Gordon Hirabayashi

Celebrating the Life and Work of Gordon Hirabayashi

The American Friends Service Committee mourns the passing of Gordon Hirabayashi, a civil rights icon, Friend, and former AFSC staff member, on January 2, 2012.

His deep convictions made him challenge the authority of a military decree to intern Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II - thus raising the most profound issues that can be raised concerning American citizenship.

Gordon Hirabayashi's Statement against the US Inernment of Japanese Americans.

In 1942 Gordon Hirabayashi presented this statement to authorities making it clear that he was not willing ot comply with Executive Order 9066.

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