A Seongju resident's story: The fight against U.S. THAAD deployment in Korea - National U.S. Speaking Tour


The Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific is sponsoring a National U.S. Speaking Tour April 4-16 by the Rev. Sunghye Kim, co-chair of the Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD deployment. Rev. Kim is traveling to the United States from Seongju, South Korea, where she has been a leader in the struggle against the deployment of THAAD.


Group-678x381.jpgRight now, the U.S. and South Korean governments are trying to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea – despite the daily protests against it.

Villagers in Seongju and Gimcheon, South Korea have been protesting every day since July 2016 when the plan was announced, as their farms, homes and livelihoods are endangered. Their daily protests against THAAD in South Korea have helped to impeach the current South Korean president, Park Geun Hye.

The residents of Seongju had successfully fought off THAAD deployment in their village – only to see it now being attempted in a neighboring area. The U.S. government is already sending mobile launchers to Korea, so the protests have heightened.

The Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific has a national steering committee composed of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, Korea Policy Institute, ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), Veterans For Peace - National Office, Philadelphia Committee for Peace and Justice in Asia, and Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

U.S. National Speaking Tour April 4-16

Berkeley/Oakland, Calif.
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
University Lutheran Chapel: 2425 College Ave.

Los Angeles, Calif.
Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Won Buddhist Temple: 401 Shatto Pl. #200

Huntsville, Ala.
Saturday, April 8
Springhill Suites Hotel: 745 Constellation Place Dr.
Part of the "Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space" Organizing Conference & Protest

Boston, Mass.
Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Boston College, Devlin Hall 101

Philadelphia, Penn.
Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Calvary Church: Basement of 801 S 48th St.

Rutgers University, N.J.
Wednesday April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Frelinghuysen Hall Room B4: 611 George St, New Brunswick, NJ

New York City, N.Y.
Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
New York University, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC): 53 Washington Square South

Washington, D.C.
Saturday April 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Justice Center: 617 Florida Ave. NW

Fairfax, Va.
Sunday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m.
William Cho Peace Center: 3883 Plaza Dr.

The National Tour is hosted by the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific, and supported by Korea Policy Institute, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

You can also find the full tour listing on the StopTHAAD.org website, and see coverage of the tour from Zoom in Korea, where you can also read news and analysis about Korea.

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