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Dear Friends,

The recent meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un provided a crucial opportunity to revive the stalled Korea peace process.
Although many people are skeptical about the intentions of the two leaders, and have concerns about whether this “legitimizes” the actions of the North Korean government, we believe that meeting and talking is an important step toward establishing high-level trust. Now it’s time for reliable, sustained diplomacy to end the seven-decade Korean War, which will go a long way toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. And, of course, women must be included in the peace process
Yesterday, we launched a social media campaign to highlight the fact that the peace process is bigger than Trump or Kim. It’s important that we sustain momentum for negotiations and continue working toward peace!
 
Please share it widely. 
Here’s how else we’ve been working toward that goal:
We released a statement calling on the two leaders to work together with North Korean leader Chairman Kim Jong Un to conclude a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War.  
On May 24, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, our partner, the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, launched Korea Peace Now! with a press conference and symposium in Seoul, Korea. 
Far left: Kim Jeong-su, chair of Women Making Peace (one of four anchors of Korean Women's Movement for Peace). Second from left: Kwon Mi-hyuk, Parliamentarian who led the South Korean delegation to DC in March. @ Korean Women’s Movement for Peace symposium in Seoul on May 24, 2019. 
On the same day, we sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in urging them to:
1) end the war and declare a new era of peace
2) halt all escalatory military exercises and weapons testing and
3) resume dialogue toward the demilitarization of the Korean Peninsula and region, and the removal of sanct
ions, which are hurting ordinary North Koreans. 
In fact, Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, recently stated his support for the gradual lifting of sanctions on North Korea, saying, “Sanctions shouldn’t be used as a punitive instrument.”
Meanwhile, our U.S. National Organizer Hyun Lee has been busy organizing Korea Peace Now! chapters across the country. On June 4, peace activists met in Boston to discuss the current state of peace in Korea. 

“We agreed that, despite public forgetting, Korean peace has only about a half-year chance before we confront an even bigger threat to it. The situation is urgent and dire. Not only is this a matter of life and death for 80 million Koreans, but also that of Americans, as the U.S. is bound to send troops, were the war to break out, due to the US-SK treaty.” 

- Hyun Lee of Women Cross DMZ, at Korea peace event in Boston, MA 
(From left to right): Sanghwan Lim, Joseph Gerson of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security, Keumjoo Lee, Paul Shannon, Cole Harrison, and Seung Hee Jeon at a forum on Korea peace in Boston, Mass., on June 4, 2019. 
Later in the month, our coalition of women peacebuilders met with members of Congress and a delegation of South Korean Parliamentarians in Washington, DC, to build support for H.Res. 152, which calls for an end to the Korean War. 
We also sat down with senior officials from the Trump and Moon administrations and with the DPRK Mission to the United Nations. We discussed ways our network of women can support the peace process, especially given the evidence that women’s participation leads to more durable peace agreements. What was clear was the desire by all for a diplomatic breakthrough. 
Korea Peace Now! Media and Communications Coordinator Kathleen Richards, Women Cross DMZ Advocacy Advisor Elizabeth Beavers, Korea Peace Now! National Organizer Hyun Lee, and Women Cross DMZ Executive Director Christine Ahn meet with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korea Desk Officer Tristan Allen at the State Department on June 17 in Washington, DC. 
In New York, we strategized for our global campaign, learned from experts, and strengthened our coalition. 
Members of the Korea Peace Now! Global Action Team strategize in New York on June 20-21.
We’re continuing to build space for peace. Next month, Women Cross DMZ Executive Director and Korea Peace Now! International Coordinator Christine Ahn will speak in Los Angeles on July 27, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice. It’s one of many events we’re helping organize around the country. Look for more details here.
To learn more about our campaign, visit KoreaPeaceNow.org (한국어 page; Canada page), join one of our regional groups in the U.S. (contact Hyun Lee and she’ll get you started!), and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

In solidarity, 
The team at Korea Peace Now!

P.S. Did you know? Liz Bernstein, Executive Director of our founding partner Nobel Women’s Initiative, was awarded the Karen Takacs Award in Vancouver, Canada, for her collaborative work in making a difference in the lives of women globally. Liz, thank you for inspiring us every day! 

P.P.S. Mark your calendars: On November 8-10, members of Korea Peace Now! will host a roundtable session at the upcoming conference on sustainable peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. For more information, click here. We hope to see you there! 
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