Christine Ahn is the Executive Director of the Korea Policy Institute. She is a policy analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women’s rights and philanthropy. She has addressed the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and the National Human Rights Commission in South Korea, and has been interviewed on CNN, NBC Today Show, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America. She is a columnist with Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy In Focus and co-founder of the National Campaign to End the Korean War.
Imok Cha, M.D. is a physician specializing in cancer diagnosis using minimally invasive methods. She received her M.D. from Columbia University, Physicians & Surgeons. She served as a clinical professor of Pathology at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center from 1995 to 2006. She has been interested in environmental issues, especially preserving marine life, through organizations in San Francisco bay area and South East Asia.
Jerry Mander is the Founder and Co-Chair of the International Forum on Globalization. He is also the Author of “Alternatives to Globalization", “In the Absence of the Sacred", and “The Capitalism Papers".
Koohan Paik is a member of Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice. She is also a film-maker, and co-author of “The Superferry Chronicles".
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Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. In 2005, Steinem worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co-found the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media.
Sung-Hee Choi is an artist/art teacher, peace activist and key organizer within the Jeju naval base resistance. She works tirelessly in support of the cause of peace in and the division of Korea. Sung-Hee is a member of the board of directors at the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Her art and writing has inspired many to take up the Save Jeju cause. In the summer of 2011 she was imprisoned for her role in the Save Jeju effort.
Regina Pyon is co-representative of a leading Korea-based peace organization named Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea, also known as SPARK. Pyon has worked with the Korean Catholic Human Rights Committee, the Justice & Peace Foundation and the Korean Catholic Bishops’ Conference among many other peace and justice organizations around the world.
Bruce Gagnon serves as Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He has been working on space issues for the past 25 years and helped create the Global Network in 1992. His book, titled “Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire”, was republished in 2008. For 15 years he coordinated the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice. He was trained as an organizer by the United Farmworkers Union and is also a member of Veterans for Peace.
Wook-Sik Cheong is one of the founding members and the representative of Peace Network, a South Korean non-governmental organization formed in 1999, working for peace and disarmament in the Northeast Asia and on the Korean Peninsula. As a peace activist, an independent researcher, and a journalist, he has organized many campaigns and conferences, written books and essays, and made speeches both in Korea and abroad. Wooksik’s knowledge of military technology and international security issues is unsurpassed, especially regarding the Jeju naval base project.
MacGregor Eddy serves on the DISARM committee for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She has worked in peace movements for thirty-five years. Eddy also represents the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the United for Peace and Justice Disarmament working group. She worked against the policies and military efforts surrounding the first United States war in Iraq and opposed the human rights violating economic sanctions imposed upon the Iraqi people. Today she is a leading voice against the weaponization of space in the US.
Gil-Chun Koh is a prominent Korean peace activist, artist and icon of “Sasam” art that reveals the truth of the April 3rd massacre and promotes healing, reunification, and peace. His art collections reside at the Korean National Contemporary Art Museum, the Jeju 4.3 Peace Memorial Park and the Jeju Art and Cultural Center, among others. In 2011, He did a speaking tour on behalf of the Gangjeong resistance in the United States which included talks at leading universities such as NYU and Boston College.
Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, an organization that promotes global solidarity and supports peace with justice projects. Iara Lee is a Council of Advisors member of The International Crisis Group (ICG) and the National Geographic Society, as well as a trustee to the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), North Korea’s first and only university whose faculty will be entirely composed of international professors.
Lindis Percy worked for 36 years for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom as a nurse, midwife and health visitor. For ten years she lived 30 minutes away from Greenham Common where U.S. Cruise Missiles were deployed. She became aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons and joined in the women’s campaign to prevent their deployment near her home. She is Co-Coordinator of Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, an organization focused on the role that military bases around the world play in support of United States military policy.
Ann Wright is a former United States Army Colonel and retired official of the U.S. State Department, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. She has traveled to Gangjeong village to meet with village leaders and activists. Wright has also written articles and given talks on behalf of the resistance.