Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network Newsletter | August 2023

Dear friend,

Next week, join our national monthly call on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 5pm PT/8pm ET as we share highlights and reflections of our time in Washington, DC, for Korea Peace Action: National Mobilization to End the Korean War! Considering the significance and historic nature of our gathering, we think it is important to contextualize our action in the history of Korea peace organizing in the United States. Along those lines, our national organizer Echo will give a brief history of the Korea peace movement in the US. Join the call here.

These calls will resume their regular schedule (second Thursday of every month) starting in September. Add these calls to your calendar here.

In other news…

  • TODAY, August 18, at 7pm ET, Axis of War: The Japan – Korea – US Trilateral Alliance. Learn about the dangerous implications of the new US-South Korea-Japan trilateral alliance for the Korean Peninsula and the Asia-Pacific region. Korea Peace Now!’s Cathi Choi will be among the speakers. Register to participate or watch on YouTube.
  • Korea Peace Action merch is still available! See below for shirts sported by chapter members in LA. Although we have sold out of visors, you can still purchase our limited-edition jogakbo T-shirts here.

Our Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network members have been busy!

  • New England chapter member and 30 Under 30 Activist Hayden Smith gave a presentation to New Hampshire Peace Action on the impact of the Korean War on his family and the importance of ending the war. Watch it here.

  • Chicago members Inhe Choi (HANA Center, Executive Director), Becky Belcore (National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, Co-Director), Youngju Ji (Korean American Peace Fund), and JeeYeun Lee (Korean American Peace Fund) wrote a compelling op-ed about the need to end the Korean War. Read it here.

  • Chicago member and 30 Under 30 Activist Alison Choi reflected on the DC mobilization, weaving together personal story and legislative advocacy. Read it here.

  • Hawaii chapter member Ann Wright responded to red-baiting attacks on our Korea peace movement. Read it here.

  • NorCal chapter member and Crossings filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem was interviewed in Berkeleyside. Read the interview here.

  • SoCal chapter coordinator Helen Kim wrote about a moving account about why she traveled to DC for Korea Peace Action in LA Progressive. Read it here.

  • SoCal member and national coordinator Cathi Choi explained why the Korean War must end for OtherWords. Read it here.

  • SoCal members Helen Kim, Yungsu Kim, Phillip Kim, Iris Kim, Julie Guaglianono, and Sheen Kim shared the work of our movement in LA last weekend at Maum Market’s Liberation Day Fair. See photos here.

  • Texas chapter member and 30 Under 30 Activist Jamie Kim and DC chapter member Cale Holmes published an article on our 70th anniversary of the armistice conference at George Washington University in CovertAction Magazine. Read it here.

  • Pennsylvania chapter member Joe Piette wrote about our Korea Peace Action in Mundo Obrero/Workers World. Read it here.

  • Pacific Northwest chapter members organized a screening of Free Chol Soo Lee in Olympia Washington, in partnership with the Olympia Film Society.

Other noteworthy media coverage of DC:

Upcoming events:

  • Saturday, Sept. 30: The San Francisco Bay Area chapter will be tabling at the Bay Area Chuseok Festival in the Presidio. Click here for more info. Contact Cathi (cathi@womencrossdmz.org) if you would like to volunteer!

All our best,

Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network Organizing Team (Cathi and Echo)

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