2007年06月26日

ANAKBAYAN HONOLULU SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

ANAKBAYAN HONOLULU SOLIDARITY STATEMENT
Apr 6, 2007

Honolulu, Hawaii--Greetings Friends! Anakbayan Honolulu stands in Solidarity with our Okinawan sisters and brothers in their valiant struggles against U.S. military base
expansion. The Philippines and the Filipino people are no strangers to U.S. and Japanese militaristic aggression, and we understand ultimately that our adversaries, whether they be in Okinawa, Hawaii, or the Philippines, are one and the same. Like the Okinawans, the Filipino people have a proud history of resistance to American and Japanese imperialism that spans bloody generations.
ANAKBAYAN HONOLULU SOLIDARITY STATEMENT
Apr 6, 2007

Honolulu, Hawaii--Greetings Friends! Anakbayan Honolulu stands in Solidarity with our Okinawan sisters and brothers in their valiant struggles against U.S. military base
expansion. The Philippines and the Filipino people are no strangers to U.S. and Japanese militaristic aggression, and we understand ultimately that our adversaries, whether they be in Okinawa, Hawaii, or the Philippines, are one and the same. Like the Okinawans, the Filipino people have a proud history of resistance to American and Japanese imperialism that spans bloody generations.

Anakbayan Honolulu denounces racial discrimination against Okinawans in any shape or form. The Japanese and the United States governments must be made to understand that they are only visitors and setters upon your gorgeous island, that the indigenous peoples of Okinawa are its rightful rulers, and as such should be accorded the highest respect as citizens of their own sovereign nation and nothing less.

Anakbayan Honolulu also decries the massive pollution and environmental degradation such expansion will create in the beautiful island nation of Okinawa. We also face similar issues here in Hawaii, where overpopulation and military expansion has already strained many native ecosystems to the point of collapse. As residents of an island nation
ourselves, we recognize the importance of having clean air, rivers, and oceans to sustain the livelihoods and health of the families in our communities.

Anakbayan Honolulu is inspired by the Okinawan organizers' continued commitment towards active resistance at the grassroots level. A victory against U.S. Imperialsm in Okinawa is a victory for oppressed peoples everywhere. Anakbayan Honolulu urges the courageous Okinawan activists and organizers on with a vigorous Filipino chant: /Makibaka! Huwag Matakot!, /which means: "Struggle On! Have No Fear!" We wish for you strength in your battles at Henoko and Oura Bays and we shall pray for your victories there. Remember as you struggle comrades that
we are struggling with you. Always remember that " /Where there is oppression, we have friends"---/ (Quote by Carlos Bulosan, Filipino-American author and labor leader.)
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