Monica Embrey '09 will discuss the connection between the concentration camps, her grandmother Sue Kunitomi Embrey’s experience organizing the annual Manzanar Pilgrimages and what is happening today. Sue Embrey worked tirelessly to ensure that the incarceration would never be forgotten—and, as a result, although many disheartening similarities with 1942 remain, today “a mass movement demanding justice” is in force. In conjunction with Monica’s presentation, her grandmother’s papers will be showcased in the Asian Library area of The Claremont Colleges Library. Monica’s insightful thesis, A Place Like This: An Environmental Justice History of the Owens Valley: Water in Indigenous, Colonial, and Manzanar Stories, will also be available.
Monica is the senior campaign representative of the greater Los Angeles area for the Sierra Club and she works with the Beyond Dirty Fuels team, tasked with protecting our communities and public lands from oil and fracked gas and establishing an economy built on clean, renewable energies. She has also served as the building health communities organizing coordinator for California Calls where she trained and coached community-based social justice organizations on integrated voter engagement strategies to build political power across California. Previous to that, she was the senior climate and then energy campaigner and interim director at Movement Support Hub at Greenpeace where she managed programs to advance its engagement with social justice issues and those encouraging Duke Energy to abandon use of non-renewable fuels and to convert to renewable sources. She graduated from Pomona College in 2009 with a B.A. in environmental justice studies, environmental analysis, and gender and women’s studies completing a thesis on the incarcerated sites of Manzanar and the Owens Valley. She is currently a member of the Manzanar Committee, a racial justice organization her grandmother founded 50 years ago to remember the unconstitutional incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII.
Presented in conjunction with an exhibit of Manzanar Committee co-founder Sue Kunitomi Embrey's papers, Asian Library, The Claremont Colleges Library, April 1-May 30, 2019.
Sponsors: Joseph Horsfall Johnson Public Event Fund at Pomona College, the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) and The Claremont Colleges Library.
- Honnold/Mudd Library
- Room: Founders Room
- 800 N. Dartmouth Avenue