Korea Solidarity Committee
Template:TOCnestleft Korea Solidarity Committee is a group of progressive Korean American activists, students and artists in the Bay Area. We work towards social and economic justice, genuine peace and human rights as part of the larger movement for social change. Through community education and activism, KSC builds a progressive movement based on principles of solidarity among our local communities, the Korean peninsula, and the larger global community.
KSC's work on North Korea began in early 2003 with a desire to debunk the racist portrayals of North Korea, and to present a more critical perspective on the continuing North Korean nuclear crisis.
- March 2003: Organized the "North Korea Demystified" community forum. Speakers: Judy Han, Roger Kim, Jihye Chun.
- May 2003:Roger Kim, Judy Han and Christine Ahn were members of the Korea Solidarity Committee who published in War Times, May 2003 "U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Crisis Intensifies"
- Worked with the Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP) in organizing a Korea Philippines Solidarity Forum to discuss connections between the Philippines and South/North Korea.
- July 2003:Our work combines community education with political action. We organized a local petition drive in the Bay Area to push for a congressional resolution for peace in Korea, and collected almost 1200 signatures in only 4 days. We concluded the campaign with a powerful commemorative vigil in San Francisco, which received wide media coverage.
- KSC member Christine Ahn's op-ed, "Peace: the real solution to famine in North Korea," has been widely distributed.
- November 2003:Working with members of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, KSC organized a Korea Peace Day event in November at UC Berkeley, and an educational forum addressing North Korean human rights issues at the Otterstedt Insurance Agency, just outside of NYC.
- With GABRIELA and Nikkeis for Peace Justice, and APICAW, we organized a series of three study sessions on gendered perspectives on militarism as part of preparation for Peace Day 2004.
- Currently, KSC is working with Korean Americans United for Peace (KAUP) in the North Korean Legislative Task Force to impact policy. Women's Peace Day 2004 is coming up on July 9, at the historic Women's Building in San Francisco.
Kim Myoung Joon event
- Over the last year, anti-war protests in South Korea have grown from the hundreds to the tens of thousands. Peace activists, students, artists, NGOs, trade unions, workers, migrants, and anti-globalization activists are leading vocal protests against US-led war in Iraq and the South Korean government's support of the war effort.
- Escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over the "nuclear crisis" have complicated South Korea's ability to oppose the Bush administration's war mongering policies. Although news reports estimate that as many as 80 percent of South Koreans oppose the war in Iraq, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has cited the need to maintain an alliance with the U.S. as justification for the nation's continued support of the Bush administration's policies.
Kim Myoung Joon will talk to us in-depth about how the threat of war on the Korean peninsula is shaping anti-war mobilizations in South Korea. He will also discuss the origins and dynamics of the anti-war mobilization in South Korea. Recent anti-war mobilizations reflect the first broad-based peace movement in South Korea. What are the events in South Korea that have led to this shift in the landscape of movement politics?
Kim Myoung Joon is the founder of Labor News Production, Seoul, Korea -- one of the most important labor video training centers in the world that has produced numerous films on the democratic labor movement in South Korea. He has also helped establish MediACT, a media center in Seoul committed to public access, independent film, and media literacy.