From: Barbara Takei Date: July 12, 2008 Subject: Help Us Preserve the Tule Lake Segregation Center Hello Friends, opinion leaders and Tule Lake Supporters, The Tule Lake Preservation Committee needs your help NOW to move legislation through Congress that would help preserve Tule Lake. We would appreciate it if you would circulate this widely among your contacts -- we especially need support from members of the Senate in states other than California -- and ask that you request friends and family who live in other parts of the U.S. to contact their Senators; see links below. Thank you for taking action on this legislation, S. 3213, and apologies for any cross postings. -Barbara Takei URGENT REQUEST FOR HELP from the Tule Lake Preservation Committee www.TuleLake.org In 2006, The Tule Lake Segregation Center was designated as a National Historic Landmark. That designation, the highest honor our nation bestows on an historic site, was the first step towards the future development of a visitor's center that will preserve and interpret the history of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Tule Lake in Northern California was unique among the 10 War Relocation Authority camps because it was where the WRA and Army chose to segregate the 12,000 Japanese Americans who protested their incarceration. Congressional action is required to begin the research and planning to bring Tule Lake under the authority of the National Park System and enable the development of a visitor center at the site. We now have the opportunity to take the next step towards reaching that goal. Senate Bill S 3213, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2008, contains many bills to support National Park Service activities across the country. Among them is Section 723, which authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a Special Resources Study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Tule Lake Segregation Center as a unit of the National Park System. This bill is now on the Senate floor and will soon come up for a vote. If passed by the Senate, it will be presented to the House of Representatives for approval. We need your help to move this bill through Congress. We need you and your friends and relatives scattered all over the United States to contact your Senators and urge them to vote for this bill. We need to inform our respective Representatives that S. 3213 will need their support if it comes over from the Senate before the end of August. Please go to our website at www.TuleLake.org to download a form letter that you can use or personalize to suit your own circumstances. Contact information for your Senators and Representatives may easily be found by going to the following links: www.senate.gov (use the "Find Your Senators" drop down box in the upper right hand corner) forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml (enter your zip code to get to the webpage of your Representative) An email is fine if it is being sent to the Representative of your Congressional District or to the Senator of your state. We urge you to also contact other Senators and Representative to ask for their support, in which case we suggest you either fax or mail the letter. We would appreciate it if you send an email copy to Roy Ikeda, firstname.lastname@example.org or your fax to 510-351-8147 or your mailed letter to P.O. Box 170141, San Francisco, CA 94117. The Tule Lake Committee thanks you for your support. Since 1978, the Tule Lake Committee, a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, has planned and conducted biennial pilgrimages to the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center.