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GFBNEC STATEMENT: 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
(LOS ANGELES, CA - November 10, 2016) - Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) recognizes that one of the hallmarks of United States' democracy is the peaceful and universally accepted transfer of power from one president to the next, despite any differences in perspective, policy, or values. The current 2016 presidential election is no exception to this critical and time honored practice. The office of the President of the United States needs to be respected. At the same time, as an organization committed to promoting equality and remembering the discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II, GFBNEC will be ever vigilant of policies or practices that discriminate against individuals in the United States based on the color of their skin, the God whom they choose to worship, the person whom they choose to love, or the country of their origin.
"Equal protection under the law is a fundamental American value which serves as the core of our democracy,” said Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC's Interim President and CEO. “We have seen the abandonment of this value in times of national crisis and hysteria. We stand ready to protect this right for all individuals in the United States."
“The Japanese American experience of World War II is a case study of what not to do in times of fear.” said Bill H. Seki, GFBNEC's Chair of the Board of Directors. "Go For Broke National Education Center is committed to ensuring that these violations of law and civil liberties do not take place again."
About Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC)
Founded in 1989, Go For Broke National Education Center provides educational outreach to share the legacy of the Nisei veterans. Collaborating with organizations that share our vision, including the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Veterans Network, and Japanese American veterans clubs throughout the country, we continue to promote educational programs about the Japanese American World War II experience. Through these life stories, we hope to inspire today's generation and those of tomorrow to live the core values embodied by these Nisei soldiers: courage, humility, self-sacrifice, integrity, equality, patriotism.
Go For Broke National Education Center is located at 355 E. First Street, Los Angeles. Exhibition hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. General admission is $9 adults, $5 students and seniors, free for members and children under age five. Admission is free on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from noon to 8 p.m. General admission prices and free admission times may not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Closed Monday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information visit www.goforbroke.org or call (310) 328-0907.
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