More information and registration: https://movemehawaii.home.blog/
MoveMeHawai‘i is a joint effort of the Beta Beta Gamma Foundation (BBGF) and the Hawaii State Bar Foundation (HSBF) with the objectives of educating the public about social justice issues, promoting community unity, and supporting organizations that provide legal or social services to the underserved. In 2019, MoveMeHawai‘i brought you the award-winning film, And Then They Came for Us, about the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Last year’s MoveMeHawai‘i fundraiser enabled our two non-profit organizations to donate $71,100 to various social and legal service providers.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MoveMeHawai‘i has postponed its 2020 fundraiser until 2021. Instead, as a follow-up to last year’s event and in support of the growing social justice movement nationwide, MoveMeHawai‘i is virtually presenting in October 2020 a free community education program, Move US to Racial Justice. This year’s program consists of another award-winning film and a lively panel discussion of racial discrimination during World War II and how we can move together to combat systemic racism that continues today.
Throughout October 2020, participants can view online the compelling movie, Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, a documentary about the false information and political influences that led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. This film, an Honorable Mention for 2020 American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, goes beyond And Then They Came For Us and sheds light on the people, prejudice, and politics behind the lies and deliberate withholding of critical information that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066 and U.S. Supreme Court reviews of that order.
On October 25, 2020 (Sunday) at 2-3 p.m., MoveMeHawai‘i will also present a live, online panel discussion of the film and how it relates to the ongoing social injustices faced by minority groups in the United States. Hawai‘i’s racial issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and alliances in support of racial equality will be discussed by the following illustrious panel:
- Jon Osaki: the award-winning filmmaker and visionary of Alternative Facts
- Camille Nelson: the new Dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law and a leading scholar on critical race theory
- Avi Soifer: the immediate past Dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law and a constitutional law expert
Viewers may submit questions in advance of the event via the online registration form or may write in questions for the panelists in the online chatbox during the live panel. The panel discussion will be recorded and will continue to be available for the rest of October, along with the film.
For the links to these free events, please register here. While there is no charge to view the film or panel discussion, your voluntary donations to MoveMeHawai‘i are much appreciated and will help us with future grant-giving in furtherance of our nonprofit objectives and to defray our community education program costs. Mahalo!!