Special two part series: Three Indigenous women speakers from Okinawa, Guam, and Hawai’i recently concluded a speaking tour of the Pacific Northwest to discuss the growing movements against U.S. military bases, and for a demilitarized, nuclear-free, and independent Pacific. This video is from the last stop on the tour. The presentation included talks by-
Kyle Kajihiro, PhD candidate in Geography, University of Hawai’i-Manoa, board member for Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, founder of DMZ Hawai'i / Aloha 'Aina, formerly working with American Friends Service Committee who gave the historical overview followed by:
Tina Grandinetta, PhD Candidate RMIT, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology WVWS Delegate, International Women’s Network Against Militarism Biracial Uchinaanchu Okinawan woman from Hawai’i
Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo, PhD Candidate University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Political Sciences Chamoru from Guahan Guam
Ruth Aloua Mahi'ai (farmer), Malu 'Āina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action Kia'i loko (fishpond guardian), Kaloko Fishpond Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District, Hawai’i
In response to the growing list of global crisis there has been another inspiring rise in voices of knowledge from matriarchs across indigenous cultures. As they step forward, we have an opportunity to step up and listen to the voices most impacted to co-create sustainable solutions for a future we all deserve and for our future generations.
We welcome three speakers representing indigenous communities of Okinawa, Guam and Hawai’i who can speak on a lesser discussed topic regarding the militarization of communities and it’s intersectional points with environmental, political, social, racial, health and cultural impact. The growing concerns include radioactive contamination, damage from test bombing, jet crashes, unexploded ordnance, desecration of burials and other Indigenous sacred sites, potential foreign attack, and high social costs such as homelessness and sexual assault.
Thanks to Seattle Veterans for Peace, Zoltan Grossman, Evergreen State College professor of Geography, and the Native American & World Indigenous Peoples Studies for organizing this tour. Also, Woman’s Voices, Woman Speak and the International Women’s Network Against Militarism Recorded 2/21/19
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