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CAIR-CA Offers Condolences on Death of Japanese American Civil Rights Leader Yuri Kochiyama
(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/2/14) -- The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today offered condolences to the Japanese American community on the loss of Yuri Kochiyama, a prominent civil rights leader who died yesterday in Berkeley, Calif. at the age of 93.
Kochiyama, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, was known for her civil rights activism and for her work on the 1988 Civil Rights Act, which granted reparations and a formal apology from the U.S. government to Japanese American WWII internees. She also worked to advance civil rights causes impacting other minority groups, including African-Americans, Latinos and Native-Americans.
SEE: Japanese-American Activist and Malcolm X Ally Dies at 93 (NPR)
In a statement, CAIR-CA said:
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America's largest civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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