Sunday, February 17, 2019, 05:00pm
On Sunday the 17th, indigenous women from three islands in the South Pacific will speak and lead a discussion on the U.S. militarization of the South Pacific and its effects on these areas. This is particularly apropos to our situation here in the Salish Sea area, where we have the 3rd largest nuclear presence in the world, and where sound blasting in the ocean, and noise and pollution from growler jet training, are impacting our quality of life, agriculture, wildlife, and livelihoods.
The speakers are: Tina Grandinetti, an indigenous Okinawan and PhD candidate in Geography at RMIT University in Australia; Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo, an indigenous Chamoru from Guam and PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa; and Ruth Aloua, a Kanaka Maoli from Hawai’i, and represents Malu ‘Āina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action.
The military presence in the South Pacific prevents Indigenous peoples from exercising self-determination.
Military bases occupy about a quarter of the islands’ most valuable land, and make the islands vulnerable to toxic and radioactive contamination, damage from test bombing, jet crashes, unexploded ordnance, desecration of burials and other Indigenous sacred sites, potential foreign attack, and high social costs such as homelessness and sexual assault.
Location Port Townsend Area, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Contact larry@larry morrell.com