This was the scene tonight at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where a crowd of 140 offered their support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The people at the vigil called on North Korea to release these jailed reporters.
“We miss you” “Liberate Laura & Euna Now” “Set them free”
Details after the jump.
WHAT: The San Francisco Vigil
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
TIME: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Front Steps of S.F. City Hall on Polk Street
VIGIL AT SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL ON TRIAL DAY FOR EUNA LEE AND LAURA LING, CURRENT TV JOURNALISTS HELD IN NORTH KOREA
Volunteers will be handing out bright yellow carnations, ribbons, and candles on the steps of San Francisco City Hall during a vigil for two journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, being tried in North Korea on June 4.
The two journalists work for San Francisco-based Current TV, a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore. They were arrested on March 17, 2009 near the North Korean border while reporting on refugees living in China. Both women have been accused by North Korea of crossing into the country illegally and committing “hostile acts,” and will be tried on criminal charges.
In addition to members of both journalists’ families, Laura Ling’s sister Lisa appeared on NBC’s Today Show on June 1. Lisa Ling is a well-known TV journalist.
The San Francisco vigil is among several being held nationwide on that day. Other vigils will be held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Birmingham, and Washington, D.C.
Speakers at the San Francisco vigil will include Supervisor Eric Mar and two award-winning journalists, L.A. Chung and Mike Cerre, and friends of the two families.
Statement from the Families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee:
We, the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee – the two American journalists currently detained in North Korea – are gravely concerned about their well-being. It has been nearly three months since their arrest. We have been holding our breath everyday as we’ve watched the political situation on the Korean Peninsula grow increasingly tense. Our loved ones sit in the midst of it. We desperately urge the governments of the United States and North Korea to keep our issue separate from the larger geopolitical stand-off. We hope that our two countries can come together to secure the expeditious release of Laura and Euna on humanitarian grounds.
Euna Lee is the mother of a four-year old daughter. And Laura was being treated for an ulcer prior to her departure, and in our limited communication with her we fear it has become more serious since her detainment and requires immediate medical attention.
Furthermore, Laura and Euna are journalists who were simply doing their job. They have been charged with “illegal entry,” and “hostility to the Korean nation.” We aren’t certain of the details of what happened on March 17, but we can say with absolute certainty that when the girls left U.S. soil, they never intended to set foot onto North Korean territory. If at any point a transgression occurred, we sincerely apologize on their behalf.
We desperately hope that at the conclusion of the June 4 trial, the government of North Korea will show clemency and allow the girls to return home to their families.
Our families have been comforted by the unexpected and overwhelming support for Laura and Euna. We would like to thank all of those individuals who are organizing to secure the release of the girls. We are humbled and deeply touched by your well-wishes and efforts.
-The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee
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Alanna Zahn : 917 699 6425 : firstname.lastname@example.org
All vigils will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009. For local vigil information, please contact the local representative listed below.
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National Vigil Organizer : Brendan Creamer : 215 699 4338 : email@example.com
Until Thursday, Brendan can also be reached in Canada at 215 803 7828
WHAT: Birmingham Candlelight Vigil
TIME: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
WHERE: Brother Bryan Park
Magnolia Ave. between 21st and 22nd St. South
Contact: Lisa Anderson : 205 910 2643 : firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Chicago Candlelight Vigil
TIME: 7:30 – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Chinatown Square Plaza
Contact: Rose Tibayan : 312 402 4616 : email@example.com
WHAT: Los Angeles Vigil
TIME: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
1413 5th Street (two blocks East of 3rd Street Promenade)
Santa Monica, CA
Contact: Dina Morishita : 916 202 4840 : firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: New York City Vigil
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Washington Square Park, at the fountain, Greenwich Village
Between West 4th St., Washington Square Park East and West and Washington Pl.
New York City, NY
Contact: Danielle Chang : 917 539 3105 : email@example.com
WHAT: Portland Vigil
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
WHERE: South Park Blocks
SW. Main St. and SW. Park St.
Contact: Meghan Miller Jedrzejczyk : 503 880 8860 : firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Sacramento Candlelight Vigil and March
TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Start at L Wine Lounge and Urban Kitchen
1801 L Street
End at Steps of the State Capitol Building
Contact: Beth Diebels : 916 390 3923 : email@example.com
WHAT: San Francisco Candlelight Vigil
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Front Steps of San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact: Lynn Perkins : 510 604 5878 : firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Washington, DC Vigil
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Freedom Plaza (parking is very limited –TAKE METRO)
14th St., NW and Pennsylvania Ave., NW–Federal Triangle METRO
Contact: Asia Liu : 202 277 3579 : LiberateLauraDC@gmail.com
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