(en) Feb.20th Solidarity Event

John Choe (john.choe@csh.org)
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 12:49:00 -0800


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KOREA EXPOSURE & EDUCATION PROGRAM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jonathon Kim HyoSung Bidol (212) 924-8078 jsb62@columbia.edu

DEMOCRACY BEHIND BARS: COMMUNITY FORUM EXAMINES THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT TO FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS

The Korea Exposure & Education Program (KEEP) will be sponsoring a video presentation and panel discussion entitled: "Democracy Behind Bars: The International Solidarity Movement to Free Political Prisoners." This community

forum is open to interested members of the public and will take place between:

7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20th, 1997 East Lounge, North Building Hunter College/CUNY (68th Street and Lexington Avenue) New York City

The video, "Mother's Purple Handkerchief," produced by PURN Productions, is about the movement to free political prisoners in south Korea. Kim Sun Myong, who was recently released after serving the longest prison term of any political prisoner in the world, is featured in the video, along with Minkahyup, an organization of family members and supporters who have organized rallies and protests against the inhuman treatment and continued detention of Korean political prisoners. According to Hye Jung Park, program director of Downtown Community TV, a New York City community media organization, "This film captures

the deep commitment and consciousness raising of people struggling, not only to

free their children and siblings, but struggling to free their whole society in

the face of brutal repression and personal loss."

The discussion that follows the video presentation will focus specifically on the status of the international solidarity movement to free political prisoners here in the U.S. and Korea. Panelists from organizations in the U.S.

and Korea will speak about the limitations of democratic political practice in the post-Cold War era and the role of the race, class, and gender in state-sponsored violence. Speakers include: Rosa Garcia, who is from Pro Libertad, an organization committed to the liberation of Puerto Rican political

prisoners and prisoners of war, and Steve Yip, a member of the Asian Ad Hoc Committee for Mumia Abu Jamal.

The Korea Exposure & Education Program (KEEP) was created in 1994 by activists in New York, Los Angeles and Seoul to educate and expose activists in United States to the struggles of people fighting for social justice in south Korea. This community forum is part of KEEP's mission to build and strengthen the international solidarity movements for peace, reunification, and social, economic, and political justice.

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