Not coming to DC? How you can participate in Korea Peace Action

Dear Friend,

We’re just days away from our Korea Peace Action: National Mobilization to End the Korean War in Washington, DC.

If you can’t come to DC, you can still be part of this historic action. Here are five ways to participate:

1. Watch the livestream of our “70th Anniversary of the Armistice on the Korean Peninsula” conference: Top military and nuclear experts, scholars, activists, and humanitarian aid workers will discuss the human impacts of the unresolved war and how peace can advance denuclearization. Plus a keynote address by noted Korea historian Bruce Cumings. Register here.

2. Urge your Representative to co-sponsor the Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act: We need more support for this bill calling for diplomatic solutions to the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Contact your Representative here.

3. Follow us on social media: We’ll be sharing images and videos from our three-day gathering in DC. Please share our posts with your family, friends, and followers to amplify our message of peace to the wider public. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

4. Watch Crossings: We’re excited to announce that you can now stream Crossings online! Deann Borshay Liem’s powerful film documents our 2015 journey from North to South Korea across the DMZ and provides an urgent and critical counter to the mainstream narrative of the Korean War and North Korea. Here are three ways to watch:

5. Donate: We’re still shy of our goal to raise $30,000 to help support 30 young Korea peace activists to attend our DC event. But it’s not too late to donate! Click here to pledge your support. 100% of the proceeds will go to supporting event costs.

Our Message of Peace In the News

Finally, I’m excited to announce that USA Today has just published my op-ed about why I started Women Cross DMZ and the importance of ending America’s “forgotten war.”

My parents, like many of their generation who lived through Japanese occupation and the devastating Korean War, came to the conclusion that in order to survive, it was best to stay silent. As a result, I knew almost nothing about my birth country or the forces that shaped it.

Read it here.

Here are other recent articles about Korea peace and Women Cross DMZ:

Deep Freeze: Ending Korea’s Armistice Agony [Cape Breton Spectator, July 12, 2023]

American nuclearization of the South set in motion the North’s long journey to the Bomb. It also revealed the peninsula as a local pawn in a global game, with Washington’s warheads pointed not just at Pyongyang but Moscow and Beijing, integrated into the Pentagon’s elaborately delusional plans to wage and win World War Three.

A Journey Across the Korean DMZ [WGBH, July 17, 2023]

Every film that [Deann Borshay] Liem has made touches on the war. “It’s the singular trauma for my generation and for the preceding generation that survived the war,” she said. “The war is what shaped me, it’s what shaped the Korean American community.”

Protests to call for end of Korean War, 70 years after 1953 ceasefire [Workers World, July 17, 2023]

The still-unresolved status of the war in Korea could result in a major military confrontation at any moment as the geopolitical situation in the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia rapidly deteriorates. Korea is on the frontline of the U.S.’s new Cold War against China — and the steady drumbeat for war shows no signs of letting up.

Berkeley filmmaker crossed the Korean DMZ for her new documentary [Berkeleyside, July 21, 2023]

“You can also see why crossing the DMZ holds such deep symbolic and emotional significance for Koreans,” Liem wrote. “To step across the DMZ represents a yearning to restore the wholeness of a nation with two millennia of common history, language and culture, and the integrity of countless numbers of families still torn apart by un-ended war.”

When the River Roars: 70 Years of Confusion [LA Progressive, July 22, 2023]

Doing peace work is an evolution of my grief for my ancestors whose lives were utterly destroyed by the war. Grief is an expression of my love, and that love never goes away.

In peace,

Christine Ahn

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