Shawn Collins spoke about his concerns regarding the Osborne Road Drainage plan and the impact/burden on the stormwater/drainage system on his property and other property in the area.
Kelly Ahn, resident in the metro Atlanta area, spoke on behalf of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force. The Task Force would like to donate a World War II memorial which honored over 200,000 girls and women from 13 countries who were trafficked and traded sexually, enslaved, and eventually killed by Japanese Army. The women were called Comfort Women. The incident was the largest example of systematic government controlled sex slavery in history. The Comfort Women history/story opens a bridge to the current day issues of trafficking, sex trade, and violence against women. The City of Brookhaven was already a leader against sex trafficking with the "We are not Buying" Campaign. The issue of Comfort Women was not about Japan bashing but was about safeguarding human rights of all women. He noted other agencies in Atlanta area failed to meet the challenge of honoring the Comfort Women Memorial, the task force hoped the City of Brookhaven on May 23, 2017, would be the first American city in the Deep South to approve the Comfort Woman Memorial. The Task Force would never forget and would teach the truth.
Jon Park expressed his support of the City of Brookhaven to host the memorial in memory of hundreds of thousands of young girls and women that were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II. He thanked the City for this decision. He spoke about the history of the Comfort Women that took place over 72 years ago. It was historical memorial to remember the suffering of sexually abused women during World War II. After 1991 people broke silence and we heard the stories. The memorial should serve to be a reminder that no one should have to suffer under such conditions again. He explained the memorial was never intended about Japanese bashing or discriminate against those Japanese people in the community. He explained that there were 38 surviving women in their 90s and before time ran out, would like to present opportunity for us to learn an important lesson form history and continue to strengthen movement against sexual violence in the future.
Deputy City Clerk Sandra Bryant reviewed rules of public comment. Mr. Sigman asked that applause be held until the end
Heather Fenton spoke on behalf of those supporting the art work. She commended the Council for their vision and their welcome of the art work. It provided respect to women of all nationalities. It provided something beautiful to something that was so ugly. It reflected of horrors of the past and energized us for the battle of today. She congratulated the City for their enlightened consideration of sensitive and thoughtful art work.
Helen Kim Ho noted she was one of the members of Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force. She addressed the City's Police Department was co-hosting an event on fighting human trafficking. She spoke on behalf of another member of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force. She spoke about human trafficking and explained there were people living in the Brookhaven area that were children and grandchildren of those comfort women. She thanked Council for leadership and consideration.
Soon Mee Kim was long time resident of Georgia and was a member of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force. She expressed gratitude for Council's consideration. She spoke about being of Korean distinct, proud Korean, and her knowledge of the Comfort Women now. It was during the issue of supporting the memorial, she had learned so much and the connection of what was happening today in the City and State. She asked for Council's consideration, courage and commitment.
Satyam Barkoh was in support but did not speak.