KOREA PEACE DAYS, was a call for educational forums by the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea (ASCK.org) and the National Campaign to End the Korean War (EndTheKoreanWar.org) initiated in 2013, and have been held on various campuses to date, and will continue to be held through 2014. Information on the call for action is below.
November 7th and 8th, 2013 KOREA PEACE DAYS on the UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley campuses was cosponsored by the Korea Policy Institute and featured: Charles Hanley, Pulitzer-prize Winning Journalist and a screening of the film MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR (Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem) and was followed by a panel featuring the filmmakers and Paul Liem (Korea Policy Institute), Sarah Sloan (ANSWER Coalition), and Stephen McNeil (American Friends Services Committee)
Sponsor: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)
Special Lecture by Charles Hanley (Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist) Lecture Title: “No Gun Ri: No Reconciliation Without Truth” Although South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has investigated many of more than 200 alleged cases of what it categorizes as civilian massacres committed by U.S. soldiers during the Korean War, a war that has yet to be ended with a peace treaty, the U.S. government has investigated only one, the refugee killings at No Gun Ri. The U.S. government’s 300-page report on that inquiry exonerated the U.S. military of wrongdoing. President Clinton stated that the evidence was not clear that there was responsibility “high enough in the chain of command.” In reporting their findings, however, the U.S. Army investigators ignored and left undisclosed many of the most relevant documents and testimony. The most significant example is the “Muccio letter,” in which the U.S. ambassador to South Korea informed the State Department that the Army, fearing infiltrators, had decided to fire on South Korean refugees approaching U.S. lines despite warning shots. The No Gun Ri carnage began the next day.
Film Screening of “Memory of Forgotten War” (A film by Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem) Four Korean American survivors testify to the brutality of the Korean War and the pain of divided families, 60 years later. Interwoven with the history of the war, their stories speak loudly for a long overdue end to the unresolved Korean War.
Korea Peace Days 2013-2014
Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea (ASCK.org)
National Campaign to End the Korean War (EndTheKoreanWar.org)
To raise greater awareness and understanding about the need for peace on the Korean peninsula, the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea (ASCK) and the National Campaign to End the Korean War (NCEKW) call for individuals and organizations to organize public events during Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 to commemorate Korea Peace Day.
Call to Action:
During this sixtieth anniversary year of the July 27, 1953 Korean War armistice, recurring tensions on the Korean peninsula serve as a sobering reminder that renewed war is a persistent danger. The Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea (ASCK), an organization of primarily U.S.-based scholars concerned with U.S. policies towards the Korean peninsula, and the National Campaign to End the Korean War (NCEKW), a coalition of U.S. human rights, community, veterans, and faith-based organizations, therefore seek to renew a peacemaking tradition that began a decade ago as Korea Peace Day. With inaugural events scheduled for November 7-8 at UC Santa Cruz and Berkeley, Korea Peace Days 2013-2014 will continue at different locations throughout North America for several months until July 27, 2014.
We invite all concerned people and organizations to express support for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing tensions between the United States and North Korea by organizing local Korea Peace Days on college and university campuses as well as neighborhoods and communities throughout the United States. Already this year, the National Campaign has organized teach-ins as well as public actions, and it will add Korea Peace Days to its campaign to formally end the Korean War. For the remainder of this year and until July 27, 2014, Korea Peace Days held across the nation will signal a growing consensus for peaceful U.S.-Korea relations.
The Korean War constitutes the longest military conflict in U.S. history. That war killed more than three million Koreans, more than half a million Chinese, and more than 35,000 Americans. Sixty years ago, on July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed to end the fighting in the Korean War. It recommended that a permanent peace agreement and the withdrawal of all foreign troops be achieved posthaste. Yet, a formal end to the war has never been negotiated. To this day, Korea remains divided, and the United States and North Korea remain technically at war.
The first Korea Peace Day was held ten years ago on November 6, 2003, with events taking place at over forty colleges and universities throughout the United States. As on that day, Korea Peace Days 2013-2014 are dedicated to ending the war by advocating for a peace agreement to replace the armistice and calling for a rejection of the use of military force on the Korean peninsula. These events will illuminate the history of the current tensions and the importance of U.S. dialogue, cooperation, and active pursuit of peace with both Koreas, North and South. They will highlight the stalemated Korean War as a principal obstacle to resolving both the current hostilities and the painful unresolved human legacies of the war.
The broader the participation of campuses and communities in Korea Peace Days, the more effective our call for peace will be. Be part of a national movement to bring an end to the Korean War and to urge dialogue and diplomacy as the only acceptable means for resolving dangerous tensions in U.S.-Korea relations.
For more information: visit www.asck.org or Korea Peace Days.