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The Evergreen State College

address  2700 Evergreen Pkwy. NW
 Olympia, WA  98505
phone (360) 867-6000

Indigenous women speak out on military bases in Okianawa, Guam & Hawai'i

Indigenous women speak out on military bases in Okianawa, Guam & Hawai'i

Three Indigenous community organizers from Okinawa, Guam, and Hawai’i are coming to The Evergreen State College in Olympia on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Tina Grandinetti (Okinawa), Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo (Guam), and Ruth Aloua (Hawai’i) will discuss the “growing movements against U.S. military bases, and for a demilitarized, nuclear-free, and independent Pacific,” in Purce Hall 1 at 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information, see the “Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific” tour at Recent controversies in the Pacific have centered on the environmental, social, political, cultural, and economic effects of U.S. military bases. Kyle Kajihiro, board member of Hawai’i Peace and Justice, commented, “The bases make up about a quarter of the islands’ most valuable land, and make the islands vulnerable to toxic and 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.” The three speakers represent Indigenous communities of Uchinaanchu (Okinawans) on Japanese-controlled Okinawa, Chamoru (Chamorro) on the U.S. territory of Guåhan (Guam), and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) of Hawai’i. In Okinawa for the past two months, large protests have opposed the Japanese government filling in a coral reef with sand to extend the new Henoko U.S. Marine base, in a highly biodiverse ecosystem that is home to sea turtles and dugong (manatees). The speakers have been brought to speak by Evergreen’s “A People’s Geography of American Empire” program, with support from the President’s Equity Fund, Native Programs path, Center for Community-Based Learning & Action (CCBLA), Pasifika Roots, Master of Public Administration program, Political Economy & Social Movements program, and Hawai’i Peace and Justice.
Ages: all
Price: Free and open to the public
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 • Tue 2/19/19 at 7pm-9pm