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Dear Friends,
 
With the breakdown of U.S.-North Korea talks over the weekend, it’s more crucial than ever that we push to create the political space for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
 
That’s why Korea Peace Now! is joining together with a broad coalition of U.S.-based organizations — including the American Friends Service Committee, Code Pink, Korea Peace Network, Mennonite Central Committee, Peace Treaty Now, United for Peace and Justice, Win Without War, and Women Cross DMZ — for a national call-in day for peace in Korea on Tuesday, October 8. We’re asking those residing in the U.S. to contact your Representative and urge them to co-sponsor H. Res. 152, calling for an end to the Korean War. Find your Rep.’s phone number and some suggested talking points using our handy call tool here.
 
In other news … Our delegation of women leaders from the United States, South Korea, and Japan — including feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem — recently returned from South Korea, where we participated in the DMZ peace forum, visited the DMZ, and demanded an end to the Korean War and women’s inclusion in the peace process outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Speaking before hundreds of people and dozens of media, Gloria Steinem delivered one of three keynote speeches at the DMZ peace forum:

“The United States must respect the wishes of the Korean people and their governments by negotiating a peace agreement, which would take the threat of war off the table and improve the security of Koreans, Americans and the world. It’s time to declare an end to the Korean War and replace the temporary Armistice with a peace agreement.”
— Gloria Steinem at the DMZ peace forum
 
Kozue Akibayashi (Doshisha University/WILPF) speaks about Japan's role in ending the Korean War during a session on "Women Crossing Borders" at the DMZ peace forum on September 19, 2019. Photo by Jean Chung
Members of the Korea Peace Now! delegation participated in a session titled “Women Crossing Borders: From the DMZ to the women’s peace movement.” The speakers included Christine Ahn (Women Cross DMZ), Jung-soo Kim (Women Making Peace), Kozue Akibayashi (Doshisha University/WILPF), Gloria Steinem, Hyun Lee (Women Cross DMZ), and Jung-ah Lee (Gyeonggi Women’s Association). We discussed the gender implications of the unresolved war and how women’s inclusion is vital for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. We also shared the goals of our Korea Peace Now! campaign:
  • A formal ending of the Korean War, a Korea peace agreement, and normalized relations.
  • Tangible de-militarization: denuclearization, landmines, reduction of bases/troops.
  • Women’s leadership and gender-based analysis (government and civil society) in peace processes.
  • Lift sanctions against North Korea, especially those impacting humanitarian conditions.
  • Redefine security from national security based on war and militarism to a feminist understanding of security centered on basic human needs and ecological sustainability. 
The following day, outside the U.S. Embassy, we demanded that the United States get out of the way of inter-Korean cooperation, move forward on ending the war, and work toward a peace agreement. And for the Korea peace process to be successful, women must be involved.
 
Read a full recap (and check out photos) of our activities and watch an interview with Gloria on CNN.
Members of Korea Peace Now! demand an end to the Korean War and women’s inclusion in the peace process outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on September 20, 2019. Photo by Jean Chung 
We were pleased to see that just days after our actions, at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke of the transformation of the DMZ into a peace zone and said South Korea will actively participate in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The United States also has a National Action Plan for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325, as well as a National Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security. Now it’s time to take these ideas off paper and into action.
 
If you don’t already, be sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Or join one of our regional groups in the U.S. by contacting our U.S. National Organizer Hyun Lee.
 
Onward to peace, 
 
The team at Korea Peace Now!
 
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