UPDATE: On January 30, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed the joint resolution that established January 30 of each year as "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in New Jersey." On the same day, Rutgers Law School held its first Korematsu Day teach-in, which was hosted by Rutgers APALSA; the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, & the Modern Experience; and the Rutgers Center for Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice.
By Rutgers Law Co-Dean Rose Cuison-Villazor and Phil Tajitsu Nash (RLAW '82)
On Dec. 19, 2022, the New Jersey Senate passed NJ Assembly Joint Resolution 98, a bill to establish January 30 of each year as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution of New Jersey.” The bill previously passed the NJ State Assembly last February 28th, so it now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for his signature. While state and local entities such as California, Florida, and New York City have held their own celebrations of Fred Korematsu before, the first New Jersey state-wide celebration of Korematsu, civil liberties and the Constitution will take place on Jan. 30, 2023.