To the ‘sit in on the sea’ volunteers, I send my sincerest gratitude and solidarity to you all for your courage and strength to continually stand up for what is right, dedicating and risking your lives to try to prevent this travesty of justice.
This base construction is not only a disaster for the local environment, the habitat of the dugong, but it also risks dragging Japan into the endless and senseless wars we see ravaging our planet.
Dear Henoko Blue, Please know how much I appreciate your tireless efforts to stop the base expansion and stand up to militarization. As someone who is half Okinawan and born on the island, you are my heroes!
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, I delivered the message at Pine United Methodist Church, a historic Japanese American church in San Francisco. In speaking on Accepting Miracles, I included a report on the Okinawa Peace Apeal's "Creating One Week of a Miracle." My message included, "Imagine the audacity of this tiny island and 500 Okinawans standing up to not only the Japanese government but the U.S. military as well. Not only do these islanders believe in the miracle of their voice and actions, but they believe that they will stop the base expansion. Many may say that would be a miracle. Yet, it will be a beautiful miracle!"
I am working on a novel about Okinawa and visited Heneko three years ago. I hope to return to the island of my birth soon to finish my research where I look forward to meeting with the water protectors and joining them in their efforts to stop the base expansion.
Haisai! I am an Uchinaanchu yonsei (fourth generation) from the United States of America. Even though I was not born and raised in Okinawa, I stand in solidarity with Uchinaanchu who protest against the U.S. military bases.
For 4 years, I have organized annual Irei no Hi events in Los Angeles. My hope is to inform more people about the Battle of Okinawa. I believe that if people learn about the Battle of Okinawa, they will better understand Okinawa's current issues. Even though Prime Minister Abe refuses to hear Okinawa's voice, please do not lose hope. Keep fighting. Chibariyō!