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This event is an education-focused commemoration of the ongoing Korean War that will double as a fundraiser for Nodutdol to send an all-Korean diaspora political delegation to South Korea this August. The event will feature a panel on US imperialism in the Asia-Pacific, as well as an exclusive screening of previously unreleased footage of Nodutdol delegation trips to the DPRK.
June 25, 2023 marks the 73rd anniversary of the official start of the Korean War. With no peace treaty ever signed to conclude the conflict, Korea remains in a suspended state of war and national division.
Five years ago, the two Korean states committed to a bilateral process of building a shared future based on independence and peace in the 2018 Panmunjom Declaration. Yet today, the prospect of imminent peace is distant. Successive US administrations have undermined the peace process, and a reactionary government has come to power in Seoul.
Today, the Biden administration is ramping up provocative military exercises on the peninsula, deploying nuclear-armed submarines and other weapons of mass destruction to Korea, and maintaining a suffocating sanctions regime against the DPRK that amounts to a total blockade. With US efforts to contain China becoming more belligerent by the day, Korea’s significance as a regional flashpoint has global implications.
In August, Nodutdol will send an all Korean-diaspora delegation to south Korea to meet with trade unionists, peace activists, and to visit sites of struggle against US militarization. The Korea Peace Fair is an educational and fundraising event to raise awareness and deepen consciousness about the unfinished Korean War, and help to build solidarity based on people-to-people ties between anti-imperialist struggles on the peninsula and in the US.
The Peace Fair will feature a variety of activities, educational resources, and opportunities to demonstrate solidarity with people in Korea resisting US militarism. A partial list of offerings is included below:
-Panel on Asia-Pacific anti-imperialism (guests TBA)
-Screening of previously unreleased footage from Nodutdol KEEP-D delegations to the DPRK
-Artmaking and solidarity gestures
-Games and activities
Entry for this fundraising event will be based on a sliding scale: $10 for general admission, $20+ for attendees who come from means or otherwise would like to make a special solidarity donation.
Bernadette Ellorin heads the global secretariat of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), a global network of organizations, concerned about the human rights situation in the Philippines and committed to campaign for just and lasting peace in the country. Ellorin is also a national spokesperson and former chairperson of BAYAN USA, an anti-imperialist alliance of thirty-three Filipino grassroots organizations across the United States and overseas chapter of BAYAN Philippines.
Dr. Ikaika Ramones is a Native Hawaiian anthropologist from Kalihi, O’ahu. His research concerns class and political economy in Native Hawaiian movements, focusing on the internal contradictions of Indigeneity in motion. He is active in community-based cultural education and land restoration, as well as internationalist and anti-imperialist struggles in various contexts.
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