Crossings Fall Tour + Korea Peace Rally in NYC

Dear friend,

Since debuting at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in November 2021, Crossings has screened more than 75 times to audiences around the world. Now, having finishing the film festival circuit, Crossings will embark on an educational tour this fall at universities around the country. Screenings will include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30pm – University of Washington, 120 Communications Building, 2023 King Ln NE – Seattle, WA. Register here.
  • Friday, Oct. 13, 3pm – Rutgers University, Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, 169 College Avenue – New Brunswick, NJ* . Click here for more info.
  • Monday, Oct. 16, 7pm – Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Shreve Auditorium, 355 N Eagleson Avenue – Bloomington, IN. Click here for more info.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 4pm – The State Theatre, 233 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI. Click here for more info.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Deann Borshay Liem and Christine Ahn, and the event at Rutgers will be followed by a panel discussion with additional guests Women Cross DMZ Board Chair Aiyoung Choi and Rutgers Professor of Korean History Suzy Kim. Stay tuned for more Crossings screenings in San Diego, at Duke University, and at UNC Chapel Hill in November.

Upcoming Korea Peace events

This Saturday, Sept. 30, 2-4pm, join members of the Korea Peace Appeal campaign for a march and rally in New York City at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza and Ralph Bunche Park. For the past three years, the Korea Peace Appeal has been collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures calling for an official end to the Korean War. They plan to deliver the signatures to the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN Missions of the two Koreas, the US, and China. The rally will include speeches, performances, Korean traditional folk music (pungmul), and marches.

Also on Saturday, Sept. 30, members of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network will be tabling at the 5th Annual Bay Area Chuseok Festival at the Presidio in San Francisco. Click here for more information.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Korea Peace Appeal will hold a Civil Society Workshop from 3-7pm at the Episcopal Church’s National Office in NYC. They’ll share achievements and evaluations of the various movements and campaigns for Korea peace in South Korea, the US and internationally over the past few years and discuss strategies for future collaboration. All activists and colleagues who have been working for peace are invited to join. Please register in advance here.

Then on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30pm ET, the LIFT (Let Individuals Freely Travel) campaign will kick off its film series with a screening and discussion of People Are the Sky, the 2015 documentary by filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson that “offers some of the best political and social history of the relations
between North and South Korea, and also a contemplative exploration of
the meaning of home.” The screening is being co-hosted by the Korea Peace Now! Study Group and the Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network New York/New Jersey Chapter. Register here to watch online. Watch a clip below.

Finally, join the Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network Los Angeles chapter and GYOPO on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7pm for a conversation around “how we strengthen our social change roles, practices, and ecosystems.” Deepa Iyer, author of Social Change Now: A Guide for Reflection and Connection, will be in dialogue with Cathi Choi (Women Cross DMZ, Korea Peace Now!) and Alex Paik (Tiger Strikes Asteroid). The conversation will be followed by an exercise facilitated by Deepa Iyer where you’ll have a chance to map your own social change roles and strengthen your solidarity practices. At GYOPO, 801 S. Vermont Ave. #201, Los Angeles, CA.

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

P.S. Here is some recent media coverage:

US-based Korean activists call for peace after 70 years of war [Peoples Dispatch, August 1, 2023]

Faith leaders join call of peace treaty to end Korean War [The Christian Century, August 2, 2023]

After 70 years of war, it’s time for peace in Korea [Real Change News, August 2, 2023]

Activists demand Biden and Congress end war on Korea [Workers World, August 3, 2023]

[Interview] Christine Ahn/ Women Cross DMZ [Open Forum, August 8, 2023]

Peace advocates: It’s time to end the Korean War — the longest war in US history [Chicago Tribune, August 8, 2023]

Letter: Koreans deserve peace, reunions across border [Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 9, 2023]

Barbara Lee and Other U.S. Congresswomen Call For End to Korean War as Part of Peace Mobilization Marking 70th Anniversary of Armistice [CovertAction Magazine, August 14, 2023]

Korea Peace Conference Urges End to Longest War in U.S. History [CovertAction Magazine, August 15, 2023]

On a 70th anniversary,”han,” joy, and a history lesson [Korean Quarterly, Summer 2023]

On Korean War Anniversary, Activists Seek Formal Peace [Arms Control Association, September 2023]

VIDEO: Korea Peace Now & End the Korean War [Open Forum, August 23, 2023]

Opinion: I’m banned from visiting my family in North Korea. When will the U.S. change this policy? [Cathi Choi op-ed in The Los Angeles Times, August 24, 2023]

US extends ban on citizens’ travel to North Korea for seventh year [NK News, August 24, 2023]

The Korean War continues with Biden’s renewal of travel ban to North Korea [Peoples Dispatch, September 2, 2023]

Amanda Yee on Korean Travel Ban, Hyun Lee on Korea History [FAIR, September 8, 2023]

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