NO BASES. NO WAR: No U.S. Foreign Military Bases in Okinawa, Korea, Philippines and beyond. (Organized by Okinawa Peace Appeal)
In this silent rally, with banners and signs we appeal not to silence us.
Music without sound system is welcome.
The construction of a massive, new U.S. military base in Okinawa is going on despite the disapproval of the majority of residents who have repeatedly expressed their opposition through elections as well as rallies and non-violent actions.
Under this situation, right now, three activists including Hiroji Yamashiro, a prominent leader of the anti-base movement in Okinawa, are on trial and waiting for their verdict expected on March 14. Yamashiro is facing is facing 2 ½ years’ imprisonment at hard labor as requested by the prosecutor. In this rally the Okinawa Peace Appeal particularly focuses on the demand of their appeal by asking the U.S. people’s participation in our “Justice for Hiroji” campaign.
Okinawa Peace Appeal is a New York based organization concerned with Okinawan injustice. We organize events to voice our objections to the ongoing US Military occupation of the island and the forceful imposition of that occupation by the governments of Japan and the US.
The OPA is organizing a “Silent Rally. NO BASES. NO WAR: No U.S. Foreign Military Bases in Okinawa, Korea, Philippines and beyond” in order to raise awareness of issues surrounding overseas U.S. military bases. We are working towards this rally in collaboration with other peace/anti-war organizations and activists from the Philippines, Korea as well as Vieques, Puerto Rico.
U.S. bases in Asia and the Pacific played central roles during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and they play an integral role in the ongoing, seemingly permanent wars in Asia and the Middle East. OPA believes that the U.S. military bases in Okinawa in particular, as well as in the other Asian regions, are not contributing to the safety or security of anyone. Instead, these bases are used to project military power, and threaten the possibility of global peace.
The US treatment of Puerto Rico is a lot like Japan’s treatment of Okinawa. And the story of Vieques is a warning of what can happen when people succeed in getting US bases to leave- but without fixing the environmental devastation they created.
The OPA is calling for other organizations to join the rally with their own causes. Please come with banners expressing your own appeal. We would like to ask your support and participation.
The Date of February 24 for the rally was chosen in solidarity with the resolution by The Conference on US Foreign Military Bases, calling for a global day of actions against the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.