Kyle Kajihiro, “Overview of Militarization in the Pacific: Militarization 101”

October 5, 2012, Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave.  A Watada Lecture Pre-Event.  This presentation lays an important foundation for engaging with the Watada Lecture keynote speaker, Dr. Teresia Teaiwa who is coming November 8-11.  The entire Pacific region is seeing increased militarization.  Come to hear from one of the region’s most knowledgeable activists: “what’s happening and where?”
Kyle Kajihiro was born and raised in Hawaiʻi, a 4th generation Japanese in Hawaiʻi. After completing college in Oregon, Mr. Kajihiro was involved in anti-fascist/anti-racist activism, the Central America solidarity movement, and immigrant worker organizing. He has organized community mural projects and produced community radio and television. His current work involves research, education and action for the demilitarization of Hawaiʻi and solidarity with the Native Hawaiian movement for sovereignty and human rights. He has written articles and has spoken at international events about resistance to the U.S. military occupation of Hawaiian lands. He has traveled to build solidarity with independence movements all over the world. Having worked 15 years as Program Director for American Friends Service Committee Hawaiʻi Area office, he helped create and is now a board member for Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice. He is also a board member of Mana Maoli and facilitates communication with the DMZ-Hawaiʻi / Aloha ʻAina Network.

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