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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Response to Recent Media Coverage and Statement by the Saenuri Ruling Party


Response to Recent Media Coverage and Statement by the Saenuri Ruling Party

September 25, 2014

Nodutdol, like many organizations and individuals around the world, is in support of justice for Sewol families. We continue to mourn this tragedy that still has no answers. It doesn’t require a special investigation to see that the Sewol tragedy affected everyone deeply, and that the campaign to pass a special Sewol law is a cause that many groups and individuals, especially school parents and concerned citizens, believe in. How would it be possible to take no action, looking at the greatest peacetime tragedy in Korea in the last twenty years? We are mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, and we grieve with the Sewol families who want to know what really happened and how it can be prevented in the future.

We are appalled that our participation in NY rallies calling for justice for the Sewol victims is being characterized as “’disgraceful’ by the spokesperson for the Saenuri Party and that the rallies themselves are being labelled as Nodutdol-led, when in fact, they were organized by many groups and individuals in the community.

We see these statements and media coverage as an effort to discredit and dismiss the voices of the many who want to seek truth and justice, and a familiar tactic throughout South Korean history to silence any dissent or criticism.  We recognize this as a serious and deliberate act to divide our Korean American community by the outdated cold-war ideology. 

This is what is happening to the Sewol families themselves, who in calling for justice, have also been labeled anti-government forces and redbaited by the Saenuri Party. For these families to endure such terrible loss, only to be dismissed in this way, is a terrible abuse of power.

Speaking out is not a crime. Standing for justice and truth should not be viewed with suspicion as an anti-state effort.

The Sewol tragedy, which claimed so many lives, should be the turning point in Korean society from which to value life and unite together to build a better world. However, the ruling Saenuri Party, in reviving the tactics of military dictatorships and labeling its critics as pro-North, are only serving to divide people and the Korean diaspora. Rather than expend energy and resources on such actions, the government should redouble its efforts to make sure a tragedy like Sewol never happens again. The public deserves to know the truth. The families deserve to ensure that their loved ones did not die in vain.

To repeat the demand of so many, we urge a rapid resolution of the Sewol Ferry Disaster.
Establish a Sewol Ferry Committee with independent power for investigation and prosecution!
Enact a special law providing for the Sewol Ferry Committee!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


Please join us on Saturday, July 19 to support this year’s Korea Education and Exposure Program. This year’s participants come from LA, the Bay area, Seattle, and Ohio. The trip this year is centered around privatization, neoauthoritarianism, and militarization. Over the course of two weeks, the delegation will meet with grassroots organizations and learn about their campaigns, including organizing for LGBTQ rights, the Sewol tragedy, and railway union workers.

Please come and learn about the participants and learn about KEEP’s site visits. The event will also include a performance by Skim, and attendees will be able to participate in an interactive solidarity art project that the delegation members will take with them on the trip.

Door: $10 / sliding scale
Cash bar
Light dinner will be served.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Statement of US-based Asian-Pacific Islanders and
Supporters of Peace

BAYAN USA, Nodutdol, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

April 7, 2014

We, Asian Pacific Islanders and peace-loving people in the US, denounce the US government’s strategic plan to increase economic, political, and military intervention in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of the so-called “US Pivot to Asia and the Pacific”. The said pivot aims to expand and consolidate long-running US hegemony over the region, as well as quell peoples struggles for social and national liberation across the Asia-Pacific region that have historically frustrated the interests of US empire.

We call for protests in April 2014, when US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines to further consolidate key allies in the region in line with its strategic economic and geopolitical agenda.

We stand with the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region who for decades have been struggling for self-determination and for genuine sovereignty amidst decades of US-led neoliberal economic policies in the region.

Speaking to a gathering of Pacific islander leaders in the Cook Islands earlier in 2012, State Secretary Hillary Clinton reaffirmed U.S. resolve to intensify its presence in the Asia Pacific region - “This is a vast and dynamic region – a key driver of global economics and politics.  That’s why I have said that the 21st century will be ‘America’s Pacific century.’” (August 31, 2012) This was echoed by Defense Secretary Panetta on his tour of the region the following week - “The United States recognizes that the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more important in our economic and diplomatic and security interests.”

U.S. determination to increase its projection of power in Asia is also reflected in the Defense Department’s 2012 Strategic Guidance, which outlines plans to distribute flexible, rotational troop deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region to ensure U.S. naval control of trade routes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.  The White House, the Defense Department, and the State Department have all pledged to protect its capacity for power projection in Asia from any future budget cuts.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Crimes Against Humanity? Understanding the UN Commission of Inquiry Report on North Korea

Please join us on SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014 at 7 PM for a
critical analysis and discussion of the UNHRC report and
implications for the progressive movement.

112 West 27th St
Suite 600
New York, NY 10001

7:00 PM
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Co-hosted by Nodutdol and Bayan USA

Facebook event


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Friday, February 7, 2014


UPDATE: The program will take place either in August or September. There is a spot in the application to indicate your preference.

Nodutdol is now accepting applications for the KEEP-R 2014 Program.

Required items:



More information about the program is available after the link.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Happy New Year!

Dear Nodutdol family and supporters!

People say that Gab-O is a year of the Flying Horse (천마)!  It’s a year of big great changes. 
Nodutdol wishes you a Happy New Year, and many accomplishments!


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