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To: Legislators of 26 participating countries

CANCEL RIMPAC 2022-THE WORLD'S LARGEST & MOST DANGEROUS NAVAL WAR MANEUVERS

Petition Text

CALL TO CANCEL RIMPAC AND BUILD A PACIFIC ZONE OF PEACE

The Pacific Peace Network and its allied organizations call for the cancellation of the dangerous, provocative and destructive international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval war practice and for increased citizen pressure for a demilitarized Pan-Pacific Zone of Peace.

RIMPAC naval war practice, the largest naval war maneuvers in the world, will take place off Hawai’i and the West Coast of the U.S. from June 29 to August 4, 2022. At RIMPAC 2022, over 25,000 military personnel, 38 ships, 170 aircraft, 4 submarines from 26 countries will practice war simulations engaging "enemy forces."

RIMPAC, coupled with expanding US military capability in Hawai’i, Australia, Guahan and other Pacific nations, increases the likelihood of armed conflict between the United States and China -- either by design or accident -- with unthinkable consequences for the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the world.

Please endorse this call to action. Pacific Peace Network will share this petition and call on legislators of each participating country to cancel RIMPAC.

Why is this important?

RIMPAC dramatically contributes to the destruction of the ecology and aggravation of the climate crisis in the Pacific region. RIMPAC war forces will blow up decommissioned ships with missiles endangering marine mammals such as humpback whales, dolphins and Hawaiian monk seals and polluting the ocean with contaminates from the vessels. Land forces will conduct ground assaults that will tear up beaches where green sea turtles come to breed.

We reject the massive expenditure of funds on war-making when humanity is suffering from lack of food, water and other life-sustaining elements. Human security is not based on military war drills, but on care for the planet and its inhabitants.

2022 RIMPAC includes military forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

8 of the 26 RIMPAC participating countries are members of the North ATLANTIC Treaty Organization (NATO) -- Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy the United Kingdom and the United States -- while 4 participating countries are Asia-Pacific “partners” of NATO: Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. This means that 45% of RIMPAC participants have NATO ties, demonstrating that NATO is becoming a Pacific military force.

The Pacific Peace Network members currently come from countries/islands across the Pacific including Guåhan, Jeju Island, South Korea, Okinawa, Japan, Philippines, Northern Mariana Islands, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Hawai’i and the United States.

Endorsed by:

Hawai'i
Hawai'i Peace and Justice
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 113-Hawai'i
Women’s Voices Women Speak
Oahu Water Protectors, Hawai'i
World Can't Wait Hawai`i
Students and Faculty for Justice at the University of Hawai'i)
350 Hawaii
Our Revolution Hawaii
Hawai’i Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action, Big Island, Hawai'i

Philippines
Asia Europe Peoples Forum
Philippine Initiative on Critical and Global Issues
Peace Women Partners. Inc. Philippines
Philippine Women Network for Peace & Security
STOP the War Coalition Philippines

United States
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
CODEPINK: Women For Peace
Environmentalists Against War
Veterans For Peace, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter, Baltimore, Maryland
Veterans For Peace, San Diego chapter
Roots Action

Australia
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
Just Peace Queensland

Pacific
Youngsolwara Pacific
Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian
Youngsolawara Pacific
Our Common Wealth 670

South Korea
Inter-Island Solidarity for Peace of the Sea Jeju Committee
Gangjeong Peace Network
Association of Gangjeong Villagers Against the Jeju Navy Base,
Gangjeong International Team
People Making Jeju a Demilitarized Peace Island
Seongsan Committee against the Jeju 2nd Airport Project
Catholic Climate Justice Action
Center for Deliberative Democracy and Environment
Jeju branch of Service Industry Labor Union
St. Francis Peace Center Foundation
The Frontiers
Columban Justice and Peace
Jeju Green Party
Gangjeong Catholic Mission Center


International

International Peace Bureau
World Beyond War
Pacific Peace Network
No to NATO
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN CANCEL RIMPAC

Send your art-graphics, poems, songs about the dangers of RIMPAC to the Virtual Exhibition CANCEL RIMPAC-ONLINE EXHIBIT-OPEN CALL for submissions of visual art, poetry, chant,
and musical performance.
Email image, video, or text submissions along with your name, age, title, and media to: koafuturesvirtualsubmit@gmail.com
Submission deadline: June 30, 2022
See the beautiful website:
https://www.youngsolwarapacific.com/cancel-rimpac-exhibition.html

RESOURCES

Largest Ever US-NATO Naval War Drills in Pacific a Threat to Both Peace and Marine Life
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/06/20/largest-ever-us-nato-naval-war-drills-pacific-threat-both-peace-and-marine-life

Spoof on Australian $30 billion "Defense" Policies Against Australia's Biggest Trading Partner-China
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCqXlDjx18&t=6s

COLLECTIVE POEM ON "A World Without RIMPAC" Thirteen indigenous poets from Oceania - from Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, and Guahan - came together to write and record a poem calling for the Cancellation of RIMPAC and for the restoration of ea: life, breath, and sovereignty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGmMOiLXBoI&t=11s

CANCEL RIMPAC statement by Women's Voices, Women Speak: https://wvws808.blogspot.com/2022/06/no-to-rimpac-2022-yes-to-aloha-aina-and.html?m=1

STAR ADVERTISER-RIMPAC, Marcos, and war against China
By Seiji Yamada, Richard Rothschiller and Arcelita Imasa
June 15, 2022
https://www.staradvertiser.com/2022/06/15/editorial/island-voices/column-rimpac-marcos-and-war-against-china/

13 minute video on military destruction of the environment by Koohan Paik
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZa89k0c5yU

https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2022-06-10/north-korea-rimpac-missile-launches-6295074.html

North Korea slams Seoul’s part in massive US-led RIMPAC naval exercise
David Choi, June 10, 2022

How it will be delivered

Organizations from each nation represented in RIMPAC will deliver the petitions to national legislators either in person, via a press conference or press release.

Updates

2022-06-15 12:12:26 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2022-06-15 11:04:33 -0400

500 signatures reached

2022-06-07 19:09:38 -0400

100 signatures reached

2022-06-07 00:51:16 -0400

50 signatures reached

2022-06-06 15:56:04 -0400

25 signatures reached

2022-06-06 03:32:40 -0400

10 signatures reached

2022-06-05 23:53:16 -0400

The three warships which left Jeju Island, South Korea navy base on May 31st to join the RIMPAC (June 29 to Aug 4) did not directly go to Hawaii! From June 2 to 4th, they joined the US nuclear aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in the east south sea of Okinawa to conduct ROK-US maritime war drill!
news.sbs.co.kr/news/endPage.do?news_id=N1006775353

There are some smaller war exercises before RIMPAC. Please see
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_22A/Jun04_1654355247CH.php

U.S. Navy Announces 28th Rim of the Pacific Exercise
https://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/3049942/us-navy-announces-28th-rim-of-the-pacific-exercise/