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FRED KOREMATSU DAY
You are usually stronger when you work through others. Paralyzed from the waist down by polio, Roosevelt was forced to rely, for political success and his very survival, on family, friends and aides.
In the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, he tapped five extraordinary men – well-bred diplomat Sumner Welles, Republican adventurer and future spymaster “Wild Bill” Donovan, social worker and fixer Harry Hopkins, GOP presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, and railroad heir Averell Harriman –and sent them on special missions to Europe that were crucial to the war and the American century that followed. These five envoys were the inspirations and instruments of FDR’s foreign policy.
*Which 5 extraordinary men or women would you tap for a special mission? Reach out to those 5 today and let them know how important they are to you and that if ever needed help, you would call upon them, just like FDR. And yes, Bill Murray plays FDR in the movie Hyde Park on Hudson
Christian Bale 1974
I tie a plastic ice pack around my face and commence with the morning’s stretching exercises. Afterwards I stand in front of a chrome and acrylic Wash mobile bathroom sink – with soap dish, cup holder, and railings that serve as towel bars, which I bought at Hastings Tile to use while the marble sinks I ordered from Finland are being sanded – and stare at my reflection with the ice pack still on. I pour some Plax antiplaque formula into a stainless-steel tumbler and swish it around my mouth for thirty seconds.
*Do the American Psycho morning ritual this morning. Possibly make it a daily habit – without the murdering that follows.
Fred Korematsu 1919
His last political act was to advocate on behalf of Muslims detained in the wake of September 11, 2001. Citing similarities between the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and Muslims during the War on Terror, Korematsu filed multiple briefs with the Supreme Court on behalf of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and Muslim-American detainees. He remained an activist on the issue until his death, in 2005. He was 86 years old.
In 2010, the Governor of California signed the legislative bill establishing Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution on January 30 in perpetuity. This is the first state-wide day in U.S. history named after an Asian American. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire people across diverse communities and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.
ANNUAL FRED KOREMATSU DAY OF CIVIL LIBERTIES & THE CONSTITUTION EVENT
We need volunteers to help us during our annual event every January. We also need help to brainstorm, coordinate, and outreach in the months leading up to the event.
HOW TO SIGN UP
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*In honor of Fred Korematsu, email his institute and let them know that you’d like to help out next year on this date. This is a way to help maintain civil liberties by donating time and not money.
Gene Hackman 1930
For me, money was a passage forward. I had a really tough time as a young actor in New York. So when I earned a little money — literally just enough to eat and have a roof over my head — it gave me the confidence to get into acting classes, to make a step with my career. It was extremely important to me.
“Popeye Doyle, the New York narc created by Gene Hackman in ‘The French Connection,’ was the most compelling of characters, a man driven by violent hungers that had little to do with his job as a cop. He needed the violence, maybe, to survive the toughest beat in town. He had such presence, such a capacity to explode, that when he ran a bust on a bar, the patrons — pretty tough themselves — were actually intimidated. Popeye was something unique among film characters, and Hackman deserved the Oscar he won for the performance.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Alvin C. Copeland Sr., opens “Chicken on the Run” in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi, serving traditional Southern-fried chicken.
After several months of lackluster performance, he reopens the restaurant as “Popeyes” (after Popeye Doyle of The French Connection). This time he sells spicy, New Orleans-style chicken.
Popeyes opens first franchise restaurant in Louisiana.
*Use some of your hard earned money to advance in your career or invest in your future business today. Sign up for a class or workshop, or maybe just buy a book that will help you get your thoughts together for your future entrepreneurship. It worked out ok for Gene Hackman as he has won 2 Oscars – Unforgiven and The French Connection – watch The French Connection while eating some Popeyes chicken.
Phil Collins 1951
As Phil Collins has explained numerous times over the years, “In the Air Tonight” (as well as most of the Face Value album) deals with his bitterness and frustration over the end of his marriage to his first wife, and the lyrics do not reference any specific real-life event.
*Listen to Phil Collins as a single act and\or with his group Genesis. Either way, you will be able to sing along with a lot of these songs, and perform a serious air drum solo towards the end of In the Air Tonight.
Steve Marriott 1947
Marriott started a classic blues rock band named Humble Pie with Peter Frampton. They put out several albums, appreciated by a small segment of rock fans. The band’s early 70s heyday was fleeting and nowadays few remember the band.
In the United States, to “eat humble pie” means to apologize for one’s actions. But humble pie is also an actual dish that you can eat. Its origins are, appropriately, humble. Although there are fancy recipes, humble pie began as a medieval European dish consisting of the scraps of the master’s food baked into a pie. “Humble” began as the Middle French word “nomble,” meaning “scrap.”
*Enjoy this Humble Pie recipe as you are about to finish out your first month of 365DOLF. You could probably use some humble pie at this point, because you have been killing it for almost a solid month! Bring on the next 11!
SNUB – Dick Cheney – Yes, Christian Bale shares a birthday with the man he portrays in the movie Vice. Next year, this will be the ENTERTAINMENT on this day.
- Work through others
- American Psycho morning ritual
- Help maintain civil liberties
- Invest in yourself
- Listen to Phil Collins
- Eat Humble Pie