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Conscience and the Constitution
 

Fair Play Committee Bulletin #2 (February, 1944)


FAIR PLAY COMMITTEE
"one for all -- all for one"

Questions and answers on the Fair Play Committee

   Q. What's this Fair Play Committee about?
   A. The Fair Play Committee (FPC) is organized to inject justice in all the problems pertaining to our evacuation, concentration, detention and pauperization without hearing or due process of law, and oppose all unfair practices within our center, State, or Union.

   Q. How do you think it can do just that?
   A. By educational process; the use of the press; thru the courts; or if the FPC cannot do it itself, it will work jointly with or thru outside organizations.

   Q. Who can join this organization?
   A. Citizens only.

   Q. What has the FPC actually done and what is it doing now?
   A. We have retained the service of a Caucasian attorney, and have instructed him to write to Attorney General Biddle for a clarification of our rights as loyal American citizens and as the government has admitted their mistake for our evacuation, detention, concentration, etc.; how is the government going to rectify those unconstitutional acts committed against us.  Also, the FPC is giving the community, service to those who went to appeal their classification at Block 1 ‑ 4 ‑ D.  This location is temporary. No charge is being made.

   Q. What does the FPC think is the right thing for any loyal American citizen to do in our present status?
   A. The FPC believes that the first duty as loyal American citizens is to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States.  THE CORNERSTONE OF THIS INSTRUMENT OF OUR GOVERNMENT IS JUSTICE, LIBERTY,  FREEDOM, AND THE  PROTECTION  OF HUMAN  RIGHTS, AND THE DESECRATION OF ANY ONE OF THESE IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE  FUNDAMENTALS THAT MOLDED OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION.

   Q. Is this an objectors group?
   A. No. It definitely is not an objectors group, but we would like to present both sides of this draft issue.

   Q. What does the FPC think about this present draft program?
   A. The FPC believes we have a right to ask that the discriminatory features in regards to this selective service be abolished, our status be clarified, and a full restoration of our rights before being drafted.  THIS ABSENCE OF A CLARIFICATION OF OUR STATUS, RESTORATION OF OUR  RIGHTS, AND THE LIFTING OF DISCRIMINATORY RESTRICTIONS IS THE KEYSTONE OF OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE PRESENT PROGRAM OF DRAFTING US FROM THIS CONCENTRATION CAMP.

   Q. Why can't we contest the whole issue after the war?
   A. Because if we know of a cause and it country worthy of our blood, then we need never feel ashamed to took tile enemy in the eye. And by the granting of these it will not only liquidate the injustices of tile past, but it will guarantee against any future inroads upon the Constitution and its principles. It will guarantee assurances to the minorities who otherwise may face a similar fate in the future.

   Q. Do you think that the FPC can succeed in its aims?
   A. No guarantee can be made. But, this is the crucial test. If we are successful, it would have been worth every sacrifice we would have made for the right of Niseis and all minorities to enjoy the right and privileges accorded to them in the principles and ideals of tile Constitution.  To those of you whose heart, whose interests, and whose ideals are with us in these critical times, please lend us your support, morally and materially as this is the only way we can succeed in achieving our aims.

OUR FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE AROUND FOR DONATIONS. ANY AMOUNT WILL BE APPRECIATED.

   

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