DSA joins alongside many Korean organizations including Korea Peace Now, the International Strategy Center, Women Cross DMZ, and Nodutdol to call for an end to the US travel ban on North Korea, lifting of sanctions, and formally moving to end the Korean War in order for the peninsula to finally begin the process of peace, self-determination, and reconciliation without the US economically and militarily imposing its geopolitical interests in Korea’s affairs anymore.
We affirm our commitment in the DSA Political Platform to oppose US foreign military presence and bases, work to formally end the Korean War with a peace treaty, and to support the Korean Peace and Reconciliation process, which is supported by the majority of South Koreans and is the product of the struggle of Korean left and popular movements.
Panelists: Noah Kulwin, Ju-Hyun Park, Sheen Kim, Jeong-eun Hwang, Cathi Choi
June 24, 2023
70 years passed since the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, yet the Korean War never officially ended. Join DSA International Committee with the host of Blowback to hear from Korean organizations and activists from the US and South Korea about the history and impacts of the war and the possible solutions for organizing toward peace.
- Korea Peace Action: National Mobilization to End the Korean War (July 26-28, Washington DC)
- Contact Congress to support the Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act
- Join the Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network
- Sign the Korea Peace Appeal to end the Korean War
- Nodutdol 2023 KEEP delegation to south Korea
- Sign on to end the travel ban on North Korea
- Blowback Season 3: The Korean War
- The Hidden History of the Korean War by I.F. Stone
- Ending the Korean War Teaching Collective
- Crossings documentary film
- Path to Peace: The Case for a Peace Agreement to End the Korean War
- The Human Costs of Gendered Impact of Sanctions on North Korea
May 6, 2023
DSA International Committee co-hosted this peace conference in Korea organized by the International Strategy Center and the Justice Party, featuring elected members of Parliament from the National Assembly in South Korea and organizers from Korea, Japan, Okinawa, US, and UK, to discuss the need for peace and to oppose a growing new US-driven Cold War in the Asia-Pacific.
US Military in the Pacific: South Korea
Panelist: Dae-Han Song
May 18, 2022
Dae-Han Song, part of the International Strategy Center secretariat, presents a historical and contemporary overview of US imperialism and militarism in South Korea and the struggles against it.
- Korea Peace Appeal: End the Korean War
- LIFT (Let Individuals Freely Travel)
- Save Jeju Now
- NO-THAAD Campaign
For more information/ full webinar:
DSA IC calls for lifting the US travel ban on North Korea and ending the decades-long devastating economic sanctions
January 19, 2022
The Democratic Socialists of America International Committee (DSA IC) calls on the Biden administration to lift the 2017 Trump-era instilled US travel ban on North Korea and reinstate the ability to travel and engage in the important cultural and educational exchanges, peace activist talks, and reunifications of separated families. Further, we call on the Biden administration to move towards formally ending the Korean War by lifting the decades-long sanctions that have devastated the economy and well being of working class Koreans in the north and severely undermined efforts to end the war.
In-person engagements are one of the most effective ways to counter imperialist narratives and work towards normalizing relations and building mutual trust internationally. The Trump administration’s decision over 4 years ago to end all travel to the north, and Biden’s continued support for this policy, severely undermines the decades-long work Korean peace organizations have done to build towards ending the Korean War. DSA’s own delegations abroad have given us a crucial outlook in learning and building international solidarity in Latin America. Similarly, many Korean peace activists utilize trips to North Korea as part of a crucial effort to build towards mutual understanding, respect, and trust, as well as reunifying Korean families split during the ongoing imposed separation of the peninsula.
For over 70 years, the US has waged a continuous war against the people of Korea. Having first militarily occupied the south and installing a military puppet dictatorship, artificially splitting the peninsula in half and directly waging a catastrophic war and a myriad of war crimes and large scale massacres, the US has played a central role in the collective trauma brought onto Korea. To this day, the US still maintains war time control of South Korea’s military, stations nearly 30,000 active duty US troops, controls some 70 military bases, and organizes yearly large scale joint military drills, all against the decades-long protests of Korean peace activists. Even though the fighting had ended 70 years ago, the US has continued to escalate its attacks by imposing ever harsher and more devastating sanctions and other punitive measures against the north.
A recent report by Korea Peace Now estimates nearly 4,000 civilians in the north, 80% of which children, died in 2018 as a direct result of sanctions. The US has also routinely used sanctions to undermine cooperation efforts and to effectively control and facilitate the discussion between the north and south around its own geopolitical aims in the Asia-Pacific. With the further precarity brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, North Korea faces a variety of problems due to both a loss of tourist income and an impacted economy, with the sanctions making it harder to acquire crucially needed medical supplies, food, and fuel. Instead of departing from even just the Trump-era policies, Biden has continued to support more punitive measures, further deteriorating relations and endangering the lives of ordinary people, all in order to serve US imperialist interests. In lieu of growing widespread global hardship, the US still refuses to subsume its myriad of devastating economic sanctions around the world, fueling needless suffering and death.
DSA joins alongside many Korean organizations including Korea Peace Now, the International Strategy Center, Women Cross DMZ, and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development to call for an end to the US travel ban on North Korea, lifting of sanctions, and formally moving to end the Korean War in order for the peninsula to finally begin the process of peace, self-determination, and reconciliation without the US economically and militarily imposing its geopolitical interests in Korea’s affairs anymore.
Movie Night – Korea: Until Daybreak, with Nodutdol and ISC
Panelists: Dae-Han Song, Juyeon Rhee, Haruki Eda
November 18, 2021
Join the DSA International Committee for our first Virtual Movie Night for a streaming of the documentary “Korea: Until Daybreak”, which details footage of decades of mass struggles and popular uprisings across the Korean peninsula, followed by a post-screening discussion and audience Q&A with special guests from Nodutdol and the International Strategy Center in Korea talking on contemporary Korean leftist movements and current struggles.
For additional and related resources:
To watch the film:
- Daily life in North Korea – “My Brothers and Sisters in the North”
- Loyal Citizens of Pyongyang in Seoul (서울의 평양 시민들)
- Repatriation (2003), Dong-won Kim
- A Taxi Driver
- Korea: Until Daybreak (1990)
- Memory of Forgotten War (2013)
- Grandmother’s Flower (2008)
- TWN Events: Unended Korean War: 70 Years Panel
- One Korea Teach-In in Los Angeles – Christine Hong
- Dispelling Myths about North Korea
- Empire Files: War With North Korea – Propaganda vs. Reality
- Sanctions of Empire: A Nodutdol Zine
- Half a Million South Korean Workers Walk Off Jobs in General Strike
- Squid Game’s Strike Flashbacks Were Modeled on Our Real-Life Factory Occupation
- Organizing Dissent against Authoritarianism: The South Korean Student Movement in the 1980s
- White Terror, “Red” Island: A People’s Archive of the Jeju 4.3 Uprising and Massacre
- In Line of Fire: The Korean Peninsula in US-China Strategy
- Welcome to the Monkey House
- Joseon Bolshevik
- Blowback Season 3: The Story of the Korean War
- Nodutdol – KEEP: Stories from North Korea
- Patriots, Traitors, and Empires: The Korean War and Korea’s Struggle for Freedom
- The Total Blackout of the Korean Left
- The North Korea Memory Hole
- “We Die Tonight to Live Forever”: Legacy of the Gwangju Uprising ft. Kap Seol
- What North Korea Wants and What the American People Don’t Know About the Korean War
- General Strike in South Korea w/ Ju-Hyun Park
- Kwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age by Jae-Eui Lee
- Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom by Stephen Gowans
- The Making of Minjung by Namhee Lee
- The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings
- Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History by Bruce Cumings•Korea’s Grievous War by Su-Kyoung Hwang