Join us in DC for 5/20 event on Okinawa and the struggle to evict U.S. bases
Several Peace Action staff and activists, including yours truly, have had the honor to travel to the breathtaking island of Okinawa. In addition to meeting beautiful people and sampling the lovely scenery, food, music and ocean (I got to go snorkeling twice among fish of countless shapes, sizes and colors above pristine coral reefs, an unforgettable experience!) we’ve learned of the struggle to rid this gorgeous part of the world of the stain of U.S. military bases. Now, the U.S. and Japanese governments appear hell-bent on a reckless plan to construct a base on the northeast part of the island. The base would be built on landfill out into the ocean, and destroy precious, irreplaceable coral reefs as well as the habitat of the dugong, the Asian manatee. This plan is, not surprisingly, strenuously opposed by the Okinawan people. Please join me and Susumu Inamine, Mayor of Nago City on Okinawa, next Tuesday in D.C. to learn more about how we can help stop this military madness!
US Military Bases in Okinawa and the Japan-US Relationship
An Evening with Susumu INAMINE, Mayor of Nago City, Okinawa in Washington, DC May 20th.
Seventy years after World War II, Okinawa, devastated as a battleground in the Pacific War (1941-45), continues to be occupied by the US military, mostly marine bases, which pose threats to safety, health, and life of people and the environment. Despite steadfast opposition by the majority of the people in Okinawa, the US and Japanese governments are forcing through their plan to build yet another marine airbase with a military port. The massive reclamation required would damage the endangered bio-diverse environment of the northeastern shore. Mayor Susumu Inamine of Nago City, site of the planned base construction, was first elected in 2010 and re-elected this January, both times on a platform of opposition to the new base. This is his second visit to the United States to lobby with policymakers and to raise awareness in the United States to support his appeal. Please join Mayor Inamine and a panel of experts to discuss the critical issue.
Time and Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
A Discussion with Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine, Member of the Japanese House of Representatives (Okinawa) Denny Tamaki
Organized by: Busboys and Poets & New Diplomacy Initiative (ND)
New Diplomacy Initiative, firstname.lastname@example.org