Please follow this link to add your name to the Korea Peace Appeal. In their form, make sure you indicate to which global partner Church you belong in the “affiliation” section so that we can follow whether or not we are reaching our goal of adding 1 million Christian partner signatures to the 100 million overall goal. After filling out the form we also encourage you to send an email or make a phone call to your government representative using the supportive messages below!
Write to the officials
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, our campaign’s goal is to influence the US government and to catalyze international leaders to take action and make policies in the direction of peace.
We 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, email (electronic comments), or by postcard. For those in the US, phone calls 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/citizen of… etc.].
President Joe Biden
The White House 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC
Email form: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Senator Jim Risch
Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee United States Senate
483 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC
Tel: (202) 224-2752
Email form: https://contactsenators.com/idaho/jim-risch
Senator Bob Menendez
Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee United States Senate
528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC,
Tel: (202) 224-4744
Email form: https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact (select category ‘foreign affairs’)
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 agreement. 75 years is too long to remain in division and conflict and our country agreed to replace the armistice with a peace agreement over 65 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:
• End the Korean War and establish a peace agreement.
• Create a Korean Peninsula and a world free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat.
• Resolve the conflict with dialogue and cooperation instead of sanctions and pressure.
• Break from the vicious cycle of the arms race and invest in human security and environmental sustainability.
North Korea cannot sign a peace agreement in good faith while they fear complete annihilation. Build trust now by signing a peace agreement 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 65 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: 2020-sample-letter-to-us-government