And Then They Came For Us: Parallels with the Muslim Bans & the Dangers of Unchecked Power

  • 01 Nov 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM


Join us for a screening of “And Then They Came For Us,” winner of the ABA 2018 Silver Gavel Award for Documentaries.  The groundbreaking film covers the forced incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the parallels with the Muslim travel bans, and the dangers of unchecked executive power on actions implicating civil liberties.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussing the film and its relevance to the political and constitutional landscape today.  This is a free event, and all are welcome.

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Distinguished Panelists:

Abby Ginzberg, Filmmaker

Abby is a Peabody award-winning director, has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. Her film, And Then They Came for Us (2017), about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the current Muslim travel ban won a Silver Gavel Award and has played in major cities and at film festivals across the country.  She has also produced numerous award-winning films about the lack of diversity in the legal profession, which have been used by firms, bar associations and judicial training programs.


Hamid Yazdan Panah the Regional Director for the Northern California Rapid Response & Immigration Defense Network (NCRRIDN)

Hamid was involved in the development and launch of the network. Prior to joining the NCRRIDN, Hamid was a solo immigration attorney in Berkeley; CA. Hamid has a background in advocacy and organizing in the Iranian diaspora, and has written extensively on the human rights abuses and the mistreatment of ethnic minorities in Iran. As a refugee, Hamid is committed to ensuring due process and civil rights for immigrants in the United States and beyond.


Donald K. Tamaki, Managing Partner of Minami Tamaki LLP and Member of Korematsu coram nobis team

Don specializes in business law, representing entrepreneurs, privately held companies and nonprofit corporations, including the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the State Bar of California. Tamaki is a member of the legal team which filed an amicus brief in the so-called Travel Ban case decided by the Supreme Court 5-4 on June 26, 2018, Trump v. Hawaii, representing the adult children of Korematsu, Hirabayashi and Yasui. The amici reminded the Court that during WWII when it failed to ask probing questions, thereby abdicating its constitutional role as a check and balance on the exercise of Executive power; it was a civil liberties disaster


November 1, 2018

5:30 to 7:15 PM

301 Battery Street, San Francisco

Light refreshments will be served

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