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May 29, 2009: Venice High School New Media Academy students at Los Angeles City Council meeting in City Hall
Felix Barron reads his letter to Rosendahl urging support for a permanent memorial marker at the corner of Venice and Lincoln.
September 11, 2010: Community Meeting at Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
Arnold Maeda, VJAMM Committee Member, speaks of the significance of the VJAMM.
December 10 – 11: “May Sky” Haiku reading and Panel Discussion at Beyond Baroque
Bruce Kaji, Japanese American National Museum; Patricia Wakida, JANM; Phyllis Hayashibara, VJAMM; Doug Messerli, Sun and Moon Press, discuss “May Sky: There is Always Tomorrow,” haiku written by internees at Rohwer and Jerome in Arkansas.
April 25, 2011: Symbolic “ground breaking” ceremony at Venice and Lincoln Boulevards followed by fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice
Aya, Yosh, Brian, Reverend John, and Arnold attend the Press Event marking the site of the proposed VJAMM.
LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, 11th District lends political and financial support for the VJAMM.
June 25 – 26, 2011: VJAMM sponsors info booth at Venice High School Centennial Celebration
Former Manzanar internees Yosh and Arnold, and Venice HS graduates Akemi and Cindy staff VJAMM booth.
October 29, 2011: VJAMM benefit at Beyond Baroque
VIP Reception guests enjoy Sushi Girl ® sushi, Feast from the East chicken salad, and Sakura cupcakes; with music from the Shoo Flies and the Songbird of Venice Suzy Williams and the Songbird of Manzanar Mary Nomura.
2012 February 24: VJAMM model steel frame at Joe Belli’s workshop
Joe Belli and Eric Schmid construct VJAMM model’s steel framework on wheels.
2012 March: VJAMM model plywood exterior at Joe Belli’s workshop
Apprentices Emily and Phyllis help Joe attach plywood to steel frame of VJAMM model.
2012 March 14 – 17: VJAMM model primed white at Joe Belli’s workshop
Dustin and Darren Noriyuki sand and prime the VJAMM model plywood.
2012 March 24: VJAMM model painted black at Joe Belli’s workshop
Dustin, Darren, Phyllis, Kay, and Emily sand and paint under Joe’s supervision.
2012 April 23: VJAMM model lettering applied by Jose of Fast Signs
Jose expertly adheres lettering and images from Fast Signs on the VJAMM model.
2012 April 25: VJAMM commemorates 70th anniversary of forced removal from corner, followed by VJAMM fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice
Former Manzanar internees and VJAMM Committee members pose with LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, 11th District, and Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Les Inafuku with full-scale model of the VJAMM.
2012 April 27 Forty-third Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage at Manzanar National Historic Site
Cheryl, Phyllis, Arnold, Mae, Alice, and Emily meet Brian at the Manzanar Pilgrimage.
2012 August 13: Nisei Week Foundation Awards Dinner at Hilton Double Tree in Little Tokyo
VJAMM Committee congratulates Mary Nomura, Songbird of Manzanar, as Parade Marshal at 72nd Annual Nisei Week Awards Dinner
2013 April 25: Second annual VJAMM bento fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice
VJAMM thanks Naoko Matsumura, Kat Stewart, Esther and John Chaing, Tony Kim, and chefs Kinya Aota and Masayo Onuki for donating their expertise, and 100% of lunch profits and 10% of dinner sales!
2013 May 26: Mae Kakehashi’s 90th birthday party at the Venice Japanese Community Center
Marc Antonio Grant, Special Deputy to 11th District Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, presents Los Angeles City Resolution to Mae Kakehashi.
2013 September 7: Ninth Annual Constitution Day Conference for Educators at Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley
Kathy Masaoka and Suzy Katsuda of the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress present “Stand Up for Justice: the Ralph Lazo Story.”
2013 September 2: VJAMM in Venice Arts Council and Beyond Baroque booth at Abbott Kinney Festival
Richard of Beyond Baroque, Phyllis of VJAMM, and Regina Barton of Venice Arts Council staff the shared booth.
2013 November 20: Soils Test and DigAlert on northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards
Yosh, Emily, and Arnold oversee taking soil samples with permission of Beach Cities Carwash operator Steve Spunt and property owner John Scherrer.
2014 March 2: “Exile” Panel Presents at Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
Arnold Maeda, Bill Nishimura, Hank Iwamoto, and Brian Maeda share their stories of being exiled to Manzanar, Tule Lake, and Colorado and Oklahoma, after screening of “Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story.”
2014 April 23: Third Annual Fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice
Emily, Suzanne, Esther, Phyllis, Judy, Aya, Edd, and June pose with the full-scale model of the VJAMM.
Len Nguyen, Senior Field Deputy to L A City Councilmember Mike Bonin, 11th District, presents donation pledge to VJAMM Committee members.
Melissa Ramoso, Senior Representative to California State Senator Ted Lieu, 28th District, calls the next day with news of Senator Lieu’s $5000 donation pledge to VJAMM Committee.
2014 September 28: VJAMM at Abbott Kinney Festival
VJAMM displays posters, flyers, and postcards at the Abbott Kinney Festival booth shared by Beyond Baroque and the Venice Arts Council.
2015 March 29: Sawtelle Japantown sign on northeast corner of Sawtelle and Olympic
VJAMM Committee congratulates the community on the dedication of the signage, and Committe members help sponsor the reception of appreciation at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle.
2015 April 23: Fourth Annual VJAMM Fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice
Esther Chaing, Bill Rosendahl, Len Nguyen continue their support of the VJAMM.
2015 May 30: Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) Opening Celebration at 12th and Michigan
Arnold joins speakers James and Paulina who share their experiences growing up in their ethnically diverse Santa Monica neighborhood.
2015 June 23: “We Said NO NO” Presentation at Terasaki Nibei Foundation on Wilshire
Brian presents www.wesaidnono.com, with video interviews of Tule Lake Segregation Center internees Bill Nishimura and Jimmy Yamaichi.
2015 September 20: Eleventh Annual Constitution Day Conference for Educators at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley
Janice Iwanaga Yen, Kathy Masaoka, (Phyllis Hayashibara of the VJAMM C0mmittee), and Patty Nagano of the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Education Committee present “Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story.”
2015 September 27: VJAMM and VAC share a booth at the Abbott Kinney Festival
Suzanne Thompson and Regina Barton staff the informational booth.
2015 December 4: VJAMM and VAC table at the 4th annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting at Windward and Pacific
Phyllis Hayashibara and Zed Aquarian staff the information table.
2016 March 15: Williams Monument Company in Arvin
VJAMM Committee members Phyllis, Alice, and Suzanne hand-deliver the deposit check to David Williams.
The Williams Family joins the fun at Hama Sushi, and David Williams speaks to the audience about his appreciation for history, and the importance of the VJAMM.
2016 April 30: 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
Suzanne, Mae, and Alice meet with Brian and Valerie for the weekend at Dow Villa in Lone Pine.
2016 July 26: Arnold’s 90th birthday celebration at Hama Sushi
Nikki baked a chocolate cake with banana and cream filling, and presented it to Arnold at the VJAMM Committee meeting at Emily’s. Committee members met at Esther Chaing’s Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice for dinner.
2016 August 26: VJAMM obelisk in India
Workers in India shape, polish, drill, crate, and load the VJAMM obelisk into a shipping container, bound for port in the Bay Area. ETA first week of October, 2016.
2016 September 25: Abbot Kinney Festival
Abbot Kinney Festival Association Community Grants Program awards $1,700.00 to the VJAMM Committee to fund the development, layout, printing, advertisement, distribution, and website maintenance of the 5th 8th, 11th, and 12th grade curricula on the Japanese American internment and the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument.
2016 September 27: Santa Monica City Council awards $5,000 to VJAMM
Dolores Sloan, Arnold Maeda, Phyllis Hayashibara, and Suzanne Thompson spoke for the VJAMM before Santa Monica City Council Members Gleam Davis, Sue Himmelrich, Kevin McKeown, Mayor Tony Vazquez, Mayor Pro Tem Ted Winterer, Council Members Terry O’Day and Pam O’Connor.
2017 April 22: Installation of the VJAMM on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln
VJAMM Committee members Phyllis Hayashibara, Arnold Maeda Alice Stek, and Emily Winters witness the historic installation of the VJAMM obelisk from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Bruce Baird, Femy, Jimmy Fukuhara, Ron Gee (thank you, Ron, for posting your album!), and Vincent Ramos join the spectators and photographers. Thank you to Emily and David Williams of the Williams Monument Company; Tony, John, and Ruben of United Riggers & Erectors; Todd and Eric of The Permit Company; Hal of Anglemyer Crane; and David Perka of Los Angeles GSD Construction Forces Division for the amazing coordination of your professional efforts in the installation of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument!
2017 April 27: Dedication of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument
VJAMM Dedication on the northwest Corner of Venice and Lincoln from 10 am – 11:30 am draws 200 participants, including former Manzanar internees who provided quotes for the VJAMM: Brian Maeda, Mae Kakehashi, Arnold Maeda, and Amy Ioki.
VJAMM Dedication speakers include: Jim Smith (Free Venice Beachhead), Ruth Galanter (former LA City Councilmember, District 6), Joel Jacinto (Board of Public Works Commissioner), Zev Yaroslavsky (former Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 3), Rachel Zaiden (Senior Field Deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, District 3), Len Nguyen (Senior Field Deputy for LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin, District 11), Kevin McKeown (former Santa Monica City Mayor and current Councilmember), Jeff Burton (Manzanar National Historic Site), Dr. Jimmy Hara (born in Gila River, Arizona), and Dr. Thomas Yoshikawa (former Manzanar internee). Warren Furutani, community activist and Manzanar Pilgrimage pioneer, delivers the VJAMM Dedication keynote address.
2017 April 29 Forty-eighth annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
Warren Furutani mentions the VJAMM in his keynote address at the Manzanar Pilgrimage! The 48th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage commemorates the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and draws over 2,000 participants.
2017 May 26 Los Angeles City Board of Public Works
The VJAMM Committee receives a Certificate of Recognition from the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works for successfully building and installing the VJAMM, in partnership with the Board of Public Works and its Adopt-a- Median Program of the Office of Community Beautification.
Los Angeles City Council 11th District Senior Field Deputy Len Nguyen, Suzanne Thompson, Commission President Pro Tempore Michael Davis, Jennifer Tomita (kneeling with poster), Commissioner Joel Jacinto, Mae Kakehashi, Commission President Kevin James, Phyllis Hayashibara (with Certificate), Office of Community Beautification Director Paul Racs, Kay Brown, Arnold Maeda, Brian Maeda, Colleen Hoff (Mae’s daughter), Emily Winters, Commission VP Heather Repenning.
2017 June 15 Girl Scout Troop 5325 Seniors and Junior First to maintain VJAMM
Senior and Junior Girls Scouts of Troop 5324 cleaned the VJAMM with Windex and swept up sidewalk debris between the two bus shelters on Venice and Lincoln. Esther Chaing of Hama Sushi Restaurant in Venice donated 100 pieces of sushi for lunch.
2017 June 20 VJAMM thanks Venice Neighborhood Council
VJAMM Committee members Suzanne Thompson, Phyllis Hayashibara, Emily Winters, and Alice Stek thank the Venice Neighborhood Council at its meeting at Westminster School, for VNC’s unanimous support for the VJAMM on June 15, 2010, and for Ira Koslow’s motion for increasing funding for VJAMM’s Community Improvement Project to $1,300.00 on May 24, 2011. VJAMM distributed copies of the VJAMM Dedication Program, April 27, 2017.