Vets for Peace speak out on Okinawa: June 29, Blue Hill

Contact: Dud Hendrick         207-348-2511

Okinawa is under siege!  

Veterans for Peace to speak of Okinawa Occupation

Thirty-two U.S. military bases cover 20% the Japanese island which is roughly 1/3 the size of Rhode Island.  The 50,000 U.S. military personnel stationed there are unwanted by large majorities of the 1.5 million inhabitants.

Three Veterans for Peace leaders have recently returned from what they characterize as “ground zero” of Okinawan objection to a virtual occupation.  They will be speaking of their experiences and observations at the Blue Hill Library at 7pm, Friday, June 29th.   

Bruce Gagnon, from Bath, Coordinator of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, has spoken widely—in more than 20 countries and throughout the U.S.   He has been included among those honored by artist Robert Shetterly in his portrait collection of Americans Who Tell the Truth.  In 2006, he was the recipient of the Dr. Benjamin Spock Peacemaker Award.  

Tarak Kauff has served on Veterans for Peace national board of directors for six years and has organized VFP delegations to Palestine, Okinawa, and to Standing Rock.  

Dud Hendrick, a Vietnam veteran from Deer Isle, is a Naval Academy graduate, has served as president of Maine Veterans for Peace, and has traveled with peace missions to Greenland, Palestine, Korea, and Okinawa.

The three answered the call from leaders of the Okinawa Anti-Base Action Committee who deemed a week in late April to be particularly critical to the effort to stop the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, presently situated in the middle of Ginowan, a city of 100,000, to a scenic bay 30 miles distant.  The protest at times turning violent has been going on since 2004.  Many have been arrested.  It is the focal point of Okinawan objection to all the military bases located on lands confiscated by the U.S. following WWII. The project at Oura Bay calls for a landfill of 375 acres of pristine waters and an estimated investment of over $3 billion! 

The evening is sponsored by Peninsula Peace & Justice, Island Peace & Justice and Americans Who Tell the Truth.    

photo: Okinawans Say “NO US military bases”

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1515
Blue Hill ME 04614

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