Women’s Voices, Women Speak Blog…
The above link states; “This site is hosted by women activists in Hawaii who participate in the International Womens Network Against Militarism (IWNAM) gatherings.”
Side Notation worthy of further Investigative Reporting is that…the Central American country, Costa Rica (CR) had a build up of 7,000 US Marines and several War Ships on July 1, 2010.
I sense the US Military promised much but, delivered no tangible help to defend CR when it was later invaded by another tyrannous country Nicaragua in Nov. 2010. The Hague did practically nothing to defend CR. Crickets could be heard of non-existent US help, when CR needed our help.
Our US President Obama “uses” these countries in a Military build up.
Pray for Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Afghanistan, our own Hawaiians, and Costa Rica.
For the US President, to violate Sovereign Governments and to use our weapons to flex our military muscle, all over the world, to countries who cannot defend themselves against these intrusions – it is just not right. It must stop. We’re stirring up trouble, all over the world.
Might does not make right.
Those People massacred in Afghanistan want us out of their country. Period. It’s not rocket science. Connect the dots President Obama!
Obama fancies himself an “Anti-Bully” President. Yet, he bullies US Citizens and Sovereignties all over the World. And, it has got to stop. It’s wrong.
America will not continue to be Blessed by God, if we continue to devalue Human Life and True Marriage and Morality.
Other countries are reacting to our Intrusiveness. We’ve got more Wars going on, that I’ve lost count. Most of them were not declared by Congress, so the US Constitution was ignored and it’s usurped. It has got to stop!
Note: I do not agree with everything these women are protesting about. Gender crap is a euphemism for the Radically Liberal Women – of whom I have no liking for. I think they are truly depraved, and wrong. But, I can agree with demilitarization of US Troops, in their countries of some of our states or US Territories.
* The United States must demilitarize the Asia-Pacific region, clean up military environmental contamination, and compensate affected communities.
Further, we advocate the creation of economies of peace rather than perpetual preparation for war.
* We, delegates of the 8th Gathering of the International Women’s Network Against Militarism, have visited communities in Puerto Rico and are incensed at what we have learned about the commercial auction of land at the former Roosevelt Roads Navy Base and the exclusion of the people of Ceiba from future use and control of this land. We learned about the lack of cleanup and the ecologically hazardous detonation of unexploded ordnance used by the U.S. Navy on land and water on and surrounding the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. We condemn the recent federal court ruling in Boston that dismissed the lives and health claims of 7,000 Viequenses injured by the Navy presence. Furthermore, we denounce the precarious situation that Viequenses confront. The negligence of the government has caused a maritime crisis that severely affects their health and quality of life.
* We oppose the repression and incarceration of people who fight for genuine peace and human rights. By unanimous resolution, we call on President Barak Obama to order the immediate release of Oscar López Rivera who has been unjustly imprisoned for almost 31 years. The U.S. Parole Commission recently denied his application for parole and ordered that he serve an additional 15 years in prison. By that time, he will be 83 years old and will have been incarcerated for 45 years for politically motivated offenses where no one was hurt. We condemn the inequity in his treatment, compared to his co-defendants. He is now the only one of the 1980′s pro-independence prisoners still in prison.
* Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has asserted that the U.S. military plans to remain in the Asia Pacific region as the primary center of its strategic positioning. We denounce the building of any new bases or military installations in the region. This includes the proposed Navy base at Jeju Island in South Korea that will house U.S. Aegis destroyers built at Bath Ironworks in Bangor (Maine), and will serve as a key component of the U.S. military’s ballistic missile defense system. We call for the immediate closure of Futenma Marine Air Corps Station (Okinawa) and adamantly oppose the plan to replace this base with a new heliport facility at Henoko. We denounce the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement and the deployment of U.S. forces to the Philippines, which violates the terms of the Philippines constitution. We are against the plans to move 4,700 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to Guahan. We object to the construction of a “Ballistic Missile Defense System,” berthing docks for nuclear aircraft carriers at Apra Harbor, and “firing range complex” on ancient Chamorro lands. In Hawai‘i, we oppose the expansion of military bases and activites. In particular, we oppose the use of Stryker Brigade tanks at Schofield Barracks (Lihue, Oʻahu) and the proposed basing of 48 aircraft including the Osprey at Kaneohe Marine Corps Airstation (Mokapu, Oʻahu), that will bring in 1,000 Marines and 1,000 of their dependents. We also oppose proposed training of these aircraft at Bellows Airforce Station (Waimanalo, Oʻahu), Kalaupapa (Molokaʻi) and Pōhakuloa (Hawai‘i island). In all these locations, overwhelming numbers of local residents have used all available democratic means to dispute this military expansion that would destroy native cultural sites and cause contamination, overpopulation, over consumption of the islands’ limited resources.
* Military training has a devastating impact on the environment and people’s health, leading to serious illness and early death. Failure to clean up the hazardous toxics caused by military operations is an environmental justice issue and reflects the racist belief that some people are more valuable than others. It also shows deep disrespect for the earth.
The Rest of This Letter to the US Secretary of Defense can be found on this link: International Women’s Network Against Militarism