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April / May 2019

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Remembering Manzanar T H E 5 0 T H A N N U A L Manzanar Pilgrimage takes place on April 27 at the Man- zanar National Historic Site, 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Manzanar was one of 10 American concentration camps in which more than 120,000 Japa- nese Americans and their immigrant parents were held during World War II. At the time, CTA was the only major organization in California to protest against this injustice. The pilgrimage, say organizers, is "to make sure our nation remembers what can happen when the rights of any community are trampled upon under the guise of national security concerns or because of xenophobia." Each year, more than 1,000 people attend, including students, teachers, community members and former incarcerees. For details, or to reserve a seat on the bus departing from LA's Little Tokyo, email At the Manzanar National Historic Site, presenters hold banners with the names of the Japanese American concentration camps. Jump Start into National Board Certification E D U C A T O R S B E C O M E National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) because they want to take their practice to another level, or believe educational justice requires that all students are taught by exemplary teach- ers, or want new opportunities for advancement. To support members who are starting on this journey (and have at least three years' teaching experience), CTA offers Jump Start!, a free precandidacy program that provides infor- mation and guidance about the certification process in a sup- portive, collegial environment. You will leave the three-day sem- inar, facilitated by experienced NBCTs, with a clear understand- ing of the process and your own action plan for completion. Find the Jump Start! for you: Lodi, June 17-19; San Diego, June 24- 26; San Bernardino, July 1-3; and Burlingame, July 22-24. Links to sign up are at Need to know more? CTA is hosting an online informa- tion session in collaboration with the Stanford National Board Resource Center on April 29 at 4 p.m. Enroll at Gompers Teachers Say Yes to the Union Nearly 100 educators at Gompers Preparatory Academy, a charter school named after American Federation of Labor founder Samuel Gompers, recently voted to affiliate with the San Diego Education Association. Their bargaining team is making attraction and retention of quality educators their top priority and has already begun negotiations with academy officials. —Ed Sibby Gann Matsuda, © 2013 Manzanar Committee 11 A P R I L / M AY 2 019

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