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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.
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.
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.
- The Military Armistice in Korea
- Timeline on Nuclear Threats on Korea
- Joint Statement from Six -Party Talks (9/19/2005)
- Joint Statement from Six-Party Talks (2/13/2007)
- Joint Statement from Six-Party Talks (10/3/2007)
- US/DPRK Statements (2/29/2012)
- Joint Statement from US-DPRK Summit (6/12/2018)
- The Threat of Nuclear War, North Korea or the United States?
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2/8/2016)
- North Korea's Reactor in Syria by Gareth Porter
- "Beyond No Gun Ri", an excerpt by Sahr Conway- Lanz, Ph.D.
- Picasso's 'Massacre in Korea'
- Rep. Honda's Statement (7-25-2013)
- WCC Statement on Korea-2013
- "A Murderous History of Korea" by Prof. Bruce Cumings
- "Bad History" by Leon V. Sigal
- "A Path Forward on North Korea" by Col. Ann Wright (retired)
- "Cyber War v. DPRK"
- Retired Generals Call for Diplomacy
- Open Letter to President Trump
- Open Letter to Three Leaders
- Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace (4/27/2018)
- Joint Statement from US-DPRK Summit (6/2018)
- Open Letter to President Trump
- "Ending the Korean War Is in the National Interest" by Doug Bandow
- Pyongyang Joint Declaration of September 2018
- Joint Statement of US Civil Society Groups in Support of the Current Peace Process in Korea (12/6/2018)
- Civil Society Letter to UN Secretary-General (2019)
- "Returning to Korea: A Change of Viewpoint" by Ellen Barfield
- Open Letter to President Biden on Economic Sanctions (3/2021)
Writings by Veterans of the Korean War
- "Sailor's Night Out on the Beach" by Stan Levin
- "A Tribute To An American Soldier" by Jack Doxey
- "A Plea to My Congressman" by Jack Doxey
- "I Saw Myself In My Enemy" a poem by Jack Doxey
- Poems by Chuck Overby
- "No Gun Ri" a poem by Tom Kennedy
- "I Got Sick in the Korean War" By Tom Kennedy
- "B-29 Operations in the Korean War, 1953" by Chuck Overby, Ph.D
- ."Our Korean War Memoirs" by Wilson M. Powell and
- Zhou, Ming-Fu"
- "My Obituary" by Col. John F. Barr
- Statement by Merrill Newman
- "Some Memories of the Korean War" by Arthur H. Westing
- "Strategic Patience' with North Korea" by Lt. Gen. Robert Gard
Advocacy Week for Peace on the Korean Peninsula - November 1-4, 2021 (via Zoom)
Co-sponsored by VFP's Korea Peace Campaign and the Korea Peace Now Grassroots Network
We will be urging members of Congress to support legislation for peace on the Korean peninsula. From Nov. 1-4, there will be two daily Zoom calls (one during the day and one in the evening) with an optional mini-training session on how to call and/or email your member of Congress, followed by the group placing themselves on mute while they call and/or email their member of Congress to ask them to support legislation for Korea peace.
*Registration ends on October 31, 2021*
- A Peace Agreement to end the Korean War;
- Life-saving humanitarian assistance; and
- Other issues such as lifting the travel ban, reuniting separated families and repatriating the remains of U.S. service members
International Campaign to End the Korean War Launched, July 2020
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.
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)
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.