California Civil Liberties Program
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The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (California Civil Liberties Program) is a state-funded grant project to sponsor public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry will be remembered so that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood. The California Civil Liberties Program is administered by the California State Library.
The agency is directed by statue to administer a competitive grant program to educate the public through the development, coordination, and distribution of new educational materials and the development of curriculum materials to complement and augment resources currently available on this subject matter regarding the history and the lessons of civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that have been carried out against other communities or populations, including, but not limited to, civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that are perpetrated on the basis of an individual’s race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Information about the California Civil Liberties Program
Prior to World War II, California was home to more Japanese Americans than any other state. On February 19, 1942, just weeks after the United States entered the war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the Secretary of War the authority “to exclude any and all persons, citizens, and aliens from designated areas in order to provide for security against sabotage and espionage. …” As a result of this executive order, the lives of thousands of Californians were affected.
Over 120,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry and permanent resident aliens from Japan were removed from their homes by the Army and first taken to "assembly centers," which were temporary quarters at racetracks and fairgrounds. They were later taken to "relocation camps," which were bleak barrack camps, mostly in desolate areas of the West. Some families spent ears living under these conditions and suffered enormous personal and economic losses.
The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) was created with the passage of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Act (AB1915 pdf, html) in 1998. The legislation was authored by AssemblmMember Mike Honda and was renewed in 2000 (AB1914 pdf, html) by Assemblymember George Nakano. In 2003, Assemblymember Wilma Chan and others led the Legislature in making CCLPEP a permanent state program subject to annual budget authorizations.
"The purpose of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Act is to sponsor public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry will be remembered, and so that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood." - Education Code Section 13000. (a)
From fiscal year 1998 through fiscal year 1999, CCLPEP awarded 366 grants totaling $8,845,303.
Not every California Civil Liberties Program project resulted in a tangible product that could be included in the California State Library catalog. Projects that resulted in books, films, curriculum, etc., have been cataloged.
To search for a specific project from the list, enter the project number in the search box next to "Type word or phrase" on this page of the catalog.
For additional information about California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, contact:
California State Library
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001
California State Library
900 N Street, Room 155
Sacramento, CA 95814