Korea Peace Campaign

Coordinator

Ann Wright, kpc@veteransforpeace.org

Mission

Korea Peace Campaign (KPC) is a national project of VFP whose mission is to achieve a peaceful end to the lingering, costly Korean War; heal the wounds of the War; and promote reconciliation and friendship between American and Korean people.

KPC's Work

Launched in 2002, when the Bush administration discarded the US-DPRK Agreement of 1994, the Campaign aims to accomplish its mission by a) educating the American public about the real history of the U.S. role in Korea; b) exchanging peace delegations between U.S. and Korea; c) helping the victims of the Korean War; and d) advocating for an official end to the Korean War by replacing the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.

In 2005, KPC organized a National Conference for Ending the Korean War at Georgetown University Law Center with the National Lawyers Guild-Korea Peace Program, and adopted the American Declaration of Peace with the Korean People.

In 2006, KPC sent a VFP peace delegation of five veterans, including three veterans of the Korean War, to South Korea to show our solidarity with the Korean villagers at Pyongtaek who were struggling against the expansion of the U.S. military base there.

In 2009, KPC assisted a coalition of U.S. peace groups in organizing the National Campaign to End the Korean War as a founding member.

From 2010 to 2015, VFP members, including Col. Ann Wright, Larry Kerschner and Tarak Kauff, visited Jeju Island to join the South Korean villagers who were protesting against the construction of a big naval base at Gangjeong Village.

In 2015, KPC helped to launch the Korea Peace Network, a coalition of U.S. peace groups and humanitarian organizations working on Korea issues, as a founding group. 

KPC joined other organizations in the Korea Peace Network for Korea Advocacy Days at the U.S. Congress in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2020 members of the KPC contacted US Congress persons through Zoom calls.

In 2019, VFP Joined other international peace groups as a cosponsor of a new international campaign called "International Campaign to Abolish the Fake 'United Nations Command' in Korea." (ICAFUNCK) that calls for the dissolution of the "UNC" in Korea, which was created by the US in 1950 but is now being used as a political tool of the US for blocking the inter-Korean cooperative projects.

In 2020, the VFP-Korea Peace Campaign sent an Open Letter to The Korean People, which was translated and read to the audience who attended the ceremony at the Hyosoon-Miseon Peace Park which was created in memory of two young Korean school girls crushed to death by a heavy U.S. armored vehicle that was travelling on the South Korean countryside road in 2002. VFP-Korea Peace Campaign project donated $1,300 to cover part of the cost of building the Hyosoon-Misun Peace Park. 

KPC encourages veterans of the Korean War, in particular, to participate in this campaign.

 

VFP Resolutions on Korea VFP Delegation Reports VFP Statements
2003 VFP Resolution 2001 Trip to Korea VFP Statement on No Gun RI (2000)
2004 VFP Resolution 2003 Trip to North Korea  VFP  Calls upon U.S. to Reduce Military Tensions in Korea
(2015)
2006 VFP Resolution 2006 Trip to South Korea  Unending U.S. War is Driving North Korea’s Nuclear Program
(2016)
2007 VFP Resolution    Diplomacy, Not Bombs-An Emergency Appeal (2017)
2008 VFP Resolution    VFP Applauds Korea on Olympic Unity (2018)
2011 VFP Resolution    Veterans for Peace 162 Supports Direct Talks between USA and North Korea (2018)
2012 VFP Resolution    VFP Welcomes the Joint Statement from the US-DPRK Summit (2018)
2013 VFP Resolution    Open Letter to the Korean People (2020)
2015 VFP Resolution    
2016 VFP Resolution    
2017 VFP Resolution    
2018 VFP Resolution    
2019 VFP Resolution    

Background

The U.S. is waging the longest war in its history in Korea.

After dividing Korea into two arbitrarily at the end of the WW II, the U.S. military has been more or less occupying South Korea since 1945. Uncle Sam established a U.S. military government in South Korea for three years, set up a separate regime in the South (ROK) in 1948, and intervened in the Korean civil war, 1948-53, destroying the entire country with heavy, indiscriminate bombing raids. The terrible War was stopped with a cease-fire only in 1953. Thereafter, the U.S. brought in its nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958 in violation of the Armistice Agreement--igniting an intense arms race with North Korea. The U.S. military troops in South Korea number about 30,000, which cost us billions of dollars each year that are solely needed at home. From 1950, the U.S. also imposed and maintains heavy economic sanctions on DPRK. The tragic Korean War is still continuing today without a peace treaty.

Writings by Veterans of the Korean War

Events

International Campaign to End the Korean War Launched, July 2020

 
On July 27, more than 300 South Korean civil society groups and 18 peace groups worldwide launched an international petition campaign to end the Korean War with a peace agreement. Veterans For Peace-Korea Peace Campaign also joined as one of the International Partners of this new initiative for permanent peace in Korea. This campaign, officially known as Korea Peace Appeal, aims to collect its supporting endorsements worldwide until July 27, 2023 when we will observe the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The collected sign-ons will be presented to the major participants in the Korean War (US, China, ROK, and DPRK) and the UN. We urge you to sign this Appeal and share this info with your friends. The online site address is https://endthekoreanwar.net.

You may sign this petition by clicking here.

 

A Memorial Peace Park Opened in South Korea, 2020

Concerned South Korean peace groups have finished and opened the Hyosoon-Miseon Peace Park recently, in memory of the two young Korean school girls crushed to death by a heavy U.S. armored vehicle that was travelling on the South Korean countryside road in 2002.

The opening ceremony took place on June 13, at the nearby site where the girls died (Gwangjerk-Ri, Yangju City, Gyonggi-Do). In connection with the ceremony, the VFP-Korea Peace Campaign sent an Open Letter to The Korean People, which was translated and read to the audience who attended the ceremony.
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VFP Cosponsors a new Campaign for Peace and Justice in Korea, 2019

VFP Joined other international peace groups in June as a cosponsor of a new international campaign called "International Campaign to Abolish the Fake 'United Nations Command' in Korea." (ICAFUNCK)

 Key groups sponsoring this new campaign in South Korea are the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Citizen's Solidarity for Peace & Unification, Korea Progressive Solidarity, People's Party, etc.
International groups include International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Confederation of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific, and Forum for Peace (Japan).
 
The new Campaign issued a Declaration calling for the dissolution of the "UNC" in Korea, which was created by the US in 1950 but is now being used as a political tool of the US for blocking the inter-Korean cooperative projects.
 
Concerned groups and individuals who want to endorse the Declaration may do so directly by visiting to this online Google doc. site:  http://bitly.kr/HhUg5X    
Collected signatures will be presented to the UN Members in the future.
For further info, contact kpc@veteransforpeace.org.

Hyosoon-Misun Peace Park, 2019

 

On June 13, some 40 S. Korean groups held a special ceremony to launch building of the Hyosoon-Misun Peace Park at the site where two S. Korean teenagers were killed by a U.S. Army armored vehicle in 2002.  In connection with this event, the VFP-Korea Peace Campaign project donated $1,300 this week to the SK Committee for Building the Hyosoon-Misun Peace Park to cover the cost of building the peace park.  KPC project thanks all VFP members who have contributed for the peace park, which is built in memory of the two teenage victims of U.S. militarism.


 

Korea Peace Advocacy Days in D.C 2019

 

About 70 participants from nationwide participated in the Korea Peace Advocacy Days in D.C., 3/13-14, 2019. They made more than 60 Congressional visits—both House and Senate—starting in the afternoon of March 13. Four members of VFP (Ellen Barfield, John Kim, Robert Prokop, and Ann Wright) joined in the advocacy teams.

Noteworthy meetings in the Capitol were with assistants of Senator Sanders, Warrant, Gillibrand, and Booker. In addition, Ann Wright had a personal meeting with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and other participants also had some personal meetings with Rep. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Massie (R-KY), etc. Many participants urged further dialogue with North Korea and Congressional support to an official ending to the costly Korean War.

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VFP-KPC urges local VFP chapters and other concerned groups to organize a local Korea Peace Forum (film showing, speakers, etc.), to increase the public's understanding of the need to end the lingering Korean War officially with a peace treaty.

Please contact Korea Peace Campaign: kpc@veteransforpeace.org if you are organizing a forum or need further info or help.

Korea Peace Advocacy Days 2018

In observance of the 65th anniversary of the temporary Armistice Agreement of the Korean War in 1953, as well as to raise our voices for an official end to the lingering Korean War with a peace treaty, there was a special Memorial Day ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial site in D.C. in 2018.

Cuck Overby's 2 daughters participated in the ceremony and they read Chuck's 2 poems--"Night Visions" and "Unfetteredness."
 
In addition, Veterans For Peace read former Rep. Paul ("Pete") McCloskey's message and Jack Doxey's letter to his Korean War buddy's family in 2008, informing them how his buddy, Leroy G. Hauger, was killed about one month before signing the ceasefire agreement that halted the KW.
 
The group also read VFP president's message, the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace (signed by both leaders of Korea on 4/27), and the Peoples Peace Treaty with N. Korea, which is now signed by some 30,000 people online.

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