Online Korean Peace Advocacy Week

From Nov. 1-4, we will hold daily Zoom calls during which we’ll call or email members of Congress to support legislation for peace in Korea.

REGISTER HERE TODAY!

How it will work:

From Nov. 1-4, we will hold two daily Zoom calls (one during the day and one in the evening). You may join one call or participate as much as you’d like!

At each session, we will hold an optional mini-training session on how to call and/or email your member of Congress. We will also provide a script for the phone call and a template for the email.

During the Zoom call, everyone will place themselves on mute while they call and/or email their member of Congress to ask them to support the following legislation for Korea peace:
H.R.3446 – Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act
H.R.1504/S.690 – Enhancing North Korea Humanitarian Assistance Act
S.2688 – Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act

Can you help spread the word? Please ask your friends and neighbors to participate. No prior experience is necessary! We need as many people as possible to participate in the national action to maximize our impact.

[You can also use our social media toolkit to help us spread the word.]

Registration ends on October 31, 2021.

November Korea Peace Action! ✌🏻 🚨

Korean Peace Advocacy week coming soon!

Format:
Join a zoom call.
Learn how to call your representatives in Congress.
Mute yourself and make your call.

Simple. Easy. Register HERE!

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6th Annual Korea Peace Advocacy Week

If you have not done so already, please register for the Korea Peace advocacy week HERE

Sixth Annual Virtual Korea Peace Advocacy Week 

July 12-16, 2021

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 humanitarian issues such as lifting the travel ban, reuniting separated families and repatriating the remains of U.S. service members. 

➩➩➩ Register here by June 21.

What to expect:
*Prior to the advocacy week, you will:
– Be trained on how to lobby Members of Congress on June 30 at 8pm ET
– Be invited to educational webinars
(Trainings and webinars will take place in the evenings (8pm ET) prior to the virtual advocacy week.)
*During the advocacy week, you will:
– Have 1 to 3 meetings with Members of Congress and/or their staff
(Meetings with Members of Congress will take place during the week, typically between 9am and 6pm ET; Meetings usually last about 30 minutes, and coordinators will do their best to work with your schedule.)  
*After the advocacy week, you will:
– Have the option to attend a casual virtual happy hour and debrief!

Organized by: Korea Peace Network, Korea Peace Now Grassroots Network, Peace Treaty Now 

Out of Hegemony

Hegemony.
Do you know that word?

I hadn’t learned it until college:
Intro to International Relations.

(it was in the title of the introductory textbook)

I didn’t know the word, 
reached for a dictionary
and was shocked to read it meant “dominance.”

Why would we study dominance?
My innocent idealism believed we would study

how to make the world more whole…
not more controlled…
but, I come to recognize, 
we often truly believe that
domination is the path to the good.

Hegemony.
I’d never used the word before that class,
but I’d grown up awash in the concept –

swimming in a sea of domination and submission –
power and control –
crime and punishment –
command and obedience.

It was this reality that taught me
beating the bully off of my brother was the answer.
I was the hero in this drama.
He, the bad guy.

My brother, the victim.
There was no other way but violence.
(I did not see another way
for I had not been taught another way.)

Dominate to rescue. 

Send the bully home in tears.
And they all lived happily ever after…?

Isn’t this the domination myth?

The power-control binary was familiar
even if the vision of a world built on that basis
was not the world I longed for –
not the world I dreamed of –
not the way I heard from my Lord.

“The rulers of this world dominate,”

He tells us, but,

“This is not what you learn from Me.”

Not what we learn from You,
and yet, in Your name,
church leaders use guilt and shame to coerce the flock –
people used domination strategies to control their children –
force to EN-FORCE the rules
(to strengthen the control)…

And boys in my college classroom –
ambitious American boys in intro to international relations – 

suggested violence to resolve persistent global challenges…
as if violence could beget peace…
(since, clearly pax romana worked out so well…)

But – maybe that’s all we really want.
Maybe we don’t really want wholeness.

Maybe we don’t really want each person
to have freedom
to choose
the good.
Maybe, we who are privileged to hold power

(at this moment of history)
just want our best life now –
our own pleasure at whatever cost.
Maybe we buy the lie that this kind of power
will carry us through indefinitely.
As if it’s sustainable.
As if it’s right.

Or, maybe we’ve really drunk the koolaid,
believing that domination is the only way to the good.
Put force behind the right ideology,
and watch it work…
but, does it work?

“Might makes right,” the world says.

“This is not what you learn from Me,” the Spirit whispers.

What if –
what IFFFFF
we actually heard the heart of the Jesus
who died at the hands of his enemies
giving his body as a willing ransom
rather than raise up warriors to defend his innocence

What if –
what IFFFF
we actually followed the footsteps
of the humble, homeless, compelling healer
who never militarized his disciples
but transformed the wounds of their weapons
and rebuked those who live by the sword

What if –
what IFFFF

we actually modeled our lives after the Man
whose words were provocative –
unsettling –
and tore the veil off of our veneers of righteousness

so we ALL saw our filthiness

And, what if –
what IFFFFF
in light of our filth
we then felt
our BELOVEDNESS

and what if…

What if THAT knowing
empowered us
and raised us out of domination cycles
transforming us –
like our Lord –

into lovers
who lay down our lives
as servants of all?

I want that world.