We are working on similar issues in our communities, including:
– military violence, sexual abuse, and trafficking; problems arising from the expansion of U.S. military operations and bases; the health effects of environmental contamination caused by preparations for war; and inflated military budgets that drain funds from socially useful programs.
– Alongside our anti-military critiques, we all contribute to creating sustainable communities and promote our visions of alternatives ways to live.
Together we connect these separate efforts through:
Supporting each other’s local activities and campaigns (with letters, statements of solidarity, donations, purchasing goods etc.),
Participating in international gatherings such as the Hague Appeal for Peace, Netherlands (1999), Military Toxics Conference, Washington DC (1999), World Social Forum, Mumbai (2004), Women’s Global Strategies for the 21st Century Gathering, Bronxville, NY (2005), No Bases Network Conference, Ecuador (2007), U.S. Social Forum, Detroit (2010), and Moana Nui (Honolulu, 2011; Berkeley 2013).
Educating people in our all communities about how militarism affects women, children, and the environment,
Living Along the Fenceline (dir. Lina Hoshino, 2012), our award-winning documentary, features seven grassroots women leaders from Okinawa to Puerto Rico who challenge the pattern of U.S. military contamination, prostitution, and the desecration of land and culture with community projects devoted to peace and genuine security.