Jim Matsuoka Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Records SPC.2020.019

Jennifer Hill. Biography for NCRR and Jim Matsuoka written by Eileen Yoshimura.
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
2020-03-04
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
archives@csudh.edu


Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Jim Matsuoka Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Records
Creator: Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
Creator: Matsuoka, Jim
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2020.019
Physical Description: 10 boxes
Physical Description: 4.17 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1967-April 27, 2019
Abstract: This collection includes flyers, newspaper clippings, organizational documents, agendas, publications, books, and other materials related to the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) organization, formally known as the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations, and one of its founding members, Jim Matsuoka. It also includes material related to the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO), Japanese Americans, Japanese Latin Americans, Little Tokyo, and incarceration camps.
Language of Material: English .

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Jim Matsuoka in 2020.

Scope and Contents

Jim Matsuoka Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Records (1979-2019) contains 4.17 linear feet of news clippings, flyers, booklets, publications, agendas, organization documents, publications, books, and other material related to the organization, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), formally known as National Coalition for Redress and Reparations. The material was arranged by one of the founding members, Jim Matsuoka. It includes organizational documents, such as flyers and conference information for events, meeting agendas, booklets, and the NCRR's newsletter, Banner. Also included in the collection are news clippings, event flyers, letters, statements, booklets, and other materials related to Japanese Americans, Japanese Latin Americans, incarceration camps, Little Tokyo, as well as material from the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO), founded in 1973.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Hill and Susmita Patange in 2020.

Historical Note for Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress

NCRR (Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress) emerged as a grassroots movement in 1980, fighting for redress and reparations for Nikkei (Japanese Americans) incarcerated during World War II. Founded by Japanese Americans from across the country, NCRR was first known as the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations. The non-profit organization worked to bring the community together to seek justice for the thousands of Nikkei deprived of their civil rights during World War II. NCRR played a pivotal role in helping former Nikkei incarcerees to testify at the 1981 hearings before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC), a Congress-appointed group charged with conducting an official study of the wartime incarceration of Nikkei. NCRR worked together with other Nikkei organizations, individuals, and Congress members towards enacting the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 that granted reparations. They also fought to ensure that redress was implemented and campaigned for those that were denied the reparations.
In 2000, the Los Angeles Chapter updated its name to Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress to reflect its ongoing mission. Among the many projects it has undertaken, with the help of grants through the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund (CLPEF), NCRR made available on video, "Speak Out for Justice," the 1981 CWRIC hearings held in Los Angeles. In 2004, NCRR released "Stand Up for Justice," an educational short film of Ralph Lazo, who accompanied his incarcerated Nikkei friends during World War II. In February 2020, NCRR co-chaired and presented in partnership with other organizations the Day of Remembrance 2020, held annually in remembrance of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans. Today, the organization continues to engage in similar campaigns against injustice and educate the public on wartime injustices.

Jim Matsuoka Biography

Jim Matsuoka got his start with the redress movement in the 1970s when he and others founded the Los Angeles Community Coalition on Redress and Reparations (LACCRR), which laid the groundwork for the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR). The NCRR, which was later renamed, Nikkei Civil Rights & Redress, lobbied Congress for redress and testified before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings held in 1981. When the acting chair indicated they were out of time and asked that their testimonies instead be submitted in writing, Jim pounded the table and declared that he would not be silenced.
Born Haruyuki Matsuoka, Jim was born in 1935 in Los Angeles, California, to Toichi and Hatsuyo, first-generation Issei from Hiroshima, Japan. At the age of six, he and his family were incarcerated in Manzanar during World War II. After the war, he served in the U.S. Army and later earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Sciences from California State University, Long Beach. He worked in the aerospace industry and served as a union representative for ten years. In addition to NCRR, Jim was active in other organizations, including the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO) and the Los Angeles Pioneer Project. Jim has been recognized for his community activism, such as the 2019 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For more information: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. 

Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Related Materials

For other materials related to Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, please consult the Roy Nakano Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series: Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Subject Material, and Publications.
Material in this collection was kept in the original order.

Separated Materials

The collection includes several books, which have been separated from the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Reparations for historical injustices
Japanese Americans -- Civil rights
Japanese Americans -- Reparations
Civil rights
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration Camps -- United States
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)

 

Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress 1979-2019

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress includes internal documents, flyers, booklets, agendas, newsletters, and other documents.

Processing Information

The material was originally stored in binders, which have been disassembled for preservation purposes.
box 1, folder 1-2

NCRR 1979-1981

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 1980, 1979, and NCRR.

General

Includes news clippings, flyers, booklets, and other documents related to NCRR and redress.
box 1, folder 3-6

NCRR 1981

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes copied news clippings, letters, Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians documents, flyers, memos, Witness Preparation Information packets, and internal agreements.
box 1, folder 7-10

NCRR 1982 1982

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 1982 and Steering Comm.

General

Includes financial reports, copied news clippings, letters, flyers, Steering Committee notes, and other documents.
box 2, folder 1-5

NCRR 1983-1985 1983-1985

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 1985, 1984 1 of 2, 1984 2 of 2, 1983 1 of 2 and 1983 2 of 2.

General

Includes copied news clippings, flyers, booklets, letters, articles, financial information, and other documents.
box 2, folder 6-11

NCRR 1986-89 1986-1989

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 1989, 1988, 1986, 1987 1 of 2, 1987 2 of 2, and 1986 1 of 1.

General

Includes flyers news clippings, programs, letters, memos, booklets, bulletins, and other documents.
box 3, folder 1-7

NCRR 1990-96 1990-1996

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, and 1990.

General

Includes news clippings, Day of Remembrance booklets, booklets, letters, mission statements, bylaws, and other documents.
box 3, folder 8-13

NCRR 1997-1999 1997-1999

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 1999, 1998, 1997.

General

Includes meeting agendas, flyers, booklets, first draft chronology for Speaking Out for Justice video, meeting agendas, copied newspaper clippings, booklets, and other documents.
box 4, folder 1-7

NCRR 2000-06 2000-2006

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000.

General

Includes meeting agendas, pamphlets, flyers, material for the video Stand Up for Justice, Banner newsletter, Day of Remembrance material, and other material.
box 4, folder 8-16

NCRR 2007- 2007-2015

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

General

Includes meeting agendas, funeral service booklets, Banner newsletters, copied newspaper clippings, Day of Remembrance booklets, flyers, booklets, and other material.
box 5, folder 1

NCRR 2016-2019

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes general meeting agendas, flyers, booklets, and Crosscurrent newsmagazine, Banner newsletters, Day of Remembrance booklets, and other material.
box 5, folder 2-4

NCRR Banners June 1981-2018

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes day of Remembrance flyers, postcards, and Banner, a newsletter of the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (July 1981-2016).
 

Subject Material 1967-2017

Scope and Contents

This series includes several subjects including Japanese Americans, incarceration camps, Japanese Latin Americans, Little Tokyo, Kijama, and Little Tokyo's People's Rights Organization.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by subject.

Processing Information

The material was originally stored in binders, which have been disassembled for preservation purposes.
box 6, folder 1-3

Little Tokyo Redevelopment May 15, 1970-June 1973

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes booklet titled: Redevelopment of Little Tokyo, 1970 - A Progress Report, Little Tokyo newsletter published by Mayor's Little Tokyo Community Development Advisory Committee (Vol. 1, No. 1, 3-5; Vol. 2, No. 1, 2; Vol. 3, No. 1-3; Vol. 4, No. 1), Little Tokyo Magazine (Vol. 1, No. 1; Vol. 2, No. 1-2; Vol. 3, No. 3), Komochi Newsletter (Vol. 2, Issue 6), One Year of Struggle "United, Together, We'll Never be Defeated by Committee against Nihonmachi Eviction, Cane Newsletter, Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction" (Vol. 2, No. 2) and other material.
box 6, folder 5-6

LTPRO 1974-1977

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes LTPRO News (Vol. 1, No. 1), The San Francisco Journal (Vol. 2, No. 4), copied news clippings, staments, and other material.
box 6, folder 6

LT circa 1987-2007

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes copies news clippings and notes.
box 6, folder 7-11

Kajima 1967-2007

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: Kaijima 1-4, Kaijima 2-4, Kaijima 3-4, and Kaijima 4-4.

General

Includes newspapers, newsclippings, articles, letters, reports, and other material.
box 7, folder 1-14

Camps Misc July 1981-2013

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: Redress Survey, 442nd/MIS, Evac Claims Act, Coram Nobis, Loss Est., Children's Village, Alieut/Probilof, Canadian Nikkei, Draft Resisters, Cal Lutheran, Opposition, Tule Lake, Big Mountain, and Ralph Lazo

General

Includes copied newsclippings, notes, budget information, thesis titled: The Internment of Japanese by the United States government 1942-1945, Redress legislation, Fair Play Committee Bulletins, Draft Resistance at Heart Mountain Concentration Camp and Fair Play Committee summary by Frank Emi, booklets, schedules, letters, statements, Big Mountain legal update, and other material.
box 7, folder 15-21

Camps Vol. II 1989-1996

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. The tabs in the binder read: Dachau, Oasao, NCRR Outreach, Gripsolm, Lobby Wash DC., and Redress Bills.

General

Includes fluers copied news clippings, newsletters, Delegation planninng tasks, notes, copied book chapters, drafts, letters, bills, HR442, Civil Liberties Act of 1988, and other material.
box 8, folder 1-5

ASAM 1969-2011; undated

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. Tab 2 of 3 in the binder read: The "Movement."

General

Includes newsletters, copied news clippings, letters, flyers, booklets, and other material.
box 8, folder 6-7

Japn Latin Americans circa 1984-2009

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder. Tab 2 of 2 read: Latin America.

General

Includes Campain for Justice newsletters and flyers, copied news articles, news clippings and other material.
box 8, folder 8-9

JPN History circa 1970-1990; undated

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes news clippings, copied news clippings, census information, handwritten notes, interviews, outline of 100 years of Japanese labor in the US by Karl G. Yonega and other material.
box 8, folder 8-10

Japn Am Misc circa 1983-2017

Processing Information

The original binder was disassembled for preservation purposes. The title is from the binder.

General

Includes copied new clippings, newsletters, and other material.
 

Publications 1969-April 27, 2019

Arrangement

This series is arranged by date.

Scope and Contents

This series contains publications with various subjects. The subjects include incarceration camps, the Manzanar incarceration camp, and Redress.
box 9, folder 1

The Japanese of Los Angeles 1969

box 9, folder 2

Amersia Journal July 1971, February 1972

Scope and Contents

Vol. 1, No. 2 and 4.
box 9, folder 3

The Lost Years 1942-1946 1972

box 9, folder 4

The World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans and the Struggle for Reparations/Redress November 1980

box 9, folder 5

The Manzanar Pilgrimage - A Time for Sharing 1981

box 9, folder 6

Democracy Betrayed the case of Redress November 21, 1984

box 9, folder 7

Redress: The American Promise 1986

box 9, folder 8-10

Nanka Nikkei Voices May 29, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2010

Scope and Contents

Includes 1998 and Vol. 2-4.
box 9, folder 11

Reflections in Three Self-Guided Tours of Manzanar 1998

box 9, folder 12

The Manzanar Committee - Keep it Going, Pass it On 2004

box 9, folder 13

Annual Mazanar Pilgraimage booklets April 25, 2015-April 27, 2019

Scope and Contents

46th, 48th, and 50th annual booklets.
box 10, folder 1

Stand Up for Justice the Ralph Lazo Story Teacher's Guide Secondary Level 2007

Material Specific Details: Includes 1 DVD.