Jungjoo has lived on Jeju Island devoting half of her work to peace education with kids, teachers and adults, and half to the protesting the massive Naval Base and remembrance of the environmental destruction of the glorious Grumby Rock formation paved over to build the base. In 2018, she reached out to the Yemeni refugees, who were welcomed on Jeju Island and established the the School of Hope to bring Yemeni and Koreans together to share their cultures and hopes. Youngsil lives simply in Syracuse, NY. She grows things, does peace work with AVP, and supports peace education for Korean children, families and teachers. She’s studying U.S. notions of safety, private property, community assets and the segmentation of diversity.
Chuck Esser works with the Philadelphia Committee for Peace and Justice in Asia working for Korean peace and reunification and the end of U.S. militarism in Asia. He also supports the Re-evaluation Counseling community in Korea. Nadine Hoover supports Korean friends with in-depth training in tools and practices for creating cultures of peace and disseminating the message of peace, nonviolence and reconciliation. We work together to share the tools in peace, nonviolence, healing and reconciliation needed for the liberation and peace of all people. We invite others with a peace ministry in Korea to join us!
The Korean peninsula has remained divided since 1948 when the U.S. established the Republic of Korea, dividing Korea despite fervent opposition by Koreans. The U.S. has retained legal, military command over South Korea’s armed forces ever since. The U.S. and South Korean military conduct annual full-scale war rehearsals with hundreds of thousands of soldiers for two months on what is supposed to be a demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border, as a ‘show of force’ against The People’s Republic of Korea in the north. The U.S. further provokes regional militarism by housing large warships and nuclear submarines at Korean Naval Bases and supporting the THAAD missile defense system. The U.S. has long opposed a negotiate a peace treaty with N Korea that would require the U.S. stop the war rehearsals if N. Korea froze its nuclear program. Koreans want reunification and peace.
We call on the U.S. and Korea to end U.S. wartime control over South Korea’s armed forces and negotiate the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. We support Korean integrity over U.S.-Russian-Chinese geopolitical control over the fate of Koreans.