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NEWS | March 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jeju Gangjeong related events - NY/NJ

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2-5 pm
Location: Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall, the New School, 55 West 13th Street, Room I205, New York, NY 10011
“If You Don’t Give Up, You Can’t Lose.”


Hee Eun “Silver” Park and Paco Michelson, peace activists from the Jeju Island Anti-Naval Base struggle will be traveling across the US in March and April to share the story of the struggle through the screening of a new full-length documentary, and speaking about their personal experiences on Jeju Island, Korea.

Since 2007, the people of Gangjeong and their supporters have struggled everyday against state violence, corporate power, war profiteering, and environmental destruction. They have done so nonviolently and passionately. As a result of their work for peace, the tiny village of Gangjeong now has one of the highest “crime” rates in all of South Korea. More than 220,000 police officers (as of 2012) have been stationed in Gangjeong. So far, more than 700 arrests have been made, leading to approx. 200 court cases for more than 650 people, approx. $270,000 in fines levied, and 46 imprisonments. More than 30 internationals have been blacklisted, deported, or denied entry. All for the “crime” of peacefully resisting the construction of a naval base that threatens villagers’ livelihoods, the local ecology, and the peace of northeast Asia.

Silver and Paco will be speaking about the situation and struggle as well as sharing their personal experiences and those of their friends on Jeju.  They will also be raising funds for legal costs of the activists and villagers of Gangjeong. Many of Gangjeong villagers are farmers whose struggle for justice has meant sacrificing their crops. Many Gangjeong supporters work full-time for the struggle and rely on odd jobs and occasional field labor to survive. The fines are increasing and many people owe thousands of dollars they cannot afford to pay.

Come out to this event and hear the story, see the struggle, and donate to the brave peacemakers who are giving everything they can in this fight for justice.

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Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Nodutdol, NYU Department of History, and NYU Department of East Asian Studies.
Location: Cantor Film Center, New York University, 36 E 8th St (bet. Greene St. and University Place), Manhattan, NY 10003
Film Screening of “Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing”


The Gureombi Rocks of Jeju Island are a unique land formation of boulders made from lava. Created by Director Cho Sung-bong, this film shows the desperate struggle of Gangjeong villagers and peace keepers on a daily basis to prevent a naval base from being built nearby and destroying the beautiful scenery of the World Natural Heritage site. It’s 100 min-long. One day only.  Silver and Paco will be presenting the film of Korean director Sung Bong Cho, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing followed by a Q&A.

Inquiries to:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Rutgers University, Davison Hall, Room 128 (Douglas Campus), 26 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Film Screening of “Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing”


At Rutgers University, Silver and Paco will be presenting the film of Korean director Sung Bong Cho, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing followed by a Q&A.  Contact:

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