Hyun Lee

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Hyun Lee speaking on January 20 2017 at event organized by ANSWER Coalition


Hyun Lee a New York City-based writer and activist. She is a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. She is also a Korea Policy Institute fellow and a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development.[1]

Korea Peace Network 2019 Advocacy Days

Korea Peace Network 2019 Advocacy Days Tentative Group Schedule.

Wednesday, March 13

  • 9:15 – 9:30 am: Remarks –South Korean National Assembly Member Kwon Mi- hyuk
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am: Panel 1 – Humanitarian Issues and the Peace Process

Panelists:

  • 10:45 – 11:45 am: Panel 2 – The Process and Framework of a Peace Agreement Remarks

Panelists:

  • 11:45 – 12:00 pm: Remarks – Representative Ro Khanna
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Lobbying training
  • 2:00 pm: Thank you and closing remarks by South Korean Assembly Members

Thursday, March 14

All Day: Meetings with congressional offices. Full team agendas forthcoming[2]

Soft on North Korea

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Meeting Ocasio-Cortez

Christine Ahn Jan 14, 2018:

In Washington DC today meeting with Cong offices to discuss #KoreaPeaceTreaty and women’s inclusion in Korea peace process. So thrilled to meet @AOC in person! The closest we have ever come to electing a Congresd by and for the people! @CatKillough @KCRobinsonWPS @WomenCrossDMZ

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Left Women Cross DMZ supporter and Ploughshares Fund staffer Catherine Killough, second from left Women Cross DMZ staff member Hyun Lee, center Christine Ahn, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Anti-Trump Protest on Inauguration Day

During the inauguration for President Trump on January 20 2017, Hyun Lee spoke at a rally against U.S. intervention in North Korea organized by ANSWER Coalition.

From an article posted at the Korean American National Coordinating Council, Inc. website:[3]

"Lee called on the U.S. government to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and stop provoking war through military exercises that simulate the collapse of the North Korean regime. She spoke about the need — “now more than ever” — for a peace treaty to end the Korean War and called on U.S. activists and progressive-minded people to support the struggle of the Korean people against war and militarism:
"We hope that you will also stand with us in solidarity when we call for a fundamental resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, and that includes stopping the war games, that includes ending the Korean War, that includes signing a peace treaty, and finally withdrawing U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Asia.
"She concluded by chanting, “End the Korean War! Peace treaty now! U.S. troops out of Korea!”
"The Stop THAAD Task Force was one of many groups at the anti-Trump rally along the official parade route on the day of Trump’s inauguration. Various movements from across the country, from those fighting for the rights of immigrants, women and LGBTQs to labor and racial justice activists and peace and anti-war groups, coalesced on day one of Trump’s presidency and pledged to fight his right-wing agenda."

Nodutdol

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In 2011 Hyun Lee was active in Notutdol.

July 2016: Blocked from Entering South Korea

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Nodutdol for Korean Community Development July 27, 2016;

Statement of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea on the Park Geun-hye Government's Deportation of Its Members

On July 26, 2016, the South Korean government blocked the entry of two Korean American peace activists, Juyeon Rhee and Hyun Lee, into South Korea. The two are representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. They had traveled to South Korea to participate in the annual Jeju Peace March as well as join protests against the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea.

After being detained by immigration officers at Incheon International Airport, Rhee and Lee were deported pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the Korea Immigration Control Act, which prohibits the entry of foreigners who, among other things, are "deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of the Republic of Korea or public safety."

Rhee and Lee had traveled to South Korea numerous times in the past and encountered no barrier to entry. They have never broken any laws in South Korea, much less been deported in the past.
The denial of their entry can only be seen as an attempt by the Park Geun-hye administration to block peace activists from internationalizing the growing opposition in South Korea against THAAD deployment. Since announcing its decision to collaborate with the U.S. military to deploy the missile system in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the government has waged an aggressive campaign to crack down on all those who oppose the government's decision. President Park recently referred to those voicing opposition, many of whom are ordinary Seongju residents, as "subversive forces" and declared, "It's important to block subversive forces from all affairs, and we must be thorough in weeding them out."[4]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Hyun Lee, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[5]

Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific

Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific released a "Statement Opposing U.S.-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Key Resolve Foal Eagle" circa 2008;

Christine Ahn, Gretchen Alther, Rev. Levi Bautista, Jackie Cabasso, Herbert Docena, John Feffer, Bruce Gagnon, Joseph Gerson, Subrata Goshoroy, Mark Harrison, Christine Hong, Kyle Kajihiro, Peter Kuznick, Hyun Lee, Ramsay Liem, Andrew Lichterman, John Lindsay-Poland, Ngo Vinh Long, Stephen McNeil, Nguyet Nguyen, Satoko Norimatsu, Koohan Paik, Mike Prokosch, Juyeon Rhee, Arnie Sakai, Tim Shorrock, Alice Slater, David Vine, Sofia Wolman, Kevin Martin.[6]

KEEP alumni

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development June 16, 2016;

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keep-d alums! — with JT Takagi, Juyeon Rhee, Betsy Yoon, Meejin Richart, Sharon Chung, Haruki Nathaniel Eduardo-Ha, Hyun Lee and Sooyoung Lee.

Editorial Advisory

Zoom in Korea, Editorial Advisory[7]

References