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Sacramento Vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Lee – 6:30PM

WHAT: Sacramento Candlelight Vigil and March

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009

TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Start at L Wine Lounge and Urban Kitchen, 1801 L Street
End at West Steps of the State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA

NATIONWIDE VIGILS FOR LAURA LING AND EUNA LEE

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, a grassroots effort, which began on Facebook and has grown into a national movement, will hold vigils across the country (see below for time, locations and contacts) to bring attention to the plight of two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who have been detained in North Korea for nearly 3 months.

Friends, supporters and community leaders are joining together to raise awareness in hopes for a safe and speedy return of Lee and Ling. Together, we desperately urge the governments of the United States and North Korea to keep the humanitarian issue separate from the larger geopolitical stand-off. We hope that our two countries can come together to secure the expeditious release of Euna and Laura on humanitarian grounds.

Vigils are scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Sacramento Speakers:

  • Jerry Wang, family member of Laura Ling
  • Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (12 A.D.), Majority Whip
  • Senator Robert S. 'Bob' Huff (29 S.D.)
  • Representative of State Board of Equalization Member (Dist. 3), Michelle Steel, highest ranking Korean-American officeholder

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

For more information, contact Beth Diebels at (916) 390-3923, or beth.diebels@gmail.com