A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
– Lao Tzu
It was a historic day in Ontario's Provincial Parliament, as MPP Soo Wong's Motion 66 passed unanimously, designating December 13th of each year the Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day on the provincial calendar. This is a huge step to memorialize a dormant but significant part of human history and bring justice to the survivors of World War II in Asia. The day ended with a beautiful candlelight vigil held outside Queen's Park. We are truly humbled and thank MPP Wong and her staff, as well as the volunteers who devoted themselves to the campaign for this motion - holding petition drives, writing to their MPs and MPPs, spreading the word through media - for their tireless efforts working toward this important goal.
In support of the 1000th Wednesday Demonstration in Seoul, S. Korea, ALPHA Education organized a peace rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa in December 2011. Over 500 people participated in the rally, including Canadian politicians, educators, and students. Wednesday Demonstration started in 1991 in S. Korea, with the goal to promote global awareness of the wartime “Japanese Military Sexual Slavery System” and seek an official recognition and apology from the Japanese government.
The Canadian Parliament unanimously passed the “Comfort Women” motion, introduced by MP Olivia Chow. The motion urges the Japanese government to offer an apology and compensation to the victims of the Japanese military sexual slavery. Prior to this significant advocacy milestone, there was a 9-month campaign driven by ALPHA Education in partnership with various Asian communities including the testimonies of four “comfort women” survivors who spoke to Members of Parliament.