GN’s 2012 Space Conference

February 18-26, 2012

Hawaii and Jeju Island, South Korea

Nine Catholic priests climbed over the fence and made their way onto the rocks by the sea in Gangjeong village to protest Navy base construction yesterday. They were all arrested.

In February the Global Network will be holding a two stage Pacific conference - in Hawaii and  and Gangjeong village, Jeju Island.

Reports of the Meetings etc - here.

Details are as follows:

Hawaii Meeting
Feb 18-22 2012

Missile Defense systems on Aegis Destroyers  are being tested at the Pentagon's Barking Sands Pacific Missile Defense testing facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. We invite people to join us in Hawaii for a mini-conference prior to going to Jeju Island.

Venue: Honolulu Friendship House

Proposed Schedule:
Saturday, Feb 18th:

Arrive, dinner together

Sunday, Feb 19th: Tour, protest, and swim
Monday, Feb 20th:  Conference at the Friendship House
  Suggested Agenda
  9:30 - 11:00 Review of key military issues in Hawaii
  11:00 - 12:00 Dave, Lynda and Bruce review work/issues of GN affiliates worldwide
  12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
  1:30 - 2:30 Review U.S. Asia-Pacific military strategy and growing conflict with China and implications for our work (maybe you have someone who could make a presentation to us on this topic)
  2:30 - 4:00 Discussion of strategies and possibilities for on-going work
Tuesday, Feb 21st:

Go to Kauai early, meeting, protest:

Weds, Feb 22nd: Return to Honolulu and leave for Jeju

From Hawaii we will be going on to Gangjeon village on Jeju Island, South Korea where we have been invited to hold our 20th anniversary conference from Feb 24-26, 2012.

The Gangjeong villagers are now in the middle of a tragic fight with the Navy to stop the construction of a base that will port Aegis destroyers, outfitted with "missile defense" (MD) systems, and aircraft carriers.

Jeju International Peace Conference
Feb 24-26 2012

‘Gangjeong for the Life & Peace Village,
Jeju for the World Peace Island!’

Sponsored by:
The organizing committee of the Jeju International Peace Conference


Thur Feb. 23:

Arrival of overseas persons

Fri Feb 24:


Field trip to the Jeju April 3rd Peace Park:



Lunch break

International Conference: ‘Gangjeong for the Life & Peace Village, Jeju for the World Peace Island!’

Hong Ki-Ryong
Executive chairman of the Pan-Island Committee

Venue: Auditorium of the Jeju April 3rd Peace Park


(Simultaneous translation English/ Korean will be available and a Japanese translator will be provided for consecutive translation)


Welcome speech 1:

Kang Dong-Kyun, Gangjeong village mayor (5min)

Welcome speech 2:

Dave Webb, Chairman of the Global Network (5min)

Welcome speech 3:
Do-Bub (Buddhist monk)

Congratulatory speeches
 by Oh Choong-Jin, chairman of the Island Council &

 Kang Woo-Il, Bishop of the Jeju Catholic district (3min. each)

Keynote speech:

Angie Zelter (peace and environmental campaigner and founder of the
Snowball Civil Disobedience Campaign, Trident Ploughshares, the International Women’s Peace Service - Palestine (IWPS), Faslane 365): ‘Non-violenceand the peace movement: Centered on the opposition struggles against bases in UK, (10min.)

Koh Hee-Bum (Co-representative of the Jeju Forum C, former president of the Hankyoreh newspaper Inc. ): ‘Speaking about the spirit of Jeju peace, from 4. 3 to Gangjeong’ (10min.)


Part 1:
Islands of military bases
in the East Asia

Mary Beth Sullivan
Global Network




United States’ military strategy in the East Asia and U.S. military bases in Hawai’i and Guam: Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator, Global Network (15min.)

How to displace US Marine Bases from Okinawa
 :Towards solidarity between Okinawa and Jeju for the 'true peace' in East Asia:
Toshio Takahashi,
General secretary of Plaintiffs Group for Futenma US Marine Corps Airbase Roaring Noise Pollution Lawsuit… power point presentation (15min.)

Problems of the Jeju naval base from the viewpoint of the East Asia geopolitics:  Cheong Wooksik, Representative of the Peace Network (10min.)

Q and A






Film Screening: A year in Gangjeong 2011 (English subtitled/ film by Dungree)


Part 2:
Making the ‘Peace Island,’ in the East Asia

Prof. Kim Min-Ho,
Jeju Professors’ Association



Converting  Okinawa toward the Island of Life and Peace: Solidarity between people and dugon by Mr.Yosuke Matsushima, Save the Dugong Campaign Center, Osaka, Japan (15min.)

Gangjeong for the Life and Peace village: by Go Gwon-Il, Chairman of the Villagers’ Committee to Stop the Naval Base (15min.)

Jeju for the Peace Island: by Shin Yong-In, Professor of the Law School, Jeju University (15min.)

Q and A

Hong Ri-Ri, Representative of the Women’s Human Rights Solidarity


Jeju Peace statement:
by  Kim Sung-Kyu and Kim Mi-Ryang, Gangjeong villagers

Closing statement:
For the new beginning (working title): by Fr. Moon Jung-Hyun




Sat Feb. 25:








Go Gwon-Il
Chairman of the Villagers’ Committee to Stop the Naval Base


Informal gathering
with the villagers for talks at the Village Ceremony Hall (Maeul Euirye Hoegwan)


Agneta Noberg
Board of Global Network, International Peace Bureau (Geneva), Vice Chair, Swedish Peace Council  (7min.)

J. Narayana Rao
Board of Global Network, General Secretary of All India Peace & Solidarity Organization (AIPSO) of the Maharashtra State Council, India (7min.)

Dennis Apel
Resister against the Vandenberg AFB, California, US






Field trip to the village (naval base construction area etc.)




Candle lit vigil with the villagers:
Outside of the Village Ceremony Hall (Maeul Euirye Hoegwan)


Mary Beth Sullivan

Active GN member, Social Worker, Advocator for the transformation from a war to a peace economy in the United States (7min.)

Shin Ku-Bum
Ex-Jeju Island governor, Korea (7min.)

Sun Feb 26:

Go Gwon-Il
Chairman of the Villagers’ Committee to Stop the Naval Base


News conference
Outside the Construction Site

Invitation letter to Jung In-Yang (Chief of Jeju naval base Business Committee)
and invitation letter to Woo Keun-Min (Governor of the Jeju Province)



Moving to lower entrance



Demanding Entrance

The only way to travel

Global Network AGM
Bruce K. Gagnon


On Gureombi Rocks

The Wire



Going under the wire

Carried Away


Korean News film coverage



Candle lit vigil with the villagers:

Outside of the Police Station

Speakers would have been:
Atsushi Fujioka
Board of Global Network, Director of the Media & Resource Sector, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University/ Professor, College of Economics, Ritsumeikan University, Japan (7min.)

Gun-Britt Mäkitalo
Women for Peace, Sweden (7min.)

Michael Rutkowski
Astrophysics PhD at Yonsei

Film of GN Conference by Denis Apel

Mon Feb 27:

Departure of overseas persons

Co-sponsored by
: Gangjeong village, Jeju Forum C, Pan-Island Committee to Stop the Military Base and to Realize the Peace Island, Pan-Korean Committee to Stop the Jeju Naval Base, Peace Network, Democratic Lawyers’ Association,Catholic Solidarity for the Peace Island, Jeju, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, Jeju regional committee ofRohmoohyun Foundation , Jeju Professors’ Association, Life Peace Fellowship, Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism Headquarter of Association for Reflection & Innovation Hwajaeng Committee for Harmonious Debate, and Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space (GN)

Other related documents and information:

News Conference - Monday February 27th, Jeju City

Letter presented on February 27th at the Office of the Governor of Jeju in Jeju City. Urgently requesting him to stop the illegal construction of Jeju Naval Base, and completely re-evaluate the project.

Tuesday February 28th - Police Blockade Kayaks:

The Protests continue ....
... see Save Juju Island

The GN in Gangjeong Village

Jeju Island's Struggle for Peace - Bruce's video report
More Conference reports - here
See also: First Casualty of US Military’s “Pacific Pivot”;

Jeju Island, Hawaii and Civilian-Military Dual Use Port
and Save Jeju Now web site