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[16days_discussion] Save the Date! Wed, Dec 14 ~ Solidarity Demo joining "Comfort Women" for 1000th Weekly Demonstration (TO/Ottawa)

Angela Lytle angelasabrina.lytle at utoronto.ca
Mon Nov 21 11:15:38 EST 2011


*For those in the Ottawa/Toronto region...*

*Save the date!*

*Share this information widely and encourage others to join!

Support the continued quest for justice of the former "comfort women"!*

*What?*   Solidarity Demonstration for the 1000th Weekly Wednesday protest
of the survivors of WWII Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in South Korea ~
the world's longest ongoing protest!
*When?*   Wednesday, December 14th
*Where?*:  Toronto/Ottawa
*How to get there?*  Buses will go from TO to Ottawa and back for a nominal
fee of $20--you must pre-register by clicking
here<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHc1bUVkeUpsZjhZTjFqdy0tV2l3cWc6MQ>


*Details:*
The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by
Japan (Korean Council), the organization that has been supporting Korean
and international surviving "comfort women" in their quest for justice and
healing for more than two decades, is calling on those of us around the
world to rise up and support the survivors on the occasion of the 1000th
and final Weekly Wednesday Protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in
Seoul.  They will be installing a commemorative sculpture at the site of
the protest, and are rallying to make a final strong effort towards pushing
the Japanese government to meet the seven demands of the survivors, for
which they have been demonstrating on the same spot since 1992.  Until now,
there has been no satisfactory official response by the Japanese
government.  Attached is a document produced by the Korean Council calling
for support at this time, highlighting many possibilities for action.

*How to support them in Canada*:  The Korean-Canadian & Chinese-Canadian
communities are mobilizing in response to the Korean Council's call for
solidarity demonstrations, and we are calling upon women (and men!) of all
backgrounds to step forward and show that this issue is not just an
"ethnic" issue, but is an issue of social justice and human rights that is
mirrored in the realities of violence against women around the world, in
both situations of conflict and in the absence of war. * Let us show our
solidarity with these courageous survivors, and by representing ourselves
there as feminists and feminist allies resplendent in all our diversity,
send the message both to the Japanese and Canadian governments that this
issue matters to all of us.*


If you wish to be kept in the loop as plans progress, please join our
facebook group at:
 http://www.facebook.com/groups/1381555796253

You can also email Angela Lytle at info at learnwhr.org for additional
information, or get in touch with Toronto ALPHA, the primary organizers of
the demonstration:  www.torontoalpha.org

Again, you must pre-register if you plan to take the bus from Toronto to
Ottawa and back with the group---follow this
link<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHc1bUVkeUpsZjhZTjFqdy0tV2l3cWc6MQ>

Note that a press conference will be held on Wed Nov 23 at the Korean
Canadian Cultural Assocation at 10:30 am
 (Location:  https://sites.google.com/site/torontokcca/)

in solidarity,

angela


-- 
angela lytle
executive director
women's human rights education institute
www.learnwhr.org
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