Shimagurumi delegation to visit US, tell US congress members about governor’s revocation of Henoko landfill
October 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Now that Governor Takeshi Onaga has revoked authorization for the land reclamation needed to proceed with the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, it has been decided that on November 15, members of the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement “or Shimagurumikaigi will travel to the United States to announce Onaga’s policy and call for the cancellation of the Henoko relocation plan to US congress members and others. On October 18, this plan was announced at an emergency meeting of the Shimagurumikaigi member organizations held in Naha. This is the first time the council will plan a trip to the United States.
Around thirty people will join the delegation to the United States, including Morimasa Goya, co-representative of the council, representatives from g northern, central, and southern Okinawa, representatives from each faction in the prefectural assembly, and members of civic organizations.
The delegation will visit the United States from November 15 to 22. They will arrive in San Francisco, California on November 15, and plan to visit the local office of the congressional representative from Berkeley, where the city council recently passed a resolution opposing the Henoko base construction.
On November 19 and 20, the delegates will meet with US congress members, environmental organizations, and human rights organizations in Washington DC. They are also planning activities to express opposition to the new base while they are there.
(Translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)
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