Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Candle Event "NO BASE! OKINAWA"

沖縄に基地はいらない 全国同時アクションTokyo
A huge event will be held in Okinawa on April 25, with people
gathering from all over the prefecture and Japan.
No more bases forced on Okinawa!
People all over Japan will gather together to spell out with
candles the message "NO BASE! OKINAWA" and send their support
to the Okinawan people.


NO BASE! OKINAWA ~キャンドルで人文字をつくろう!

☆日 時:4月25日(日)18時~
APRIL 25th, from 6 pm

☆場 所:明治公園 新宿霞岳町、渋谷区千駄ヶ谷一丁目

☆アクセス:JR「千駄ヶ谷」下車 徒歩5分
地下鉄大江戸線「国立競技場」(E25)下車 徒歩2分

☆内 容:歌、スピーチ、キャンドルによる人文字

☆協賛:沖縄一坪反戦地主会関東ブロック/WORLD PEACE  NOW


☆ Event:
Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa
Candle event spelling out "NO BASE! OKINAWA"

☆ Date: April 25, 2010 (Sunday)

☆ Time: From 6 pm

☆ Place: Meiji Park, Sendagaya Icchome / Shinjuku Kasumigaokamachi

☆ Access: 5 mins walk from Sendagaya station, JR Sobu Line
2 mins walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo station, Oedo Subway Line
15 mins walk from Gaienmae station, Ginza subway line

☆ Contents: songs, speeches, candle action
※ Donations of 500 yen for candles requested!

☆ Organised by Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa Tokyo
☆ Co-sponsored by the Kanto Block of landowners against military bases

☆ Contact: no_base-owner@yahoogroups.jp

★ Appeal ★

Is the issue of military bases in Okinawa an "Okinawan problem?"
Next April 25, a people's gathering will be held in Okinawa to call
for the early closure of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,
the return of the land, and to oppose the construction of an
alternative base elsewhere in Okinawa,

It is the US-Japan Security Pact signed by the mainland Japanese
government that has led to the burden of bases to be forced onto
the people of Okinawa, leading to the destruction of Okinawa's
rich environment, and dangers everyday from sound pollution,
accidents and crime, and the linked dangers of war.

The problems of the bases in Okinawa are not a problem of Okinawa,
but a problem of those of us from the mainland who are forcing
this burden onto the people of Okinawa.

We must seriously consider this issue now, even more than ever.

If nowhere in mainland Japan is willing or planning to accept the
bases in its own territory, then this burden must not be forced
onto Okinawa. We cannot push the problem around within Okinawa
and pretend that we are not aware that this is happening.

The Marine Corps must withdraw, and the Futenma Air Station
must be closed.

The people of Okinawa are united in their opposition to the
forced placement of the Futenma base in Okinawa.
On April 25, on the same day as their prefectural event,
actions will be held simultaneously all over Japan and hopefully
the world to join our voices together with Okinawa in solidarity
to oppose new base construction in Okinawa.

This action is being called for by a coalition of well-known
Japanese individuals, including university professors, authors,
artists, lawyers, educators, commentators, musicians and
representatives of NGOs including Peace Boat, WWF Japan and
Greenpeace Japan.

Citizens around the world are also called upon to hold events
on the same day, and send messages and photos in support
and solidarity.
We thank you for your cooperation!

【Same day event!】

Tokyo Event to send our message to the April 25
Okinawan People's Gathering
★ A demonstration will be held after the event
Date: April 25 (Sun), from 3 pm
Place: Miyakezaka Hall, Shakai Bunka Kaikan
(4 mins from Nagatacho Station,
Yurakucho/Hanzomon Line)
Organised by the Kanto Block of landowners against military bases
Co-sponsored by the Organising Committee against base construction in Henoko


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