Community Responds to Rep Covarrubias

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Leaders | 0 comments

During the March 22, 2017 Colorado House debate regarding House Bill 17-1230, Rep. Covarrubias made hurtful comments that seemed to ignore decades of work intended to ensure that the consequences of Japanese internment and the “…race prejudice, war hysteria, and failure of leadership” would not be repeated in the future.

Here is the response from the JACL and a dozen other organizations to Representative Covarrubias’ hurtful comments:
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Here is a sampling of some of the recent media coverage of this story:

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/state-representative-starts-internment-camp-controversy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/23/no-time-to-ask-questions-colorado-lawmaker-appears-to-defend-use-of-wwii-japanese-internment-camps/?utm_term=.0aca2c83f0f0

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/lawmakers-respond-after-state-rep-appears-defend-internment-n737836

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/colorado-phil-covarrubias-defends-japanese-american-camps_us_58d30379e4b0f838c62f5793

Thank you, Harry Budisidharta, former President of the Mile High JACL, Deputy Director of the Asian Pacific Development Center and Steering Committee Member of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership, for your quick and effective response.  Rep. Covarrubias told Harry that he is willing to meet with Japanese American and AAPI community leaders to learn more about the history of internment.