Please be aware that the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is NOT connected to, and does NOT support, this petition calling for a Tuna Canyon memorial to be located across the street from the actual site of the detention station in any way, shape, or form.
This petition is being circulated by someone working for the 229-unit housing project proposed for the historic site and not by any organization that is genuinely working to preserve the history of Tuna Canyon. We are working on plans for an ON-SITE memorial and other public amenities in a regional park that would benefit the community and the City of Los Angeles. We are hoping the owner will discuss selling the land at a fair market price to a public agency for these purposes.
During the Los Angeles City Council mandated working group in 2013, both the landowner’s representatives and the interested community were represented. They reached a consensus that there would be a publicly accessible memorial on the site where the original detention station was located and that included the grove of oak trees, which existed at the time that the detention station was in operation. The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition supports this decision and believes this is the only appropriate site where a memorial should be located.
The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition is a nonprofit organization, established in 2013, to preserve the story of Tuna Canyon, and especially of the Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, Japanese taken from Peru, and others who were held there during World War II. It is the winner of two National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grants, one to tell the story of Tuna Canyon through our traveling museum exhibit, "Only the Oaks Remain," and the other to preserve the video histories of Tuna Canyon descendants through our "The Legacy Project." The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition has also undertaken extensive research on Tuna Canyon at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.
We urge you not to sign this misleading “Tuna Canyon Memorial Partnership petition” and we appreciate your continued support to preserve the history of Tuna Canyon at its rightful location.
Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition
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We are now on the road touring the west coast and anticipate more bookings across the nation. We need money to pay for shipping and insurance between colleges and non profit organizations. Generally, museums pay for shipment between locations.
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The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition (TCDSC) biographies were written by the board, community and family members. We have gained a greater insight to their personal experiences. Sigrid Toye said, “I am now finally able to share my feelings with the universe.”
The mission of the TCDSC is to tell the stories of the Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and others taken from Latin America. We will continue to search for such stores so please contact us so it is preserved for future generations and researchers.
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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Posted Nov 12, 2017
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Honorary Chairman Adam Schiff’s field deputy, Colleen Oinuma, greeted the Legacy Project luncheon crowd. Posted Oct 15, 2017
Special guests included Consul General Akira Chiba, Representarive Judy Chu, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, City Councilman David Ryu, and Eva Sinclair representing Council7 Monica Rodriguez.
Legacy Project achieves goal to match the National Park Japanese American Confinement Sites grant Posted Oct 15, 2017
By Nancy Oda at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello The Tuna Canyon traveling exhibit has been on the road for one year now and on