|WE, of the comfort women justice coalition, stand with you in solidarity today. As we think of the threat to Muslims and others today, we remember the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and we say: It must not happen again. As we think of the millions of Latinos who are threatened with separation of their families and deportation, we remember the Chinese Exclusion Act and we say: It must not happen again. As we think of the young Black men shot down in their youth and the millions locked up in US prisons, we remember the lynchings and enslavement that went on for hundreds of years and we say: It must not happen again. As we think of those Native Americans protecting their land at Standing Rock, we remember the centuries of genocide and the stealing of lands and we say: It must not happen again. As we learn that Supreme Court nominees want to make LGBT’s outlaws once again, we think of all those who have been bullied, jailed and killed for being true to themselves and we say: It must not happen again. As we think of all the young women who are victims of sexual violence both here and around the world we think of the 400,000 comfort women and we say: It must not happen again. We stand here in solidarity with all who are threatened by this nationalistic, xenophobic and oppressive “reality.” are you and you are us. It must not and will not happen again!|
This international design competition for the Comfort Women’ Memorial seeks art and design proposals for the selected site in St. Mary’s Square Park that address the desire to honor and remember those who have suffered and commit to the on-going fight for justice for the ‘Comfort Women’ and for the safety and equality of women and children around the world. Read More
The term “comfort women” euphemistically refers to an estimated 200,000 – 400,000 women and young girls who were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II. Read More.
‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition(CWJC) in conjunction with “Rape of Nanjing” Redress Coalition(RNRC) is starting a fund raising campaign to raise the target amount of $350,000 necessary to install the “Comfort Women” Memorial approved by the SF Board of Supervisors on September 22nd, 2015 in the city and county of San Francisco. Funds are also necessary to pay for artists, architects, land use designers, and other experts to develop, design, and build the memorial. Read more