Oyama v. California VIictory Commemoration


In honor of Kajiro Oyama
in celebration of the 60th anniversary of
Oyama v. California
Landmark Supreme Court Victory
The Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, Retired
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
ACLU client Kajiro Oyama’s children, Fred Oyama and Alice Yano
for an
Anniversary celebration of our landmark case
Oyama v. California

Wine, Authentic Japanese Appetizers & Sushi
by Pacific Island Catering
Live Koto Guitar
Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Balboa Park
Japanese Friendship Garden

[Directions} and [Map]
Just north of the Organ Pavilion

Read more about the Oyama case.

Sixty years ago, famed ACLU attorney A.L. Wirin represented a Chula Vista family, the Oyamas, whose house and land had been seized by the government under California’s Alien Land Act, which forbade “aliens ineligible for citizenship” [non-whites] to own land.

Wirin and the Oyamas lost in the lower courts, but ultimately overturned the discriminatory land seizures. The U.S. Supreme Court victory applied new legal standards that paved the way for subsequent decisions affording equal rights to all Americans of all colors, races and ethnicities.

We will also celebrate the conclusion of the ACLU’s 2008 Constitution Day program. On Sept. 17, volunteer attorneys will teach San Diego County students about our foundational documents and key cases like Oyama as part of the ACLU’s Constitutional Civics Program.

Tickets are $50.

Directions to Japanese Friendship Garden

Directions to the Garden.pdf

Balboa Park Map to Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Garden map.pdf