Korea Peace Campaign

Coordinator

Ann Wright, kpc@veteransforpeace.org

The next Korea Peace Campaign meeting will be: June 14,  8pm ET, 7pm CT, 5pm PT, 3pm HT. Participants will share developing news on Korea and discuss our campaign plans for the future.  If interested in this video meeting, please contact KPC for further info at kpc@veteransforpeace.org.

 

Logo of Korea Peace Campaign - Circle with words End Korean War at the top and Korea Peace Campaign at the bottom

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, KPC sent a joint letter to the UN Secretary-General, raising questions on the legality of using the UN flag by the so-called "United Nations Command," which was unilaterally created by the U.S. to intervene militarily in the Korean civil war in 1950; but this fake entity is now being used by the U.S. to block the inter-Korean cooperation 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    
2020 VFP Resolution    
2021 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

2022

Opposing US-ROK Joint War Drills
On April 5, more than 350 US, South Korea, and other civil society groups in the world have issued a joint statement opposing the US-ROK joint war drills, which are expected to start again in Korea from mid-April. VFP and its Korea Peace Campaign have joined this international statement calling for suspension of the joint war drills and reduction of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. This statement will be read at a peace rally for Korea across the White House on April 10, Sun., 2 pm. The Korea Peace Now Grassroots Network-DC Chapter is organizing this coalition event. VFP's Korea Peace Campaign urges VFP members in DC and nearby areas to attend this peace rally. Read the full statement here. (link) 
 
In connection with this international call, VFP's Korea Peace Campaign is also urging all VFP members and friends to contact their Member of House Representatives to ask his/her cosponsorship of the HR3446, the Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act, which calls for a formal end to the costly Korean War. 
 
VFP's KPC is also looking for veterans of the Korean War who would be willing to endorse an open letter to President Biden, urging negotiation of a peace treaty to end the forever Korean War finally. This letter is written by John ("Jack") Doxey(CA), an Army veteran of the Korean War and a VFP member, and it is already endorsed by three other VFP members who are also veterans of the Korean War: Wilson ("Woody") Powell (MO), Stan Levin(CA), and Peter Shaw(PA). Please email kpc@veteransforpeace.org 
 

2021

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.

Contact: kpc@veteransforpeace.org

 
 
Sixth Annual Korea Peace Advocacy Week - July 12-16, 2021 (via video conference)
Co-sponsored by Korea Peace Network, Korea Peace Now Grassroots Network, and Peace Treaty Now
 
Please join hundreds of people across the country in nationally-coordinated virtual advocacy meetings to urge your Member of Congress to support:
  • 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
Prior to the advocacy week attendees will be trained on the advocacy work via webinars
 
Deadline for registration: June 21 
*If interested, contact VFP-Korea Peace Campaign at kpc@veteransforpeace.org
 
 
2020 

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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2019 

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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