At the Nov. 11, 2017 board meeting the Executive Committee of East Bay Peace Action by consensus endorsed the People Peace Treaty with North Korea. To learn more about this effort visit the United for Peace and Justice website: People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea
A message from Jon Rainwater:
The Korean war claimed millions of lives. Yet more than 60 years later, there’s a grave risk that history could repeat itself, only this time nuclear weapons are on the table.
Over the weekend, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster described the risk of war with North Korea as “increasing every day.” He argued that the U.S. could still solve this problem diplomatically, but that time is running out to do so. Since taking office, the Trump administration has made it clear that North Korea becoming a fully fledged nuclear power would be “intolerable,” suggesting they would be willing to go to war to stop it.
Yet despite this rapidly approaching threshold, the administration continues squandering diplomatic openings and antagonizing North Korea with insults, threats and provocative war games. It’s time for the people to intervene.
Inspired by the Vietnam-era People’s Peace Treaty, we are joining with a coalition of organizations promoting a People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, to raise awareness about the past U.S. policy toward North Korea, and to send a clear message that we, the people of the U.S., do not want another war with North Korea. This is not an actual treaty, but rather a declaration of peace from the people of the United States.
Among other provisions, the treaty calls on the U.S. and North Korea to immediately cease their reciprocal threats of nuclear war. It also calls on the U.S. to end its war games with South Korea and Japan that have elevated the risk of accidental war on the peninsula.
2018 could be the make or break year for diplomacy with North Korea. With the Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea coming up in February, and more U.S.-South Korean war games slated for March, there will likely be more openings for negotiations, and more opportunities for escalation.
A strong showing on the People’s Peace Treaty is an excellent way to put pressure on the administration to seize any diplomatic openings, and to avoid further escalation.
Concerned citizens getting involved in international affairs have the power to change the world. It helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, and more recently ensured the Iran nuclear agreement could take effect. We need to put that people power to work now to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula.
Thank you for standing with us.
Humbly for peace,