Stop THAAD in Korea – Launch of National Tour

Colloquium | April 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  University Lutheran Chapel

 2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA

 Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister, Co-chair, Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

 Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North Korea ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects, claim its real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero for counterattacks.

Learn about this struggle from the front line activism of Reverend Sounghey Kim, a Won Buddhist minister whose temple is staunchly opposed to the THAAD and has been leading the resistance together with citizens groups from other sectors, and from Korea peace activist, Juyeon Rhee, who is accompanying Rev. Kim and will comment on the broader U.S./Korea alliance that forms this latest conflict. Rev. Kim and Juyeon Rhee will be welcomed by a performance by the Bay Area Korean drumming group, Ieumsae.

Bay Area sponsors for this program are Ieumsae, HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans), Women for Genuine Security and Veterans for Peace, San Francisco Chapter.

The National Tour is sponsored by Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asian and the Pacific, with support from Korea Policy Institute, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

 Paul Liem, pliem252@gmail.com