We Said No! No!: A Story of Civil Disobedience

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After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. In March of 1942 the U.S. government decided the Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants living on the West Coast could be spies or saboteurs. Martial Law was declared and 120,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes, forced to liquidate their businesses and told to report to so-called relocation camps. The U.S. government called this "evacuation". After the Japanese Americans and immigrants had been incarcerated at the "internment" camps for a year, the U.S. government decided to seek out volunteers who would now fight for America. Under the insignia of the Selective Service, military personnel visited the ten internment camps and had every man and woman over 18 years of age fill out what has come to be known as the "Loyalty Questionnaire". This questionnaire was to determine if you were loyal to America and would fight against any enemy of the United States. If you answered "no" to any of the loaded questions, you were not considered a loyal American; thus, you were sent to the camp for the disloyal - Tule Lake Segregation Camp. This film is about those Americans deemed disloyal, who fought for their civil rights in a country that had abandoned them.

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