February 7, 2023
For Immediate Release
Tule Lake Committee Announces
No Tule Lake Pilgrimage in 2023
It is with sadness the Tule Lake Pilgrimage Committee announces that after meeting last week, it will not be organizing an in-person pilgrimage in 2023 nor a virtual pilgrimage.
Tule Lake’s pilgrimage is usually planned for the 4th of July weekend on even years, but COVID-related pilgrimage cancellations in 2020 and 2022 led to considering an off-year pilgrimage in 2023. However, due to continuing concern over COVID-related health risks, the planning committee made the unanimous decision to postpone an in-person pilgrimage until 2024.
The role of the Tule Lake Committee (TLC) is to: (i) to educate the general public of the government's forced and unconstitutional imprisonment of over 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry into ten concentration camps; (ii) to recognize the unique role of the Tule Lake camp, ......
Tule Lake tells a cautionary tale to Californians and all Americans of the need for continuing vigilance to protect our civil liberties and civil rights. Tule Lake’s national significance as a segregation center and its unique and tragic role in American history is reflected in its National Historic Landmark status (2006) ......
The Tule Lake Committee opposes Modoc County’s efforts to build a fence on the historic Tule Lake concentration camp site. The proposed 8-foot high, three-mile long, barbed-wired topped fence sends a message of racism and exclusion at a place that is sacred to Japanese Americans.
Deepest thanks to the 5,000 people who wrote to Modoc County urging them to honor the memory of Tule Lake and to find an alternative to building a fence that would desecrate the site. With your support, we continue the struggle to resist and persist in the fight to preserve Tule Lake for future generations.