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December 2010

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Happy New Year!

Nodutdol wishes you a happy new year! Thank you for another year of your support and for standing with us for peace. Your support makes our work possible.

Were you unable to make it to this year’s Kimchee Bowl? Did you forget to make your donation to Nodutdol? It’s not too late to give in 2010!

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Call to Action! Send a Letter to the White House Calling For a Return to Dialogue!

With the recent set of events on the Korean peninsula, Nodutdol is urging its supporters to take action and contact the White House! Please send a letter to President Obama calling for him to actively de-escalate military hostilities surrounding the Korean peninsula. To send a letter, simply follow the steps here:

Recent News & Commentary

Containing Crisis on the Korean Peninsula
The Hankyoreh - December 20, 2010

South Korea: Seeking Reunification by Live Fire?
Huffington Post - December 20, 2010

North Korea to Allow Return of UN Inspectors After Talks with Richardson
CNN World - December 20, 2010

Defending Korea Line Seen Contrary to Law by Kissinger Remains U.S. Policy
Bloomberg - December 17, 2010

No to war in Korea!

Emergency Forum at Brecht Forum where Nodutdol members and allies discussed strategies for
building a movement against US wars and aggression.

Earlier this month, in response to the recent threats of war in Korea, a week of protests both in the streets and online took place across the US. Poongmul drums and "Peace in Korea " chants were heard in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in NY. Nodutdol for Korean Community Development was part of a group of determined people at busy Herald Square December 3rd, shouting "Money for jobs and education not war!" The messages were clear- stop the threats of war on Korea, end the Korean War and shift the money spent on war to building schools, creating jobs, providing healthcare, and things people really need.

There were speakers from over ten organizations, including Nodutdol; International Action Center, Workers World Party, ANSWER Coalition, December 12 Movement, American Iranian Friendship Coalition, to name a few. Together, we represented a broad range of organizations and individuals working on various issues but unified in our call for an end to aggression by the US military and the need for a rethinking of priorities on how money is spend here in the US. A number of organizations highlighted the fact that just the day before, the Congress voted not to extend unemployment benefits to 2 million people. This while the military budget is in the trillions and a war in Korea would mean the justification of spending billions more. Today, the connection of the rising military budget to the endlessly decreasing budget for everything else is clearer than ever.

Speakers highlighted the fact that the recent exchange of fire and deaths came during the aggressive war games carried out by 70,000 US and South Korean forces, war ships and planes. Yeonpyeongdo lies in highly disputed waters, above the DMZ line but below the Northern Limit Line (drawn unilaterally by the US Navy in 1953) and just seven miles from the North Korean coast. The war games represent the constant pressure applied to North Korea, with simulations of an invasion by US and South Korea taking place right outside their borders annually. In response to the exchange of fire, President Obama sent the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier carrying 75 warplanes, proving the current administration’s position to not engage in diplomacy but continue to escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula.

As we shouted End the Korean War; Peace Treaty Now, thousands of passerbys listened to our message and took fliers. And while it was cold and we were tired after a long work week, we were inspired by each others’ act of resistance to being manipulated to think that the enemy is somewhere out there in the world. It was amazing to see the many different organizations and individuals come together as an expression of solidarity and we knew that we were standing with millions more around the world that call for an end to war.

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