The 3rd Annual Korean Dinner in Pictures

Even better turn out than last year!

Even better turn out than last year!

Our members and volunteers serving delicious Korean food

Our members and volunteers serving delicious Korean food to our guests

Our Dinner Entertainment

Hansori Korean Percussion Group of Eastern Michigan University setting an exciting mood for the dinner

Hansori Korean Percussion Group of Eastern Michigan University setting an exciting mood for the dinner

Art Lab J's performance, a beautiful representation of captivity and suffering in N. Korea

Art Lab J’s performance, a beautiful representation of captivity and suffering in N. Korea

A surprising show of illusions for the whole family by Han Ma Um Charity Org.

A surprising show of illusions for the whole family by Han Ma Um Charity Org.

Eun-Kyung Lee's richly authentic Korean fan dance performance

Eun-Kyung Lee’s rich and authentic Korean fan dance performance

Our Speakers

Translating for Distinguished Korean Actor Jee-Il Han speaking for N. Korean Human Rigths

Translating for Distinguished Korean Actor Jee-Il Han speaking for N. Korean Human Rigths

Mr. Jee-Il Han collecting donations from the crowd

Mr. Jee-Il Han using his charm to collect donations from the crowd

Congresswoman Dingell on the importance of the activism of our youth

Congresswoman Dingell on the importance of the activism of our youth

Speaking of our many accomplishments, our values, and our future plans

Speaking of our accomplishments, our values, and our future plans

Principal Do of Washtenaw International  High School

Principal Do of Washtenaw International High School

Washtenaw International High's Chapter Advisor Ms. Joslyn Young congratulating our senior members

Washtenaw International High’s Chapter Advisor Ms. Joslyn Young congratulating our senior members

The senior members, who promise to form new chapters of EFO in their colleges; from left to right: Nico Borbeley, Dante Spencer, Jun-Sung Park, Shauna Paulson, Benjamin Bryant, and Brent Schin

The senior members, who promise to form new chapters of EFO in their colleges; from left to right: Nico Borbely, Dante Spencer, Jun-Sung Park, Shauna Paulson, Benjamin Bryant, and Brent Schin

Miscellaneous 

Selling T-Shirts, as always

Selling T-Shirts, as always

More satisfied guests

Satisfied guests

Satisfied Guests

Some more satisfied guests

Member group photo!

Korean Dinner Team group photo, with clueless baby (on far right)

 

Our Organization in Greater Context

Case by case and child by child our organization rescues defector children, and guides the development of the already rescued children with volunteer educators, mentorship, and donations.

In context to an entire nation of people famine and oppression, our work may easily seem futile. With every child we save, there are always countless others that we cannot reach.

But there is a much grander plan to our efforts, we work with these children:

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Because they have the potential to become an entire generation of individuals like them:

Left to Right; top: Song Byeok, Shin Dong-Hyuk, Park Yeon-Mi bottom: Lee Seung-chul with a choir of North Korean defectors, Kang Chol-Hwan

Left to Right; top: Song Byeok, Shin Dong-Hyuk, Park Yeon-Mi
bottom: Lee Seung-chul with a choir of North Korean defectors, Kang Chol-Hwan

Amazing individuals who lead the international movement today for North Korean human rights as activists, political artists, and authors.

The prolonged suffering these children faced on their journeys to seek freedom, at such young ages, did not leave these children’s spirits damaged, but made them stronger. From teaching and mentoring these children, we have seen their extraordinary tenacity in reaching their goals, and an uncommon resiliency to changes in their lives. With guidance, support, and proper education, we know that these children can grow up to become a generation of leaders for the human rights movement, and more.

The ultimate solution to ending North Korean oppression is reunification, and the North Korean defectors also have the binational experience to stand between the North and the South as a living bridge to reconcile the differences between the two sides, and bring the divided nation closer together to catalyze a peaceful process of unification.

We consider each of our efforts as an organization to be an investment in the international movement for both North Korean human rights, and Korean reunification.

Preparing for the 3rd Annual Korean Dinner – WIHI Chapter

With our 3rd Korean Dinner, we hope to continue our pattern of annual growth with more food, guests, and entertainment for all. All of the funds we raise will be used to help our cause of improving the lives of North Korean defector children, and supporting their education with our scholarship program.

We owe our dinner entertainment to the generosity of Eun-Gyung Lee, who will perform solo traditional Korean dances; Hansori, Eastern Michigan University’s Korean Samul Nori percussion group; magician Jee-Il Han; and contemporary dancer Joo-Ri Jung.

Additionally, the Everyone’s Free Organization thanks all of the generous stores and restaurants (below) who have promised donations to make our third annual Korean Dinner at Washtenaw International High School possible.

Hana Korean Restaurant

Hana Korean Restaurant

BeWon Korean Restaurant

BeWon Korean Restaurant

Hyundai Market

Hyundai Market

Galleria Market

Galleria Market

Manna Oriental Market

Manna Oriental Market

We also thank Nagomi restaurant and the Soo Park Law Office (not shown above) for their generous donations.

St. Paul’s Co-ed College Raises Awareness of the Plight of North Korean Refugees, Shows Parts of “The Interview”

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For the Hong Kong Chapter of Everyone’s Free, an awareness-raising campaign was held with the enthusiastic support from the local team members and teachers. The campaign displayed pictures, posters and artworks showing the current situation of North Korean refugees, with the team members acting as narrators to provide more detailed explanations to the schoolmates. Participants also watched a few interesting clips from the recent comedy “The Interview”. In the end the chapter president Charlie Wang gave a speech on how students could contribute to helping the North Korean refugees. The participants all expressed that they have not only gained much more knowledge on North Korean refugees, but also had a great time.
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Christmas 2014 at Kumkang School for North Korean Children

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Everyone’s Free Greenhills members, Jee-Hyun Kim and Alex Wegrzyn unloading our gifts

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aThis yeat, a few Everyone’s Free Greenhills chapter members spent their Christmas in Korea at Kumkang School for North Korean children. They brought the gifts for the school we have prepared and served as mentors and volunteer teachers for the students throughout their winter.

Holiday Gifts for North Korean Orphans at Kumkang School

Gallery Walk 2014 003Knowing that the students at Kumkang School greatly enjoy the holiday season as well as that many of these students suffer from malnourishment having come recently from North Korea, we decided to gift a personlized letter as well as a year’s worth of vitamins to every student at Kumkang School for North Korean Children.

These gifts will be brought to the students this summer during our annual winter teaching visit to Kumkang School.

 

Update: N. Korean Refugee Children of Laos Face Execution and Prison Camp

Last year, 9 North Korean refugee children were forcibly repatriated from Laos by the North Korean embassy due to the disturbing, 17 day inaction of the South Korean embassy to retrieve the children from the Laos Police.

The truly grave consequences of the South Korean embassy’s inaction have finally materialized as 2 of the 9 refugee children were executed, while the rest were sent to Camp 14, a horrific North Korean prison camp notorious for egregious human rights abuses where most of its inmates spend their whole lives.

For further reading: http://www.everyonesfree.com/2013/06/01/9-north-korean-orphan-refugees-repatriated-most-likely-to-face-death/

UN Resolution Pushes for North Korea Referral to ICC

http://www.dailysabah.com/asia/2014/11/19/un-pushes-against-north-korean-human-rights-record

http://www.dailysabah.com/asia/2014/11/19/un-pushes-against-north-korean-human-rights-record

With a 111-19 vote and 55 abstentions, the United Nations passed a resolution urging the Security Council to prosecute North Korea in the International Criminal Court. This was incited by a report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s report on North Korea’s widespread human rights abuses.

Although this was a significant step forward for the international human rights regime, more needs to be done as China and Russia, nations that have voted against the resolution, both have veto power in the Security council and will most likely oppose any efforts to bring North Korea to justice in the ICC. In addition to the actions of China and Russia, North Korea has also opposed the international humanitarian efforts agains them by making tactical concessions such as releasing american prisoners (including Kenneth Bae), threatening further nuclear testing, and discrediting the North Korean defectors who have brought first hand testimony against North Korea. Attacks againts North Korean defector and humanitarian activist Mr. Shin Dong-Hyuk were especially severe: “They put my dad in the media, and broadcasted my life is a complete lie, threatened me and my family, and list is exhaustive” described Mr. Shin Dong-Hyuk.

By opposing bringing North Korea to the ICC despite the clear evidence that establish North Korea’s regime as the worst human rights abuser in the world, China and Russia would be placed in very difficult situations as world superpowers that turn a blind eye towards egregious crimes against humanity. It is the hope of the Everyone’s Free Organizations that China and Russia realize the valuable opportunity to intervene in North Korea that would be missed as well as the greatly detrimental precedents their actions would set for the international community.

Gallery Walk: The Reality in North Korean Prison Camps

Gallerywalk 2014 (2) We wanted to raise awareness of the unjust treatment the people of North Korea suffer in prison camps to the whole of Washtenaw International High School. Thanks to the generosity of the South Korean Consulate General in Chicago, we were able to hold an exhibition of their gallery set detailing conditions in the prison camps after school. We hope that this exhibition will inspire both students and teachers alike to stand action against the conditions of the North Korean prison camps.Gallerywalk 2014 (5) Gallerywalk 2014 (10) Gallerywalk 2014 (11) Gallerywalk 2014 (4) Gallerywalk 2014 (7) Gallerywalk 2014 (1) Gallerywalk 2014 (6) Gallerywalk 2014 (9) Gallerywalk 2014 (12) Gallerywalk 2014 (13)

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Washtenaw International High School Chapter’s 2014 Movie Night to Save a Life

This event would not have been possible if not for the dedication and teamwork of our new and more experienced members alike and the generous support of their parents.

This event would not have been possible if not for the dedication and teamwork of our new and more experienced members alike and the generous support of their parents.

To kick off the year, we held our second annual Movie Night to Save A Life at Washtenaw International High School. We continued our tradition of pampering our guests by serving a wide variety of complementary foods and drinks including ramen, pizza, sushi (freshly made by our members), soda, and bubble tea (also made by our members).

This year’s film choice was Welcome to Dongmakgol, a culture rich comedy set during the Korean War where North and South Korea soldiers are forced to live amongst each other in a secluded village where people know nothing about the war.

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We also added an element of worldly education for our event by holding an exhibition that raises awareness of North Korea prison camps and their brutal conditions, courtesy of the Consulate General of South Korea in Chicago.

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