Teach-In: Resisting Empire on Jeju Island, Korea

When & Where
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Avenue [at 654th Ave.]
Oakland, CA 94609
September 22, 2013 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Gene Ruyle
510 428 1578

On a small island on the Southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, for the past 7 years, a small group of villagers have been waging one of the most disciplined, dedicated, creative non-violent movements in the world.

Survivors of one of the most horrific genocides of the postwar era, they are struggling to prevent the Island, a UN designated biosphere reserve, from becoming a deep water military base that will uproot the traditional matrifocal culture, destroy a global ecological treasure, and destabilize the entire pacific region.

This Naval base, functioning as the lynchpin of the US Pacific pivot, will host US aircraft carriers, Aegis missile destroyers, nuclear submarines, and 8-10,000 troops, and turn the Island into a hair trigger for global confrontation.

This presentation, by activists working in solidarity with Jeju Island, will screen excerpts from "The Ghosts of Jeju", chronicling the genocidal US intervention in Jeju Island in 1948, and the subsequent history of influence and manipulation. There will also be recent eye witness testimonies from the ground, to give a synoptic, historical view of the crucial local, cultural, ecological and geopolitical issues at stake.