Activists and scholars from 20 nations will meet to oppose President Obama’s “Pacific Pivot” Militarization, as well as intrusions from Globalized Trade and Development
GIANT public Teach-in will be an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. environmental/social groups to come together, in person, with this large a group of prominent Asia-Pacific-based indigenous activists.
M. L. King Jr. Auditorium – 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Contact Information: Anju Palta – 415-561-7650 or Koohan Paik – firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 10:00-10:00 $15
Sunday 10:00-6:00 $10
Two days $20
On June 1 and 2, at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, scholars and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather publicly for a series of compelling discussions on the devastating, interconnected crises now plaguing the Pacific hemisphere, which contains 55 countries, 60% of the world’s population, the planet’s greatest cultural diversity, and our most expansive resource base: the Pacific ocean. All of this is now endangered.
Some, but not all, of the luminaries who will be speaking include:
- Victoria Tauli Corpuz: Igorot, Tebtebba Foundation, Philippines
- Rosa Koian: West Papua
- Jerry Mander: International Forum on Globalization, U.S.
- Christine Ahn: Korea Policy Institute; Global Fund for Women, U.S.
- Walter Ritte: Native Hawaiian
- Victor Menotti: International Forum on Globalization, U.S.
- Galina Angarova: Buryat, Pacific Environment: Siberia/Mongolia
- Anuradha Mittal: Asia-Pacific Land Grabbing, India/U.S.
- Richard Heinberg: Post-Carbon Institute, U.S.
- Michelle Chan: Friends of the Earth, U.S.
- Jon Osorio: Native Hawaiian, Chair, Hawaiian Studies, U. of Hawaii
- Ralph Regenvanu: Minster of Lands, Geology, Mines, Energy and Water, Vanuatu
- Arthur Stamoulis: Citizen’s Trade Campaign, U.S.
- Moana Jackson: Maori, Aotearoa
- Julian Aguon: Chamorro, Guam
- Melissa Nelson: Anishinaabe, U.S.
- Kyle Kajihiro: Hawaii Peace and Justice, Hawaii
- Dante Simbulan: Philippines
- David Vine: author, “Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia,” U.S.
- Bruce Cumings: author, “The Korean War: A History,” U.S.
- Michael Leon Guerrero: Chamorro, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, U.S.
Issues to Be Discussed:
The most immediately frightening aspect of the U.S. Pacific Pivot, is the plan, already underway, to rush 60 percent of all U.S. global military resources into the Asia-Pacific within the next eight years. Increasingly, news reports are presenting evidence of major “blowback” in the regions, particularly from local peoples from Okinawa, where hundreds of thousands of people have protested, to Jeju Island (S. Korea), to Guam (the U.S. colony), and the Philippines, to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, and the Marshall Islands—where people still suffer the effects of nuclear testing a half century ago.
Less obviously important, though ultimately the reason underlying the military efforts, are rapidly developing pressures by the United States toward powerful new trade agreements, being written without public or even congressional participation. Such an agreement is the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which will increasingly dominate and contain economic options for small island nations, and indigenous peoples eager to retain their traditional self-sustaining economies, and their sovereignties.
Environmental consequences from the above activities are staggering, in an area whose scale has thus far prevented catastrophe. Each base-building project, and its ensuing operations, brings vast new impacts—destruction of traditional communities, loss of rare coral reefs, mounting species extinctions, and toxic dumping on land and over vast areas of ocean.
Resource plunder and Indigenous battles
Years-long genocide continues against the native people of New Guinea fighting to preserve their forests, lands and waters from corporate loggers and miners. In Indonesia, massive palm oil plantations result in the deaths of populations of orangutans and elephants; in Borneo, giant and unnecessary dams are diverting freshwater sources; and everywhere, the steady procession of base-building and its handmaiden the tourist industry, proliferates.