Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty and the Constitution

When your government takes away your rights as an American citizen and detains you and your family in internment camps without any due process, do you prove your loyalty to the United States by being drafted to fight in World War II or do you resist the draft and challenge the constitutionality of the government’s actions?


Special thanks to David Weinberg of JuryGroup for permission to use these images

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NARRATOR 1: In an opinion written by Judge Walter Huxman, the Tenth Circuit rejected Menin’s arguments and affirmed the resisters’ convictions.
JUDGE HUXMAN:  Fujii’s entire appeal is predicated on the argument that his confinement behind barbed wire in the relocation center without being charged with any crime deprived him of his liberty and property without due process of law — and therefore, he should not to be required to render military service until his rights were restored.  Fujii was a citizen of the United States.  He owed the same military service to his country that any other citizen did.  Neither the fact that he was of Japanese ancestry nor the fact that his constitutional rights may have been invaded by sending him to a relocation center cancel this debt.  The judgment convicting the 63 Heart Mountain draft resisters is affirmed.

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Photos from the 24th Annual NAPABA National Convention including AABANY members
in the reenactment of the Heart Mountain trials on Nov 16-17, 2012, JW Marriott, Washington, DC


VIDEOS

We Flourish: Celebrating Asian and Asian American Alumni
at Princeton University
Conference, October 15-17, 2015

Performed at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, New York, July 11, 2013

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PERFORMANCES BY AABANY

NAPABA Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 16, 2012
Cadwalader, New York, NY, July 11, 2013 (SEE VIDEO, ABOVE)
NY Historical Society, New York, NY, May 16, 2015

PERFORMANCES BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, et al., Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL, February 16, 2014
National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, Cody, WY, June 26, 2014
Alumni Conference: We Flourish: Celebrating Asian and Asian American Alumni at Princeton University, Princeton University, NJ, October 17, 2015 (SEE VIDEO, ABOVE)
Fordham Law School, April 6, 2016
Georgia State Bar Association, Amelia Island, FL, June 17, 2016