Date: July 9, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Cost: no dues, no fees, no membership, no rsvp Location: NRH Centre Grande Ballroom 6000 Hawk Ave North Richland Hills, TX 76180 Speaker: Peter Lee
For nearly 10 years NE Tarrant Tea Party has brought you top-notch speakers on a wide variety of political subjects. We've learned so much together! For our July meeting, we'll discuss a subject we've never broached before - North Korea. We'll look at it from a humanitarian perspective as well as politically. We're bringing in experts to help us understand who they are and what is developing. Join us!
NE Tarrant Tea Party Meeting
Speaker: Peter Lee, North Korean Strategy Center
Secondary Speaker: Kirk Launius
Monday, July 9, 2018
6000 Hawk Ave, NRH
5:30-6:00pm - prayer meeting (open to all)
5:45pm - $5 dinner opens (first come, first served)
6:30-8:00pm - meeting
All patriots are welcome. Come as you are!
No dues. No fees. No memberships. No RSVPs.
Coming in late? No worries. We'll save you a seat.
About the North Korea Strategy Center:
The North Korea Strategy Center U.S. Inc. (NKSC US) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City. NKSC US envisions a free and open North Korea that upholds the fundamental human rights of all its people in a healthy democracy. As a defector-led organization, NKSC US believes that North Koreans are leading change in North Korea and works to accelerate this people powered change by providing a platform for North Korean voices. NKSC US’s programs empower North Koreans within the country with access to information, while supporting defectors outside of North Korea with leadership development programs and international support networks.
NKSC US has been successful in fulfilling these goals by collaborating with various civic groups within the United States, including but not limited to, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Human Rights Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the American Jewish Committee - Asia Pacific Institute, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Asia Society, and various other civic groups concerned for the egregious human rights situation in North Korea.
About Peter Lee:
Peter Lee is Chief Executive Officer of NKSC US. Mr. Lee began his career as a program officer for human rights in North Korea project at the Freedom House, a Washington-based human rights and democracy organization in 2005 and has managed a federal grant program commissioned by the U.S. Congress pursuant to the North Korea Human Rights Act of 2004. In this capacity, Mr. Lee hosted three major international conferences on human rights in North Korea in Washington D.C., Seoul and Brussels through the federal grant program, and accompanied the official visit to South Korea of the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, Mr. Jay Lefkowitz during the Bush Administration. Mr. Lee also hosted the first hearing of the North Korean defectors and human rights at the European Union Parliament in 2006 and commissioned two reports on the Crimes Against Humanity by the North Korean regime.
Mr. Lee has various work experiences in private sector, including being a corporate in-house counsel for an energy company and a private equity firm, and an adjunct professor of international law in Korea. He has received J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the Michigan State University College of Law; and has completed certificate programs in public international law at the Notre Dame University London Law Centre and in Chinese legal system course at the China University of Political Science and Law.
About Kirk Launius:
While on military duty in the Republic of Korea (ROK, or “South Korea”), Kirk Launius had the opportunity to do something that few people are able to do – he walked into the communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or “North Korea”) while wearing a uniform of the United States Navy -- and he lived to tell about it. Ten years later, on the morning of Friday, April 27, 2018, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un walked into South Korea wearing his dark “uniform” – a pinstriped Mao suit which is a direct reference to the legacy of his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, who founded North Korea.
The setting of these two events was the same: the border between North and South Korea, officially known as the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), within the Joint Security Area (JSA). The JSA is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face. Although Launius was under direct orders to avoid making eye contact and any gestures towards the North Korean soldiers, it was often unavoidable as the North Koreans would peer through the JSA conference room windows from the outside – where Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands – to see if any Americans or South Koreans were inside and if it was safe for them to enter.
At times, the eyes and faces of North Koreans reminded Launius of those he knew in the South, especially the children his Navy unit visited weekly at an orphanage in Seoul, or the students he taught to speak English with a slight Texas accent at a private school in Busan. It is this next generation of Koreans who inspire Mr. Launius to volunteer with Nehemiah Global Initiative. NGI is a global, non-profit NGO established by missionary Kenneth Bae who was detained in North Korea for 2 years. It was founded in 2016 to protect vulnerable refugees of various nationalities and ethnicities. NGI’s Seoul headquarters was established in October of 2017, and since then it has been ceaselessly working to rescue North Korean defectors and to help them physically and spiritually establish new lives in South Korea.
Mr. Launius earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an entrepreneur in the security, telecom, energy, and banking services industries. His business activities take him to Korea and Japan on a regular basis. Launius was serving as a Dallas Police Officer in 2005 when his United States Navy Reserve unit issued him his initial orders to the Republic of Korea. Over the next 3 years, while fulfilling his military duties in Korea, he studied the Korean language and delved deeply into the culture, looking for clues as to whether the Korean Peninsula will ever be reunified. Regardless of the outcome of inter-Korean and Trump-Kim summits, Kirk Launius is eager to inform audiences about the ways they can pray for and support the humanitarian needs of the suffering people of North Korea.