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 #4:

CONTACT MEDIA

Urge them to cover what's happening in Henoko locally and nationally.

Action #1: Tag news sources onto posts calling urgent attention to Henoko. ​

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 10 minutes

  • DO:

    • Post 1 or more of these articles and video on Henoko and the Okinawan people's fight to protect the ocean:

      • ​For an article by Truthout.org , click here.  

      • For an article by Environmental Justice Atlas, click here

      • For an article by The Nation, click here.

      • For an article by Common Dreams, click here

      • For the "Our Island's Treasure" trailer, click here

    • Tag your local news stations and news papers.

    • Tag national news stations and news papers​​​

    • See the list below for reporters' names and emails from national news and newspapers.

    • Add "#riseforhenoko" to your posts to spread.​

Action #2: Send a personalized email to a reporter from your local news/newspaper and/or a reporter from a national news/newspaper. 

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 15 minutes

  • DO:

    • Create and submit your email.

    • See the list below for reporters' names and emails from national news and newspapers.

    • Post and share your letter with others.

    • Add "#riseforhenoko" to spread.

 

Action #3: Write a Letter to the Editor for your local or national newspaper.  

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 15 minutes

  • DO:

    • See example letters:

      • Letter to the Editor below by Portland writer and educator, Bill Bigelow, below

      • My own Letter to the Editor in the Oregonian here on this link. 

    • Post and share.

    • Add "#riseforhenoko" to spread.

 

 

​POSSIBLE LIST OF NEWS SOURCES AND REPORTERS:

Al Jazeera English

  • Editor-in-Chief: Mostefa Souag

  • Click here to contact

AlterNet

  • Editor and Publisher: Roxanne Cooper

  • Click here to contact

Chicago Tribune

  • Editorial Page Editor: John McCormick

  • Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor

CNN

  • International Editor: Jonathan Hawkins

  • Click here to contact

Common Dreams

  • Senior Editor: Andrea Germanos

  • Click here to contact

Democracy now!

  • Host and Executive Producer: Amy Goodman

  • Co-Host: Juan González

  • Click here to contact

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

  • Vice President/Editor: Frank Bridgewater

  • Click here to contact

Huffington Post

  • Editor-in-Chief: Lydia Polgreen

  • Click here to contact

NBC News

  • Executive Editor: Catherine Kim

  • Click here to contact

New York Times

  • Executive Editor: Dean Baquet

  • Click here to contact

NPR

  • International Correspondent: Deborah Amos

  • Click here to send a news tip

Seattle Times

  • Editor: Don Shelton

  • Click here to contact

Teen Vogue

  • Editor in Chief: Lindsay Peoples Wagner

  • Click here to contact

The Atlantic

  • Editor in Chief: Jeffrey Goldberg

  • Click here to contact

The New Yorker

  • Editor: David Remnick

  • Click here to contact

The Oregonian

  • Editor and VP of Content: Therese Bottomly

  • Click here to contact

Truthdig

  • Editor in Chief: Robert Scheer

  • Click here to contact

Washington Post

  • Senior Editor: Marc Fisher

  • Click here to contact

EXAMPLE LETTER to the media by Bill Bigelow of Portland, Oregon: