ZHAP is an anti-war campaign based in Okinawa fighting against the construction of the new US military base in Henoko, which a recent referendum shows over 72% of Okinawans oppose the construction of. The movement against the US base is made up of a wide coalition of progressive forces in Japan including ZENKO, Movement for Democratic Socialism, the Communist Party of Japan, labor unions, anti-war activists, and native Ryukyuans who over the past decades have consistently opposed US military presence in Japan.
DSA reaffirms our Political Platform commitment to fighting for closing all foreign US military bases and demanding reparations for the human and environmental destruction caused by US toxic military sites. We stand in solidarity with comrades in Okinawa fighting against the construction of the new US military base in Henoko!
To voice your own opposition to the construction of the US military base in Henoko, sign on to endorse the campaign and message your Congressional representatives!
Panelists: Suzuyo Takazato, Kunio Arakaki, Seishi Hinada, Seth Dalton, Gerard Dalbon
December 9, 2023
Join our report back event on the recent DSA delegation to Okinawa with ZENKO and hear from speakers in Okinawa on the struggles against military occupation and the parallels to Palestine today. Featuring Suzuyo Takazato, co-chair of Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence and former Naha city councilmember, and Kunio Arakaki, Secretary General of No More Battle of Okinawa Association.
Delegates: Gerard Dalbon, Seth Dalton
July 25-30, 2023
DSA IC sent its first delegation to Japan at ZENKO’s invite to participate in their National Assembly in Yokosuka and travel to Okinawa to meet political leaders and local organizers who have fought for decades against the burden of US military bases occupying their land.
From July 25th to the 30th, I participated at ZENKO’s invite on a DSA delegation to Okinawa and Yokosuka to meet anti-war activists and speak at their National Assembly as a DSA representative. Since 2017, the DSA International Committee has worked with ZENKO, a left-wing anti-war organization in Japan, to support local organizers opposing the construction of a new US military base in Okinawa. The trip underscored the crucial historical moment and reinforced the urgency for opposing the escalating US drive for a new Cold War against China, which impacts the whole region through rising militarism and exacerbating conflict.
The first half of the delegation consisted of two days of fieldwork in Okinawa to meet and build solidarity with local political leaders, anti-war organizers, and native Ryukyuans on the front lines. I traveled with Seishi Hinada from ZENKO and Seth Dalton, another IC member in Tokyo, to overview several US military bases and hear directly about the issues locals have protested about for decades. On the second half of the trip we spent three days in Yokosuka, a city an hour south of Tokyo hosting the main US Navy base in Japan, and surveyed the local military presence and participated in the two day ZENKO National Assembly.
Panelists: Takuma Tanaka, Nick Watkins, Andrew Basta
July 2, 2023
The YDSA Youth Leadership Committee of the DSA International Committee hosted an event to share information about our ongoing campaign to oppose building a US military base in Okinawa, specifically in partnership with the ZENKO Henoko Anti-Base Project (ZHAP). ZHAP is an anti-war campaign based in Okinawa fighting against the construction of the new US military base in Henoko.
Okinawa Governor Meets AOC and Others in DC Over Burden of US Military Bases
March 10, 2023
Denny Tamaki, the recently re-elected Governor of Okinawa, traveled to DC for a weeklong trip to lobby lawmakers and officials to reduce the disproportionate burden of US military bases in Okinawa, which hosts over 70% of US military presence in Japan. The Governor met with leading US officials including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers and aides, as well as government officials, diplomats, and academics, to discuss the critical issues pertaining to the US bases and stress the need for diplomacy to ease tensions with China.
Over 40 US Elected Officials Join DSA and 100+ Organizations to Call on Congress to Shut Down US Military Bases in Okinawa
October 20, 2022
More than 40 US state and local elected officials have joined the Democratic Socialists of America International Committee (DSA IC) and over 100 civil society, anti-war, and environmental organizations in the US, Okinawa, and Japan – including Codepink, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Climate and Community Project, the Security Policy Reform Institute, the Empire Files, and Rootsaction – calling on members of the US House and Senate Armed Services Committees to close the Futenma and Henoko US military bases in Okinawa.
DSA IC is honored to have these elected state and local officials across the country sign on to support Okinawa Environmental Justice Project’s letter to Congress, including New York State Sen. Jabari Brisport and Julia Salazar, Pennsylvania State Sen. Nikil Saval, Vermont State Rep. Tanya Vyhovsky, New York State Assemb. Emily Gallagher, Marcela Mitaynes, and Zohran Mamdani, Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Krajewski, New York City Council Members Tiffany Cabán and Alexa Avilés, Rhode Island State Rep. David Morales, North Dakota State Rep. Ruth Anna Buffalo, Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, and Hawaii State Rep. Amy Perruso. We applaud all officials that signed on for listening to their constituents and taking a stance on this urgent issue, and we continue to call on others to join in support.
DSA IC proudly stands in solidarity with local Okinawan movements calling to close US Marine Air Station Futenma and the new “replacement facility” in Henoko. These military bases have long threatened residential life and the environment in Okinawa – through accidents, chemical contamination, fallen debris, noise pollution, and the destruction of endangered Dugongs habitats and precious coral reefs. It is long overdue that the US government honored its 25-year-old promise to close down Futenma Air Base and immediately cancel construction of the structurally-unsound new military base in Henoko, which over 72% of Okinawans voted against in a recent referendum.
We call on members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to take immediate action and support calls from local Okinawans to shut down these dangerous US military bases. Continued operation and construction pose grave dangers to the people of Okinawa and to the planet. If members of Congress are serious about respecting democracy, protecting the environment, and combating climate change, they must heed local calls and start by curbing the destructive impact of the US Military, the largest non-state polluter in the world.OEJP-Okinawa-Letter 100-32PressReleaseEnglish
Solidarity message against construction of new US military base in Okinawa
Speaker: New York state senator Jabari Brisport
May 30, 2022
New York state senator and DSA representative Jabari Brisport shares a message of solidarity to comrades from ZENKO and others in Okinawa and Japan fighting against the construction of a new US military base in Henoko.
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Speaker: Seishi Hinada
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- DSA Solidarity Message & DSA National Political Committee member Christian Hernandez’s remarks
- ZHAP as the first step in solidarity DSA International Committee / Ronald Joseph and Anlin Wang
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