Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) was all set to commemorate the UN International Day of Peace on September 21st with a talk on ending the U.S. war in Korea when the People’s Climate March overshadowed their humble event, so they readily re-scheduled their event and joined the March. The March was a tremendous event in size and spirit. PCMNY people could be found among the Interfaith contingent, the Peace and Justice contingent and places in between. John Dear spoke passionately at the Peace, Justice, and Climate Rally before the March, along with other noteworthy speakers, and renowned folk musicians Holly Near and Emma’s Revolution led us in song. You can read a wonderful reflection on the March from PCMNY Peacemaker honoree and Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon here: http://www.maryknollsisters.org/blogs/what-humankind-meant-be
Then, on Sunday, October 5th, PCMNY hosted its UN International Peace Day event, “Ending U.S. War in Korea: from Armistice to Peace.” What an eye-opener! John Kim, himself Korean born, a lawyer, and International Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Representative at the UN, as well as Coordinator of the Veterans for Peace-Korea Campaign, enlightened the audience about a shameful history of U.S.-Korea relations that is over 140 years old. It is a history marked by greed, dirty deals, lust for power, and nuclear intimidation, not to forget all-out war, though it was euphemistically called a “police action.” The fact is, on July 27th, 1953, there was an Armistice Agreement that called for demilitarization of Korea and talks to occur in three months to produce a Peace Treaty; yet, here we are today with still no Peace Treaty with Korea. Instead the U.S. is engaged in periodic military maneuvers around Korean shores and a U.S. Pivot to Asia to strengthen economic control over the region. The Korean people, especially those in the north, are suffering. Families are divided between north and south; sanctions against the north deprive it of food, seeds, medicines, and technology; and fear of attack is ever-present. Please visit endthekoreanwar.org, sign the petition and write letters of appeal to President Obama and our Senators to sign a Peace Treaty with Korea to end this war once and for all.
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