CALL TO ACTION: Online Demonstration for Peace in Korea – Sun 11/28 and Wed 12/1

Saturday, November 27, 2010

CALL TO ACTION: Online Demonstration for Peace in Korea – Sun 11/28 and Wed 12/1

 

 

Korea Peninsula Candles
President Obama is sending the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (carrying 75 warplanes and a crew of over 6000) and other warships for additional war-games with the South Korean military beginning this Sunday, November 28.

Please read the following fact sheet that outlines the current situation, key facts and historical context to this ongoing armed conflict. Click here to download the factsheet.

This only escalates the already tense situation on the Korean peninsula and brings us dangerously closer to an all-out war.

And the blogosphere is already full of hate-mongering rhetoric calling for “retaliation” after the tragic incident on Yeonpyeong Island earlier this week.

Two civilians and two South Korean soldiers have died.  We say: NO MORE LOST LIVES.

We need all those who stand for peace to call for deescalation on the Korean peninsula and an immediate end to the U.S.-South Korean war games.

On Sunday, November 28, from 12 noon to 3 pm EST (9 am to 12 noon PST) and Wednesday, December 1 from 7 pm to 10 pm EST (4pm to 7 pm PST)

Join the National Campaign to End the Korean War (www.endthekoreanwar.org) in a coordinated online demonstration!

1. Barrage the White House and State Department with emails and urge President Obama and State Secretary Clinton to immediately stop the joint U.S.-South Korean war maneuvers, and sign a Peace Treaty to end the state of war that has existed for sixty years on the Korean peninsula.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
http://contact-us.state.gov

2. Post replies on online media sites and blogs where they are discussing the issue and beat back the war-mongering rhetoric with calls for de-escalation and a peaceful resolution.  Refer to the attached factsheet for talking points. Some suggested sites (and their Twitter accounts) are:

• CNN (Twitter: @cnn)
• The New York Times (Twitter: @nytimes)
• The Washington Post (Twitter: @washingtonpost)
• The Huffington Post (Twitter: @huffingtonpost AND @huffpostpol)
• NPR (Twitter: @npr)
• BBC News (Twitter: @BBCBreaking AND @BBCNews AND @BBC_HaveYourSay)
• Yahoo! News (Twitter: @YahooNews)
• Voice of America (Twitter: @VOA_News)
• ABC News (Twitter: @abcnews)
• Foreign Policy (Twitter: @FP_Magazine)
• Reuters (Twitter: @Reuters)
• Associated Press (Twitter: @AP)
• Politico (Twitter: @politico)

3.  Post links to articles calling for diplomacy on listserves, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Some suggested articles are:

• “North Korea’s Consistent Message to the U.S.”
by former President Jimmy Carter in The Washington Post, November 24, 2010

• “Retaliation, Retaliation”
by Paul Liem of the Korea Policy Institute, Nov 25, 2010

• “Crisis in Korea?”
by John Feffer, Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus in The Huffington Post, Nov 23,2010

• Obama’s Only Choice on North Korea
by Tim Shorrock in the Daily Beast, Nov 24, 2010

• “Crisis in Korea?” Tim Shorrock: Direct Talks With North Korea Are the Only Answer to End Korean War
Tim Shorrock on Democracy Now, Nov 24, 2010

• “A Return Trip to North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Complex”
by Siegfried S. Hecker, Nov 22, 2010

• ““Review U.S. Policy toward North Korea””
by Bob Carlin and John Lewis in The Washington Post, Nov 22, 2010

4. Change your Facebook and Twitter pictures with the “One Corea” image. You can also use this image for your own blog or website. Click here to download the image(Helpful Facebook tip: Don’t forget to adjust the thumbnail size after you change your picture)

5. Have Twitter? Use the hashtag #koreanpeace in your tweets to make this a trending topic. You can also donate a tweet (click here): I stand for peace on the Korean peninsula. It’s time to end the 60 yr old Korean war. #koreanpeace http://endthekoreanwar.org/

6. Have Facebook? Donate a status update: I stand for peace on the Korean peninsula. It’s time to end the 60 yr old Korean War. Learn more at http://endthekoreanwar.org

7. Tweet your elected officials and other world leaders about the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and demand an immediate halt to the U.S.-South Korean war games.

• Look for you Members of Congress on Twitter. Click here to look for their twitter accounts.

• U.S. President Barack Obama (@barackobama), the White House (@whitehouse) and the U.S. Department of State (@StateDept).

• South Korean Blue House (@BluehouseKorea) and the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (@mofatkr)

• United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (@secgen) and the United Nations (@UN)

11/29/10 – The Palestinian Youth Network: “The Only Peace That Israel Wants is the Last Piece of Palestine: The Liberation of Our Land and People is Non-Negotiable”

Jessica Antonio, BAYAN-USA-NORCAL Regional Coordinator will be there to support this event on behalf of BAYAN-USA-NORCAL and Armael Malinis of Anakbayan-EB will be sitting on the panel to discuss Philippine-Palestinian solidarity.  If you’re in or near the east bay on Monday night, this should prove to be a lively discussion on a myriad of subjects regarding the discourse of the liberation of Palestine.  Don’t miss out!

Berkeley, CA: "The Only Peace That Israel Wants is the Last Piece of Palestine: The Liberation of Our Land and People is Non-Negotiable"

Join The Palestinian Youth Network in Observing the International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian People 

“The Only Peace That Israel Wants is the Last Piece of Palestine:
The Liberation of Our Land and People is Non-Negotiable”

…A Panel of Bay Area Youth Organizers:

Loubna Qutami
Nadeen El Shorafa
Shoaib Kamil
Armael Malinis
Nancy Hernandez

Monday, November 29th, 2010
UC Berkeley
Boalt Hall, Room 100
7PM

endorsed by: Al Awda – The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Anak Bayan East Bay, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), BAYAN USA, The Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid (BACEIA), General Union of Palestine Students SFSU (GUPS), Justice for Palestinians San Jose, NorCal Friends of Sabeel, Muslim Student Association Berkeley (MSA), Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT), San Francisco Women in Black, Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG), Students for Justice in Palestine Berkley (SJP), United States Palestinian Communities Network (USPCN)

For more information about the PYN International visit www.pal-youth.org
For information about or to co-sponsor the Bay Area event email activities@pal-youth.org

Check it out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108082909260544

NOVEMBER 5th Day of Action to FREE THE MORONG 43!

BAYAN-USA-NORCAL is calling on the people of the bay area to educate themselves about the plight of the group of community health care workers known as the Morong 43 who have been illegally and unjustly detained by the Philippine government.  Apparently the Philippine government is slightly (ahem) embarrassed that a group of VOLUNTEERS and socially conscious medical professionals are doing a better job at providing medical care to the Philippine masses than the inept Philippine government and the broken and underfunded Philippine “health care” system.

As of now they are currently imprisoned on trumped up charges resulting from the Philippine military’s anti-insurgency campaign known as Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Plan Freedom Watch).  November marks their NINTH month of detention.  Despite many international calls for their release Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has all but washed his hands of the issue, which is disappointing since he ran his campaign partially upon a platform of improving human rights in the Philippines.  I’m sure though that if he heard enough people from around the world, he would be more inclined to take action on behalf of the imprisoned health care workers.  Hopefully learning more about the Morong 43 and the political economic conditions of the Philippines will motivate you to also show support for their struggle for freedom.

 

Click here to check below for more information on the Morong 43:

If you are interested in showing your support for the Morong 43 here are a few things that you can do.

Cool Ways to Help

Morong 43 Info

More information about the case of the ‘Morong 43′:

Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights – http://www.karapatan.org/

Arkibong Bayan Various pictures and news coverage – http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2010/2010-02Feb09-healthworkers/morong43.htm

Bangkok Post (8 April 2010): Church urges Philippine military to free suspected rebels – http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/174089/church-urges-philippine-military-to-free-suspected-rebels

Philippine Daily Inquirer (16 April 2010): Court to try again to move Morong 43 – http://www.inquirer.net/mindandbody/healthbeat/view.php?db=1&article=20100416-264578

The Wall Street Journal (18 April 2010): Philippine Army Cracks Down Ahead of Vote –
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304252704575156600741110326.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_world

Manila Bulletin (21 April 2010): CHR summons Verzosa to hearing on Morong 43 case – http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/253906/chr-summons-verzosa-hearing-morong-43-case

GMANews.TV (23 April 2010): ‘Morong 43′ supporters ask SC to grant habeas corpus plea – http://www.gmanews.tv/story/189217/morong-43-supporters-ask-sc-to-grant-habeas-corpus-plea

abs-cbnNEWS.com (25 April 2010): Morong 43’s transfer to Camp Crame stalled anew – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/25/10/morong-43s-transfer-camp-crame-stalled-anew

Cool “Free the Morong 43” Posters!