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 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 […]

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 […]

Reblogged from here.  Related article and photos by Koohan Paik Last September, I attended a remarkable gathering in Okinawa of impassioned young people from all over the Asia-Pacific. They convened at a critical moment to urgently discuss ramped-up militarism in their region. Thousands of hectares of exquisitely wild marine environments, peaceful communities and local democracy are now under extreme threat. Participants […]

On September 19th, there was a four day international peace camp held at Okinawa. This gathering succeeded the previous one held in Gangjeong of Jeju last year, and we anticipate the next one to be established in Taiwan. These meetings are conducted with the overall intention of solidifying the triangular line of peace among the three mentioned islands (Taiwan, Jeju, […]

On Sept. 16,  Aegis destroyers made their first entries into the  currently built Jeju naval base early at 7 am. The navy reasoned the entries were for the test of  their coming alongside the pier.  There were two aegis destroyers on the day- named Sejong, the Great and Yang Man-Choon, which were accompanied by a connvoy and a rescue ship. On the day,  a […]