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We invite you to continue the legacy of Min and Holly Yasui to take action to fight racism and discrimination as an individual, with groups in your community, or with others at the national level.
Eric Ward—Eric is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, is the recipient of the 2021 Civil Courage Prize – the first American in the award’s 21-year history. In his 30+ year civil rights career, Eric has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member. He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center, Chair of The Proteus Fund, and Advisor to the Center for Entertainment & Civic Health.
Kerry Tymchuck—Kerry has served as Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society since April 2011. He came to OHS after a career in public service, where he served as a top aide to Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, United States Senator Bob Dole, and United States Senator Gordon Smith. A native of Reedsport, Oregon, Kerry is a graduate of Willamette University and Willamette University College of Law. He is recognized for providing the truth about Oregon’s racial history.
Deepa Iyer—Deepa served as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, and has also held positions at Race Forward, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and the Asian American Justice Center. Deepa’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future received a 2016 American Book Award. She has been a fellow at the Open Society Foundations and the Social Change Initiative, and in 2019, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Special Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors:
Pillars of Justice
ACLU Foundation of Oregon
Northwest Health Foundation
Families of Minoru Yasui
Minoru Yasui Stalwarts
Chop Yasui Fund of the Gorge
Oregon Historical Society
Blaine & Preciosa Tamaki Foundation
Mark and Theresa Kamitomo
Minoru Yasui Legacy Boosters
Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland
Muslim Educational Trust
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
Friends of Minoru Yasui Day
The Next Door Inc.
Basic Rights Education Fund
Aragon High School
University of Oregon School of Law
Beaverton School District Office of Equity and Inclusion
“If we believe in America, if we believe in equity and democracy, if we believe in law and justice, then each of us, when we see or believe that errors are being made, has an obligation to make every effort to correct them.”— Minoru Yasui (1916 – 1986)