Today is the 75th anniversary of the executive order that President Franklin Roosevelt signed three months after Pearl Harbor creating a system of internment camps to which Japanese Americans were sent.
Seattle writer Mayumi Tsutakawa wrote a piece for the International Examiner looking back at the internment and using it as a warning about Trump's Muslim ban (one of his surrogates suggested during the transition that Roosevelt's executive order could be a model for the new administration);
Thomas Shapley in Crosscut wrote about a small community newspaper on Bainbridge Island that was one of the only local media outlets to speak out against the internment at the time; and,
KING 5's Lori Matsukawa spoke to local residents who were detained in the camps 75 years ago.(Editor's note: Sol Villarreal is a real estate broker and former staffer in Mayor McGinn's office. His Sol's Civic Minute is a weekly round-up of local news/events.)
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