APALA’s National Executive Board Welcomes All Okinawa Council and Adopts Resolution to Stop U.S. Military Base Expansion in Henoko
(Washington, DC) – The people of Okinawa have been protesting the development of a new U.S. military base in Henoko for decades. Despite the widespread opposition in Japan, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has continued to support the construction of the base. Massive protest have erupted in Japan while a courageous group of Okinawan labor and peace activists set up a peace encampment at Henoko for many months to oppose the U.S. military base expansion.
Consisting of elected officials, community leaders, city council members, business members, professors and students, the All Okinawa Council (AOC) went on a tour across the United States to build community with local groups and amplify their organizing efforts to halt the construction of the military base in Henoko.
“The people of Okinawa are waging a courageous fight against the expansion of a U.S. military base that is opposed by 80% of the people, the governor, and the labor movement of Okinawa,” said Kent Wong, APALA National Founding President who met with labor leaders and labor scholars in Okinawa, Fukuoka, and Tokyo. “This is a critical time for us to show our solidarity with the people of Okinawa and join the thousands who have demonstrated their opposition.”
“The All Okinawan Council met with the APALA Alameda Chapter and National Executive Board in Oakland, CA on November 15 to signify the shared struggle for peace and justice around the world,” added Kim Geron, APALA Alameda Chapter President. “After meeting the delegates from Okinawa, APALA’s National Executive Board adopted a resolution expressing solidarity with the people of Okinawa in opposition of the Henoko base construction.”
“APALA DC Chapter was honored to join local allies in hosting the AOC delegation in Washington, DC on November 19,” said Jessica Cendana, APALA DC Chapter President. “APALA is committed to organizing in solidarity to lobby Congress and spread awareness to stop the construction of the U.S. Military Base in Henoko.”
APALA National President Johanna Puno Hester also expressed, “Opposing military base expansion in Henoko—or anywhere else in the world—is in line with APALA’s efforts to end the mass criminalization of people of color. We are proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Okinawa and call on our brothers and sisters to join us."
Click HERE to read APALA’s Resolution on Okinawa.
Click HERE to read the “A Broad Coalition of Okinawans Says No to a New US Marine Corps Base” article featured in The Nation.
Click HERE to read the “All Okinawa Council delegation to US meets with citizens’ groups, conveys opposition to base construction” article featured in Ryukyu Shimpo.
Click HERE to read the “保革融合「危機の反映」島ぐるみ会議が米最大労組に訴え“ article featured in the Okinawa Times.