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Rev. Jesse Jackson held a press conference in New York City at the First United Methodist Church Manhattan Mission Center on Monday March 4, 2018.

We are grateful to the ministers of Flushing United Methodist Church for hosting and making arrangements for the press conference.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. to Hold News Conference to Call for Expanded and Inclusive Korean Peace Talks

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. to Hold News Conference to Call for Expanded and Inclusive Korean Peace Talks

 In response to the disappointing President Trump-North Korea Chairman Kim Hanoi Summit, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and a coalition of Korean-American clergy and peace activists will hold a news conference to call for expanded and inclusive peace and disarmament talks:

Monday, March 4, 2019

3 PM

First United Methodist Church Manhattan Mission Center

48 St. Mark’s Place

New York, NY 10003

“We are all in a degree of concern,” Rev. Jackson wrote South Korea President Moon Jae-in following the failed summit. “The botched opportunity between Trump and Kim at the Hanoi Summit was difficult to watch.”

Rev. Jackson said it was “disrespectful” and “colonial” not to have South Korea at the bargaining table. “In reality,” he wrote to President Moon, “there should be a four-way meeting, in which you are central. The meeting should have involved South Korea, North Korea, China, and the U.S., and quite possibly Japan. The United States’ role among the two Koreas is to facilitate a meeting and not dictate it.”

Rev. Jackson, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a peace delegation that included Korean-American theologian and author, Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, spent seven days last summer touring South Korea, visiting and conferring with church leaders, government officials and peace activists. Rev. Jackson addressed members of the National Assembly of South Korea, praising the efforts of President Moon to bring a lasting peace to the divided peninsula.

In his letter to President Moon, Rev. Jackson urged the Korean leader and his peace allies around the world not to “let bumps in the road discourage us and our mission.”

“Peace and reconciliation are possible ultimately,” Rev. Jackson said. “No matter how long it takes. I hope that a peace treaty can come out of this. It is difficult but imperative to do so.”

Media Contacts: Shelley Davis sdavis@rainbowpush.org

Rev. Hyoungkyu Park 973-936-2820

Donnie Bae 857-320-5049

 

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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.

**Read:

Grace Ji-Sun Kim: Longing for peace on the Korean Peninsula

The Korea Daily Newspaper

The Korea Times Newspaper

KBS News

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