Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee Vigils held in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris and Washington D.C.

Posted by Lia Chang

Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee Vigils held in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris and Washington D.C. on July 9. 2009

Today marks the 114th day since American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea.

On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and and Euna Lee, two employees of San Francisco-based Current TV a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore, were shooting video along the China/North Korea border for a story they were working on about the trafficking of women in the region. They were stopped by North Korean border guards and arrested immediately thereafter. Both women were transported to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where they remained under arrest until their trial.

A verdict in their closed trial was reached on June 8, and both Laura and Euna were sentenced to 12 years of reform through labor for illegal entry and grave crimes against the North Korean state.

Since the sentencing, the families have received calls on a few occasions. During the second call received on the evening of July 7, Laura and Euna reported that they are being treated fairly and are being seen by physicians. In their most recent call, they asked for continued support from our country and its citizens for their amnesty.

Both Laura and Euna communicated to their families that they did violate North Korean law and confessed to all of the charges levied against them. They, along with their families, have expressed deep regret for their actions.

Laura, Euna and their families desperately hope that the U.S. Government and the Government of North Korea can work together to secure their amnesty.
If you live in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris or Washington D.C., come out to show your support for Laura and Euna tonight, at one of the five vigils being held around the world. Lisa Ling, her sister Lauras husband Iain Clayton, and Euna Lees husband Michael Saldate will speak at the vigil at the California State Capitol in Sacramento tonight at 6:30pm.
Sacramento
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
California State Capitol (Sacramento, CA)
10th Street and Capitol Mall

San Francisco
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
San Francisco City Hall (San Francisco, CA)
Grove and Van Ness
Phoenix
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix, AZ)
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Paris
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Peace Wall, Champs de Mars (Paris, France)
Place Jacques Rueff, 75007
Washington
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dupont Circle (Washington, DC)
Dupont Circle

Check out the website www.lauraandeuna.com tags, created by the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to see how you can do your part to secure amnesty for the two women, and help bring them home.