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To: U.S. Congress and Pentagon

CANCEL RIMPAC- The World's Largest Naval War Practice that with COVID19 Endangers Hawaii & the World

Petition Text

CANCEL RIMPAC, the international Rim of the Pacific naval war practice in Hawaiian waters originally scheduled from June through August 2020 but due to citizen activism and COVID19 is now scaled back to the middle to the end of August. Even this shortened war practice is provocative on a regional level and with the COVID19 virus, military personnel arriving in Hawaii will endanger citizens of the isolated island state of Hawaii. RIMPAC MUST BE CANCELLED!

Why is this important?

More than 25,000 military personnel from 20 countries will gather from June through August 2020 in Hawaii waters for the 27th Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the world's largest international maritime exercises, The international naval war practice in Hawaiian waters is provocative in regional affairs and with the COVID19 virus, military personnel from 20+ countries arriving in Hawaii will endanger citizens of the isolated island state of Hawaii.

Since 1971, RIMPAC has been held in Hawaii where in 2018 military personnel from 24 other countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam came to Hawaii.

With COVID19 virus rampant around in all countries around the world, the isolated islands of Hawaii must be protected from military visitors.

This petition is sponsored by Hawaii organizations: Hawai'i Peace and Justice; Veterans for Peace-Chapter 113-Hawai'i; Malu Aina Center for Nonviolence Education & Action-Big Island; Maui Peace Action; Kauai Alliance for Peace & Social Justice; Catholic Worker Honolulu; Campaign Nonviolence-Hawaii; Democratic Socialists of Honolulu; Young Progressive Demanding Action (Hawaiʻi); Hawaiian Unity and Liberation Institute; Malama Makua; International Women's Network Against Militarism; Women's Voices, Women Speak; Cancel RIMPAC Coalition;

U.S. National Organizations: Peace Action; United for Peace & Justice; United National Anti-War Coalition; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; CODEPINK, San Francisco Bay Area chapter; Veterans For Peace chapter 69-San Francisco; Donald and Sally-Alice Thompson Veterans For Peace Chapter #63-Albuquerque, New Mexico; Shut Down Creech campaign;

International Organizations: Jeju Committee for the Inter-Island Solidarity for Peace of Sea (South Korea); Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND-UK); Vrede vzw (Belgium); International Coalition for a Ban on (depleted) Uranium Weapons (Berlin Germany); Activists for Peace- Sweden; VD AMOK (Netherlands); Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP)-Italy; Peace & Neutrality Alliance in Ireland; CNGNN Italy; "No to war - no to NATO"; Center for Encounter and Active Non-Violence, Bad Ischl, Austria; Swedish Peace Council; Roma Social Forum; Teatroinnatura-Italy; Frente Antiimperialista Internacionalista (Spain); Dutch section of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF NL); WILPF Germany;
Mouvement de la Paix (France); Gangjeong Peace Network; Inter-Island Solidarity for Peace of the Sea; Jeju Comittee People Making Jeju a Demilitarized Peace Island; Association of Gangjeong Villagers Against the Jeju Navy Base; Seongsan Committee against the Jeju 2nd Airport Project; Jeju People Living in the Main Land of Korea; TID TIL FRED - aktiv mod krig, Danmark (TIME FOR PEACE - active against war, Denmark);

How it will be delivered

Have a press conference about the petition and then personally deliver the petition to the members of the Hawaii Congressional delegation as they return to Hawaii and to their offices in Washington, DC.


Reasons for signing

  • Any lower than war doesn't exist.
  • Don’t practice your war here while we are fighting for our lives against this disease.
  • war games? let's grow up!

Updates

2020-07-08 10:25:46 -0400

Here are some of the excellent articles that have been written about the need to Cancel RIMPAC!

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/04/12/cancel-rimpac-protect-hawaii

https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/03/the-time-for-rimpac-in-hawaii-training-is-over/

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Despite-the-danger-of-COVI-by-Ann-Wright-Covid19_Covid19_Military_Military-Deployment-200519-76.html

https://thediplomat.com/2020/03/as-the-coronavirus-spreads-rimpac-planners-face-grim-facts/

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/03/29/editorial/island-voices/this-is-no-time-for-rimpac-exercises/?comment

2020-07-08 10:24:20 -0400

Our CANCEL RIMPAC campaign continues educating people around the world about the dangers of the largest naval war preparation in the world-RIMPAC.
Please check in with our CANCEL RIMPAC Coalition Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CancelRIMPAC

Poets and artists from around the Pacific with beautiful scenes from the Pacific --say CANCEL RIMPAC--Thanks to Mikey for making this remarkable video!
https://vimeo.com/436285859/be92921c64

Webinars on CANCEL RIMPAC

Pacific Peace network.
https://youtu.be/Z2fPTaM6g7w
https://ipan.org.au/pacific-peace-network-calls-for-cancellation-of-rimpac-war-games-in-the-pacific-19-june-2020/

Canada’s Voices of Women for peace
Cancel RIMPAC and No to NATO
https://youtu.be/JNNSHN89BqI

Codepink: Women for peace
https://youtu.be/xcuMaIlr9og

2020-05-03 02:09:15 -0400

10,000 signatures reached

2020-04-04 17:24:45 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2020-03-29 00:17:28 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-25 01:45:20 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-03-22 15:46:27 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-03-22 03:57:50 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-03-21 22:07:49 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-03-21 18:33:26 -0400

10 signatures reached