Settlers of Color and “Immigrant” Hegemony: “Locals” in Hawai’i.

Back in 2000, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask wrote a fascinating article published in Amerasia Journal about Asian settler colonization in Hawaii. In short, Hawaiians have been colonized and oppressed not just by haole (white) Americans, but also by many Asian settlers to Hawaii, the majority of whom have supported and benefited from the U.S. occupation of Hawaii.

In actuality, local Asians in Hawaii should support the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Click the link below to read this fascinating article.
Trask, Haunani-Kay. Settlers of Color and “Immigrant” Hegemony: “Locals” in Hawai’i. Amerasia Journal. 2000;26(2):1.

 

https://opencuny.org/earthseededucation/files/2014/01/Trask_SettlersOfColor.pdf

 

 

日米地位協定に関する講演会のご案内

各位

日米地位協定に関する講演会のご案内 〈2020年締結60年にあたり〉

講演:「被害者の叫び」 キャサリン・ジェーン・フィッシャー (国際人権活動家)

日時 : 11月11日㈪11時 (開場10時半)

場所 : 衆議院第一議員会館    第一会議室

会費 : 500円(資料代)

主催 : ウォリアーズ・ジャパン

問合せ : warriors.japan@gmail.com

講演者プロフィール :

キャサリン・ジェーン・フィッシャーさんは、オーストラリア出身。1980年代に来日、永住。 2002年4月、神奈川県横須賀基地近くで米軍兵士からレイプ被害を受ける。

同年、東京地裁に民事訴訟を提起、勝訴するも、日米地位協定に阻まれ、犯人は米国に逃走。全面解決のため、10年かけて独自で犯人をつきとめ、米国にて裁判を起こし、2013年、画期的勝訴となった。米軍が公平な裁きを妨害したという事実を証明することができたため、賠償金額1ドルに同意した。

以降、事件発生から17年間、日米地位協定を改定する運動を継続中であるが、来年2020年、協定締結から60年を迎えるにあたり、ジェーンさんは特に日米地位協定16条にある、日本国の法令を「尊重」から「遵守」への変更を訴えています。

今年7月には、ジュネーブにある国連人権委員会にて発言の機会も与えられ、沖縄を中心とした在日米兵による人権無視の性被害が今日まで21万件(日本政府発表)にも及ぶことや、自らの体験を、理事会の席上で語りました。

キャサリン・ジェーン・フィッシャーさんは、2002年より、性犯罪防止と被害者への支援のため「ウォリアーズ・ジャパン」(Warriors Japan-Woman Against Rape)を設立、活動を続けてきました。今後も、日米地位協定16条を変えるため、さらに、日米地位協定のあらゆる不合理をなくすために声を上げ続けます。皆様の変わらぬご理解ご支援をくださいますよう、どうぞよろしくお願い申し上げます。

付記:ジェーンさんの名前について。 ジェーンさんがこの世に生を受けた時、父親のMr.フィッシャー氏はもう一つの名前モルガン・ペルペツア(海を越えて伝わるとこしえの美、という意味)と迷った末、愛する娘にキャサリン・ジェーンと名付けました。 キャサリンは「無垢」、ジェーンは「慈悲深き神」を意味するという。いずれの名前も、ジェーンさんの使命を暗示していたかのようです。

 

Supported by:

Warriors Japan

I Am Jane

Happy Yellow Ribbon

Peace Project

The Peace For Okinawa Coalition

Heiwa Inkai

Peace For Okinawa Coalition Requests Representative Tulsi Gabbard Stop Okinawa Military Base

 

June 10, 2019 For immediate release

MEDIA ALERT: Peace For Okinawa Coalition Requests Representative Tulsi Gabbard Stop Okinawa Military Base

The Peace For Okinawa Coalition has made a formal request to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii) to take measures to cease the construction of the military base at Henoko, Okinawa.

Gabbard is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Readiness subcommittee. She is currently running for President and has been outspoken against regime change and unnecessary wars.

The formal request, made on June 4, comes after months of dialogue between the Peace For Okinawa Coalition and dozens of members of Congress, as well as members of the United Nations and numerous non-governmental organizations.

“This provides Congresswoman Gabbard the opportunity to backup her claims of pursuing peace, diplomacy, environmental protection, cutting unnecessary government spending, looking out for the best interests of troops, and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples,” said Robert Kajiwara, president of the Peace For Okinawa Coalition.

Kajiwara’s petition to stop the base at Henoko has over 211,000 signatures on it, including from celebrities such as Dr. Brian May of the rock band Queen. The U.S. and Japan governments are nevertheless pushing ahead with the construction.

The base at Henoko has long been derided for a number of reasons, including lack of necessity, high costs, structural infeasibility, environmental degradation, danger to U.S. troops, and human rights violations. The indigenous Okinawan people are strongly opposed to the base. In the U.S., opposition to the base has come from both democrats and republicans. The late Senator John McCain referred to it as unnecessary, unworkable, and unaffordable.

“If Congresswoman Gabbard sponsors this bill, it will likely garner her the support of hundreds of thousands of our followers, as well as followers in the many other non-profit organizations that we collaborate with,” said Kajiwara. “Likewise, if she refuses, it will likely garner criticism and even attacks from many who are counting on her to pursue peace, the environment, and indigenous rights.”

Jan R. Weinberg, the Peace For Okinawa Coalition’s Special Advisor on Demilitarization points out:

There are scant references in American media related to the consequences of the United States, through a succession of administrations (Obama and Trump), support for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to “reinterpret” Article 9 (against the will of the people) of the Japanese Constitution, which had previously served to deter Japan from engaging in offensive military preparedness and engagement. The undue burdened placed on the Okinawan people, who are unnecessarily placed in harms way, is just one result among many, of this nefarious collaboration.”

The letter to Congresswoman Gabbard is attached in full. The Peace For Okinawa Coalition encourages members of the press and the public to contact Congresswoman Gabbard’s office for comment.

 

 


 

Representative Tulsi Gabbard
c/o Dave Chun, Guido Weiss, Jonathan Spangler
1433 Longworth House Office Building

Washington D.C. 20515

June 3, 2019

Dear Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard,

Due to the fact that you are on the Readiness sub-committee of the House Armed Forces Committee, the Peace For Okinawa Coalition requests that you sponsor a bill to stop the construction of the military base at Henoko, Okinawa. We believe that you are the best person to sponsor this bill due to your outspokenness against regime change and unnecessary wars, as well as due to your ability to work on bipartisan issues such as this.

The military base at Henoko is strategically unnecessary since the marines would not be used in the event of a conflict in Asia. This base is catastrophically damaging to the environment, a drain on taxpayer dollars, further exacerbates hostilities with China and North Korea, and most importantly, against the will of the indigenous Okinawan people.

The issues surrounding the Henoko military base are increasing anti-U.S. sentiment in Okinawa, and may very well result in Okinawans demanding a complete removal of U.S. military forces if nothing is done to protect the well-being of the Okinawan people.

Our petition to stop the base has over 211,000 signatures from people who are angry that the U.S. government has so far ignored our calls to stop the construction. The longer the construction continues, the more damage will be done to Okinawa’s environment, as well as to U.S.-Okinawa relations.

The Peace For Okinawa Coalition has received widespread media coverage both nationally and internationally, and if you sponsor a bill to stop the construction of the Henoko military base, it would draw a lot of positive publicity for your presidential campaign, especially since it would back up your claims to pursue peace and diplomacy, cut wasteful government spending, protect the environment, and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. This would ensure most of our 211,000+ signees will support your campaign, and will likely inspire many other peace organizations to do the same, many of whom we are working with.

The base at Henoko would be dangerous for U.S. soldiers due to its poor soil conditions, as well as to its location directly over a major earthquake fault. Supporting this bill to stop the base would also demonstrate your sincerity in looking out for the best interests of the U.S. troops.

We hope you will take this seriously. Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

The Peace For Okinawa Coalition

Leadership Team

Circulation: 200,000

Robert Kajiwara

President

Nelson Del Pino

Acting Director / Special Advisor on Public Relations

H.E. Leon Siu

Special Advisor on Human Rights, International Relations, and Indigenous Politics

Jan R. Weinberg

Special Advisor on Demilitarization

Catherine Jane Fisher

Special Advisor on the Rights of Men, Women, and Children

Teiko Yonaha Tursi

New York Area Liaison / Survivor of the Battle of Okinawa

 

 

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