|Korea Peace Weekend: July 26- 27, 2013 in DC|
July 26th and 27th, 2013 in Washington DC Calling for Peace in Korea - on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice!
Meetings, Rally and Free Film Screening of new documentary: MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR
The Korean War Armistice, signed on July 27th, 1953, brought the military conflict to a temporary halt. It was to be replaced by a Peace Treaty - which has yet to happen. So the Korean War has not ended - and this has been at the root of six decades of tension, military buildup and near-war clashes that have beset the Korean Peninsula. We are calling on the U.S. administration to start talks aimed at peace with North Korea. For more information, please see our Ten Reasons Why the United States Should Sign a Peace Treaty with North Korea.
We are pleased to report that the weekend went excellently with a range of groups gathering to meet legislators, meet together and hold a film screening of the Liem's new film on the Korean War. A report on the events will be posted shortly. Please also see: Congressman Michael M. Honda's Statement to Congress Calling for Peace Negotiations.
Friday, July 26th
10 AM- 2 PM -Meetings with legislators
3 PM - 5 pm: Peace Strategy Meeting - Groups and concerned individuals who want to work on calling for a peace treaty. United Methodist Building.
Saturday, July 27th :
10 AM : Peace Walk from the Peace Monument, at the Peace Circle, First Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue to Lafayette Park
11 AM : Peace Rally at Lafayette Park (across from the White House), 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500and
7 PM : Memory of Forgotten War Free film screening (+ filmmaker Q & A and panel discussion)
at Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington DC 20009 (nearest Metro: Columbia Heights)
From award-winning filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First Person Plural; In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee) and Ramsay Liem, professor emeritus at Boston College, comes a powerful new documentary about the continuing impact of the Korean War. Memory of Forgotten War follows the stories of four Korean Americans who witnessed firsthand the war’s devastation and its aftermath. Drawing on the oral history collection of Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War, a multimedia exhibit directed by Professor Liem, this documentary is the first to tell about the experiences of Korean civilians who later immigrated to the United States. The memories recounted here challenge the historical amnesia that has long characterized America’s popular understanding of the so-deemed unknown war, and serves as a cogent reminder that for survivors and their families, it has remained anything but forgotten.
Following a screening of the film, there was a Q&A with co-director Ramsay Liem and a panel featuring: Stephen McNeil (American Friends Service
There was also a screening of a short by Veterans For Peace to end the Korean War
This film screening was co-sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, ANSWER Coalition, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, National Association of Korean Americans, United Methodist Church
This event was Free and open to the public.
For more information on our activities, please contact:
Cosponsors of the Korea Peace weekend events:
National Campaign to End the Korean War (over 53 organizations), along with 6.15 Committee of US, Sasase-Washington, BoraJinbo (Korean American Supporters for Unified Progressive Party in SK), TLTC Justice & Peace Committee and Ubuntuworks Korea Peace Education Project