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David Monkawa

David Monkawa

David Monkawa immigrated from Japan to Los Angeles, where he was raised in Crenshaw District and attended Dorsey High School. He attended the California Institute of the Arts due to Tudor Art program for inner city kids, which was a direct beneficiary of the Watts Rebellion. He co-chaired the National Coalition for Redress & Reparations, a Japanese American organization which won individual redress and apology for Japanese Americans thrown into Concentration Camps during World War 2. He organized as a “salt” (hired employee with specific purpose to organize non-union shops) in hospitals, warehouse-transport companies, and rubber factories. He was Assistant National Organizing Director, California Nurse Association/NNU, AFL-CIO (retired).