The Story of the Struggle to Stop THAAD – Rev. Sounghey Kim

Rev. Sounghey Kim, Co-chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment in South Korea

The Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific organized a national speaking tour that lasted from April 4 to 17. The tour focused on the South Korean people’s fight against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system. The Task Force collaborated with dozens of local peace and justice organizations in cities across the United States to educate people about the dangers of U.S. missile defense.

The speaking tour featured Reverend Sounghey Kim, Co-chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment in South Korea. She has been at the forefront of the fight against the THAAD deployment since July 2016, when the U.S. and South Korean governments first announced the deployment plan. Reverend Kim spoke about her participation in the daily candlelight protests in Seongju and more recent nightly prayer sit-ins to block equipment needed to construct the base that will host the THAAD battery.

On April 8, Reverend Kim and members of the U.S. Task Force stopped over in Huntsville, Alabama to give their presentation to attendees of Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space‘s (GN) 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest. The following is video of Reverend Kim’s presentation:

(Video courtesy of Will Griffin of The Peace Report)

The video below shows a presentation by Hyun Lee, NYC-based writer and activist. She is a member off the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea (member organization of the Task Force to Stop THAAD). She is also a Korea Policy Institute fellow and a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. Lee is co-creator of ZoomInKorea, an online news source for the Korean Peninsula. At GN’s conference, Lee presented on the historical context of U.S. militarims in the Asia Pacific region and the geopolitical implications for the THAAD deployment.

(Video courtesy of Will Griffin of The Peace Report)

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