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