US Grassroots Network

US Grassroots Network

About

The Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network is part of the global campaign Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War. It launched in 2019 to organize communities in the United States to call for a shift in US policy for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

It has chapters across the country in Atlanta, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Bay Area, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. It is a network of multi-generational Korean Americans as well as peace/anti-war activists working together to advocate for a formal end to the 70-year-old Korean War.

 

Korea Peace Bridge is a collaborative video dialogue featuring some members of the Korea Peace Now! grassroots movement to reflect on the 70th anniversary of the Korean War with other peace advocates. WATCH


OUR GOALS

The Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network aims to:

  • Increase public understanding of the unresolved Korean War as the root cause of the 70-year-old conflict between the US and North Korea
  • Advocate for the formal end to the Korean War with a peace agreement as the main solution to the ongoing US-North Korea conflict

KEY MESSAGES

  • The unresolved Korean War is the root cause of the conflict, as well as the intensifying arms race and nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Seventy years is enough! It’s time to officially end the Korean War with a peace agreement to reduce the risk of nuclear war and allow separated families to reunite.
  • The multiple crises we face today cannot be resolved militarily. It’s time to shift priorities from war and militarism to urgent human needs.
  • We must take steps to build trust and reduce tensions, such as suspending the costly and provocative US-ROK combined military exercises and ending sanctions that hurt ordinary people.
  • For lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, women and civil society must be involved at all levels of the peace process.

Download our factsheets here.


Take Action

  • Urge your member of Congress to support peace in Korea! Click here to add your voice.
  • Join our movement: Want to get involved in our work? Or book one of our speakers for your event? Contact us!
  • Stay informed: Sign up for our monthly newsletter and receive updates about ongoing actions and upcoming events.
  • Donate: We couldn’t do this work without the support of our generous donors. To make a tax-deductible contribution, click here.

Grassroots Chapters

Click on a state for coordinator contact information. To contact the national coordinators, please email Hyun Lee or Echo. States that are grayed out have no coordinators at this time.

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Generation Peace: Email Echo

Korean speaking: Email Echo

Christian Caucus: Email Doug Asbury


Member Profiles

Caroline Mendoza

Caroline Mendoza

Where you live: Los Angeles, CA
Your representative: Linda Sánchez
Occupation: Student

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1. Why is peace on the Korean Peninsula important to you?
Peace should always be prioritized and is something that the Korean Peninsula is extremely deserving of after decades of war. This issue has become increasingly important to me as I learn more about it from groups like Korea Peace Now! and engage with fellow activists for Korea peace.

2. How has the Korean War (and the lack of resolution) impacted your life?
It deeply saddens and frustrates me to know that the country my family is from has remained divided and at the constant risk of war for 70+ years. The unresolved Korean War has also led me to become more invested in peacebuilding and anti-militarization efforts as a whole.

3. What is one thing you wish the US public or politicians knew or understood better about the crisis on the Korean Peninsula?
That the US is complicit in starting and continuing the Korean War, and that despite the majority of Americans not wanting to engage in wars abroad, billions of US dollars continue to go towards militarization of the Korean Peninsula.


Youngsun HanYoungsun Han

Where you live: Brooklyn, NY
Your representative: Yvette D. Clark
Occupation: Artist, Lecturer

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1. Why is peace on the Korean Peninsula important to you?
The ongoing conflict in the Korean Peninsula is a tragic affair that demonstrates the worst of humanity. I am intimately familiar with my family’s stories of how they were affected by the war, including being separated from other family members forever and leaving everything they knew behind. Even though I did not personally experience the war, it leaves a lasting impression, and I hope that other families will not ever have to endure this again.

2. How has the Korean War (and the lack of resolution) impacted your life?
I grew up with the legacies of my family’s trauma — especially my father’s side who fled from their homeland and lived as refugees for several years. It’s difficult to describe the sense of pain and yearning one has for their homeland, knowing that it’s due to an unresolved war. It’s formed a deep empathy for others on the peninsula who remain directly affected.

3. What is one thing you wish the US public or politicians knew or understood better about the crisis on the Korean Peninsula?
North Korea’s foreign policy and relations with the U.S. are greatly influenced by our actions in other nations. Our government’s unnecessary intervention in Iraq created incredible fear and an example that the same precedent would take place in North Korea. This led to a vicious cycle of increased rhetoric and threats of violence. A more peaceful approach in all of our foreign affairs will be the best way to de-escalate tensions and create possibilities for change.


Goo LeeGoo Lee

Where you live: University Place, WA
Your representative: Marilyn Strickland, 10th Congressional District
Occupation: Quality Certification and Analysis at the Engineered Wood Association

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한반도의 평화가 왜 중요한가?
한반도의 평화는 이제 더 이상 한반도에 국한된 것이 아닌, 세계 평화의 완성이라는 상징성에 더 큰 의미가 있다고 생각합니다.

Why is peace on the Korean Peninsula important / personal to you?
Peace on the Korean Peninsula is no longer just a local issue. It has greater significance in that it is necessary for achieving world peace.

한국 전쟁 (그리고 분단)이 당신의 삶에 어떤 영향을 미쳤습니까?
지난 2001년 9/11 테러사태가 일어났을 때, 혹시 북한이 배후에 있을 수도 있다는 확인되지 않은 소문들 속에 불안한 며칠을 보냈습니다. 이렇게 남북이 전쟁으로 나뉘어져서 현재처럼 북미관계가 적대적으로 고착화되지 않았다면 그런 불안한 나날들은 필요치 않았을 것입니다.

How has the Korean War (and the lack of resolution) impacted your life?
When the September 11 terrorist attack happened in 2001, I was anxious for many days due to unconfirmed rumors that North Korea had masterminded the attack. Had Korea not been divided through war and had US-North Korea relations not been locked in perpetual hostility, I would not have spent those days in such fear and apprehension.

한반도의 위기에 대해 미국 대중이나 정치인이 알아야 하거나 이해하기를 원하는 것은 무엇입니까?
만약 우리 모두가 한국전의 전후의 역사 사실관계를 제대로 이해하고 있다면, 이런 비극적 상황은 이미 종결되었을 것입니다. 평화라는 선택을 바로 옆에 두고서 긴장이라는 벽을 조성해야 할 이유가 세상 어디에 있겠습니까?

What is one thing you wish the US public or politicians knew or understood better about the crisis on the Korean Peninsula?
If everyone knew the historical truth about the Korean War, such a tragic situation would have already ended. Why do we continue to build a wall through tension when the choice of peace is right before us?


Resources

  • Download our fact sheets on the Korean War and why we need a peace agreement
  • Download a PDF of our brochure
  • Download our social media kit, including graphics
  • Download Korea Peace Now! reports