List of Endorsers

Please join us in stopping the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile system and the continued expansion of militarism in Asia and the Pacific. To endorse, please send the following information to no-thaad@mail.com

 

For organizational endorsements:

  1. Official title of the organization
  2. Location - City, State (if national organization, National)
  3. Contact person's name and email address - so that we can forward press release, published articles to them.

For individual endorsements:

  1. Name
  2. Location - City, State
  3. Email address

In addition to the five member organizations of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific, 90 organizations and 80 individuals have signed their names in endorsement of the "No U.S. Missile Defense in Korea" statement.

See the full statement and list of endorsers below.

 

No to U.S. Missile Defense in Korea

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. and South Korean governments announced a joint decision to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea.

The two governments assert, without serious evidence and contrary to expert opinion, that the THAAD system will protect South Korea from the threat of North Korean missiles.  For example, the U.S. Congressional Research Service finds that THAAD is unlikely to shield South Korea since it is designed to counter high altitude missiles, not those that North Korea would likely use against South Korean targets.

Moreover, the decision to deploy THAAD in South Korea, and to continue with last summer’s U.S.-South Korea war games, occurred in spite of offers by North Korea to freeze its nuclear weapons programs if Washington and Seoul would stop the war games.  North Korea has since continued testing its ballistic missiles; it conducted its fifth nuclear explosion, September 9, 2016, and continues to pursue its goal of fitting a nuclear warhead on top of an ICBM missile.

The U.S. THAAD deployment in South Korea is part of the U.S. “pivot” to the Asia Pacific.  It expands the already significant network of U.S. “missile defense” systems encircling China and Russia.  These systems give the United States a significant, although fleeting, military advantage in any future confrontation since they give the United States military the potential to neutralize an opponent’s ability to retaliate.  The expansion of this network appears to reflect a broader U.S. decision to change its military posture from one of deterrence to that of first strike.

The determination of the US government to use an expanding regional military presence to boost its regional political influence comes at high cost.  For example, this strategy intensifies regional military tensions, fuels a new arms race, and increases the possibility of a new war on the Korean peninsula.  In doing so, it also undermines the national sovereignty and democratic aspirations of people in other countries, in this instance those in South Korea.

A growing number of South Koreans are fighting to block deployment of the THAAD system in their country.  They correctly fear that its deployment will draw their country into an anti-Chinese alliance with the United States and Japan, embolden militaristic and anti-democratic political forces in their own country, and exacerbate tensions between North and South Korea. They also worry about the negative health effects that appear associated with the operation of the THAAD radar system.  Also of concern is the cost of the THAAD system--estimated at $1.3 billion, plus an additional $22 million each year for operating and sustainment--will be borne by South Korean and U.S. taxpayers.

Very little is known in the United States about THAAD and the opposition of South Koreans to its deployment in their country, and of recent diplomatic overtures by North Korea to reduce tensions on the peninsula. Yet, its deployment should also be of concern to people in the United States.  We also will suffer if our country again goes to war.  And even if the worst is avoided, the continuing development of new and more destructive weapons systems draws precious resources away from needed domestic social programs.

After decades of disastrous military engagements abroad, we need a new approach.  We urge the U.S. government to move away from policies that escalate military tension and redraw Cold War-era lines in favor of policies that seek to resolve conflicts, peacefully, through diplomacy and dialogue. Toward that end, we urge the U.S. government to rescind its decision on THAAD deployment in South Korea, and to pursue all possible avenues for reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula by re-engaging in diplomacy with North Korea.

Endorsing Organizations (90 total):

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER)

Alliance for Global Justice, USA

Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, National Office, U.S.A.

Alternative News, County Westmeath, Ireland

Anakbayan USA, National Office, USA

Asian Americans for Peace and Justice, USA

Asian Americans United, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Association d'amitié franco-coréenne (France-Korea Friendship Association), Paris, France

Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Sydney, Australia

BAYAN USA, National Office, USA

Blue Vigil in Solidarity with Okinawa in New York, New York, New York

Brandywine Peace Community, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), London, United Kingdom

Chicago Action Network for Peace, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Code Pink, National Office, USA

Comité Boricua Philadelphia-Camden, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, National Office, USA

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Washington, DC, USA

Eclipse Rising, National Office, USA

Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concern, Northern California, USA

Eyak Preservation Council, Cordova, Alaska, USA

Freedom Road Socialist Organization, National Office, USA

Foro Contra la Guerra Imperialista y la OTAN (Forum Against Imperialist War and NATO), Madrid, Spain

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

The Granny Peace Brigade, New York, New York

Green Party, US - National Office

Hawaiʻi Okinawa Alliance, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi

Hiroshima Day Committee, Sydney, Australia

Hope Alliance of New York, Metropolitan New York, USA

Ieumsae, Korean Drumming Group, Oakland, California, USA

International Action Center, National Office, USA

International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco, CA

International Peace Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland

June 15 U.S. Committee for Reunification of Korea, National Office, USA

Korea Policy Institute

Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, Kurtistown, Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi

Marrickville Peace Group, Marrickville, NSW, Australia

MAUI PEACE ACTION, Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Moana Nui Action Alliance, Los Angeles, CA

Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, National Office, USA

National Campaign to End the Korean War, National Office, USA

National Lawyers Guild, National Office, USA

NewsPro, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, USA

New South Wales branch of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN-NSW), Sydney, Australia

New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), New York, New York

New York Catholic Workers, New York, New York

The New York Catholic Worker, New York, New York

New York City War Resisters League, New York, New York

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development

NO NATO LIST, ITALY (National)

NO WAR NET, ROME, ITALY

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - Santa Barbara, California, US

Okinawa Environmental Justice Project, Okinawa, Japan

One Heart for Justice, Northern California, USA

Palestine Information Website, Taiwan

Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification (PKAR), National Office, USA

Party for Socialism and Liberation, National Office, USA

Peace21, Los Angeles, California, USA

Peace Action, National Office, USA

Peace Action Manhattan, local affiliate of Peace Action New York State, NYC, New York, USA

Peaceful Skies Coalition - National Office (Taos, NM)

Peace Works, Brunswick, Maine, USA

Philadelphia Branch Workers World-Mundo Obrero Party, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Philadelphia International Action Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Philadelphia Committee for Peace and Justice in Asia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Popular Resistance, USA

Raging Grannies, New York, New York, USA

“Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace”, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

RootsAction.org, USA

Scientists for Peace & Sustainability, National Office, Germany

Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea

Stop Police Terror Project DC, Washington, D.C., USA

Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience US, National Office, USA

Swedish Peace Council, Stockholm, Sweden

TLtC (The Least of these Church): Justice and Peace Committee, New York, NY, USA

United for Justice with Peace (Boston), Cambridge, Massachusetts

United for Peace and Justice, National Office, USA

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National Office, USA

U.S. Peace Council, National Office, USA

Veterans for Peace, National Office, USA

Veterans for Peace, NYC Chapter 034, Santa Fe Chapter 055, San Francisco Chapter 069, USA

Western States Legal Foundation, California, USA

Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women Cross DMZ, National, USA

Women’s Fightback Network, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Women for Genuine Security, National Office, USA

World Beyond War, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Bradford, United Kingdom

 

Endorsing Individuals (80 total):

Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, MIT, Boston, Massachusetts

Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General, New York, New York

Ingeborg Breines, Nobel Peace Laureate, former Co-president International Peace Bureau and former director of UNESCO, Oslo, Norway

Bruce Cumings, Chair of the History Department, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Ann E. Ruthsdottir, Brunswick, Maine

Rob Mulford (War Resister) Write-In Candidate for United States Senate, Alaska, U.S.

Ronald Fujiyoshi, Hilo, Hawaii

Ramsay Liem, Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts

Seung-Hee Jeon, Belmont, MA

Dohee Lee, Oakland, California, USA

Joseph Gerson (PhD), Co-Convener, Peace & Planet Network & Vice-President, International Peace Bureau

Dave Webb, Leeds, UK

Tim Beal, Ph.D. Featherston, New Zealand

Jenny Clegg, Manchester, United Kingdom

Brinton Lykes, Ph.D. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

Rev. Duk Jin Hong (DC Methodist Church), Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Simone Chun, Seattle, USA

Og Lim, Boston, USA

Dongseong Oh, Toronto, Ontario CANADA

Kelly Lee, Toronto, Ontario CANADA

Michelle Kim, San Diego, California, USA

Oh Sun Myung, Yongin, Kyungki-do, South Korea

So Young Jeon, Gimcheon, South Korea

Taewon Kwon, Beecroft NSW, Australia

Hyojung Kim, Strathfield NSW, Australia

Youngju Jun, Fremont, CA, USA

JaeHo Lee, Busan, South Korea

Hyungman Choi, Kimcheon, South Korea

Tom Boughan, Cowan, Tennessee, USA

Batur Talu, Istanbul, Turkey

Barbara and Jim Dale, Decorah, Iowa, USA

Rael Nidess, M.D., Marshall, Texas, USA

Lisa Grant, Ukiah, California, USA

Madeline Shaw, Slate Hill, New York, USA

Angelo Baracca, Florence, Italy

Cooang Moon Co, Kwangmyung-si, Kyungki-do, South Korea

Lee Sang Woong, Gyeonggi-do Goyang-si, South Korea

Ingeborg Breines, former Co-president International Peace Bureau and former director of UNESCO, Oslo, Norway

Leonard and Ellen Zablow, New York, NY

Youchan Jeong, Seoul, South Korea

Yunju Nam, Buffalo, New York, USA

Hyun-Jin Jun, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Seok Heo, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Lee Bomi, Seong-ju, South Korea

Luke Zannes, London, United Kingdom

Thomas Burns, Conifer, Colorado, USA

Brian Park, Seattle, Washington, USA

Jungeun Lee, Seoul, South Korea

Yunju Nam, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Owen Miller, UK

Geumsoon Yoon, Seongju, South Korea

Cho Rong Hwang, Seoul, Korea

Seung Soon Jang, Georgia Institute of Technology, Marietta, Georgia, USA

Logan Tamburo, West New York, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Moon Jae Pak, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Ki-Jung Moon, Taegu, South Korea

Brian Reynolds, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Carl-Philippe Pierre-Paul, Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA

Jimmy Brash, Parsippany New Jersey, USA

Olivier Bouchard, Paris, France

HyunKyoung Jeong, Busan, South Korea

Veda Hyun-Jin Kim, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Pilar Castel, Rome, Italy

Ben Tao, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Bon Chung closter, New Jersey, USA

Bill Adamski, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jaekeun Kwak, DaeJeon, South Korea

Hyeseon Kim, Port Matilda, PA, USA

Jae Barclay, Incheon, South Korea

Sora Ko, Changwon, South Korea

Barry Kissin, Frederick, Maryland

Dr. Adam Broinowski, School of Culture, History and Language
The Australian National University

Rev. Pat Cunningham, Columban Justice and Peace, Korea, Seoul, South Korea

Adria Chilcote, Oakland, California

Seiah Kim, Boston, Massachusetts

Weiyi Kong, PhD Attendee of Political Science and International Relations Department of Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Dr. Emir Chen, Taiwan

Dr. Chein-hui Li, Taiwan

S. Unzu Lee, Stony Point, NY

Pauline Park, Chair of New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), New York, NY, USA