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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. to Lead Peace Delegation to Korea

July 18, 2018




Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. to Lead Peace Delegation to Korea


At the invitation of the National Council of Churches in KoreaRev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will deliver the opening prayer at a national vigil for peace next week at the DMZ, during a week-long peace mission and speaking tour of the Korean Peninsula.


Rev. Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will lead a delegation of peace activists, Korean Americans and religious leaders to South Korea, July 21 to July 28.


The visit takes place as ongoing high stakes negotiations between North Korea and South Korea, and between the U.S. and North Korea unfold on the Korean Peninsula. The hope is that these negotiations will finally normalize relations between the U.S., North and South Korea, leading to a sustained peace instead of hostility and the threat of nuclear war.


At the invitation of the Minjung Party, Rev. Jackson will lecture at numerous venues in South Korea. He will deliver the opening prayer at the DMZ peace vigil July 23. He has also been invited to address members of the National Assembly on July 24 and will convene with the peace and human rights community from all sectors of Korean society for events on July 27, the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice.


Rev. Jackson, Jong-Kook Lee, the Consul General of the Korean Consulate General in Chicago, and author and theology professor, Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, will discuss the peace mission at a news conference


Thursday, July 19, 2018

1 P.M.

Consulate General of the Republic of Korea

NBC Tower

455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.

Suite 2700



"For peace to happen, diplomacy, not provocation, is essential,” Rev. Jackson said. “The cycle of fear that has gripped the peninsula since its division must be broken. Four million Koreans died during the Korean War. The civilian death toll exceeded that of the Vietnam War and more than 10 million families remain separated. After 65 years, Koreans on the peninsula and in the diaspora, and the global community, hope to break the cycle of military threat and demand a new era of peace and reunification."



Don Terry

Butch Wing

James Gomez


Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.


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