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June 2011

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JUNE 4: Join us for the KEEP 2011 Send Off + Fundraiser!

2011 Korea Exposure & Education Program Send Off & Fundraiser
Saturday, June 4 from 5:30 to 9:00pm

Join Nodutdol for an evening of celebration as we come together to send off the 2011 KEEP participants traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) this June. This night will feature a special program about North Korea, food, and the opportunity to be a part of this journey back to the northern half of our homeland.


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Unwed Mother and Adoptee Rights

On May 11, adoptees and unwed mothers gathered in front of downtown Kyobo Bookstore to serve 1,000 slices of donated cake from Mi n Mi Bakery for Single Mother’s Day, a celebration and outreach event to raise public awareness about unwed mothers’ rights. The event was organized in part by Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea (TRACK) and House of Korean Root (KoRoot).

As unwed mother Kim Deuk-won, 33, said: “Education is so important because I believe it is the most efficient way to change prejudices around us” (Korea Herald).

Single Mother’s Day seeks to encourage the government to support all single mothers regardless of their marital status, raise public awareness, and build international solidarity among unwed mothers and allies.

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Interview with Shim Sang-Jeong

Shim Sang-Jeong is a former labor movement activist and politician. She was the co-founder and leader of the Korean Democratic Labor Party in 2000 and won a seat in the National Assembly in 2004. She established the New Progressive Party (NPP) with Roh Hoe Chan, Cho Seungsoo and other members of the People’s Democratic faction on May 16, 2008. She was elected as co-representative of NPP in 2008.

Before joining politics, Shim graduated from Seoul National University and actively participated in the labor movement. She worked in Daewoo Apparel factory as a camouflaged worker in order to organize a labor union; and was one of the core organizers of the general strike in the Kuro industrial district in 1985, in which 44 workers were arrested and about 1000 were fired. She was on the wanted list for 10 years due to this general strike. In 1985, Shim was one of the crucial founding members of Seoul Confederation of Labor Movement, which extended the labor movement to anti-authoritarian and general people’s democratic movement. She worked to create several labor organizations: the National Council of Trade Unions (NCTU), Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), and Korea Metal Workers' Union (KMWU).

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Nodutdol eNews is the monthly e-mail newsletter of Nodutdol.Through grassroots organization and community development, Nodutdol seeks to bridge divisions created by war, nation, gender, sexual orientation, language, classes and generation among Koreans and to empower our community to address the injustice we and other people of color face here and abroad. Nodutdol works in collaboration with other progressive organizations locally, nationally and internationally as part of a larger movement for peace and social change.

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