Japanese Buddhist Monks Visit Gangjeong

NA MU MYO HO REN GE KYO   When I got to Gangjeong Village, I soon met many beautiful spirits there, I quickly regretted my past mistakes, in other words, I thought “Why was I not one of peace group members who visited Jeju twice from Tacoma, U.S. in 2013 and 2014?” My little sister Melissa from US and Korean […]

                        Repost from here. See the related article, Solidarity Statement from Jeju Island to BIW Protest in June 18, 2016 Protesters worry that Jeju will become a front-line in a military confrontation between the US and China After it was reported that the US navy has suggested deploying the USS Zumwalt, […]

In this October Edition: Gangjeong Case at The International Tribunal on Evictions; The 5th Anniversary of the Gangjeong Life and Peace Mass; Cultural relics found, buried, destroyed again at Jeju naval base site; No life can live near Jeju naval base The National Assembly inquiry on the navy lawsuit; Trial update; Peace Festival and Keep Space for Peace Week; Calls […]

This has been translated from Jeju MBC’s April 30th news report (necessary edits have been made for clarity). “Congressional elects have tread their first walks for the naval base conflict. Gangjeong Villagers have requested the elects for a withdraw of the claim of indemnity… Oh Young Hoon and Wi Seong Gon, elects from ‘With-Together’ Democracy Party  visited Gangjeong Village to untie the knotted thread […]

On April 28th (Korea-time), the Korean Navy was found cruising around Gangjeong Village in a truck stowing soldiers with their hands firmly affixed to their rifles. Passing by Gangjeong Elementary School, the drive shocked villagers and activists alike, who have adamantly requested for the Navy to stop treading the village grounds. Mayor Cho and others stopped the truck and demanded to know if […]

    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 […]

On 29th of March, the Korean Navy revealed that on the day before, it filed a complaint to Seoul Central District Court regarding the delay of the Jeju Naval Base construction, and demanded recompense. This order was given to Gangjeong Village Association, 5 related organizations, and 120 individual personnel, all implicated in interrupting the base’s construction. As a result, the […]

Video and report by Grace “On Feb 26 Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-An visited the naval base opening ceremony. On his way in and out of the base the innocent passersby near the gate were captured by the large number of police and forcefully removed from the road without any notice. The police chief said it was for the safety measures, […]

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 […]

  On October 23rd, Go Kwon Il, co-vice mayor of the Gangjeong village and co-vice chair of the Villagers’ Anti-Base Committee, traveled to Italy to receive the Sean Macbride Peace Prize awarded by the International Peace Bureau, one of the oldest foundations of peace. The award is dedicated to a “person or organization that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human […]