Vermont Peace Conference 2018: The Impacts of US Militarism in Okinawa and Forewarning Regarding the F-35
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Adrienne shares her report back from a recent Veterans For Peace US delegation to Okinawa. There, she and fellow VFP US members joined VFP Okinawa and VFP Japan members to learn more about the impacts of US militarism on the island and show solidarity to the Okinawan resistance. We also learned about Okinawan history, and current movements to oppose the growing US military presence.
While Okinawa comprises just 0.6% of the land that is Japan, over 62% of US military bases are located there with great cost to the Okinawan people. These impacts have included environmental damage, noise pollution, threats to the waters and bays around Okinawa, disruption of their culture and society, and possible eradication of an endangered species, the Okinawan dugong.
Learn more about the movement of the Okinawan people, which also includes opposing the increasing presence of US military aircraft flying over the island, which has been fraught with countless accidents over the years – a forewarning of what may come to Vermont with the basing of the F-35.