Petition statement to be delivered to Lisa Herbold, District 1, Bruce Harrell, District 2, Kshama Sawant, District 3, Rob Johnson, District 4, Debora Juarez, District 5 and 4 other targets (click here to see more)

Seattle City Council: Join other U.S. cities in standing with Okinawa against military base

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Seattle City Council: Join other U.S. cities in standing with Okinawa against military base

To be delivered to Lisa Herbold, District 1, Bruce Harrell, District 2, Kshama Sawant, District 3, Rob Johnson, District 4, Debora Juarez, District 5 and 4 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Okinawa is already choked with military bases, but the United States insists on building yet another, bringing crime, aircraft accidents, noise, environmental damage, and the risk of again turning the islands into a battlefield. As Okinawans fight to protect their communities, they deserve Seattle’s support.
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Petition Background

Though Japan regained its sovereignty in 1952, the U.S. military continued to occupy Okinawa for another twenty years. As a result, Okinawa, with less than 1% of Japan’s total area, hosts three fourths of the U.S. military bases in the country.[1] Decade after decade, Okinawans have suffered the harmful consequences of these bases. But now, with a new base slated for construction, Okinawans are saying they’ve had enough, with nearly 80% opposed.[2]

In the Henoko district of Nago City, protesters are engaged in a campaign to stop construction of the new base. On land, they face riot police sent from Tokyo. On the sea - using tactics similar to those employed by Seattle’s kayaktivists in last year’s #ShellNo campaign - they confront the Japan Coast Guard, which has resorted to excessive force. Yet the protesters remain committed to nonviolence.

When national leaders refuse to budge from unjust policies, it’s at the local level that we can have the most impact. Seattle can be proud of past resolutions supporting an end to the Iraq War and opposing South African apartheid. Last year, Cambridge, Massachusetts[3] and Berkeley, California[4] passed resolutions standing with Okinawans against the new base. Now it’s our turn.

Sources:
1. http://fpif.org/okinawa-small-island-trying-block-u-s-militarys-pivot-asia/
2. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/07/national/politics-diplomacy/poll-finds-overwhelming-opposition-in-okinawa-to-futenma-relocation-plan
3. http://www2.cambridgema.gov/cityclerk/PolicyOrder.cfm?item_id=52974
4. http://www.cityofberkeley.info/recordsonline/export/16874673.pdf

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