Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
March 1st, 2019 marks the centennial anniversary of Korea’s March First Movement Day. On March 1, 1919, the Korean Declaration of Independence, inspired by President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and the right of a people to self-determination,
was read aloud in Seoul for the first time.
Korea’s hard-fought independence would not have been possible without brave and committed activists like 16-year-old Yu Gwan-sun, who gave her life in the name of independence and died from the injuries she sustained while she was imprisoned. Yu became the
face of the Korean independence movement, giving speeches at rallies that drew thousands of participants.
Korea’s March First Movement inspired other non-violence and independence movements around the world, including the important work of Mahatma Gandhi.
We invite you to join us in cosponsoring a resolution to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Korea’s March First Movement Day. This resolution recognizes:
- The role of Yu Gwan-sun and the impact of all youth human rights activists;
- The indelible contributions of Korean Americans to the vibrancy of United States society, politics, culture, and the economy;
- And reaffirms the U.S.-ROK alliance as the lynchpin of U.S. engagement in Northeast Asia. Our bilateral relationship is one based on the shared values of democracy, free-market economy, human rights, and the rule of law.
If you would like to join this resolution, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your staff may contact Katharine Nasielski (Meng) at
Katharine.Nasielski@mail.house.gov or Yujin Lee (Kim) at Yujin.Lee@mail.house.gov.
Rep. Grace Meng Rep. Andy Kim
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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