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Dear friends, 
 
Today is International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, and our partners in South Korea are officially launching the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace. At a symposium and press conference, they’ll discuss the role of women working for peace on the Korean Peninsula and the future direction of the women’s peace movement. Korean women’s voices are vital to the conversation on peace, and they must have a seat at the table.
We’re in an urgent time for peace. As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to escalate, and a UN report shows North Korea is facing a serious food crisis due, in part, to sanctions, women are mobilizing to bring an end to this 70-year-old conflict. 
Our global coalition sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un urging them to declare an end to the Korean War and work toward a peace agreement. (Please help us spread the word.
Members of the Korean Women's Movement for Peace (from left to right: Mimi Han of the National YWCA of Korea, Young-mi Cho of the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, and Youngsoon Kim of Korean Women’s Association United) pose with South Korean Parliamentarians Je Youn-kyung and Lee Jae-Jung, both members of the Democratic Party of Korea, at the Washington, DC, public briefing “Women Leading the Way for Peace in Korea,” on March 12, 2019.
We’re also excited to announce that there are now 31 cosponsors of H.Res.152, which calls for a formal end to the Korean War. As part of this effort, we’re working with consultant Elizabeth Beavers (formerly of Indivisible) on our advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, and we just launched a new monthly briefing and messaging guide on US-North Korean relations that was sent to all Congressional offices. 
Here’s what else happened in the last month….

Sen. Bernie Sanders released this video on the need for peace in Korea featuring our campaign partner Women Cross DMZ
Senator Sanders advocates for a new foreign policy that rejects militarism and interventionism and is rooted in restraint, diplomacy, and human rights.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the April 27 Panmunjom Summit between Moon & Kim, half a million South Koreans held hands along the DMZ to symbolize the desire for peace. Members of our delegation attended, calling it an "emotional" and "moving" day of solidarity and hope. Peace activist Colleen Moore shares her life-changing experience on our blog.
Women Cross DMZ’s Christine Ahn also joined longtime leaders of the Korean peace and unification movement at the DMZ International Peace Conference.
Members of Women Cross DMZ and Korean Women’s Movement for Peace were among the many attendees who participated in the DMZ People's Peace Chain event in Cheorwon, South Korea, on April 27, 2019.
Also on that day in Dallas, Texas, Women Cross DMZ Board Member Ann Wright spoke on a panel on the efforts of women building peace across the DMZ, organized by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.). We’re so grateful that Rep. Johnson, a co-sponsor of H.Res 152, supports our work and is spreading the word.
We’ve also been meeting with diplomats from UN member states to ask for their support for achieving peace and disarmament on the Korean Peninsula. Hyun Lee, the U.S. National Organizer for Korea Peace Now!, spoke on a panel at the 2020 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN. The side event, “Peace and Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula & Northeast Asia,” examined the current political landscape and ways to end the war and create a nuclear-free zone in Korea and the region.
In preparation for the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, 65 member states, UN entities, regional organizations, and civil society organizations gathered in New York for a Women and Security commitments event. Our partner, WILPF, introduced #KoreaPeaceNow, calling on every state to support the formal end to the Korean War.
Meanwhile, our grassroots movement continues to build momentum around the country. Activists in Chicago have agreed to form a local chapter of Korea Peace Now!, and several student chapters are also in the process of formation. These activists have been instrumental in gathering support in Congress for H.Res. 152.
Peace activists in Boston met with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) about the need to support the Korea peace process.
Want to get involved with one of our regional U.S. groups? Contact Hyun Lee and she’ll help you get started! 

To learn more about our campaign, visit
 KoreaPeaceNow.org (한국어 page; Canada page) and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram
 
In solidarity, 
 
The team at Korea Peace Now!
 
P.S. Want to know how we can avoid nuclear war? Or why we need diverse voices in foreign policy? Women Cross DMZ’s Christine Ahn answers these and other pressing questions inSeven Questionswith the Ploughshares Fund. 
 
P.P.S. And here’s her op-ed on Truthout on why the escalation of tensions must be seen in the context of the Trump administration’s own military provocations, and why the U.S. needs to scrap “maximum pressure” to achieve peace, denuclearization and improved human rights. 
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