FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2018
Hope is a Weapon of Peace
SEOUL, South Korea – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and Rainbow PUSH Coalition delegation met with the United States Ambassador to South Korea here Thursday morning to discuss supporting and expanding peace efforts on the peninsula, haunted for decades by the specter of nuclear holocaust.
“We had a good and productive conversation about the current prospects for peace, family reunification and successful negotiations on the Korean Peninsula,” Jackson said after the 60-minute meeting with Ambassador Harry Harris over coffee and orange juice at the ambassador’s official residence. “Hope is a weapon for peace.”
The meeting with Ambassador Harris began day four of Rev. Jackson’s peace mission and speaking tour of South Korea. Rev. Jackson then met with members of the National Council of Churches in Korea.
Speaking to religious leaders and the National Council of Churches in Korea, Rev. Jackson addressed the issues of globalization and human rights,
“There are big debates back home – and some morally reckless actions separating parents from children at the border. We must remember that Jesus was a border baby. He was born under a death warrant. He had to escape to Egypt… as an immigrant. Jesus became a refugee for 12 years.
Egypt did not separate him from Mary and Joseph – Jesus maintained family continuity. We can well do the same for today’s immigrants and refugees. So, when we look in the eyes of Yemeni families, we must see our own. When we look at their children, we must see our own. We are all one human family.”
Speaking about the prospects of peace on the Peninsula, Rev. Jackson said, “On this day we are close to peace and we share hopes and dreams. We are mindful of the forces of cynicism that reject peace and want to derail the peace process. They want to keep the walls that separate and divide us. We want to build bridges to unite us.”
Let’s build a bullet train from Seoul to Pyongyang, not fire bullets across the border. Let’s make Armistice Day, a Peace and Reunification Day. Let’s transform the DMZ into a real Peace Zone.”
Isaiah had a recommendation: “They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
On Friday, Rev. Jackson will speak at national events commemorating the 65th anniversary of Armistice Day in Seoul, South Korea.