• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

45th JABA Installation and Awards Gala

ByLinda W. Smith

Jul 26, 2022
Left to right: Jon Osaki, Visionary Impact Award; David Ono, Community Leader Award; Donald Tamaki, President’s Award for Justice and Equality; Staci Tomita, President of JABA.
ABC7 Eyewitness News’ Veroniea Miracle served as emcee.

The 45th Annual Japanese American Bar Association Installation and Awards Gala was held July 15 on the Plaza Deck of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles with over 400 people in attendance.

The theme was “Reconnect” and Veronica Miracle, KABC Channel 7 News presenter, hosted the event.

The keynote speaker and recipient of the Presidential Award for Justice and Equality was Don Tamaki, founding partner of Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco and co-founder of Stop Repeating History, a campaign created to educate the public about the importance of engagement. politics and how we can all act against hate.

In the 1980s, Tamaki was part of the pro bono legal team that reopened the landmark Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu in 1944, overturning Korematsu’s criminal conviction for defying the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. In 2017, Tamaki was part of the legal team that filed an amicus brief challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim ban.

Tamaki is now one of nine people appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to serve on the California Reparations Task Force studying the historical and current cumulative impact of 250 years of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow oppression and 60 years of segregation and its remnants and what California could do to reverse that damage.

JABA honored KABC-TV news anchor David Ono with the Community Leader Award for his years of community service. He has produced several documentaries chronicling the experience of Asian Americans and immigrants, including the incarceration of Japanese Americans and Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the “napalm girl” of the Vietnam War.

Award-winning Bay Area filmmaker and social justice activist Jon Osaki received the Visionary Impact Award for his use of storytelling to educate, organize and inspire action. His works include “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” and “Reparations”.

The gala also featured East LA Taiko, a multicultural group that marries Afro-Cuban rhythms with upbeat taiko beats.

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