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Oral History Interview with Bette Lee, by Sandy Polishuk [Transcript]

Transcript. Bette Lee discusses her activism and career in photographing protests, beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, and later in Portland, Oregon. She discusses several specific photographs, many of which can be found in the transcript. Protests and movements discussed include the Portland Alliance, Indie Media, World trade Organization, Iraq War, Occupy Wall Street, Livermore Action Group, etc.

Lee, Bette

Farm workers strike against Giumarra Vineyards in California

Several men carry signs during a protest and strike organized by the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee and the AFL-CIO against Giumarra Vineyards in California. One sign, written in Spanish, reads, "Huelga Giumarra UFWOC, AFL CIO." Likely taken in California. This image was published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity news on September 1, 1967.

Cesar Chavez speaks in Delano, California

Cesar Chavez, head of the National Farm Workers Organizing Committee, speaks at a meeting of the National Farm Workers Association in Delano, California. This image was published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on January 13, 1967.

Filipino farm workers attend National Farm Workers Association meeting in Delano, California

Filipino farm workers attend a meeting of the National Farm Workers Association in Delano, California, where Cesar Chavez and other NFWA leaders spoke about working conditions for agricultural laborers. One man holds a sleeping child in his lap. This image was published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on January 13, 1967.

Carrasco, Priscilla

Plydome units in migrant labor camp in Madison, California

Photograph of a row of plydome units which house migrant laborers in a migrant labor camp near the town of Madison, California. The units were built by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and the Yolo County Housing Authority. Photographs from this series were published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on November 25, 1966.

Child care center in migrant labor camp

A sign on the exterior wall of a cabin reads, "Child care center." This is the child care center in a migrant labor camp near the town of Madison, California. Photographs from this series were published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on November 25, 1966.

Plydome unit in migrant labor camp in Madison, California

Photograph of a plydome unit which houses migrant laborers in a migrant labor camp near the town of Madison, California. The units were built by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and the Yolo County Housing Authority. This image was published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on November 25, 1966.

Mariachi musicians play music at the Latin American Conference in San Francisco, California

Mariachi musicians play trumpets on a stage at the Latin American Conference on October 23, 1966 at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. Behind them, a banner reads, "Senator Kennedy!" This image was published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on November 4, 1966.

Carrasco, Priscilla

Nuns hold sign for Senator Robert Kennedy at the Latin American Conference in San Francisco, California

A group of nuns sit in a crowded room, holding a sign in support of Senator Robert Kennedy. The sign reads, "Bobby Kennedy." Taken at the Latin American Conference on October 23, 1966 at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. Kennedy spoke at the conference. This image was published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on November 4, 1966.

Carrasco, Priscilla

Senator Robert Kennedy arrives at the Latin American Conference in San Francisco, California

Senator Robert Kennedy smiles as he looks out of the window of a car. Taken as Kennedy arrived to make a speech at the Latin American Conference on October 23, 1966, at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. Photographs from this series were published in the Valley Migrant League's Opportunity News on November 4, 1966.

Carrasco, Priscilla

Jerry Jiro Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome standing outside with his hands in his pockets, looking at the camera. Taken at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in January 1946. Buildings are visible in the background. Handwritten note on back reads, "Jiro (Jerry) Yasutome, taken at Tule Lake Relocation Center," and, "1/26/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

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Jerry Jiro Yasutome and James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome standing behind his 2-year-old son, James Mamoru Yasutome at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They both look at the camera and smile. Taken January 12, 1946. Handwritten note on back reads, "Jiro (Jerry) Yasutome and Momoru (sic) (James) Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center. 1/12/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome and James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome kneeling next to his 2-year-old son, James Mamoru Yasutome at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They both look at the camera and smile. Mamoru's face is blurry. Taken January 12, 1946. Handwritten note on back reads, "Jiro Yasutome and Momoru (sic) (James) Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center. 1/12/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome standing outside with his hands in his pockets, looking at the camera. Taken at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in January 1946. A portion of a building is visible in the background. There is a decorative flower edge on the right side of the print. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "Jiro Yasutome (Jerry), Jim's father," and, "1/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

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Toshiko Morioka Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Toshiko Morioka Yasutome standing in front of a building at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. She is the mother of James Mamoru Yasutome. There is snow on the ground. She wears a skirt and has her hands crossed at her waist in front. Handwritten notes on back read, "Toshiko Moriaka (sic) Yasutome (mother of James M. Yasutome)," and, "1/27/46." This is a duplicate print of photograph OrgLot762_B1F1_009. The date handwritten on this print (01/27/46) is inconsistent with the date written on the duplicate print (01/01/46).The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of James Mamoru Yasutome kneeling on the ground at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. He is 2-years-old. There is an exterior wall of a building behind him. Taken in January 1946. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "Jim," and, "Momoru (sic) at Tule Lake. 1/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome and James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome kneeling and holding his 2-year-old son James Mamoru Yasutome at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They are outside, kneeling on the ground in front of a building. Both look at the camera. Taken in January 1946. Handwritten note on back reads, "1/-/46. Jiro & Mamoru Yasutome (James)." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

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Toshiko Morioka Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Toshiko Morioka Yasutome standing in front of a building at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. She is the mother of James Mamoru Yasutome. She wears a skirt and has her hands crossed at her waist in front. There is a decorative flower edge on the right side of the print. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "1-1-46," and, "Toshiko Morioka Yasutome. Jim's mother." This is a duplicate cropped print of photograph OrgLot762_B1F1_010. The date handwritten on this print (01/01/46) is inconsistent with the date written on the duplicate print (01/27/46). The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire Engine at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of a fire engine in front of the Tule Lake High School gym fire. A long hose extends from the truck and flames are visible in the background. Handwritten note on back indicates the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames and several scattered people watch the fire. Smoke rises from the fire. Handwritten note on back indicates that the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire Engine at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of a fire engine in front of the Tule Lake High School gym fire. The gym burns in the background and 2 large smoke plumes rise into the air. A few people stand by the fire engine. Handwritten note on back indicates the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Electrical workers, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Two men climb an electrical pole at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. Smoke from the high school gym fire is visible in the background. Handwritten note on the back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. Handwritten note on front indicates this is the gym. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. There is a person in the foreground. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. There is a long hose in the foreground and a small group of people watch the fire. Handwritten note on back indicates that the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. There is a long hose in the foreground and a small group of people watch the fire. Handwritten note on front reads, "TL Hi-Gym." Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome family

Yasutome Family, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Sadao Kurata Yasutome, Jim's paternal grandmother (left) standing next to an unidentified woman at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They stand side by side outside, and there is snow on the ground. A building is visible in the background. Taken on December 20, 1945. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "Sadao Kurata Yasutome, Jim's paternal g'mother (on left)," and, "12/20,1945." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

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