Last update posted 12/19/14  

62 backers...
$7,322 pledged of $10,000 goal

....only 13 more days left.....


~We of the Poston Community Alliance are well on our way towards reaching our goal of $10,000 for funding our documentary film -- "For the Sake of the Children"

Please join us in making a small contribution as we continue to raise funds to complete this most important film.... Every dollar counts.....

You can find more information about how to make a donation and rewards you will receive at our Kickstarter Campaign website at:Poston Documentary Film Kickstarter Website  (click here)

For the Sake of the Children's video poster
...Now, 70 years later after World War II, "For the Sake of the Children", explores the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration, its impact on current generations who are descendants of families who were incarcerated and the complex interplay of culture, racial prejudice, history, and intergenerational differences. Rich with interviews with mothers, who gave birth to and raised children while imprisoned in confinement sites, and three generations of descendants, this film will incorporate archival footage, vintage family film clips, children’s book illustrations and contemporary verité footage. Interviews will be filmed throughout the United States.

....."For the Sake of the Children" captures the diverse voices of women who surmounted imprisonment, racial prejudice and displacement and resettlement.....

....."For the Sake of the Children" follows the journeys of a variety of Japanese Americans from four generations in searching for their identity as Americans with a unique Japanese American heritage......

Why We Need Your Help....
     Although we have receive a few grants to fund our film, we need additional funds to complete our project.  The budget is significantly greater than we originally anticipated.  We initially sought to create a short documentary film with funding received in 2011 from the National Park Service's, Confinement Sites Grant Program.   
     Recently in May 2104, we were fortunate and honored to be awarded a grant of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. To do justice to our narrative structure and premise, we decided to create a feature-length film.   
     We are finding that we have additional costs to cover for travel, shooting in multiple states, production design, sound and distribution. With every penny earned from our Kickstarter campaign, the Poston Community Alliance, a non-profit organization, will apply them to the cost of producing and distributing our film.   
   Thank you for your interest and support.
***This project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by

Thank you.

Marlene Shigekawa
Board Member/Project Director
Poston Community Alliance
956 Hawthorne Dr.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Email address: Postonalliance1(at) gmail (dot)com


DEADLINE: DEC. 31, 2014

Update note:  12/19/14
Total brick orders received: 186       
Total Elite brick orders received: 20 
Domo arigato gozaimasu!  
to memorialize those who were incarcerated

 at Poston, Arizona.

   Order an inscribed brick with their name(s) to be
 placed at the Poston Memorial Monument site.

~DEADLINE: DEC. 31, 2014~
....Tell your friends and family....
For more info or print order forms, click here: Poston Brick Campaign

Or visit the Poston Brick Campaign blogsite at:


Then and Now: Recent gatherings of old friends.....

 (L-R) Amy N (305), Mary M (305), Hankus N (308), 
Lilyan N (305), and Mary H (305)
 BLOCK 305 GIRLS at Poston, Ariz. 1945
 (L-R): Mary M, Lydia N, Mary O, Mary H, Amy N, and June K
 (L-R): Nori H (305), Midori N (318), Larry I (308)
and Sammy N (318)

 BLOCK 308 at Poston, Ariz. 1945
 (L-R): Amy I, Ann I, Larry I, Charles I
  Block 305 
(L-R): Lilyan N., Ed N., and Ron N.
 BLOCK 305 at Poston, Ariz. 1945
Lilyan N. 
 BLOCK 305  Resettlement photo 1945
(L-R):Lily, Ron N and Ed N. 
Photo credit: National Archives 
 BLOCK 305  Resettlement photo 1945
Ed N.
Photo credit: National Archives
  BLOCK 305 Resettlement photo 1945
Ed N.
Photo credit: National Archives
 Seated (L-R): Mollie (305), Aiko (305), and Louise (305)
Standing (L-R): Herb A. (305), Rosie (309), Kenneth M. (309), Tosh (308), 
Hiko (327), Lilyan N. (305), Taye (305) and Frank A. (305).
BLOCK 309  Resettlement photo 1945
(L-R): Kaudy M, Kenneth M, Akiko M.  
Photo credit: National Archives

BLOCK 305  Resettlement 1945
(L-R):  Shigeko A, Frank A, Kenji A
 Photo credit: National Archives
BLOCK 305 Poston, Ariz. 1945
Front (L-R): Herb A, Gordon N
Standing (L-R): George N, Lydia N, Tamaji N, 
Wm K (camp 2), Lily and Ron N.


REUNION, Anyone?

Are you interested in attending 
the next Poston REUNION?

 Family, friends, and kids are welcome!

 Lots of helpers are needed.  Post your reply on "comments" below.


National J.A.C.L. Convention 2014-San Jose, CA

A short film clip of our documentary film project shown followed by discussion.
Poston Community Alliance table in the Exhibit Room
Our board members, Marlene Shigekawa and Robert Shintaku
Poston Block book information and DVD, "Passing Poston"
Our documentary film project article in the Pacific Citizen newspaper
Learning about the Poston, Arizona concentration camp.  
  His mother was evacuated from Huntington Beach, CA.  
We spoke with many others with relatives who were incarcerated at Poston, Arizona. 

Henry Kaku brought and shared his family's war-time photos.
 Pictured with our board members, Roberta Barton and Don Aoki.  Don identified his father in a photo of prisoners incarcerated at the Department of Justice internment camp in Bismarck, North Dakota. What a surprise and great genealogical find for Don!  How exciting!!!
Old pals reunite at the Poston Community Alliance table.
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Norm Mineta came by even though he was not incarcerated at Poston, Arizona
Pictured with our board members, Dianne Kiyomoto and Don Aoki