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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

From Dec. 9 to 27, two Catholic workers from the United States Martha Hennessy and Toni Flynn visited the village. While both joining daily activities of 100 bows and mass, Martha Hennessy, grand daughter to Dorothy Day,  felt the need of further direct action. Here is her statement read on Dec. 23 when she stopped a military vehicle in front […]

‘Around 9 am, [Dec. 22, 2015], the 7th task flotilla command department including Navy R. Adm Nam Dong-woo, chief of the Navy’s 7th Task Flotilla, arrived in the [currently built] Jeju naval base which would be its new home port, having left Busan Naval Operational Command on Dec. 21, riding on the two 7,600 ton Aegis Destroyers of the Sejong, the […]

Mayor Cho Kyung-Chul was re-elected

  Cho Kyung-Chul, the current village mayor was re-elected as the next two years’ mayor on the rainy day of Dec. 16. Around 400 of 1,000 village electorates gathered for the vote, which was the 2nd biggest meeting for an election since Aug. 10, 2007 when more than 430 electorates gathered to vote for Kang Dong-Kyun for mayor. Cho, a strawberry farmer […]

For more, go to Veterans for Peace, here. Related blog (Bruce Gagnon 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), article (Hankyoreh), Photos by Ellen Davidson( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Radio interview with Ann Wright ( here) and the link on Korean articles is here. ………………………………………… Re-blogged from Ellen Davidson, Stop These Wars   Jeju Islanders Steadfast in Eight-Year Fight Against U.S.-South […]