Tell eBay to stop selling Japanese American artifacts from WWII incarceration camps

Our families’ suffering is not your collectible. Once again, eBay is selling and profiting from the sale of Japanese American incarceration. On April 4, a 442 Army medic bag used by a Japanese American soldier was sold. Today at 6:46 p.m. PDT, 20 drawings made in 1942 at the Manzanar concentration camp will be auctioned off.

We are sending a letter to eBay executives telling them that we find these listings offensive, hurtful, and a degrading reminder of the mass roundup and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. These imprisoned people were our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings and friends who lost homes, businesses, personal property, communities and lives.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR: 1. That the auction of Matsumura’s landscape drawings be withdrawn immediately; 2. That current and all future listings of artifacts that are associated with America's concentration camps be included in eBay's Offensive Materials Policy and be banned for sale, including artwork as well as historical items such as letters, publications, personal belongings and other artifacts.


Please help us by signing the petition to tell eBay to stop selling Japanese American artifacts from WWII concentration camps. BEFORE THE MANZANAR DRAWINGS ARE SOLD. THAT AUCTION SALE ENDS TONIGHT AT 6:46 PM. Petition:


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