Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: NYC Vigil to Bring Laura Ling and Euna Lee Home

Euna Lee and Laura LingTonight, please join me at the NYC  candlelight vigil to bring Laura Ling and Euna Lee home, in Washington Square Park, near the Fountain. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in the ARTHUR L. CARTER JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AT NYU, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor Commons (a few blocks East of the park at Astor Place-between 4th and 8th Sts.)

Directions

Asian American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested March 17 by North Korean border guards while on assignment for San Francisco based Current TV, a media venture of former Vice President Al Gore.

Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee, their cameraman Mitch Koss and their Korean Chinese guide had entered China to interview North Korean defectors living along the PRC-DPRK border near the Tumen River. According to JoongAng Ilbo, a Seoul based newspaper, they were detained by North Korean border guards on March 17 as they were walking along the shallow Tumen River into North Korea. Although Koss and the Korean Chinese guide were able to escape capture by the North Koreans, Koss was detained by Chinese Border guards, and released.

North Korea has stated “they’re suspected of hostile acts”, and has charged them with spying and illegally crossing the border. If found guilty, they could be served a sentence of five to ten years in prison.

This is one of nine candlelight vigils being held throughout the U.S. coinciding with the beginning of the trial in North Korea. (the evening of June 3 in U.S. time zones is June 4 in the North Korean time zone)

New York, N.Y.

Washington Square Park (The Fountain)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rain location

ARTHUR L. CARTER JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AT NYU

20 COOPER SQUARE, 7th Floor Commons (few blocks east of park @ Astor Place-between 4th and 8th streets)

Other cities holding vigils are Washington D.C, Chicago, Birmingham, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Sacramento and Boston.

Washington, D.C.

Freedom Plaza

14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chicago, Il.

Chinatown Square Plaza

Cermack and Wentworth Streets

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Birmingham, Al.

Linn Park

223 Carrington Lane

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Portland, Or.

South Park Blocks

SW Park Avenue from Salmon Street to Jackson Street

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

San Francisco, Ca.

Front Steps of San Francisco City Hall

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Santa Monica, Ca.

Wokcano

1413 5th Street

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sacramento, CA.

L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen / California State Capitol Park

1801 L Street, Sacramento, CA

6:30-8pm

National Organizer: Brendan Creamer 215.699.4338

blove73@msn.com

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Multimedia: New York Vigil for the Release of Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

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U.S. Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Arrested by North  Korea to Face Trial in June

AAJA Reacts to the News of Roxana Saberi’s Release, Laura Ling and Euna Lee Still in Custody in North Korea

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This entry was posted on June 3, 2009 by in Laura Ling and Euna Lee, New York, Politics.
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