Resources

Oct 18, 2017
Online Teach-In Webinar: ECONOMIC WARFARE ON NORTH KOREA: Impact of Sanctions on North Korean People
Featuring Experts:
Dr. Kevin Gray, Woodrow Wilson Center
Dr. Linda Lewis, American Friends Service Committee
Moderated by Dr. Nan Kim, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Youtube Video

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Online Teach-In Webinar:
U.S. / NORTH KOREA STANDOFF 101: How Did We Get Here & How to Get Out?
Featuring Experts:
Dr. Eleana Kim, University of California, Irvine
Tim Shorrock, Journalist for the Nation
Moderated by Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ
Youtube Video
PowerPoint Presentations from Oct 12, 2017 Webinar:
1. 2017 Eleana Korean War Webinar (PPT revised)
2. THE US AND NORTH KOREA – PREPARED FOR ONLINE TEACH-IN by Tim Shorrock
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Sept 22, 2017
Letter to U.N. Secretary General Guterres PDF
Click first page to open full letter PDF
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Aug 26, 2017
U.S. ‘Preventive War’ on North Korea and Regional Impacts Webinar

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August 15, 2017

Stop Threats of War and Militarization:

Women from Guam, US, and Asia-Pacific Region Call for Peace and Diplomacy

We call on President Trump and Kim Jong-Un to ratchet down their reckless and dangerous rhetoric that threatens all of humanity. We urge you to sit down and talk, for all our families, our children, and the future of our planet. We need dialogue, understanding and nonviolent cooperation. The bombast and brinkmanship must stop. Diplomacy and reason must prevail.

We understand the North Korean people’s fear of a U.S. pre-emptive strike. There is still no Peace Treaty ending the Korean War, when the United States carpet-bombed 80 percent of North Korean cities. From 1950-53, four million people were killed; one in four North Koreans. U.S. and South Korean forces continue highly provocative and threatening war games — the world’s largest — simulating surgical strikes on North Korea, “decapitation” and regime change.

Military masculinity — civilian and uniformed — threatens world peace and security. North Korea must stop testing missiles and nuclear weapons, and the United States must stop its military exercises with South Korea. The U.N. Security Council must also lift draconian sanctions imposed on North Korea that harm ordinary people on a daily basis. We call on both North Korea and the United States to sign UN Resolution L.41 that bans nuclear weapons worldwide.

The indigenous people of Guåhan (Guam), or native Chamorus, must not be used in the standoff between the United States and North Korea. 

Guåhan is situated in the Mariana Islands of Micronesia in the northwest Pacific. The island and her people suffered great atrocities in World War II during Japan’s invasion and occupation. Chamorus have been caught in the geo-political crossfire as their lands have been stolen and then militarized by imperialist governments. Following the Spanish-American War in 1898, Guåhan became an unincorporated U.S. territory acquired through the Treaty of Paris.

The U.S. military occupies nearly one-third of Guåhan, with B-1 and B-2 bombers, nuclear powered submarines, a THAAD missile defense system, an arsenal of bombs and bombing ranges, landing strips, and military fueling stations. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) now aims to acquire an additional 1,000 acres of sacred cultural lands in the ancient village of Litekyan for a live firing range complex. Two-thirds of the neighboring island of Tinian is leased by the DOD for training grounds, and the DOD plans to expand these firing ranges by acquiring the pristine island of Pagan. They also want to expand the use of ocean explosives and active sonar in the Marianas Islands Training and Testing range–nearly 1 million square nautical miles of sea and sky, which is larger than Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana and New Mexico combined. Militarization has already been toxic; its expansion will further contaminate our lands and seas which we all depend upon for our survival.

Today, Guåhan remains a modern-day colony. Residents cannot vote for the U.S. President, and their Member of Congress has limited voting rights (only at the committee level of decision making). Guåhan receives about 1/7th of funding afforded U.S. states, and her people are ineligible for U.S. social programs, such as unemployment and Social Security Disability Insurance. Since 1946, Guåhan has been on the United Nations’ list of non self- governing territories. In 1988, Guåhan residents sought to change its political status through the Guam Commonwealth Act into Congress. For nearly 20 years, the bill sat in committees before Congress voted to deny the Guåhan people self-government. Still, the Guåhan people persist in their struggle for self-determination, political decolonization and independence.

This hyper-militarization of Guåhan and the Korean peninsula is part of the U.S. plan to strengthen its military posture in the Asia-Pacific region in its efforts to “contain” China. But militarism is no solution to this situation, which has arisen out of imperialism, colonial violence, Cold War rivalries, and U.S. military hegemony. No one is left unharmed. Millions of Korean families remain separated, and democracies repressed on both sides of the DMZ in the name of national security. Across the region families have been displaced and broken apart by militarism. Neighboring countries like Okinawa, the Philippines, and Hawai’i have become unwilling accomplices or targets for more military destruction and violence.

As women we deplore that fact that billions of government dollars are spent in preparing for war and destruction, rather than devoted to genuine security: nourishing food, clean air and water, housing, access to healthcare and medicine, education, and democratic institutions.

CALL TO ACTION

We must affirm the histories and identities of Korea and Guåhan that seek freedom from this perpetual state of war and militarization.

We must build dialogue with those who survived wars and military violence to understand what is at stake if leaders decide to go to war again.

We must learn how to communicate nonviolently and organize across militarized communities to dispel the propaganda that seeks to use our bodies and lands against one another.

We must restore our connection to land as sacred, and live our lives as prayers, to protect lands and people from further military violence. Protect Litekyan, Pagan, Tinian, the ocean, and skies from live-fire training.

We must oppose all justifications to weaponize the Asian and Pacific region, including halting the construction of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Live-Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC) and removing the U.S. THAAD Missile Defense System from South Korea.

Freeze the US-ROK military exercises in exchange for freezing North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. End the Korean War with a Peace Treaty, de-militarize the DMZ, and help heal and reunify the Korean people and peninsula.

International Women’s Network Against Militarism: http://iwnam.org

Women Cross DMZ: https://www.womencrossdmz.org

Women’s Voices, Women Speak: http://wvws808.blogspot.com

Joint Women’s Statement on Guam-North Korea PDF
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Tuesday June 13, 2017
KOREA PEACE NETWORK CONFERENCE
Watch the Conference on Youtube Here! 
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NowThis Her Video,  April 26, 2017

Women Leaders Demand Peace With North Korea

Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, and many others are demanding peace with North Korea

Posted by NowThis Her on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Webinar: A New South Korean President: Prospects for Peace on the Korean Peninsula Webinar, May 10, 2017


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Costs of The Korean War: Webinar, April 18, 2017:

Watch Youtube Coverage of WCDMZ’s International Webinar from April 18, 2017 Here
Costs of Korean War: Impacts on Women’s Security in the Region Information

WCDMZ Press Release, April 26, 2017WCDMZ Letter to Trump Administration, April 26,2017
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Women Cross DMZ 2016 Annual Report
Read about what we’ve been up to this past year and more about our plans for the future.

2016 Annual Report PDF

September 27, 2016

Dear Secretary-General Ban:

We are women leaders from 38 countries, including many from nations that fought in the Korean War. We are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views. We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to end the Korean War.

Read the entire letter here: Ban Ki Moon Letter

 


FILM & VIDEO

Korean War

Memory of Forgotten War
Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem, 2013. This documentary conveys the human costs of military conflict through personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors.

North Korean Motorcycle Diaries
How a group of New Zealander bikers planned a road trip across Korea’s DMZ.

Dispelling Myths about North Korea

Suzy Kim, Sept 15, 2016


FOR FURTHER READING

“Why Women Must End the Korean War”
Christine Ahn, March 8, 2013.

“Fact not Fiction: The Unending Korean War”
Christine Ahn and Suzy Kim, December 24, 2014.

“Improve North Korean Human Rights by Ending War”
Christine Ahn and Suzy Kim, December 2, 2014.

“Sixty Years of Failed Sanctions”
Haeyoung Kim and Christine Ahn, August 18, 2010.

“Lurching toward War: A Post-mortem on Strategic Patience”
Hyun Lee and Christine Hong, February 15, 2013.

Ten reasons why the United States should sign a peace treaty with North Korea

Special issue that addresses the way the two Koreas, China, and the US have memorialized the Korean War
edited by Suzy Kim

The Korean War: A History (2010)

DMZ Crossing (2014)

A state of peace: Movements to reunify and demilitarize Korea. In Anti- militarism: Political and gender dynamics of peace movements.
Cynthia Cockburn, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012. Chapter 7.

Women’s International Democratic Federation Report

National Lawyers Guild delegation to North Korea (2003)

Women Cross DMZ