2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from the Japanese colonialism, and also the 70th anniversary of Korea’s division into two occupying zones that led to a tragic war and divided states, with seemingly perpetual animosities and conflicts.
2015 is also the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice, an armistice that has NOT been replaced with a permanent peace treaty that will officially end the Korean War. Without a peace treaty in place, occasional military confrontations, spiraling arms race, collective suspicions and hostilities ensue without an end in sight.
As concerned citizens, we call for the signing of a peace treaty to end the Korean War as a prerequisite first step, and urge the stakeholders and policymakers to engage in negotiations aimed at reduction of tensions that will pave a way for a lasting peace settlement in the Korean Peninsula that includes normalization of relations, nuclear disarmament and conventional arms reduction.
Plan of Actions:
- Letter-writing campaign to elected officials (local, state, national level -- July 20 - August 16)
- Korea Peace Advocacy Day on July 24 (visits to the Congress)
- Rally on July 26, 5 PM at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in DC
- Rally on August 15, 1 PM at the White House
- Symposium on August 15, 5 PM at the William Cho Peace Center: 3883 Plaza Drive, Fairfax, Virginia
Initiators: National Association of Korean Americans (NAKA), Coalition of Korean Americans (CKA)
Endorsers (As of 7/20/15): Action for One Korea (AOK), ANSWER, Good Friends USA, National Campaign to End the Korean War, Veterans for Peace/Korea Peace Campaign, DC Methodist Church, Ham Seok-hun Society of DC, LA Sasase, Storrs Korean Church UCC, Washington D.C. Korean Citizens Academy