September 22, 2011 International Protest Country, City Coordinators
NOTE: the International Parliamentarians’ Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights
led by South Korean Assemblyman Hwang Woo Yea, Japanese Cabinet Member and Congressman Masaharu Nakagawa, U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, and Mongolian National Assemblyman Lamjav Gundalai, have strongly endorsed this effort, and they are also sending a letter to the Chinese President Hu Jintao on September 22 in solidarity with this effort!
All these city and country coordinators are delivering petitions at noon on September 22 - I have also noted additional events that will take place in conjunction with the International Protest.
AUSTRALIA Sydney Sarah Judd
In Sydney there will be a special screening of Seoul Train, a petition drive, and an online survey.
BELGIUM Brussels Willy Fautre and Human Rights Without Frontiers
CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Pavla Kantnerova Opona (The Curtain)
FINLAND Helsinki Mikko Heikkonen
Mikko Heikkonen is reaching out to journalists active on human rights issues to help report and draw public attention to this issue.
JAPAN Tokyo -- Events at the Diet: The Honorable Kushibuchi Mari, Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Japan
Tokyo - Embassy protest Kan Ando
The Honorable Kushibuchi Mari is organizing a film screening of Crossing for Japanese lawmakers and adoption of a resolution in the Diet calling on the Japanese government to take concrete actions to help North Korean refugees, while Kan Ando will be organizing a protest and delivering a petition at the Chinese embassy in Tokyo.
MEXICO Mexico City Teresa Ost
Teresa Ost has organized an all day film screening hosted at the Institute of Anthropology in Mexico City to show Seoul Train
and On the Border
. She has set up a Spanish language website at http://rescatemosrefugiados.com/
where people can sign the petition to the PRC on line.
POLAND Warsaw Marcin Nowak and Together Action Fundation
also supporting: Agnieszka Gratkiewicz, Lech Walesa Institute
REPUBLIC OF KOREA Seoul Jang Se Yul and the North Korea People's Liberation Front and Free North Korea Radio are organizing a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in which many NGOs will participate including PSCORE, Free the NK Gulag, North Korea Women's Solidarity for Human Rights, and the Committee for the Democratization of North Korea will join.
Busan Pastor Changho Lim and Jandaehyun Church
RUMANIA Bucharest Beniamin Lup
Constanta Beniamin Lup
UKRAINE Kiev Kim and Zenya Walder
UNITED KINGDOM London Joo il KIM Chairman of the EU North Korean Resident Society
IRELAND Dublin Michael O'Rourke
SCOTLAND Edinburgh Lisa Ross
In Edinburgh there will be a special prayer session for North Korea and a petition drive on behalf the refugees.
Chicago Linda Dye
In Chicago there will be screenings of Crossing and Seoul Train as well as a demonstration at the PRC consulate.
Houston Mr. Hairyong Suh, President of the Korean Americans for Liberty and Human Rights
Los Angeles Sam Kim of the Korean American Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom (KCC) with support and help from Korean America veterans led by Colonel Kim Bong Keon and from Young Lee, also of KCC
For the New York City protest: PSALT NK (Prayer, Service, Action, Love, Truth for North Korea) is organizing a prayer rally and protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in lower Manhattan. Join PSALT in NYC to heighten awareness about China’s role in the plight of North Korean refugees to many passersby, consulate workers, and the Chinese government.
San Francisco Sharon Narita Fong
Washington, D.C. North Korea Freedom Coalition
In Washington DC there will be a demonstration at the PRC embassy at noon featuring North Korean defectors who will be traveling here as well as a special demonstration by North Korean Americans, speakers, prayers and the reading of THE LIST; in the evening there will be a classical music benefit concert to help raise funds for the rescue movement SEE FLYER ON EVENTS at www.nkfreedom.org
SISTER CITIES IN SOLIDARITY -- we are now recruiting cities were there is no PRC embassy or consulate but where folks will take action, plan events -- to join these folks:
Ithaca, New York Professor Jacqui Pak and Cornell students will send email messages together on September 22 to Chinese consulate in New York in support of action there.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Frank and Joan Testa are planning event
Boston, Massachusetts: Boston college students are planning event
To make direct contact with any of these coordinators simply email either NKFC at email@example.com
and let us know the city you where you want to help!!
If your country or city is not listed, please consider serving as a city or country coordinator by contacting us at the emails above.
Acta Non Verba!