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To: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin
Defense Secretary Austin: Stop the construction of the new U.S. military base in Okinawa
To Defense Secretary Austin:
I urge you to stop the construction of the new airbase in Henoko immediately. Okinawans have been pushing back the expansion of this new base for nearly a decade and it’s time we took action by closing it down. The base is far too costly to the environment and it’s structurally unsound. We must prevent further harm in the Pacific and Okinawa, by stopping the construction of the new base altogether.
Why is this important?
Right now, concrete is being dumped into sacred lands of the Okinawan people for the construction of a new U.S. military base. With over 800 military bases around the world already, the construction of another base is not only harming the Okinawan people but ramping up the threat of war.
2021 has to be the year we finally close the new base in Okinawa and begin a pathway towards peace in the Pacific — and we do that by closing down our foreign military bases and building up diplomacy. We’re in a unique, but narrow opportunity with President Biden in office to raise the alarms on this, and other, disastrous bases. That means we’ve got to jump into action and urge Defense Secretary Austin to stop the construction NOW — and we need your help in getting LOUD.