Re-blogged from here In honor of the Global Day Against Military Spending (formerly April 15th, now April 8-18th), here’s an essay about one of the founding organizers of GDAMS, the International Peace Bureau, which named Gangjeong Village on South Korea’s Jeju Island as a co-recipient of its prestigious annual peace prize last fall. A slightly shorter version of the […]

    The below is a  translation of the excerpted from the village statement titled, ‘Relocating the village association hall to a tent, ‘ April 11, 2016. Please see the related sites here and here.   “…We, the Gangjeong villagers, are not activists. However, the reason that we symbolically relocated our Village Association Hall onto the street is because we have […]

In this March Edition: The navy’s lawsuit against people; Rise up, Gureombi; War exercise in Gangjeong; Solidarity with the next generation of Catholic workers; Wednesday Water day; Fr. Mun Jeong-Hyeon’s visit to the USA; Remembering Korea’s role in the Vietnam War;  Residents’ complaints about the construction of the base entry road; trial update; International Women’s Day remembered; New daily evening bells prayer service; […]

  The 1st International Peace Film Festival in Gangjeong (IPFFIG) will be held on April 23rd through April 26th in Gangjeong village hall, Peace Centre and Seogwipo Art Centre, Seogwipo city. In the wake of the completion of Jeju naval base, we are working on to hold an international peace film festival here in Gangjeong village. The idea of the […]

    The Navy’s damage claim against Gangjeong residents is a declaration of war against its own citizens By Lawyers for a Democratic Society (Minbyun) The ROK Navy is claiming a sum of 3.4 billion won [approximately 3 million US dollars] in damages against 116 individuals including residents and clergy and 5 organizations. The Navy is demanding this money in […]

  the hankyoreh   Activists, civic and religious groups accused of causing loss of taxpayer money for delaying construction in Gangjeong Village  The South Korean Navy is demanding damages from local groups and residents in Jeju Island for “taxpayer losses” incurred by their opposition to the construction of a new naval base. The groups targeted include the village association of […]

In this February Edition: A Declaration for Life, Peace and Culture Village; Interview with Gangjeong villagers; Remembering Father Bix; International Conference on Women, Peace and Security, Philippines; Hotbed of irregularities at the Jeju naval base construction; The Police’s Reasonable Judgment?; War Tax Resistance; trial update; The Precarious Spring of Korea; The first International Peace Film Festival In Gangjeong(IPFFIG); Fr. Mun Jeong-Hyeon’s […]

A full translation from people’s statement on Feb. 25, 2016,  here Our Position on the Jeju Navy Base Construction Completion Ceremony   On Feb. 26, the Jeju navy base construction completion ceremony is held in Gangjeong Village, land of life. It is clear that the Jeju navy base cannot create an era of peace. The Jeju navy base cannot but […]

In this January Edition: Jeju and Okinawa must become demilitarized Islands; Let’s stop the THAAD development for the Peace of Jeju; Peace for the Sea statement from the peace camp; Okinawa, 2015; Saving dolphins is defending the sea; international solidarity on comfort women; Gangjeong Peace School; trial update; Hammer of justice update etc. Download PDF

In this December Edition: Words by Cho Kyung-Chul, re-elected mayor, facing Nanjing as our future, protest to the entering of the 7th task flotilla, Veterans for Peace solidarity trip to  Jeju and Okinawa, Farewell reflections by Tony Flynn and a direct action by Martha Hennessy, Philippine solidarity events for Gangjeong, Miryang commemorates 10 years, deteriorating human rights condition in South Korea, Park […]