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June 2012

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Nodutdol is Joining The Silent March to End Stop & Frisk on June 17, 2012!

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On this Sunday, June 17, 2012 (Father’s Day), Nodutdol will join People’s Justice and the Communities United for Police Reform Contingent in the Silent March against Racial Profiling and the NYPD Stop and Frisk policy.
We will meet at 110th St. and 5th Ave at 1 PM. Join Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Community groups to stand together and show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children and communities be victimized by racial profiling.

See you this Sunday!

KEEP Fundraiser June 30th - Save the Date!

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KEEP (Korea Exposure and Education Program) 2012 is holding a fundraiser!

When: JUNE 30th, Saturday at 6 PM!
Where: Project Reach, 39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10002
Program: Great food and drinks, Samulnori, reports from the current participants, traditional performances and music.
Admission: $20 suggested donation, but sliding scale!

Come and support this important program, and/or spread the word out. Thank you!

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News from the NYC Save Jeju Committee

A vigil was held May 23rd in Koreatown to build interest and support to stop the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island, a struggle that Gangjeong villagers have been waging for over 7 years. Further vigils and solidarity actions are being planned. For info on the Jeju struggle: http://www.savejejuisland.org or http://www.facebook.com/SaveJeju

Featured article: Our Sisters' Garden Plot and the KorUS FTA By Ben Cooper and Kellyn Gross

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Kellyn Gross and Ben Cooper are ESL teachers at rural Gangwon-do and are part of the International Strategy Center’s (http://iscenter.or.kr/) Media Team, where participants are exposed to issues affecting the Korean Peninsula and then through various media let others abroad know. Originally published at The Hankyoreh English edition on May 12, 2012

It's a cold day in February. Farmers and volunteers are making food boxes in a small warehouse in rural Gangwon Province, Korea. All of the farmers and most of the volunteers are Korean women. Everyone is bundled in dark coats, scarves and hats. They have formed a line alongside tables stacked with seasonal, organic produce and goods. Cardboard boxes are assembled at the table farthest from the door and passed on. First radish, then tofu, rice, beans, kimchi, greens and lastly eggs are packed into each box.

The farmers do this every Tuesday at the warehouse. From here, the food boxes are delivered to customers as close as the neighboring town of Hoengseong, and as far away as Seoul two-hours west. They are members of Our Sisters’ Garden Plot, and they are reconnecting rural food producers and urban consumers.

Our Sisters’ Garden Plot was started by the Korean Women Peasant's Association, or KWPA. The gardens stem from KWPA's native seed protection campaign in 2007. The idea was to build small-scale community cooperatives that practice sustainable food production, with the intent to provide local consumers with organic produce grown from native seeds. Hoengseong Women's Peasant Center General Director, Han Young Mi tells us,

“Since then our campaign, it got expanded to several campaigns. And we are launching a campaign to provide seasonal food for our consumers—indigenous seasonal food.”

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And More

Join the NYC Manhattan Pride Parade to march with Q-Wave and GAPIMNY on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Help strengthen the contingent by inviting more ally orgs and LGBTQ allies!
Get more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/319132004827571/.

The Upper West Side Community Campaign to Stop Sweatshop Conditions celebrates its 1-year anniversary! On June 29th, there will be a family-friendly event with musical performances by workers and youth to recognize the victories and key leaders of the Sweatshop Free campaign. There will be food and drink to share.

When: Friday, June 29 6-10 PM
Where: 214 W 97th St btwn Amsterdam and Broadway

And Save Another Date in July:

The National Campaign to End the Korean War will be sending people to Washington on the anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice – July 27th, to remind Congress, the Administration and other NGOs concerned about peace – that the Korean War is not over.
In fact, next July, 2013 will be the 60th anniversary of the Armistice – the temporary agreement to stop the fighting in Korea. It was supposed to be replaced with a peace treaty – which has yet to take place. A peace treaty would help change the state of war that exists on the Korean peninsula, as millions of troops face off, billions are spent on weapons – and millions of families remain divided between the North and South. Groups are organizing now for marches and events both in DC and in Korea in 2013 – to call for peace on the peninsula. To find about more about this campaign and what you can do, visit www.endthekoreanwar.org.

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