I'm clipping in a message that I just received from Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network. I've been on a visa run to Hat Yai in Thailand and spent the past few days near the Taman Negara national park on the northwest coast of Malaysia where I built a tree altar on the beach for peace.
So I wasn't on the Internet for a few days and am playing catch-up. I am excited by all the efforts people are engaged in to make peace work.
The Dignity of Creation
The Gangjeong village and their growing team of supporters just organized a peace walk around their entire island. Almost 1,000 people walked in two groups going east and west. They met in Jeju City on August 4 for a big rally and concert.
Sung-Hee Choi writes from Jeju Island:
A music video with collection of photos and videos by a grand march report team. See here
Directed by the Sajahooo TV
March participants' flight to the Jeju Island and march experience for 5 nights 6 days recorded in the collection of photos and videos : 'Peace Is the Way.'
The lyric of background song titled, "To the country of happiness," ... 'Open the curtain, open the window[..] Let's feel the breeze again. Please let me walk on the grass field. I want to laugh and cry. Please touch my heart[..] I will dance overcoming rain and thunder. I will go to the country of happiness.[...] The wilderness is vast. The sky is blue..Let's all go to the country of happiness...'
'You, all the marchers are winners'
These folks are for real and they are creating an unstoppable momentum that very well could shut down this Navy base construction/destruction project. This love, spirit, and non-violent determination, in such an epic local struggle, is a true model for all the world to see and feel. If we all just did a bit more to help, this fight could be won. God knows our international peace movement could use a "win" for once. The Jeju Navy base fight connects all the dots:
- Obama's "pivot" of military and foreign policy into Asia-Pacific to "contain" China.
- This strategy is hugely expensive and our rotting country can't afford it!
- Jeju is a pristine environment jewel which makes it imperative that the enviro-community should be on-board this peace train.
- Human rights violations and suppression of local democracy is a dramatic issue in this fight as Gangjeong villagers are subjected to daily outrages.
- Just call it a local fight where the oligarchy is waging war on "the dignity of creation". Not much more to be said after that..........
Please take a moment and watch this video. You don't have to speak Korean to understand any of it.
Thanks and best wishes,