As the Korean peacemakers have been seeking an end to the Korean War for decades, they have increasingly come to see the US government as the primary party with the ability and the responsibility to move the situation toward one of peaceful dialogue. To that end, we have created an online petition hosted by Change.org. Click on the button below to add your name:
Petition through phone, letter, or email:
Delivering petition signatures to the US government is good, but we also recognize that this is not enough. We will drastically increase the likelihood of our campaign being heard if each of you takes the effort to also send a personal message to the responsible lawmakers in the US, by letter, phone, email (electronic comments), or by postcard. For those in the US, phones might be even better! We have prepared contact information and a sample message that you may use if you like as the content of your letter or a script for your call. Feel free to edit it to make it more personal to you! As we are a church organization we suggested the identification of “Christian,” but you may identify yourself in whatever way you feel comfortable [Christian/humanist/peace activist/veteran/German citizen etc.].
- President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Email form: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
- Senator Bob Corker – Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee
United States Senate
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Email form: https://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailme
- Senator Ben Cardin – Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee
United States Senate
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC, 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4524
Fax: (202) 224-1651
Email form: http://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/
Sample letter or talking script:
Dear [insert title and name here],
As a [Christian/US citizen/peacemaker/etc.] I am concerned by the continuing conflict in Korea and the absence of a peace treaty. 70 years is too long to remain in division and conflict and our country agreed to replace the armistice with a peace treaty over 60 years ago. The suggestions of arming Japan and South Korea with nukes leave the people of the Korean peninsula in immense fear. I ask you now to take these four steps:
- Enter into negotiations for a peace treaty now that does not require conditions. Disarmament must come after the peace treaty and along with authentic assurance of non-aggression by the US.
- Cease all US-South Korea joint military exercises which increase North Korea’s distrust and fear. They are a major stumbling block for peace agreements.
- Cease the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in Korea.
- Take tangible steps toward creating respectful dialogue and exchange across the borders of conflict. This is the only path that can avoid war, violence, and chaos.
North Korea cannot sign a peace treaty in good faith while they fear complete annihilation. Build trust now by signing a peace treaty and then work for disarmament of ourselves and the Korean peninsula.
I ask you to take courage and action that actually has a chance for success, rather than 60 more years of conflict and dehumanization.
Thank you for your consideration.
Make sure you include a return address on your envelope and in your letter if you send a paper letter.
Further talking points if interested:
- The US signed the armistice treaty with North Korea in 1953 and agreed to sign a peace treaty. It is our responsibility to lead the building of trust and signing of a peace treaty.
- Neither we nor the people of Korea can afford 60 more years of defense spending when we could end the war and sign a peace treaty now.
- Christians, Buddhists, and others in the South and North have been meeting, talking, and praying together for an end to the war since the 1980’s. We must stand in solidarity with them.
- Korean War veterans fought and sacrificed so that peace could come to Korea. We owe it to them for their bravery to take steps that actually have a chance of leading to peace.
Sample letter in DOCX format: download here.