A Law For Us & By Us
Fixing the System, not the Symptoms
Public Hearing on OUR Adoption Law Revision Bill. We will present for the first time an adoption bill that reflects the needs and experiences of the adoption community (adoptees, family, unwed mothers).
This bill is sponsored by Rep. Choi Young-Hee (DP) and was written by the coalition of TRACK, ASK, KoRoot, the Gonggam Lawyers, and the unwed mothers’ group Miss Mamma Mia. They are brave ladies raising their kids alone instead of sending them for adoption. (See the NYT article on them below.)
When: Tuesday Nov 10, 2009 10 AM-1 PM
National Assembly Conference Room #128 at the National Assembly station (국회의사당역) on the new Line 9, Exit 6 (see attachment to see the right building.)
PLEASE BRING YOUR RESIDENCY CARD or PASSPORT. OTHERWISE YOU CANNOT ENTER
This is a historic moment when adoptees, unwed mothers, and allies (not government officials, or adoption and social welfare agencies) create the laws that impact them in a way that meets their needs and reflects their experiences. This is democracy at work and we need you to be there.
Please come, represent, and learn about this bill that is about you and that will impact your rights as an adoptee, future adoptees, and unwed mothers. Help us send it off with love and energy as it goes to the National Assembly on its journey to become law. Voting will be this fall or in February 2010.
SHOW Your Voice!
or FIVE REASONS TO WEAR THE STICKER
at the public hearing to show your support for our bill
You show the Korean government who’s watching, and that you’re an adoptee advocating for your right to speak.
Without the sticker, you blend in and pass up the chance to voice your presence.
Without the sticker, you visually mute yourself and turn down the volume of other adoptees around you.
Wearing the sticker enables our allies to find and to help us communicate our right to be heard.
Wear it. Share it. Show it off. You look that good!
Photo by Marc Champod taken at the last public hearing. Signs say, “Against the exclusion of adoptees from the revisions of the special adoption law” and “Observe international human rights standards and guarantee the rights of adoptees.”
You can RSVP on FACEBOOK by clicking on these links
(***** If you can’t make it to the public hearing, or if you would like more info on our bill in advance, please come to the informational meeting for adoptees. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the basement of KoRoot for a presentation by TRACK and ASK.)