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Call to Action for the People of Okinawa - April 27, 2007

ACTION ALERT
CALL TO ACTION FOR THE PEOPLE OF OKINAWA
Friday, April 27 at 11:30am

Come to a demo in front of the Japanese Consulate to call for the end of US miiltary base expansion in Henoko, Okinawa. The Japanese government has begun preliminary surveys of the site. We have just gotten word that the people of Henoko have started to use civil disobedience to block these preliminary survey attempts in the ocean. On April 28, citizens will form a human chain around Camp Schwab as a resolve of humanity over militarism.

RALLY FOR JUSTICE IN FRONT OF THE JAPANESE CONSULATE GENERAL
1742 Nu'uanu Avenue (Nu`uanu & Kuakini) Honolulu, Hawaii (across from 7-11)
Friday, April 27 at 11:30am (rally approx 1 hour)


Parking is tight. Some parking may be available at Liliuokalani Park, Kuakini street side. Please meet at the corner Nuuanu & Kuakini, in front of the playground across from 7-11.

Background

For a decade, the vast majority of Okinawans have opposed the US military & Japanese government realignment plan to construct a large new military base complex at Camp Schwab in North Okinawa. The complex would include a "V" shaped runway of 1,800 meters, partly on land reclaimed from Oura Bay and partly on reef, plus a pier and storage facilities. The new complex would entail land-fills built on pristine reef and fishing grounds, an important source of food & income for Henoko residents, & treasure for future generations.

Despite efforts to blackmail Okinawa economically, luring with military-related jobs, many continue to defend the bay. The protest continues. We call on you to join us, in solidarity with Okinawan people , to stop US military base construction at Cape Henoko.

We demand that the Government of Japan stop all US military base expansion in Okinawa !

This action is also an action of solidarity with the people of Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, South Korea and many others who are also struggling against the destructive impacts of US military base expansion. The Chamorro of Guam in particular face huge impacts with US / Japan plans to relocate 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. This is not just about Okinawa, but all localities struggling for peace, justice & self-determination.

We demand no transfer of Marines to Guam at Japanese taxpayer expense !

Please come out this Friday at 11:30 am and show your support.

However, if you can't come, please take a few minutes to contact the following:

1. In Hawai`i, write the Japan Consulate in Honolulu as the official representative of the Japanese government expressing concerns about the Japan’s insistence on more US base construction despite the majority community’s opposition & other reasons mentioned, requesting a response: Consulate General of Japan-Honolulu, Political Divison,1742 Nu’uanu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96817

2. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe: Tell him to reduce, not enforce military bases in Okinawa- it reflects badly of Japan!
You can email him at http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html.

3. Send a message of support to the citizen defenders of Henoko/Oura Bays- they’ve held a vigil for almost a decade & have risked personal safety! Rev. Natsume Taira is one of several community leaders in the non-violent struggle.
Contact: taira (at) n.email.ne.jp, or UCC Japan, Ufuzato Mission; 96-1 Nakama Ozato, Nanjyo-shi, Okinawa 901-1206

For more info: Hawai`i Okinawa Alliance - (808) 988-6266 or hoa (at) riseup.net; for general info: www.uchinanchu.org.

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