Monthly Archives: February 2017

Hasegawa speaks on Latino Legislative Day

February 27th, 2017|

Whether or not you can vote, in a democracy you can take a stand and multiply your voice.

VIDEO: Hasegawa marks Day of Remembrance in state Senate

February 17th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – On Wednesday in the Legislature, lawmakers marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which sent more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent to internment camps. Sen. Hasegawa, D-Seattle, spoke on the Senate floor about the meaning of the Day of Remembrance, as it is known, to not only the Japanese American community, but to the entire American public. “It is everyone of us who suffers when anyone suffers,” Hasegawa said.

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    State Senate Members of Color Caucus mark 75th anniversary of Japanese internment

State Senate Members of Color Caucus mark 75th anniversary of Japanese internment

February 15th, 2017|


OLYMPIA – On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, mandating the internment of all Americans of Japanese descent – more than 120,000. State lawmakers offered resolutions to mark the 75th Anniversary of the signing of that executive order, what is now called the Day of Remembrance, and hosted groups and individuals at the state Capitol on Wednesday. Regarding the day’s events, the Senate Members of Color Caucus released this statement:

“My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all incarcerated without due process as a result of Executive Order 9066,” said Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, sponsor of Senate Resolution 8617. “Honoring the Day of Remembrance is as important today as it has ever been. Each year we lose more Nisei World War II Veterans and others of the generation who lived through this pivotal time in our nation’s history. It is up to us to keep the memory alive of their struggles, patriotism and the injustices committed against them in the name of security. We need to remember the root causes of what led to the Japanese American internment – ‘racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership,’ according to the Congressional Commission that years later investigated the internments. A long memory and vigilance will help keep us from repeating history.”

“Without trial and without reason, thousands of Japanese Americans were imprisoned during one of our nation’s darkest hours,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens. “Despite this injustice, in an act that is the epitome of duty and love of country, more than a thousand interned Japanese Americans still volunteered to fight for the country that had turned its back on them. That is patriotism in its truest form.”

“The Day of Remembrance is a chance to reflect on the challenges we have faced and the obstacles we still have to overcome,” said Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip. “We should take a long, hard look at this moment in time – a time when people who contribute to our state find themselves in fear of deportation and losing their constitutional rights. We must continue to stand with our friends and neighbors in the face of injustice.”

“The Day of Remembrance is a time to remember the grave injustices our government perpetuated against our fellow Americans of Japanese descent 75 years ago. It is also a time to reflect on our country’s long struggle with racism,” said Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle. “Fear, coupled with racism, led to Executive Order 9066. One of the best ways to honor the Washingtonians and Americans who were wrongfully incarcerated during WWII is to ensure this injustice never happens again.”

To watch a short video on the Day of Remembrance, please click here.

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    VIDEO: Update on a bill to undermine worker rights & progress on the state bank bill

VIDEO: Update on a bill to undermine worker rights & progress on the state bank bill

February 10th, 2017|

VIDEO: Public hearing for bill to create a state bank

February 10th, 2017|

 As many of you know, I have long advocated for the creation of a state bank. Called the Washington Investment Trust, this bank would be a depository for Washington’s tax revenues so we could provide banking and lending services to ourselves, rather than going through Wall Street. The bill this year is SB 5464 in the Senate and it was given a public hearing on Feb. 9.

 

Feb. 9: Public Hearing for State Bank Bill

February 6th, 2017|

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    VIDEO: Hasegawa calls Senate Republican bill a ‘paradigm shift’ in education, needs major overhaul

VIDEO: Hasegawa calls Senate Republican bill a ‘paradigm shift’ in education, needs major overhaul

February 3rd, 2017|

 Sen. Hasegawa speaks about education equity and the importance of keeping kids and families at the heart of policies.

VIDEO: Sen. Hasegawa on the state bank

February 1st, 2017|