Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Sign the online petition to House Speaker Pelosi
Above, is Lola Piedad Nobleza standing in the spot in Madalas, Aklan where she was abducted on Januray 16, 1942. She was stooped over cutting grass and when she stood she found two Japanese soldiers beside her, waiting to attack.
To support Lola Piedad and all Comfort Women, write the Speaker of the House, or if you’d rather, go to the online petition and sign it: http://www.gopetition.com/online/11466.html. The text is below.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
H 232 Capitol
Washington DC 20515-6501
Dear Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,
We the undersigned request you to support House Resolution 121-1H. We urge you to bring the House Floor to a full vote.
Historians and researchers in South Korea and Japan discovered several official war documents in the late 1980’s that established the existence and systematic abuse of WWII Comfort Women. They estimated 200, 000 young women were taken hostage by Japanese soldiers to serve as military sex slaves from all of South East Asia.
After fifty years of silence, surviving Comfort Women have broken the culture of shame to document their experiences of systematic rape and sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army. Their demands are simple -- they would like a formal apology and reparations for the war crimes they suffered, crimes that continue to affect their aging bodies in physically, mentally and sexually abusive ways. The women make their demands in order to reclaim their dignity, and ensure the safety of their own daughters, granddaughters and now, great granddaughters.
The surviving Comfort Women are mostly in their 80’s now. Many are dying. We urge Congress to act swiftly so that some may see justice before they pass away.
M. Evelina Galang, Miami, Florida