One of the activists from Kauai told a story about his recent leafletting about our talk that is scheduled there for tomorrow. He handed a flyer to a woman who said to him, "My husband works at the base [Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility where Aegis destroyers test their interceptor missiles]. He has cancer. Everybody in his shop has cancer."
On Oahu the military machine is paying a native Hawaiian Democrat $750,000 to counter organize against local peace group opposition to Army expansion. On Oahu 17% of the total population is military connected while 20% of island residents are native Hawaiian.
We concluded the meeting by going around and asking each person to share three strategy ideas. Amongst the top choices of the group were:
- Keep building the Occupy movement across the country and inside Washington DC
- Work more with young people and develop peace education curriculum for schools
- Keep connecting the dots between key military installations and issues
- Use the UMASS-Amherst Economics Department jobs study to drive home the fact that military spending is the least effective way to create jobs
- Expand our use of culture and alternative media to reach out to the public
- Take on the China threat myth
- A day or weekend of coordinated actions across the Pacific should be organized
- Keep a public presence at the military bases/training areas/production sites
- Come to the protest of the NATO/G8 summit in Chicago next May
- Organize a local action during Keep Space for Peace Week during October 6-13
We are getting up at 5:00 am for an early flight to Kauai. We will visit the Pacific Missile Range Facility, have a swim, and do a live radio interview before our talk at the library.
On Wednesday Dave and I head to Jeju Island. Lynda will head back to California.