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Monday, November 6, 2017

PEACE NOT WAR IN ASIA and the Pacific!

A unity statement initiated by BAYAN-USA and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development

For over seven decades, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), the largest and oldest of the nine U.S. unified combatant commands of the U.S. Armed Forces, has carried out military invasions, exercises, wars, and occupations throughout Asia and parts of Africa. These include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, illegally storing nuclear weapons in South Korea, the destabilization of local communities and denial of their development due to U.S. military bases and military exercises, including drone warfare, in Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Guam, and the list goes on. The U.S. has over 180 military bases concentrated in this region alone. Everyday, the peoples of the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, Asia and the Pacific region continue to wage life-and-death resistance to US-led war and military occupation--the biggest obstacle to genuine peace, democracy, development, and security in the region. 

Asia is the largest market for U.S. exports, including military weapons exports, worth $600 billion. From November 3-14, Trump will visit five countries in Asia--Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Amidst escalating hostility, war provocations, and threats to “destroy” North Korea, Trump will seek to consolidate U.S. lackeys in order to secure U.S. military and economic hegemony in the region. Trump will seek to put pressure on the governments he meets with. Some of his stated goals include re-negotiation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and permanent deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system in South Korea.  Trump is expected to praise the Philippine military’s brutal implementation of the U.S.-instigated War on Terror in Mindanao and push for continued collaboration in intelligence gathering, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism between the U.S. and Philippines. The Trump administration will attempt to dominate the East Asia Summit in the Philippines, a regional gathering of state leaders where talks determining neoliberal economic policies will translate to greater U.S. military basing to protect U.S. trade interests and control major commercial shipping routes.

As Koreans, Filipinos, and peoples of the Asian diaspora, as well as peace activists, we stand with those in the frontlines of resistance to growing U.S.-led war, militarism, and neoliberalism in Asia and the Pacific, especially with those staging massive protests in Japan, Korea (where Nov. 4 is called ‘No Trump Day Action’), and the Philippines against Trump’s visit. 

We call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of U.S. military bases, personnel, agreements, exercises, war games, and all other operations from Asia and the Pacific, and for the US government to respect the sovereignty of the countries of the region, including their right to self-determination. We demand an end to inflammatory rhetoric and anti-people policies of this Trump administration, which has already implemented anti-democratic processes in the United States.
We invite your organization to sign on by endorsing this statement: SIGN HERE

Signed:
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
BAYAN USA

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Solidarity Statement for South Korean Youth Peace Activists Denied Entry into the United States

Solidarity Statement for South Korean Youth Peace Activists Denied Entry into the United States

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, fifteen South Korean youth activists were denied entry into the United States. Their delegation, Ban Trump’s Crazy action (BTC), was coming to the United States to protest Trump administration policies and proclamations toward North Korea – “fire and fury,” “totally destroy North Korea” - that are escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and threatening a second Korean War.

But when they arrived at Incheon International airport, U.S. officials blocked their departure telling the youth their ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) was not valid and that they needed hardcopy visas issued by the U.S. embassy. They later discovered that their ESTA approvals had been canceled earlier that morning. One member of their group who had earlier left for the United States was stopped at JFK airport, held in detention without access to a telephone, and scheduled for deportation the next day.

After being blocked from entering the United States, the delegation immediately held a protest at the airport and then moved to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul for a press conference. As peace-loving youth, they expressed shock at having been banned from entry into the United States. Their intention was only to protest Trump’s escalation of tension in Korea through dance, song, and marching, and to meet U.S. citizens who share their desire for peace. “Why do you fear us, Trump? We are not terrorists. Lift the entry ban now!,” they proclaimed. BTC will continue to protest their ban at the U.S. Embassy and hold peace vigils until Donald Trump’s arrival in Seoul on November 7th.

*Stand with BTC *

As organizations and individuals who advocate open borders, freedom of speech, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts, we strongly protest the U.S. entry ban of the members of BTC and demand a full explanation for this action and immediate reversal of this decision. We also forcefully oppose the Trump administration’s escalation of tension with North Korea, fully support South Korean peacemakers mobilizing to protest Trump’s visit to their country and preparing for mass demonstrations on November 4th, and stand in solidarity with all people - Koreans, citizens of the United States, and others throughout the world - unconditionally committed to preventing a second Korean War.

From people in U.S. standing for peace and no wars in the Korean Peninsula

Endorsing organizations:  (alphabetical order)
About Face
Action One Korea, Los Angeles
Baltimore City Green Party
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Catholic Workers
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
CODEPINK
Environmentalists Against War
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National
International Action Center, New York
International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco
Korean American National Coordinating Council, inc
Korean Peace Alliance, Los Angeles
Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Montgomery
Peace Action, National
Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles
RootsAction.org
Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US
Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and US militarism in Asia and the Pacific, National
TLtC Justice & Peace Committee
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National
US Labor Against the War
Veterans For Peace - National
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
World Beyond War

한국 청년 평화운동가들의 미국 입국이 금지당하다.



지난 10월 25일(수), 한국 청년 활동가 15명이 미국 입국을 금지당했다. 이들은 ‘방탄청년단’(방미 트럼프 탄핵 청년단)이란 이름으로 미국 주요 도시들을 돌며, 한반도의 긴장을 고조시키고 제 2의 한국전쟁의 가능성을 높이는 트럼프 미 대통령의 정책과 “화염과 분노”, “북한을 완전히 파괴” 같은 발언들을 규탄할 계획이었다.

방탄청년단이 인천공항에서 출국 절차를 밟으려 할 때, 미국 출입국 직원들은 이들의 ESTA(무비자 미국 방문 프로그램) 승인이 취소되었으며 미국에 입국하려면 미 대사관에서 인쇄된 비자를 받아와야 한다고 공지했다. 방탄청년단은 당일 아침에 ESTA 승인이 취소된 것을 그때야 발견했다. 다른 일행들보다 먼저 출발한 한 명은 문제 없이 미국행 비행기에 탑승했었지만, 미국 JFK 공항에 도착해서 입국 거부당하고 억류되었다. 억류된 동안 전화 통화나 접견이 금지되었으며 다음 날 비행기로 추방당했다.

미국 입국 금지 통보를 받은 방탄청년단은 인천공항에서 규탄 행동을 진행했고, 당일 저녁 광화문 미 대사관 앞에서 기자회견을 열었다. 방탄청년단은 “평화를 사랑하는 청년들인 우리가 미국 입국을 금지당했다는 것을 믿기 어려우며, 미국에 방문하면 춤, 노래, 행진 등 평화로운 방법으로 트럼프 정부의 한반도 적대정책을 규탄하고 미국 시민들과 평화에 대한 열망을 나눌 계획이었다"고 밝혔다. “트럼프는 무엇이 두려우냐! 우리는 테러리스트가 아니다. 입국 금지 조치 철회하라!” 라고 이번 사건을 규탄했다. 방탄청년단은 입국 금지 조치를 규탄하고 평화를 염원하는 농성을 미 대사관 앞에서 트럼프의 11월 7일 방한까지 이어갈 계획이다.

우리는 방탄청년단과 연대한다.

자유로운 국경 이동, 발언의 자유, 국제 분쟁의 평화로운 해결을 지향하는 단체와 개인들인 우리는, 미국 행정부의 방탄청년단 입국 금지 조치를 강력히 규탄한다. 그리고 이 조치에 대한 충분한 설명과 즉각 철회를 요구한다. 또한 우리는 트럼프 행정부의 대북 적대 정책에 반대하며, 11월 4일 트럼프의 이번 아시아 및 한국 방문을 항의하며 대규모의 집회를 벌이는 한국의 평화세력를 온전히 지지하고, 제 2의 한국전쟁에 무조건적으로 반대하는 한국, 미국, 전세계의 시민들과 연대할 것이다.

한반도에서의 전쟁을 반대하고 평화를 염원하는 재미한인들 및 시민들

Endorsing organizations:  (alphabetical order)
About Face
Action One Korea, Los Angeles
Baltimore City Green Party
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Catholic Workers
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
CODEPINK
Environmentalists Against War
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National
International Action Center, New York
International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco
Korean American National Coordinating Council, inc
Korean Peace Alliance, Los Angeles
Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Montgomery
Peace Action, National
Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles
RootsAction.org
Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US
Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and US militarism in Asia and the Pacific, National
TLtC Justice & Peace Committee
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National
US Labor Against the War
Veterans For Peace - National
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
World Beyond War

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moving Toward Peace: Urgent Statement Calling for De-escalation and Dialogue



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Urgent Statement August 9, 2017

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Tensions are higher than ever on the Korean peninsula, and now the US is threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. This is the moment when the call should be for talks and a de-escalation of tension – but Trump may push us towards World War III instead. The Trump administration’s threats of military attack have provoked North Korea to respond with its own plans for retaliation. And if provoked enough, North Korea has expressed its intentions to launch a missile strike on US bases in Guam. Therefore, Trump’s threats of pre-emptive strike on North Korea heighten war danger in the Asia Pacific region and the world.

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development calls on the US government to start talks immediately, without preconditions, and for both the US and North Korea to stand down.

Koreans are only too familiar with devastating war. The Korean War – which never ended since there is still no peace treaty, left 4 million dead in 1953. If fighting were to break out again, it would be nuclear, and not only would thousands die on the peninsula, but most of Asia would probably be devastated as well. And should a retaliatory missile hit the US – the thought is too terrible to imagine, and so the road to war has to be averted.

It’s clear that current US policy – of sanctioning and threatening North Korea, and demanding denuclearization before talks, is not working. The time to talk is now, Tillerson needs to go to Pyongyang, and the US should do everything it can to stop a potential tragedy.


No to War! Peace talks now!

To sign Moveon petition to stop provocation, click here

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Love and Korean Democracy— with Jimin Han, Yoojin Grace Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim (AAWW EVENT)

Nodutdol is proud to co-sponsor AAWW’s June 22 event below:

Asian American Writer’s Workshop presents:

Love and Korean Democracy— with Jimin Han, Yoojin Grace Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim

AAWW is celebrating two Korean American novelists whose new novels interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics: Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, both born in Seoul. Both books follow university students, whether in the US and in Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate to the turbulent changes in South Korean society. President Park Chung-hee’s 1970s authoritarian industrialization lays in the background of Wuertz’s novel, while Han’s flashes back to the student protests that helped inculcate Korean democracy.  Moderated by former AAWW Open City Fellow E. Tammy Kim of The New Yorker editorial staff.

The event will be on AAWWTV, livestreamed on Facebook. We debuted our livestream earlier this year with our Maxine Hong Kingston event with 8k+ views!

If interested, we ask that you share the word via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Info and RSVP link can be found here:
rsvp at eventbrite

Facebook event link is here:
facebook event page

And, Facebook Promo:
facebook promo page

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Applications open for KEEP 2017!

The 2017 Korean Education and Exposure Program (KEEP) will bring experienced grassroots organizers from the Korean diaspora to meet with activists and organizers in South Korea. KEEP sets out to build a vision for a strategic transnational movement against militarism and fascist leadership and for worker’s rights and peace on the Korean peninsula. Participants will meet with South Korean movement leaders including labor and anti-militarism organizers. This one-week delegation will take place in November 2017 (specific dates to be determined).

When: 1 week in November

How to apply: www.tinyurl.com/keep2017

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

STOP THAAD: Koreans Struggle for Peace

Stop THAAD: Koreans Struggle for Peace

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM

WHERE: King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) 53 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about Trump’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju and Gimcheon, South Korea, have been rallying and holding candlelight vigils for the past 8 months against the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their region. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects, claim its real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero for counterattacks. Why is this happening? What is THAAD?

Learn about this struggle from the front line activism of Mrs. Sounghey Kim, a leader in the citizen’s resistance leadership, and other speakers on the broader global context that underlies this latest conflict.

This National Tour is sponsored by Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asian and the Pacific, with support from Korea Policy Institute, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

This New York event is being cosponsored by Nodutdol, the Department of History and the A/P/A Institute of New York University, Bayan USA, Vets for Peace, NYC Chapter 34, The Granny Peace Brigade, and International Action Center.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

PINKS Documentaries In NYC 2017 (연분홍치마 뉴욕 상영회)

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PINKS (from Korea) Documentaries In NYC 2017 (연분홍치마 뉴욕 상영회) - April 1 (Saturday) - April 4 (Tuesday)
- Four days of New films from Korea - and Talks with Directors

For the first time in New York, a series of documentary films from Korea addressing issues rarely seen by American audiences.  Films on LGBTQ and Workers’ struggles, a feminist fashion designer, and the tragedy of state violence against citizens over gentrification, these films represent the range of struggles that Koreans have been facing, and give some insight into a society that is currently wrestling with a presidential impeachment, bribery scandals, neoliberal labor policies, turmoil over U.S.military actions and a still tense situation with the northern half of the peninsula. Seven of the eight films presented are from PINKS: Solidarity for Sexually Minor Cultures and Human Rights! (http://pinks.or.kr/) an activist collective in Korea.

April 1 (Saturday) at SVA - MFA (136 W 21 St. NYC)
1) Two Doors (101 mins)
2) The Remnants (133 mins)
3) Welcome Party @ Nodutdol office

April 2 (Sunday) at SVA - MFA (136 W 21 St. NYC)
1) Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Transgendered Korean Adoptee (24 mins)
2) Miracle on Jongno Street (109 mins)
3) The Times of Our Lives (110 mins)
4) 3xFTM (115 mins)

April 3 (Monday) at SVA - MFA (136 W 21 St. NYC)
1) Nora Noh (93 mins)

April 4 (Tuesday) at NYU Silver Center 207
1) Goodbye My Hero (110 mins)



For more details, please see Facebook Event Page or wordpress


Registration
Please RSVP for each of the days at the link below:
Saturday, April 1: http://bit.ly/2mrbkrD
Sunday, April 2: http://bit.ly/2moOgYI
Monday, April 3: http://bit.ly/2lIWCNX
Tuesday, April 4: http://bit.ly/2nkqlJo


Please Donate to support this event at here

These seven documentaries were made in pursuit of the truth behind the state of sexual minorities’ rights that are being denied or worsened due to the Korean government’s stances against democratic values and human rights, as well as the scenes of people’s right to life threatened and workers’ rights violated by the state by documenting the stories of struggles of these Korean people standing up against the oppressive system. We believe that this screening will inspire the sexual minorities and people of the United States to find their own ways of resisting and building solidarity in their lives.

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