Stop THAAD in Korea – April 4 Launch of National Tour (Berkeley, CA)

Solidarity Candlelight Vigil, Bay Area, October 14, 2016

Tuesday April 4, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

University Lutheran Chapel, 2425 College Ave., Berkeley, CA

Featuring Rev. Sounghey Kim

Co-chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

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In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city.  The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North Korea ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects, claim its real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero for counterattacks.

Learn about this struggle from the front line activism of Reverend Sounghey Kim, who has been working with the residents of Seongju to lead the resistance against the THAAD deployment, and from Korea peace activist, Juyeon Rhee, who is accompanying Rev. Kim and will comment on the broader U.S./Korea alliance that forms this latest conflict.  Rev. Kim and Juyeon Rhee will be welcomed by a performance by the Bay Area Korean drumming group, Ieumsae.

Bay Area sponsors for this program are Ieumsae, HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans), Women for Genuine Security and Veterans for Peace, San Francisco Chapter.

The National Tour is sponsored by Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asian and the Pacific, with support from Korea Policy Institute, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

The Task Force consists of the following organizations: ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, Korea Policy Institute, Philadelphia Committee for Peace and Justice in Asia, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, and Veterans for Peace, National Office.

 

SPEAKER BIOS

 

Rev. Sounghey Kim

Rev. Kim is part of the Reunification working group, Moryu, within the Won Buddhist order, and since July 13, 2016 she has been part of the daily candlelight vigils against THAAD deployment, standing with the residents of Seongju and never missing a single day.  She has also been part of the overnight sit-ins at the bridge leading to the Lotte Golf Course – the site selected for THAAD deployment.  Rev. Kim is co-chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD deployment and a member of the Executive Committee of the Task Force to Protect the Sacred Ground of Seongju within the Won Buddhist order.

 

Juyeon Rhee

Ms. Rhee is a first generation immigrant, living in the metropolitan New York area. She is a volunteer organizer of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and a board member at Korea Policy Institute. Her work is focused on de-militarization of the U.S. and peace and unification of Korea.  

 

Ieumsae

Ieumsae is a Corean drumming collective that carries on the traditions of the peasant farmers in our homeland.  HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) and Ieumsae (ee-um-seh) represent a non-hierarchical collective of young Koreans in the Diaspora living in the Bay Area. They organize for economic and racial justice from their broad intersectional experiences as Korean immigrants, feminists, queer folks, trans folks, mixed race folks, and adoptees.

 

Bay Area sponsors for this program are Ieumsae, HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans), Women for Genuine Security and Veterans for Peace, San Francisco Chapter.

 

 

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