The discussion that has unfolded over the past week has been staggering. Your responses are all incredibly important and needed to move the conversation forward. Here’s your chance to move this conversation forward in South Korea.
“Over 89% of adoptees sent in 2008 and 2009 were children of single mothers. There are no little war orphans anymore — only discrimination and the laws that institutionalize it. If you don’t like the rules, well then, you have to change them. We are a small band of proactive adoptees, Korean single mothers who believe they have the right to raise their own children, and Korean and international allies who have been quietly working toward that for about two years. Now this is the final hour and we need your help. This rises above partisan politics, because this is for the people. We are challenging them to do it before the G20.”
This is an incredibly project and opportunity to make an impact on the lives of single mothers with children in Korea. It’s not about adoption, it’s about creating the social infrastructure needed to provide them with the support they need to continue their families. Here is a message from our friends at TRACK.
A digital scan please – sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
TRACK is making history-changing art to convince Korean legislators to support unwed moms by voting for the Adoption Law revisions. IMAGINE — a Korea where moms have choices and children don’t have to be sent away like we 200,000 were…
You can see the images of the project concept at:
Here’s Jane’s eloquent appeal:
We need YOU to make art history inside S. Korea’s parliament
Posted on May 26, 2010 by jjtrenka
Our adoption law revision bill has been checked for legality and approved; our bill has been introduced in a press conference; and we have attended countless hours of meetings and public hearings. Now it’s time to MAKE A BILL INTO LAW!
South Korean national parliamentarian Choi Young-hee (DP) has asked TRACK to make some art in order to garner support amongst lawmakers for the adoption law revision bill that was proposed by coalition of ASK-KoRoot-Miss Mamma Mia-TRACK and written by the Gonggam Public Interest Lawyers.
Not only that, but we have gotten permission to make our art inside the National Assembly complex, in the building where the lawmakers debate, and leave it there from June 9-15. This is a huge victory to have a lawmaker so squarely on our side.
Now we are going to show them what 200,000 international adoptees look like.
So they can just ponder that.
The nature of the site is a big atrium connecting two parts of a building. That means that every national lawmaker in South Korea will be forced to walk through our exhibit. Every lawmaker will be forced to think about South Korea’s responsibility to care for its own citizens. Every lawmaker.
Amongst TRACK members, we’ve nicknamed this project “The Walk of Shame.” Make no mistake, your average Korean is ASHAMED that the country has sent away their most precious natural resource — their children. And they feel GUILTY that they continue to do it in the face of the G20. What we want to show them is that they don’t have to just stew in the shame and guilt. That’s not productive. Instead, they can proactively take the bull by the horns and make laws that promote family preservation instead of international adoption.
Over 89% of adoptees sent in 2008 and 2009 were children of single mothers. There are no little war orphans anymore — only discrimination and the laws that institutionalize it. If you don’t like the rules, well then, you have to change them. We are a small band of proactive adoptees, Korean single mothers who believe they have the right to raise their own children, and Korean and international allies who have been quietly working toward that for about two years. Now this is the final hour and we need your help. This rises above partisan politics, because this is for the people. We are challenging them to do it before the G20.
So it’s time to pull out all the stops! We need your help. Without your help, we will fail. Please read the pamphlet below that Suki (the mastermind with an architecture background!) has made that shows what we are going to do.
If you can help with your hands, that is wonderful. Please contact Suki at email@example.com and/or Jane Jeong Trenka at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what time you can show up at the National Assembly.
If you cannot help with your hands, please consider a donation of two types.
This is Jane, adopted through KSS and for some reason, no mug shot. A photo like this or one of the more archetypal adoptee mug shots with number would be great.
1. A donation of your adoption photo to be used in the the exhibit. Let’s remind them what all the tags represent. Each tag represents a precious life. Don’t let them forget how precious you are.
2. A donation of money. This project is costing TRACK about $4,000 in PVC pipes and joints, printing, fabric, stamps, tag guns, little plastic parts, lights, etc. We did not sponsor an event for Adoption Day this year because we do not have the funds. We are pouring everything into this instead. As you know, no one at TRACK earns a cent of salary, and we take only private donations. (No religious or government funds.) We are run with 100% volunteer labor. You can send a Paypal donation to us at email@example.com. Click here for our bank account info. Anything, no matter how small, is welcome.
This is going to be a HUGE art project right in the belly of the beast!
WE CAN DO IT and we have ONE BIG CHANCE, JUNE 9-15.
Please participate! Together, we can do the impossible!!
~Thank you from TRACK’s grateful and happily productive adoptees!!!~