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June 2010

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June 22-26th: Three Nodutdol members will head to the US Social Forum in Detroit to participate in a panel with War Times and Peace Action, and walk in an anti-militarism fashion show, launching our month of activities to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

June 25- July 27th: Commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War in Washington DC- Nodutdol, the Peace Treaty Campaign to end the Korean War, and allies around the country will participate in a series of events from June 25th to July 27th, culminating in a weekend of actions in DC, all of which will mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean war and calling for a true demilitarized zone and an end to the Korean War, beginning with a peace treaty. Involving art, film, oral histories, and

Ways to help:
1) Join the DMZ to DC working group: We have weekly conference calls Tuesdays at 7pm.
2) Volunteers can also help in the following ways: Help make the art project in New York to bring to DC, outreach to DC groups, collect or share Korean War oral histories.

Nodutdol’s Korean Language Program will offer summer session from July 13 to August 10.The summer class will learn the Korean language through studying Korean songs and poetry. In the fall, Nodutdol will offer beginner I and Intermediate I classes. The tentative schedule for the fall session is 9/14- 11/16. Stay tuned for registration information later this summer. If you are interested, please contact us at or 718-335-0419.

Save the date- Sat. July 10th: KEEP (Korea Exposure and Education Program) Fundraiser -Nodutdol’s KEEP program is sending 14 participants this year! We aim to raise funds to donate to South Korean organizations and help offset participant fees. Please join us!

Nodutdol and Asian-American Writers Workshop collaborate to bring you two events in June as part of Neighborhood Word, a literary tour held in Queens for communities that don’t normally have access to literary events. Both will be held at Nodutdol’s office (53-22 Roosevelt Avenue, 2nd floor)

Monday, June 22nd, 7-9pm: Tracking Changes: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Gina Apostol, and Purvi Shah
How does movement – social, political or physical – affect our personal identities and those placed upon us? Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Gina Apostol, and Purvi Shah each address the shifting nature of identity and its relationship with movement in different ways. Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s most recent collection of poetry focuses on Korea and explores how national structures and identities affect human psyches. Gina Apostol’s work explores the affect of both historical events and the written word on her characters. Purvi Shah’s work explores migration as potential and loss.

Monday June 28th, 7pm: A Somebody’s Daughter: A Discussion on Transnational Adoption featuring David L. Eng, Jared Rehrberg, Wendy Lee, Marie Lee, and Misoon Yang
In the United States alone, more than 139,000 children have been adopted internationally in the last ten years--many of whom were born in China and Korea. Transnational adoption is rewriting how we understand Asian American identity--by implicating parents of non-Asian American descent who are eager to connect their children with their heritage, and adoptees who are Asian by heredity but often do not know what it means to be Asian American. This innovative evening presents writers from diverse backgrounds: Musician and adoptee Jared Rehrberg; author and adoptee Mi Soon Burzlaff; Professor David Eng, the author of a recent academic book on adoption; Wendy Lee, the author of a recent novel featuring Chinese adoption; and Marie Myung-Ok Lee, a Young Adult's writer who has written adoptee characters.

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Nodutdol Joins International Movement for a Nuclear-Free World

On May 2, as heads of states gathered at the United Nations to discuss the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), Nodutdol marched with peace activists from around the world to call for nuclear abolition. Nodutdol Co-Director Andy Marra spoke in front of a crowd of 15,000 gathered at Times Square. “The United States maintains OPLAN 5027 that allows for preemptive nuclear strikes against North Korea,” she said. “We’re working towards a peace treaty to end this deadly nuclear confrontation between the United States and North Korea. And it is long overdue that we instead turn our attention to the state of healthcare, housing, education and labor in this country.” At the march to the UN, Nodutdol joined forces with BAYAN, Korean American National Coordinating Council (KANCC), and the South Korean delegation representing Solidarity for Peace and Reunification in Korea (SPARK), the Korea Democratic Labor Party, and People’s Solidarity for Social Progress.

On May 12, Nodutdol hosted “North Korea’s Bomb and the Road to Peace” - a teach-in on the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. Below is a collection of memorable quotes from the panel –

Joseph Gerson, author of “Empire and the Bomb” – “If you point a gun at someone’s head, even if you don’t pull the trigger, you’ve already used the gun. In the same way, the United States has historically used its vast nuclear arsenal to instill fear in the rest of the world to get its way.” “North Korea developed its nuclear weapons in response to security threats from the United States. The Bush administration listed North Korea as one of seven countries that are potential targets for U.S. nuclear attack.”

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Organizing low-wage immigrant Filipino Workers: Interview with ally organization Damayan

Damayan is a grassroots, membership-based organization of low-wage im/migrant Filipino workers, mainly women domestic workers--nannies, housekeepers, babysitters, elderly caregivers, personal cooks, and assistants. Its mission is to organize low-wage workers for their rights and welfare and to connect local issues to global systemic issues such as forced migration and labor export in the Philippines.

How has Damayan been involved in fighting for immigrants’ rights?

Damayan has been directly participating in the immigrant rights movement demanding humane and comprehensive immigration reform since 2006, when local Queens-based organizations working in directly-impacted communities united to build the power of those communities, project their voice and demand a truly pro-people alternative to immigration legislation. Since then, Damayan has been participating in national mobilizations while constantly connecting the issue of immigration to its ongoing programs and campaigns.

Why is immigration an important issue for Damayan and its members?

Damayan believes that labor and immigration are interconnected, and that immigration to the US is a matter of the interplay between labor export and labor import. By advancing the labor rights of workers we are also fighting for immigrant rights because we are asserting that the US economy depends on im/migrant labor.

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