ABOUT US >

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!

© 2019 Created by Kaiya Yonamine.

ACTION IDEA #2:

CONTACT U.S. HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

Tell the Committee that oversees the Pentagon to stop building this U.S. Marine Corps base.

Action #1: Share the online petition to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee with local, state and national groups. 

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 10 minutes

  • DO:

    • Click here to post and share the online petition.

    • Tag local, state and national groups involved with environmental and climate justice, human rights and indigenous rights. Tag your city and community advocacy groups.

    • Write/Email these same groups with with personal request to sign and spread the petition. 

Action #2: Contact the U.S. House Armed Services Committee Representatives and urge them to comply with U.S. environmental laws by stopping the base construction in Henoko-Oura Bay.

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 15 minutes

  • DO:

    • Click here to see the letter by conservation and animal protection groups. 

    • Background: On March 19, 2019, the Center for Biological Diversity and over a dozen American conservation and animal protection groups submitted a letter to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. The letter asked the Committee to comply with U.S. environmental laws by stopping the base construction in Henoko-Oura Bay.

    • Write/Email/Call the Representatives on the House Committee in support of the letter. See the bottom of this page for House Committee contact information. 

Action #3: Write/Email your own personalized letter to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. 

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 15 minutes

  • DO:

    • Write/Email your own personalized letter to the House Armed Services Committee.  This Committee is directly connected to the Henoko base issue and its Representatives oversee the Pentagon, all military services and all Department of Defense agencies.  Tell them to push the Pentagon to stop the construction of the new base.  Click here for the online petition for more information on the current and past history of Henoko.

      

 

U.S. HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTS:

Please note: The Representatives may not allow the receiving of emails from non-constituents. If so,  please mail or call using the contact information listed below.

House Armed Services Committee, (D) Representative Adam Smith of the 9th District of Washington:

Email: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact

Call: (202) 225-8901 at his Washington D.C. Office or (425) 793-5180 at his District Office in Renton, WA

Write to: 2264 Rayburn Office Building Washington D.C. 20515

Ranking Member (top Republican) of the House Armed Services Committee, (R) Mac Thornberry of the 13th District of Texas:

Email: https://thornberry.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Call: (202) 225-3706

Write to: 2208 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-4313

Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, (D) Anthony Brown of the 4th District of Maryland:

Email: https://anthonybrown.house.gov/contact/

Call:  (202) 225-8699

Write to: 1323 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515