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Korea • Spring 2017 News

Youngsil calls in to consult with Nadine on Thursday evenings, when Nadine makes herself available for consultation to partners in Asia. Youngsil also joined the AWP Working Group calls. She feels Friends Peace Teams is a tremendous support to her. She would like to set up a successful peace education program in a Korean village famous for organic farming and sustainable lifestyles.

IPAN invited one of the Koreans to speak at their national conference in Australia. This umbrella group of around 50 organisations is united around the need for Australia to develop peace and promote independent foreign policies. The network was initiated after President Obama and Prime Minister Gillard announced US Marines would be stationed near Darwin on a rotational basis to train! Since then not only the US Marines now use the north of Australia but also US Navy and Air Force. IPAN has hosted a national conference for the past 3 years and now are organising the 4th one to be held in Melbourne 8-10th September 2017. They hope to build strong relationships with the peoples of the Asia/Pacific region who wish for peaceful independence, free of foreign military bases, most notably the U.S. Tthe strategic role the US is playing in West Pacific with bases encircling China is of real concern to IPAN, and they would like to learn from the struggle of the Jeju island people against the U.S. military base there and its affiliations with Samsung.

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No to Missile Defense in Korea

A national speaking tour

 

While presidents and Pentagon generals talk about building up America’s defense, people across the world are being forced to suffer from the impact – and are in greater danger than before.  Right now, the U.S. and South Korean governments are trying to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea. Expert opinion is that the system will probably not work, will have potentially dangerous radiation impact – and will absolutely not defend South Korea against the North.

Villagers in Seongju and Gimcheon South Korea have been protesting every day since July 2016 when the plan was announced, as their farms, homes and livelihoods are endangered. Their daily protests against THAAD in South Korea have helped to impeach the current South Korean president, Park Geun Hye.  Come hear Mrs. Im Sun-bun, a farmer in Seongju County, chair of the Soseongri women’s association and a fiery activist on the frontlines of the anti-THAAD movement.  With her, Hyun Lee, a member of the STOP THAAD task force, will present on the overall turmoil in South Korea today, what THAAD is, the role of the U.S. in spurring a new arms race in the Pacific –and what it will cost those living there and here.

The STOP THAAD task force of five US peace organizations is sponsoring this talking tour in California, New York, Massachusetts, Alabama and Washington DC to highlight this little known 1.3 billion dollar military plan that is heightening the war danger in Asia while putting millions of farmers and families at risk.

 

No to U.S. Missile Defense in Korea

Rev. Sounghey Kim speaks

 

Right now, the U.S. and South Korean governments are trying to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea – despite the daily protests against it.   Expert opinion is that the system will probably not work, may have potentially dangerous radiation impact – and will absolutely not defend South Korea against the North.

Hear from Reverend Sounghey Kim of Seongju, where residents had successfully fought off THAAD deployment in their village – only to see it now being attempted in a neighboring area. The U.S. is already sending mobile launchers to Korea, so the protests have heightened.

Villagers in Seongju and Gimcheon South Korea have been protesting every day since July 2016 when the plan was announced, as their farms, homes and livelihoods are endangered. Their daily protests against THAAD in South Korea have helped to impeach the current South Korean president, Park Geun Hye.

 

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Calvary Church (Basement), 801 S 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Speakers:    Rev. Sounghey Kim of the Won Buddhist Temple in Seongju and the Seongju Residents Committee to Stop THAAD. Hyun Lee, of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, and on the editorial team of Zoom in Korea, an online media site that provides updates and critical analysis of news related to the Korean peninsula.

For more information: (610) 790-9064 or (347) 283-6065

Endorsing Organizations: ANSWER Philadelphia, Brandywine Peace Organization, International Action Center, Philadelphia Chapter of Congress of Labor Union Women, Workers World Party

 

 

This speaking tour is being sponsored by the STOP THAAD task force of five US peace organizations is sponsoring this talking tour in California, New York, Massachusetts, Alabama and Washington DC to highlight this little known 1.3 billion dollar military plan that is heightening the war danger in Asia while putting millions of farmers and families at risk.