Stop the THAAD Missile Defense deployment in South Korea! SIGN PETITION TODAY!

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. and South Korean governments announced their decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea.

The cost of the system is estimated at $1.3 billion, and the average annual operating and sustainment costs amount to $200 million.  This will inevitably come out of the pockets of U.S. and South Korean taxpayers.

Residents of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, where the THAAD battery will be deployed, are fighting to oppose THAAD deployment and are demanding the two governments rescind their decision‚

The small agricultural county of Seongju with a population of 45,000, is mostly home to small farmers, who are now on the front lines of this struggle against missile defense.  Thousands gather every night at candlelight vigils; students have walked out of classes to join protests; villagers have staged a mock funeral procession for the ruling conservative party and chased away government representatives offering to "negotiate."

They are also waging an online "We the People" petition campaign and need our support to collect 100,000 signatures by August 14, 2016. Ultimately, THAAD deployment is not in the interest of the people of the United States either.  In solidarity with the people of South Korea, we ask those who support peace, to oppose THAAD, and to please take a minute to sign the petition and forward this request to your friends and networks-
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/rescind-decision-deploy-thaad-antimissile-system-south-korea

For more information on the issue-
Veterans for Peace Board Statement Opposing U.S. THAAD Deployment in South Korea
Seongju Residents Rally to Oppose THAAD
South Korea Deports anti-THAAD Activists