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Friday, March 13, 2015

Jeju Gangjeong related events - NY/NJ

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2-5 pm
Location: Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall, the New School, 55 West 13th Street, Room I205, New York, NY 10011
“If You Don’t Give Up, You Can’t Lose.”


Hee Eun “Silver” Park and Paco Michelson, peace activists from the Jeju Island Anti-Naval Base struggle will be traveling across the US in March and April to share the story of the struggle through the screening of a new full-length documentary, and speaking about their personal experiences on Jeju Island, Korea.

Since 2007, the people of Gangjeong and their supporters have struggled everyday against state violence, corporate power, war profiteering, and environmental destruction. They have done so nonviolently and passionately. As a result of their work for peace, the tiny village of Gangjeong now has one of the highest “crime” rates in all of South Korea. More than 220,000 police officers (as of 2012) have been stationed in Gangjeong. So far, more than 700 arrests have been made, leading to approx. 200 court cases for more than 650 people, approx. $270,000 in fines levied, and 46 imprisonments. More than 30 internationals have been blacklisted, deported, or denied entry. All for the “crime” of peacefully resisting the construction of a naval base that threatens villagers’ livelihoods, the local ecology, and the peace of northeast Asia.

Silver and Paco will be speaking about the situation and struggle as well as sharing their personal experiences and those of their friends on Jeju.  They will also be raising funds for legal costs of the activists and villagers of Gangjeong. Many of Gangjeong villagers are farmers whose struggle for justice has meant sacrificing their crops. Many Gangjeong supporters work full-time for the struggle and rely on odd jobs and occasional field labor to survive. The fines are increasing and many people owe thousands of dollars they cannot afford to pay.

Come out to this event and hear the story, see the struggle, and donate to the brave peacemakers who are giving everything they can in this fight for justice.

Inquiries to:

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Nodutdol, NYU Department of History, and NYU Department of East Asian Studies.
Location: Cantor Film Center, New York University, 36 E 8th St (bet. Greene St. and University Place), Manhattan, NY 10003
Film Screening of “Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing”


The Gureombi Rocks of Jeju Island are a unique land formation of boulders made from lava. Created by Director Cho Sung-bong, this film shows the desperate struggle of Gangjeong villagers and peace keepers on a daily basis to prevent a naval base from being built nearby and destroying the beautiful scenery of the World Natural Heritage site. It’s 100 min-long. One day only.  Silver and Paco will be presenting the film of Korean director Sung Bong Cho, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing followed by a Q&A.

Inquiries to:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Rutgers University, Davison Hall, Room 128 (Douglas Campus), 26 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Film Screening of “Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing”


At Rutgers University, Silver and Paco will be presenting the film of Korean director Sung Bong Cho, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing followed by a Q&A.  Contact:

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Sunday, January 4, 2015


KEEP-D application deadline has been extended to January 31, 2015!

Attention friends and allies! The application process for KEEP-DPRK 2015 has started.

With the increasing attention as of late on human rights in the DPRK, this trip will seek to understand human rights and economic development through the lives of those who live there.

Participants will be fundraising to purchase medical aid, which we will deliver personally to a hospital of our choosing.

WHEN: 14 days in August or Sept 2015
DEADLINE: January 25, 2015
(Program begins February 15, 2015)

To request an application, please send an email to

Please feel free to email with any questions!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Statement for Jennifer Laude from API Peoples’ Solidarity

Statement for Jennifer Laude from API Peoples’ Solidarity
October 15, 2014


First and foremost, we send our love and strength to the family, friends and community of Jennifer Laude. In the same breath, we extend our love and strength to the trans and gender non-conforming community around the world, including comrades who are standing here today with us from the Audre Lorde Project and other organizations. We send our love, respect and strength also to Ferguson and to Shaw, where communities are rising in response to militarized police murdering their young black men Mike Brown & VonDerritt Myers.

I want to state with a strong voice that we stand with the Filipino community against the person who murdered Jennifer and against the Philippine government that has allowed US military presence in their homeland. Of course we stand in opposition to our own US government who is sending military to reside in places they do not have any business being, and militarizing our local police to drive tanks through communities when they peacefully protest. We stand with the trans and gender non-conforming community around the world whose beauty and wisdom is rarely heard outside of a memorial or a rally like this to commemorate a comrade whose life has been stolen by transphobia and hate violence.

API Peoples’ Solidarity members understand that Jennifer’s murder was not disconnected from the violent US military occupation of the Philippines. Member organizations of the coalition understand that the US has a larger goal of building economic, political and military power in the Asia Pacific region, and Jennifer Laude’s story is just one of so many hundreds of thousands of stories of why that goal is literally killing our people.

Chant: Stop the U.S. war machine, from Japan to Korea to the Philippines!

BayanUsa NationalAlliance
Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities
Civilian-Soldier Alliance
Eclipse Rising
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Island X
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Sloths Against Nuclear State - SANS


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Response to Recent Media Coverage and Statement by the Saenuri Ruling Party


Response to Recent Media Coverage and Statement by the Saenuri Ruling Party

September 25, 2014

Nodutdol, like many organizations and individuals around the world, is in support of justice for Sewol families. We continue to mourn this tragedy that still has no answers. It doesn’t require a special investigation to see that the Sewol tragedy affected everyone deeply, and that the campaign to pass a special Sewol law is a cause that many groups and individuals, especially school parents and concerned citizens, believe in. How would it be possible to take no action, looking at the greatest peacetime tragedy in Korea in the last twenty years? We are mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, and we grieve with the Sewol families who want to know what really happened and how it can be prevented in the future.

We are appalled that our participation in NY rallies calling for justice for the Sewol victims is being characterized as “’disgraceful’ by the spokesperson for the Saenuri Party and that the rallies themselves are being labelled as Nodutdol-led, when in fact, they were organized by many groups and individuals in the community.

We see these statements and media coverage as an effort to discredit and dismiss the voices of the many who want to seek truth and justice, and a familiar tactic throughout South Korean history to silence any dissent or criticism.  We recognize this as a serious and deliberate act to divide our Korean American community by the outdated cold-war ideology. 

This is what is happening to the Sewol families themselves, who in calling for justice, have also been labeled anti-government forces and redbaited by the Saenuri Party. For these families to endure such terrible loss, only to be dismissed in this way, is a terrible abuse of power.

Speaking out is not a crime. Standing for justice and truth should not be viewed with suspicion as an anti-state effort.

The Sewol tragedy, which claimed so many lives, should be the turning point in Korean society from which to value life and unite together to build a better world. However, the ruling Saenuri Party, in reviving the tactics of military dictatorships and labeling its critics as pro-North, are only serving to divide people and the Korean diaspora. Rather than expend energy and resources on such actions, the government should redouble its efforts to make sure a tragedy like Sewol never happens again. The public deserves to know the truth. The families deserve to ensure that their loved ones did not die in vain.

To repeat the demand of so many, we urge a rapid resolution of the Sewol Ferry Disaster.
Establish a Sewol Ferry Committee with independent power for investigation and prosecution!
Enact a special law providing for the Sewol Ferry Committee!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


Please join us on Saturday, July 19 to support this year’s Korea Education and Exposure Program. This year’s participants come from LA, the Bay area, Seattle, and Ohio. The trip this year is centered around privatization, neoauthoritarianism, and militarization. Over the course of two weeks, the delegation will meet with grassroots organizations and learn about their campaigns, including organizing for LGBTQ rights, the Sewol tragedy, and railway union workers.

Please come and learn about the participants and learn about KEEP’s site visits. The event will also include a performance by Skim, and attendees will be able to participate in an interactive solidarity art project that the delegation members will take with them on the trip.

Door: $10 / sliding scale
Cash bar
Light dinner will be served.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Statement of US-based Asian-Pacific Islanders and
Supporters of Peace

BAYAN USA, Nodutdol, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

April 7, 2014

We, Asian Pacific Islanders and peace-loving people in the US, denounce the US government’s strategic plan to increase economic, political, and military intervention in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of the so-called “US Pivot to Asia and the Pacific”. The said pivot aims to expand and consolidate long-running US hegemony over the region, as well as quell peoples struggles for social and national liberation across the Asia-Pacific region that have historically frustrated the interests of US empire.

We call for protests in April 2014, when US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines to further consolidate key allies in the region in line with its strategic economic and geopolitical agenda.

We stand with the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region who for decades have been struggling for self-determination and for genuine sovereignty amidst decades of US-led neoliberal economic policies in the region.

Speaking to a gathering of Pacific islander leaders in the Cook Islands earlier in 2012, State Secretary Hillary Clinton reaffirmed U.S. resolve to intensify its presence in the Asia Pacific region - “This is a vast and dynamic region – a key driver of global economics and politics.  That’s why I have said that the 21st century will be ‘America’s Pacific century.’” (August 31, 2012) This was echoed by Defense Secretary Panetta on his tour of the region the following week - “The United States recognizes that the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more important in our economic and diplomatic and security interests.”

U.S. determination to increase its projection of power in Asia is also reflected in the Defense Department’s 2012 Strategic Guidance, which outlines plans to distribute flexible, rotational troop deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region to ensure U.S. naval control of trade routes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.  The White House, the Defense Department, and the State Department have all pledged to protect its capacity for power projection in Asia from any future budget cuts.

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