Saturday, October 26, 2019

Korea: Prospects for Peace in a changing world Massachusetts Korea Peace Campaign Seung Hee Jeon

To  Al Johnson  

Korea: Prospects for Peace in a changing world

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30pm

Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St (Copley Square)

Keumjoo ArmstrongDear Al,
US-North Korea peace talks seem to be stalled, but Trump has pushed out the hawkish John Bolton, who had been blamed for the lack of progress.   South Korea and Japan are escalating their rhetoric, the US-China trade war continues to deepen, and Hong Kong has been roiled by protests.   What are the prospects for peace in Korea given the rapidly changing events in Asia and world politics?
Keumjoo Armstrong, co-chair, Massachusetts Korea Peace Campaign.   Keumjoo is just back from a visit to North Korea. She will share slides and her reflections on North Korea and on what needs to be done to prevent war
Joseph GersonJoseph Gerson, Director of Program, American Friends Service Committee and Director of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security. Joseph will address historic legacies and current great power policies and ambitions in Northeast Asia - with Korea at their vortex; causes and implications of growing tensions between Japan and South Korea, including their current trade war; and perspectives of South Korean peace advocates on the stalled U.S.-DPRK-ROK negotiations.
Hyungjin Kim (president of WeHope, the "Comfort Women" project-NEU, and Sonny Son (chairperson, board of directors of WeHope), will participate in the discussion.
Kim PopRefreshments: Kim Pop (Korean rice rolls) and other refreshments will be served.
Sponsors:  Massachusetts Korea Peace Campaign; Community Church of Boston; Massachusetts Peace Action
Pyongyang swimming pool. Pyongyang Street Scene.  Keumjoo Armstrong photo Pyongyang swimming pool. Pyongyang Street Scene. Keumjoo Armstrong photo
Seung Hee Jeon
Seung Hee Jeon
Massachusetts Korea Peace Campaign

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From The Archives- Armistice Day for Peace Statement of Purpose

                                                                                                                                                                              Armistice Day for Peace

Statement  of Purpose

Statement of Purpose
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater
responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will
work, with others
To increase public awareness of the costs of war;
To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and
covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations;
To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate
nuclear weapons;
To seek justice for veterans and victims of war;
To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use
non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both

In Flanders Fields

We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others:

a)                To increase public awareness of the costs of war;

b)                To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of oth er nations;

c)                To end the arms r aceand to r educe and eventually eliminate nuclear weapo ns;

d)                )               To  seek ju st ice for veter an s and victim s of war;

e)                To abolish war as an instrument of nat ional policy.

To achi eve th ese go als, mem ber s of Veteran s F or P eace pledge t o u se non- violent m ean s and to main tain an or g an izati on tha t is bo th dem ocr ati c and open w ith the un ders t andin g th at all m ember s ar e tru sted to act in th e best in tere sts of the gro up for the lar g er pur pose of worl d peace.

Smedl ey D. Butl er Bri g ade (Ch . 9)
P. O. Box 3 2 06 83
Boston, MA 0 2 1 3 2
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2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Samuel Adams Park Boston, Massachusetts

"War is  a racket.
A few profit.   The  many pay."
Ma j. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, USMC

In Flanders Fields                                                    Armistice (Veterans) Day For Peace

John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Leftist Marching Band-Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians (BABAM)

November 11, 2018 2:30 p.m.  S:SO p.m.
Samuel Adams Park Boston, Massachusetts


Bring us together music

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with  the  foe: To you from failing hands we throw The  torch; be yours to hold it  high. If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

   Al Johnson,  Member             Chapter 9

Dan Luker
Coordinator, Veterans For Peace Smedley D. Butler Brigade, Chapter 9

Sev Bruynt, M ember, VFP Chapter 9

David Rothhauser  Member, VFP Chapter 9

John Schuchardt
M ember, VFP Chapter 45

Opening Words Welcome

"Words Of Peace " read by Pat Scanlon Anthony F laherry

House Of Peace

It is believ ed that the death of h is fri e nd and for mer  student, Lieutenan t  Alexis  Helmer,  was  the   inspiration  for  the  poem wr it ­ te n by Major John McCra e, a sur geon attached to 1st Briga de, Canadian  Fie ld Artillery .  Helmer  was a  popular  youn g  officer  in the 1st Brigade  who,  on  the  morn ing  of Sunday,  May  2, 1915,  lefl: his dugout and was killed instant ly by a dir ect hit from an 8  inch German shell in the second wee k of fight in g dur in g  t h e Sec ond Batt le  of Ypres.  Lieutenant  Helmer  was  buried  late  r  that day.   In the   absence   of  a   chapla in,   Major   McCrae   conducted   a   simple se rvice at  the  graveside,  recit in g  from  memory  some  passages from the Chur ch  of England' s 'Order  of Bur ia l  of the Dead.'

T he nex t day, sitt ing on the back of an ambula nce par ked near the dress ing  statio  n Ju st  a few  hundred  yards north of Ypres,  McCra e ve nted h is an gu ish by composing a poem.  In  t he  nearby  cemtery,  McCrae  could  see  th e  w ild  poppies  t hat  spran g   up  in  the dit c hes  in  that  part  of  Europe,  and  he  spent  twenty  min utes  of  rp   ecious  rest  time  scribbling fifteen  lines of vre   se  in  a  not  eb ook - w hat  would  become  o ne of  the  most  memorable  war   poems ever

Major John McCrae

Al Johnson, Vietnam Veteran Member, VFP Chapter 9

Leftist Marching Band

Webb Nichols, Vietnam Veteran M ember, VFP Chapter 9

Chr istopherWo!fse
M ember. V FP Chapter 9
Formerly *N G A/ CIA Bob Funke
Leftist Marching Band

"ChelseaManning Update" & "There is a Wall in Washington"

Musical Interlude "Changing Times"

''Perpetual Warfare v. The Light"

Closing remarks Musical W rap-Up

wr itt e n.

* N ational Geospatial A gency/ Central Intelligence Agency
A ppreciation to the City of Boston for use of Samuel Adams Park