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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ACTION IDEA #5:

ORGANIZE LOCALLY

Contact local groups and offices to raise awareness and support action for Henoko. 

Action #1: Contact the Global Uchianchu Alliance (GUA) member in your region if you want to be involved. 

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 5 minutes 

  • DO:

    • Click here to find GUA members' contact information.

    • If you don't find anyone in your area, message the GUA group at any of these social media pages

Action #2: Ask local organizations and groups for a solidarity statement on protecting Henoko. 

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 15 minutes 

  • DO:

    • Share the online petition started by GUA member, Pete Doktor. Click here for the link. 

    • Ask local organizations and groups in your area to write solidarity statements. 

    • See letter writing template below created by Jessica Thompson in Portland, Oregon. 

    • Post organizational support messages/letters on social media and tag Global Uchinanchu Alliance. See all of GUA's social media pages here to tag. Add "#riseforhenoko."

    • Email a copy of organization support to GUA at uchinanchu888@gmail.com.

Action #3: Start creating a city resolution that supports the immediate stopping of U.S. base construction in Henoko-Oura Bay.

  • TIME NEEDED FOR ACTION: 1 hour

  • DO:

    • See examples of city and state resolutions from across the U.S. that call on the immediate halting of the U.S. base construction in Henoko-Oura Bay.

      • For Berkeley, California, click here.​

      • For Cambridge, Massachusetts, click here.

      • For the State of Hawai'i, click here.

    • Post and share 1 or more of these resolutions. Tag your city commissioners and/or state representatives and ask them to consider similar resolutions. 

    • Email/Write to your city commissioners and propose a drafting and adoption of a resolution. Post and share your email or letter. Add "#riseforhenoko."

    • If your area is able to proceed further: Draft and propose the resolution with local advocates and community members

TEMPLATE OF LETTER TO ORGANIZATIONS by Jessica Thompson of Portland, Oregon: