FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2012
Prominent Peace Leaders Visit Hawai‘i
Events Planned on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i
An international panel of activists and scholars from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space will travel to O’ahu and Kaua’i from February 18-21 to discuss the local, regional and global ramifications of the U.S. missile defense programs and expanding U.S. militarism in the Asia-Pacific region. The talks will highlight the resistance against U.S. military bases in Hawai’i, Okinawa, Korea and the UK and the far-reaching implications of the militarization of space.
Several public events are planned. DOWNLOAD EVENT POSTERS
1) Public Forum on O‘ahu:
“Along the Axis of Peace: Global Resistance to U.S. Military Bases and Space-based Weapons”
February 18, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Art Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
A free public forum will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in the Art Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Speakers will include:
Lynda Williams is a physics educator at Santa Rosa Junior College in California and a board member of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
Jamie Oshiro is an activist with the local Hawai‘i Okinawa Alliance, a group that conducts education and action in solidarity with anti-bases struggles in Okinawa as well as Hawai‘i.
Dave Webb is the National Chair of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a former space physicist for the UK Ministry of Defence and a recipient of the Pax Christi Award.
Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, an Air Force veteran, and member of Maine Veterans for Peace.
Kyle Kajihiro (Moderator) is an organizer with Hawai‘i Peace and Justice and DMZ-Hawai‘i / Aloha ‘Aina.
Sponsors of the February 18 event include: University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Department of English, Department of American Studies, and Department of Political Science, the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space <http://www.space4peace.org>, Hawai’i Peace and Justice, and DMZ-Hawai’i / Aloha ‘Aina <http://www.dmzhawaii.org/>
2) Mini-Conference on O‘ahu:
“Growing Our Resistance to U.S. Military Bases and Space-based Weapons”
February 20, 2012
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Honolulu Friends Meeting House
Space is limited
Registration is required. $10 covers lunch and materials.
This day-long mini-confab will be an opportunity for local and international activists to engage in more in-depth dialogue about peace and demilitarization issues and struggles. It is also a chance to develop ideas for greater international collaboration.
3) Public Forum on Kaua‘i:
“Impacts of Missile Defense in the Pacific, Asia and the World”
“PMRF Missiles Destroy Environment, Democracy, Cultures”
February 21, 2012
For more information: 808-822-7646
Speakers will include: Bruce Gagnon, Dave Webb, Lynda Williams. (See biographical sketches above). Koohan Paik will moderate. The Kaua‘i event is sponsored by the Kaua‘i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice.
“From Vandenberg, California to Kwajalein Atoll, from Kaua’i to Jeju Island, from Okinawa to the UK, the U.S. global network of military bases and space-based weapons systems seeks to attain ‘full-spectrum dominance’ over the planet. But grassroots movements are resisting through dynamic local-global networks of solidarity. We are happy to host leaders of this growing international movement and we look forward to sharing their good work with the public,” said Kyle Kajihiro.
After Hawai‘i, the visiting Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space delegation will proceed to Jeju Island, South Korea, where the annual conference of the network will take place amidst intense protests against a proposed naval base.