|To Our Community Leaders,|
As an outreach of the 1882 Project to major stakeholders in several major cities, we wish to invite you to participate in a Round-table Discussion in Houston on Sunday from 1 to 4 PM, July 31, 2011. The event will be held at the Westheimer Room of the Hilton Houston Post Oak on 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston., TX. We will provide an update of the project, but more importantly, we wish to ask for your advice and input.
The 1882 Project was initiated by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Committee of 100, Japanese American Citizens Alliance, National Council of Chinese Americans, and OCA. The project addresses the Chinese Exclusion Laws, first enacted in 1882, that barred Chinese from immigrating to the United States and becoming naturalized American citizens. They legitimized local and regional actions to deprive Chinese persons in the United States of their civil rights, livelihood and, many instances, their lives. While the Chinese Exclusion provisions were repealed in 1943, Congress took this action largely because of political and military considerations in WWII, rather than for correcting the injustice.
The 1882 Project seeks Congressional resolutions to acknowledge the discriminatory nature and harm of the laws and for an expression of regret as well as re-commitment to protecting the civil rights of all people in the United States regardless of their ethnicity and race. In addition to the Congressional resolution, this initiative will pursue a robust national education and public awareness effort.
On May 26, House Resolution 282 and Senate Resolution 201 were introduced with bi-partisan support. The Round-table will discuss the current state of play and seeks your advice and help in passing these resolutions.
Your attendance and input will be much appreciated.
Please RSVP. Dorothy8chow@aol.com.