My name is Kaiya, and I am a 17-year old Okinawan-American high school student from Portland, Oregon. I recently went back to Henoko this spring because I was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis. 

 

I wanted to make a documentary to show the world what's happening. My documentary, "Our Island's Treasure," focuses on the current destruction of the beautiful Okinawan ocean in Henoko and the fight by native Uchinanchu people to protect it. Please help spread awareness.

 

In addition, as a youth member of the Global Uchinanchu Alliance, we organized our first National Week of Action for Henoko on 5/26 - 6/1 and will continue to call on collective action from within the U.S. The information on all of the action ideas are listed in detail on this website. Please join us and share with all of your networks. This is an emergency. Let's rise for Henoko!

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NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR HENOKO

SUNDAY 5/26  -  SATURDAY 6/1

5/26: CLICK HERE for Day 1 actions (Contact Congress)

5/27: CLICK HERE for Day 2 actions (Contact House Armed Services Committee)

5/28: CLICK HERE for Day 3 actions (Contact Media)

5/29: CLICK HERE for Day 4 actions (Contact Environmental Groups)

5/30: CLICK HERE for Day 5 actions (Organize Locally)

5/31: CLICK HERE for Day 6 actions (Spread Documentary)

6/1: CLICK HERE for Day 7 actions (Spread Education)

Henoko is the northeast region of the main island of Okinawa. Okinawa is in the Ryukyu Island chain in the western Pacific.

The Japanese and U.S. government are destroying the ocean in order to make a new U.S. Marine Corps base. The name of this ocean region is Oura Bay. Here, Okinawan people have held continuous sit-ins to block construction trucks for almost 2000 days, led mostly by elderly war survivors fighting to protect the island and ocean.

Oura Bay is one of the most biodverse ocean regions on the planet. It is home to over 5300 species and 262 endangered species whose habitat will be destroyed with this base construction. 

Join the National Week of Action for Henoko on 5/26 - 6/1. Share this information with others and help us protect the ocean.