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R.I.P Yuri Kochiyama – A Human Rights Activist

  • Yuri Kochiyama dies: activist got reparations for interned Japanese (Sfgate)

    Yuri Kochiyama, whose activism led to reparations for Japanese interned during World War II, and who cradled Malcolm X’s head as he lay dying from an assassin’s bullets, died in her sleep Sunday in her Berkeley home. She was 93.

    Yuri’s wiki

    After the war, Kochiyama moved to New York. She began her activist career in the vibrant Black movement in Harlem in the 1960s, where she met Malcolm X, who inspired her radical political development and the ensuing four decades of incessant work for Black liberation, Asian American equality, Puerto Rican independence, and political prisoner defense. Kochiyama is widely respected for her work in forging unity among diverse communities, especially between Asian and African Americans.

    Democracy Now obit here..

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    Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama

    A film with Angela Davis called Mountains That Take Wing.

    Yuri Kochiyama Yuri Kochiyama (previous post)

  • Email from Hal Lum and Masayo Suzuki.. who met Yuri Kochiyama.

    We were so fortunate to have dinner with her at her place and take a subway
    ride with she and her husband. She also came to Honolulu to speak several times and amazingly remembered us at older age.
    She was beautiful. (Hal Lum)

    A tiny giant in the civil & human rights movements passed away yesterday. Hal and I had the privilege to know her in New York via Noe Tanigawa. I had heard about her for years during the 60’s and was so happy to meet her when we got to new york in the 80’s. Her husband was from Hawaii and part of the 442nd. And to my surprise my mother knew her family in San Pedro. Small world. Masayo

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