Posted on January 12, 2015 by the Santa Cruz County Central Committee

Two presentations on Asia:

  • Report from Fukushima by Chieko Shiina
  • Korea And The Militarization of Asia by Christine J. Hong

When: Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm (music at 6:30)
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz (MAP)
What: public forum
Sponsor: No Nuke Action Committee
Contact: call 831-688-8692
Cost: suggested donation $5-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds

The Santa Cruz Peace and Freedom Party endorses this event.

Chieko Shiina, an anti-nuclear activist and organic farmer from Fukushima and Christine J. Hong, a professor at UCSC who has focused on the militarization in the Korean Peninsula will be speaking about the continuing danger or radioactive contamination at Fukushima and the growing militarization, repression and moves toward war in the Korean peninsula and Asia.

Report from Fukushima

The contamination of the people of Fukushima and Japan continues. Children and families are getting sick. There is a growing epidemic of thyroid cysts and surgeries. The statistics are being covered up by the Japanese government. Additionally, Shunichi Tanaka, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority is preparing to release thousands of tons of contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific ocean. See this article in Asahi Shimbun.

This will be lethal to life in the oceans! It will reach California and the entire Pacific rim. The Abe government in power is continuing to tell the Japanese people that they can “overcome” radiation, and that they can de-contaminate Fukushima. Chieko Shiina is an anti-nuclear activist in Fukushima who has been fighting to get emergency healthcare to the residents. They are organizing against the restart of Japan’s remaining 50 nuclear plants, which the Abe government wants to restart.

The SF Bay Area “No Nukes Action Committee” has been campaigning to protect the people of Fukushima and Japan, and to keep other Japanese nuclear plants closed. The Committee also opposes all nuclear plants, including the PG&E operated Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on the Pacific coast over earthquake faults and near San Louis Obispo.

Korea And The Militarization of Asia

Also the growing repression and militarization in Korea and Asia threatens all people in the region. Professor Christine Hong will discuss these issues including the Jeju base, the repression of journalists and the crushing of opposition parties. The Korean government is also building nuclear plants in the country despite the opposition of the local communities.

Ms. Hong is an assistant professor at UC Santa Cruz. She is on the executive board of the Korea Policy Institute, the coordinating committee of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, and part of the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.

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