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Olympics Opening Ceremony Watch Parties

February 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

North Korea and South Korea marching under a 'unification flag' at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Photo: Kyodo

 

Olympic Ceremony Watch Parties

Somerville, Feb. 9, 8pm: Orleans Bar, 65 Holland St, Davis Square.  Contact Mike VanElzakker, michael.vanelzakker@gmail.com

Roslindale, Feb. 9, 8pm: Private Home, Cotton St, Roslindale 02131.  Home-made kimchi served (among other dishes). Contact Cole Harrison, cole@masspeaceaction.org, or Claire Gosselin, claireg53@gmail.com, to RSVP and receive address.

Another war with North Korea would be disastrous. It could easily go nuclear. It should be unthinkable, and there are peaceful diplomatic alternatives. For South Korea, which would bear the brunt of any conflict with North Korea, there is no military option. As a group of 58 retired US military leaders acknowledge in a letter to Trump, that military action “would result in hundreds of thousands of casualties.” The people of Korea, North and South, the peoples of the region, and Americans all want peace.

The Winter Olympics and Paralympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, offer a unique moment to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. On a very encouraging note, in November 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an Olympic Truce, or a cessation of hostilities during the Winter Games, which gained the support of 157 Member States including both Koreas and future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States.

The Olympic Truce represents an important opportunity to defuse tensions and begin the work of reconciliation on the Korean peninsula. The United States should fully support both Korean governments’ current efforts to restore a peace process.

North and South Korean athletes will march together under a common flag showing a united Korea, as they last did at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006 in Turin, Italy.  Join an Olympic Watch Party to celebrate this action of peace and reconciliation!  Or organize one in your area!

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Date:
February 9, 2018
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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