Cooley and State Assembly Mark 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day

Monday, January 30, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Cooley) and the State Assembly marked January 30, 2017 as 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Assemblyman Cooley recognizes Korematsu, who was born in Oakland, Ca. but was arrested for refusing to be relocated to an internment camp in 1942, as a hero for challenging the constitutionality of the decree that forced the relocation of people of Japanese descent to internment camps. He lost the case but his conviction was overturned in 1983. Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 for his lifetime of work opposing Japanese internment. Here’s more from Assemblyman Cooley in this Assembly Access video.