A Call to Action

“War or Peace with North Korea?”
An Olympics Truce Campaign
February and March 2018

Of all the dangers the reactionary Trump administration poses, the most immediately devastating would be another war with North Korea. Such a war would almost certainly go nuclear, with catastrophic loss of life. President Trump’s bluster and instability, matching that of the North Korean president, pose a constant risk of a tense situation getting completely out of control. The public needs to weigh in on the need for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict. Peaceful options exist, and they need to be brought to the forefront of public discussion.

Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) has joined a large coalition of national peace and justice organizations in calling for a multi-faceted campaign of teach-ins, forums, debates, roundtables, film showings, and political actions—on campus and in the community—to raise consciousness about the danger of war and the options for peace.. We want these events to raise the question “Korea: What Are the Options?”

The fact that the Winter Olympics (February 9-25) and the Paralympics (March 9-16) are to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, offers a unique opportunity to use the ancient tradition of an Olympic Truce to achieve peaceful resolution of the U.S.-North Korean confrontation. Already the occasion of the Olympics has reduced tensions, as North and South Korea have reinstituted dialogue, and planned US-South Korean military exercises are suspended. However, without public awareness and pressure, these steps will become just a short-lived peaceful interlude.


Please visit our Korea/Olympic Campaign page

2017-18 Campaign

Threats To Democracy and Dangers of War

For the 2017-2018 academic year, we plan an aggressive program of campus and community-based education, popular pedagogy, and movement building as part of the larger resistance to the Trump/Pence administration. At the center of our fall program is a national campaign of dialogue focused on Threats To Democracy and Dangers of War that will take the form of roundtables, workshops, and teach-ins.

We plan to engage students, faculty, and members of the broader community in discussions about different forms of authoritarian and anti-democratic governance and interrogate the differences between fascism, militarism, nationalism, nativism, and populism, and how to resist them. A national speakers bureau, flagship events live-streamed from major cities, and a hard-hitting series of “Broadsides for the Trump Era” focused on the history of repression and resistance in modern America will help mobilize and extend our base on campuses across the United States, including deep into many Red States.

Please visit our 2017-18 Campaign: Threats To Democracy and Dangers of War page