Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County


Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. Feb. 2, 1945. p. 1

'MONTEREY BAY COUNCIL ON JAPANESE RELATIONS' TELLS STAND, INVITES MEMBERSHIPS

SALINAS (Special to Register-Pajaronian) - The Monterey Bay Empire, which takes in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, has a serious question facing it, as the Japanese begin to return to this area. Sincere, unselfish, unprejudiced, thinking and planning is necessary to the proper solution of this question. Prominent, patriotic citizens have been meeting for months in dispassionate discussion, keeping principally in mind the future generations in the United States of America, particularly the Pacific coast states.

This group is filing articles of incorporation, associating themselves under the name of "Monterey Bay Council on Japanese Relations," and will invite all citizens in the area to join the organization, and extend a special invitation to those citizens who might feel opposed to some of their contemplated plans and actions "for in America we can have opposing ideas and still get along together," its leaders say.

No one knows for a certainty what is the correct thing to do in all instances when such a large important question is under consideration, it was declared.

The articles of incorporation include a statement of the general purposes of the organization, which reads as follows:

"1. To conduct by all proper and lawful means an educational program regarding the background, history, pre-war activities and future disposition of Japanese in the United States of America.

"2. To exercise all legal means: (a) To discourage the return to the Pacific coast of any person of Japanese ancestry not in the uniform of the armed services of the United States. (b) To insist upon the deportation after the war of all alien Japanese whose loyalty to the United States or whose past affiliation or actions have demonstrated interest inimical to the welfare of the United States. (c) To insist upon the strict supervision, and regulation by local, state and federal government of all Japanese schools, societies and organizations in this country. (d) To promote further legislation and insist upon strict enforcement of existing laws so as to completely eliminate dual citizenship. (e) To strengthen and demand strict enforcement of the existing Japanese alien land laws."

Mass meetings are planned for the near future, and all of the activities of the organization will be open to the public at all times. The Monterey Bay Council on Japanese Relations headquarters are 601 Salinas National Bank building, Salinas.

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