Join us for a film screening and panel discussion. "It was a failure of American democracy, and yet because most Americans are not aware of that dark chapter of American history, it's about to be repeated." - George Takei, Actor and Activist

You Will Learn

  • The dangers to democracy when the judiciary, as a co-equal branch of government, abdicates its constitutional role as a check/balance on the unbridled exercise of power by the executive branch when it invokes “national security” in order to shield its actions from judicial scrutiny
  • The dangers to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law
  • The cultural shift we are witnessing today that seeks to redefine what it is to be an American

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (D&I)


alicia kinsman Alicia R. Kinsman
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Bridgeport

Karen Korematsu Dr. Karen Korematsu
Fred T. Korematsu Institute, San Francisco, CA

Donald_K_Tamaki Donald K. Tamaki
Minami Tamaki LLP, San Francisco, CA


Hoyt Zia Hoyt H. Zia
Stop Repeating History, Honolulu, HI