"Facts about the Nisei Resisters of Conscience Resolution"
Facts about the Nisei Resisters of Conscience Resolution
"Who are the Nisei Resisters of Conscience?
A group of over 300 nisei men who answered "yes - yes" on the loyalty oath, with the qualification that they would willingly serve in the military if their families were first released from camp and given their full constitutional rights. When this was not done, they protested by refusing the draft, for which 315 were tried and 282 sentenced to federal prison. In 1947, President Truman granted them a full pardon and acknowledged their principled stand for civil rights. Many resisters later served in the U.S. military during the Korean War.
For what does this resolution specifically call?
Why is this resolution being proposed?
With whom are the Nisei Resisters of Conscience sometimes confused?
Does this resolution place the Resisters above our Veterans who served in the military?
No. Nothing can change the respect the JACL will always have for those who served, sacrificed, and contributed to our community. The resolution recognizes another group that made a principled stand for our civil rights. The resolution does not say that all people should have been resisters.
Are the Resisters asking for this resolution?
No. This resolution was initiated by JACL members who thought that recognition of this Constitutional stand, reconciliation in our community, and JACL leadership was important.
Why is an apology included?
An apology is important to reconcile various sides in our community and move forward. Though the JACL took a valid position for military service during the War, it did not also acknowledge the right of the resisters to disagree to protest the violation of the Constitution. This contributed to the pain and bitterness felt by the resisters and their families due to ostracism and being labeled traitors.
Wasn't this issue settled before?
No. In previous similar resolutions, no clear apology was made nor any recognition implemented by a public ceremony or other means.
Resolution Sponsors (partial list):
Sequoia, Golden Gate, Honolulu, Florin, Seattle, Alaska Chapters